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My Public Lands

Home for 150 Years

Nevadans share some favorite memories of their first 150 years of statehood.

story by Chris Rose, BLM Nevada
photo by Michelle Jetzer

Homesteading, mining and ranching have all been a part of Nevada's 150-year history.

Through it all, the Department of the Interior, first in the form of the General Land Office and now in the form of the Bureau of Land Management, has played a role the history of America's 36th state. In order to help celebrate Nevada's Sesquicentennial in 2014, BLM offices in Nevada developed activities designed to encourage people to get out and explore their public lands.

Across the nearly 45 million acres managed by the BLM in Nevada, there are many opportunities to get outside. People who enjoy wide open spaces, secluded canyons, historic buildings, and flora and fauna were asked to share their experiences as part of BLM Nevada's second annual photo contest.

"There are few places in the world as rich as the public lands in Nevada," according to Scott Mortimore, a photo contest winners who captured an image of first light on a hunt in northern Washoe County. "If you see a mountain you want to climb, a rim you want to hunt, a stretch of desert you want to explore, odds are it's there for the taking. You simply go."

Native Nevadan Dennis Doyle, a resident of the Great Basin for 60 years, describes the area as "a little piece of heaven."

"The photo contest was only one part of our efforts to get people exploring their public lands during the Nevada 150 celebration," said Outdoor Recreation Planner Barb Keleher, who heads the planning committee for the BLM's support of Nevada's sesquicentennial.

"We're also working on a junior explorer book that has information and activities for kids and families about sites on each of our districts that will be available later this spring. And we'll be placing Nevada 150-themed geocaches aimed at getting people out to trails, historic sites and other areas on public lands throughout the state."

Lots more Nevada 150 photos online!