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BLM Recreation and Visitor Services

BLM Recreation and Visitor Services

 
The BLM-managed public lands offer more diverse recreational opportunities than any other Federal agency.

On more than 258 million acres of public lands, people enjoy countless types of outdoor adventure – participating in activities as widely varied as camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating, whitewater rafting, hang gliding, off-highway vehicle driving, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing, photography, climbing, all types of winter sports, and visiting natural and cultural heritage sites.

In an increasingly urbanized West, these recreational opportunities and the landscape settings where they take place are vital to the quality of life enjoyed by residents of western states, as well as national and international visitors.

Recreational use on BLM-managed lands also helps support the economies of western communities and states. More than 22 million people now live within 25 miles of public lands, and two-thirds of the lands managed by the BLM are within 50 miles of an urban area. Visits to recreation sites on BLM-managed public lands have significantly increased over the years, from just more than 51 million in 2001 to over 55 million in 2006.

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BLM Colorado Releases 2008 Volunteer Report

DENVER – The 2008 BLM Colorado Volunteer Report is now available online. Last year volunteers contributed 172,354 hours of work – equivalent to 82 people working full time for one year - for the Bureau of Land Management throughout Colorado.

Volunteer work in 2008 was equivalent to nearly $3.4 million of paid labor.  In fact, Colorado has one of the Bureau’s leading volunteer programs in the nation. Last year, nearly 4,000 volunteers worked on public lands throughout the state.

Last month BLM named Ken Emory of Montrose BLM 2008 Volunteer of the Year for Colorado. This annual award recognizes members of the public whose outstanding volunteerism and commitment to public lands help the BLM succeed in its multiple-use mission. Emory volunteered more than 280 hours with BLM.

Generally, volunteer opportunities include: building and maintaining trails, assisting biologists with research, performing office support tasks, maintaining interpretive sites, serving as campground hosts or trail guides, inventorying and identifying plants, re-vegetating wildlife and riparian areas, installing signs and fences, constructing or maintaining facilities, assisting with habitat improvement projects, monitoring watershed studies, and preserving and cataloging cultural artifacts.

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Notice of Availability of Travel Map, Challis Field Office, Idaho

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of a travel management map depicting designated roads, vehicle ways and trails on public lands managed by the BLM Challis Field Office, Idaho. The map describes seasonal closure areas and trails and the daytime use restriction at the Challis Bridge Recreation Site in Idaho.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM Challis Field Office manages nearly 800,000 acres of public lands, principally in Custer County, Idaho. The Challis Field Office completed its Resource Management Plan (RMP) in 1999. This RMP recommended that the Field Office complete a Travel Management Plan to administer all aspects of motorized and non-motorized travel in the field office. The Challis Travel Management Plan was approved in June of 2008.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the map are available to the public by contacting the BLM Challis Field Office, 1151 Blue Mountain Road, Challis, Idaho 83226; by telephone at (208) 879-6200; or on the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/challis.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact David Rosenkrance, Field Manager, at the Challis Field Office at the address and phone number listed above.

Dated: January 19, 2010.

 

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2011 Fee-Free Days Set for BLM-Administered Public Lands

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands on the first day of summer, June 21; National Public Lands Day, which is scheduled for September 24; and the Veterans Day holiday weekend, November 11-13. These fee-free days also apply to areas managed within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS).

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BLM Adjusts Special Recreation Permit Fees

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is adjusting certain special recreation permit fees for various recreation activities on BLM administered Public Lands and related waters. The BLM is adjusting the minimum fee for commercial, competitive and organized group activities or events.

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