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Good Neighbors: BLM law enforcement rangers serve local communities

Special agents working a fire case on BLM- managed public lands intercepted and arrested four subjects carrying backpacks with marijuana.  On processing the narcotics load, agents discovered this was the first known high grade hydroponic marijuana load seizure in the area.

A cry in the wilderness: Montana BLM rangers help search for lost infant

The search team faced nearly impossible odds that chilly night: find a baby, no bigger than a football, abandoned in a dense Montana forest the size of 600,000 football fields.

BLM ranger lends a helping hand

A Bureau of Land Management law enforcement ranger recently lent a much-needed helping hand to another federal agency while on duty along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kirk Gittings presents Canyons of the Ancients in a new context

Albuquerque photographer Kirk Gittings, Canyons of the Ancients’ first Artist-in- Residence, focused heavily on the mythological qualities of the dramatic and unique landscape. His primary  tool was a large-format 4x5-inch view camera, which demands a slow and deliberate approach to the craft.

Volunteer Trail Patrols Improve Equestrian Mountain Biking Experiences

A volunteer patrol is making sure horse-riders and mountain bikers get the most out of trails in the San Joaquin River Gorge.

The patrol, called the San Joaquin River Gorge Volunteer Trail Patrol, regularly rides trails in the area and is known for its strong interaction with visitors and for supporting local events. For example, Trail Patrol members have assisted with several competitive races and special events such as the Big Sandy Pro-Am mountain bike race, the San Joaquin River Gorge Ultra Half- Marathon, the Search for Sasquatch Day and the quarterly Family Fun Days.

Fort Ord National Monument Outdoor Classroom

The BLM Fort Ord National Monument provides an excellent outdoor classroom for environmental education and scientific research. Each year hundreds of school students from around the Monterey Peninsula visit BLM lands for science projects or for special field trips focusing on soil erosion, wetland ecology, or habitat restoration.

VISTA Intern Turns McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area into a Natural Classroom

Last year Ryan McConnell, an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (or VISTA) intern, helped local students learning English as a second language connect with nature through education and stewardship programs at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. The BLM and partner group Colorado Canyons Association sponsored Ryan and turned McInnis Canyons into an outdoor classroom with the help of a Hands on the Land grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation. They partnered with the Dual Immersion Academy, a public charter school in Grand Junction, Colo., and its new STEM program to start the program.

Preserving Ponds at Cosumnes River Preserve

Interns are a valuable resource to the BLM, and there is no better example than Magdalena Gudino, who attends California State University in Sacramento. As part of her recent internship, Magdalena helped conduct studies on ponds at the Cosumnes River Preserve affected by the methylation of mercury, documented the location of invasive plant species, and monitored the preserve’s pond water levels.

Bringing Back Blueheads in Colorado

The BLM Colorado Northwest District fisheries program is working closely with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to help bolster populations of the native Bluehead Sucker in the Yampa River Basin. Last summer the BLM helped CPW stock 5,000 Bluehead Suckers implanted with small electronic tags into Milk Creek, a tributary of the Yampa River located in the Little Snake Field Office. Biologists then deployed several small devices that can collect data from the tagged fish that swim near them.        

How to Catch a Leopard Lizard

The blunt-nosed leopard lizard is the poster child for the San Joaquin desert grassland habitat. This fast running lizard that can leap more than 23 inches to escape predators and catch prey! As an Endangered Species, scientists are actively working to put the blunt-nosed leopard lizard on the path to recovery. The timing the 2012-2014 drought facilitated a study by the BLM, University of California, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and The Nature Conservancy to assess the potential effects of climate change on blunt-nosed leopard lizard.

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