U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM helps bring history to life at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
The Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office in cooperation with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, staged a re-enactment of a frontier General Land Office and a GLO surveyor's camp for National Public Lands Day.
BLM and State Park staff used living history interpretation to educate visitors on the history and values of their public lands. When visitors came by to "apply for a homestead", Government Land Office (BLM) agents handed out "souvenir deeds" to 654 million acres of public lands (managed of course by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and ACOE). GLO surveyors demonstrated how over 2 billion acres of public domain was mapped and surveyed, using period equipment, such as a 19th century gunthers chain and theodolite. Visitors learned about managing the public lands, from the early days of the GLO to the conservation programs of today.
About 200 visitors stopped by the GLO surveyors camp to look at historic survey maps and plats, and pick up modern maps and information on the BLM and other public land agencies.
State Park staff also brought out their burros, adopted through the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro program. Old Town San Diego is the most visited State Park in California and represents the period from 1820 to 1870.
The following BLM staff participated: Elena Misquez, Assistant Field Manager; Bob Fink, Cadastral Survey; Mona Daniels, Outdoor Recreation Planner; Janaye Byergo, San Diego Project Manager; Kevin Doran, Natural Resource Specialist; Greg Hill, Planning and Environmental Coordinator; and Hunter Seim, Range Conservation Specialist.
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