BLM Idaho invites public to participate in “Super 75 Challenge” to celebrate agency’s 75th anniversary
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites Idaho residents and visitors to celebrate the agency’s 75th Anniversary in a fun and interactive way by experiencing 75 of the coolest places, most scenic drives and interesting events the agency manages in the Gem State and be rewarded for their efforts! Dubbed BLM Idaho’s Super 75 Challenge, the sites and events represent the spectrum of BLM Idaho programs and regions.
In July 1946, the General Land Office and the U.S. Grazing Service were merged to form the BLM. Today, the BLM manages nearly 12 million acres of public land in Idaho for a wide variety of conservation, recreation, and commercial uses. Information about the BLM’s history is available at https://www.blm.gov/about/history/75th-anniversary
“We are excited to offer this fun way for Idahoans and others to experience their public lands in the Gem State and to celebrate the BLM’s 75th birthday,” said John F. Ruhs, BLM’s state director for Idaho. “We’re pretty proud of the incredible variety of awesome places and rewarding activities that the public lands the BLM manages in Idaho have to offer and we’re eager for Idaho residents and visitors to experience them.”
To participate in BLM Idaho’s Super 75 Challenge, simply go to https://www.blm.gov/idaho-recreation-super-75-challenge and access, download and/or print the Super 75 Challenge Guide and Super 75 Challenge Checklist. The Guide provides information about each of the 75 places or events in the Challenge and the Checklist provides a way for participants to track their progress in completing the Challenge. The website includes links to web pages that provide details about what participants can see and do at each site or event as well as maps, directions, and location information. Members of the public may also request a copy of the Super 75 Challenge Guide and Checklist from any BLM office in Idaho, locations and contact information are available at https://www.blm.gov/idaho
There are four sets of sites and events in BLM Idaho’s Super 75 Challenge that correspond to the BLM Districts in Idaho. When participants complete one or more sets of sites and events, they may bring or send their Checklist to any BLM office in the state and receive a reward depending on how many challenges they complete. There is no time limit to complete one or all of the four sets of sites and events.
Over the last 75 years, the BLM has evolved and adapted to the nation’s changing needs when it comes to public lands. Today, the BLM proudly manages about 245 million acres of public landscapes for all Americans. Under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the BLM carries out a dual mandate of multiple use, accommodating a range of uses and values, and sustained yield, ensuring public lands are managed for future generations. The agency manages a wide range of uses, such as energy development, livestock grazing, mining, timber harvesting, and outdoor recreation, while conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources, including wilderness areas and national monuments, wild horse and wildlife habitat, artifacts, and dinosaur fossils. The BLM also consults with Tribes to ensure that their perspectives are heard and that collaborative steps can be taken to promote healthy and productive public lands that create jobs in local communities while supporting traditional land uses.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.