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Announcements, Events, and News

Last week, the Trust for Public Land donated nearly 6,000 acres of stunning coastal landscape in Santa Cruz County, California, that will now be managed by the BLM for public recreation and preservation of natural resources. Known as Coast Dairies land, the donation completes a long-term effort by partners and local communities to provide a natural landscape that can be experienced and enjoyed as public lands.  Read a summary about the donation from Trust for Public Land, or read the article in the San Jose Mercury News.

On April 14-15, the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board met in Sacramento, California, to discuss issues related to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.  Download the meeting agenda or presentation notes.

Social Media Highlights

Last week, the BLM shared an amazing “blood moon” photo as viewed by BLM Wilderness Specialist Bob Wick along the American Wild and Scenic River in California, one of the few urban rivers in the U.S. to have a wild and scenic designation. The river flows from the Sierra crest to downtown Sacramento.  The BLM manages segments of the North and South forks of the river which are popular for whitewater boating and gold panning. View the photo and original post on My Public Lands Tumblr.

The BLM last week celebrated National Environmental Education Week on its social media sites, particularly its My Public Lands Tumblr and @BLMNational Twitter. On Twitter, the BLM highlighted its long-standing partners in education and volunteer activities:  @neefusa (National Environmental Education Foundation); @publiclandsday (National Public Lands Day); and @the_sca (Student Conservation Association). The BLM and its partners shared Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s video message about National  Environmental Education Week.

BLM Daily (Internal News) Top Stories

On March 12, 2014, BLM Director Neil Kornze presented the Linda Siebert Career Achievement Award to biologist Craig Johnson of the BLM Idaho Cottonwood Field Office for his outstanding service to fish and wildlife conservation on public lands. For more than 40 years, Johnson has worked for the BLM, applying his passion for natural resources to on-the-ground success stories. Read the story on the Department of the Interior’s website.

BLM regional paleontologist Phil Gensler recently packed a Penske truck and took off for Washington D.C. The truck was filled with the most complete specimen of large carnivorous dinosaur ever found in the state of New Mexico — and it was found on BLM-administered land in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area. The specimen now is displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History as a part of a current T-rex exhibit. Read the full story on the Department of the Interior’s website.