U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
|Release Date: 08/17/11|
BLM and Youth Group Improve Campground
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office and Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) recently teamed up to improve the Blucher Creek Campground, located roughly 45 miles northeast of Farson, Wyo., in the Wind River Mountain Range.
After a day’s work, the crew enjoyed lessons from CORE Coordinator Vic Orr on Leave No Trace principals.
BLM Recreation Specialist Steve Madden also explained celestial navigation, and the group built their own sextants, which are instruments used to measure the angle, distance, and altitude of the sun, moon, and stars. Celestial navigation, with the help of a sextant, is a position fixing technique that has evolved over several thousand years to help sailors cross oceans without having to rely on estimated calculations.
“The program creates a foundation for work ethic,” says Orr. “And working as a team teaches the kids social responsibility and respect for others and the environment.”
Projects are designed for youths who are willing to learn, work and play hard over the summer.
The BLM and CORE have worked together for 12 years to provide similar outings for participants in the program. The groups do volunteer projects for the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, including an annual trip to Yellowstone National Park.
For more information, contact Steve Madden, 307-352-0256, or Vic Orr, 307-262-3914.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Rock Springs Field Office 280 Hwy 191 N Rock Springs, WY 82901
|Last updated: 08-17-2011|
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