U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act was commemorated at the Wild for Wilderness Festival at Sabino Canyon on November 8. Thousands of participants and dozens of partners joined the free, daylong family-oriented celebration sponsored by the Coronado National Forest, BLM, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Sabino Canyon, Sierra Club, and Arizona Wilderness Coalition.
Activity stations along a two-mile trail offered a chance to learn about wilderness, outdoor recreation, history and nature. Volunteer naturalists led nature walks and interacted with children using wildlife puppets. Smokey Bear posed for photos. Nature photos by local youth were displayed in the Visitor Center where movies about wilderness ran throughout the day. Acoustic musicians played at three locations and great food was available.
Read more about the Wild for Wilderness Festival.
Want to know more about Arizona’s wilderness areas and the Wilderness Act? Click here for a fact sheet.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell presented the Arizona Cienega Partnership with a Partners in Conservation Award, one of three Bureau of Land Management-related groups to receive this recognition. The Secretary’s 2013 “Partners in Conservation” Award Ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, January 16, 2014. The Arizona Cienega Watershed Partnership was recognized as an exceptional example of outstanding partnerships honored among many candidates nominated by Interior Department agencies. The Partners in Conservation Award recognizes partnerships that promote conservation, protect natural and cultural resources, use innovative approaches for resource management, and engage youth and diverse entities in accomplishing Interior’s mission. Award winners were selected from a large slate of nominees and were selected for their special contributions to conservation and management of the public lands.
“The Department of the Interior is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who are innovating and collaborating in ways that address today’s complex conservation and stewardship challenges,” Secretary Jewell said at an awards ceremony at the Interior headquarters in Washington today. “These partnerships represent the gold standard for how Interior is doing business across the nation to power our future, strengthen tribal nations, conserve and enhance America’s great outdoors and engage the next generation.”
A list of BLM’s award-winning partnerships is below. Details and photos about each partnership and the organizations involved can be found here: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/tagged/2013conservation