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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 08/17/11
Contacts: Tyson Finnicum,    

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. 

Constructing sextants.
Constructing sextants.

Using sextants.
Crew members test 
out their sextants.

Group photo.
Group photo near the
Ranger Station.

Consisting of 16 youths and five staff members, the CORE crew spent four days building picnic tables, installing fire pits, and repairing the campground. 

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.

 Spreading gravel. 
Spreading excess gravel.

Setting fire pits.
Setting fire pits.

 Building tables. 
Assembling tables.

 Applying seats. 
Applying bench seats.

“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 mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Hwy 191 N      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 08-17-2011