• Flying high: Glider footage from above Alvord Desert, Steens Mountain

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    “Go-go-go, go-go-go,” says the pilot, and a moment later the glider is rolling fast on the Alvord Desert playa.

    Seconds after that it is airborne and the amazing eastern Oregon views begin.

    Watch as the glider turns towards the east side of Steens Mountain and brace for the perfect landing!

    Video captured summer 2015 by Mandy DeCroo and Tara Thissell, BLM, with the Willamette Valley Soaring Club.

    Video produced by Toshio Suzuki, BLM

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  • Conservation Lands at 15! Play all

    While the BLM does manage a lot of cool wilderness areas, there's whole lot of other "wild" areas that we manage in Oregon and Washington. Join us this year as we celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System to explore all things wild, including: 128 units totaling 3.4 million acres. This translates to: 85 Wilderness Study Areas in Oregon (over 2.6 million acres) and one WSA in Washington (5,700 acres); 25 Wild & Scenic River segments (over 800 miles) in Oregon; 2 National Historic Trails (The Oregon Trail – 22 miles, and the California Trail – 2 miles) and one National Scenic Trail (Pacific Crest Trail – 42 miles); 8 Wilderness Areas in Oregon (nearly 247,000 acres) and 1 Wilderness Area in Washington (over 7,000 acres); and 1 National Monument in Oregon, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (53,000 acres), and 1 in Washington, the San Juan Islands National Monument (1,000 acres). Whew. That's a lot of cool stuff!

    #conservationlands15 #gowild #seeOregon #seeWashington #seeBLM
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    Situated in the northern reaches of Washington State's Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands are a uniquely beautiful archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles. The new San Juan Islands National Monument encompasses approximately 1,000 acres of land spread across many of these rocks and islands and managed by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management. Drawing visitors from around the world, this is a landscape of unmatched contrasts, where forests seem to spring from gray rock and distant, snow-capped peaks provide the backdrop for sandy beaches. The San Juan Islands National Monument is a trove of scientific and historic treasures, a refuge for an array of wildlife, and a classroom for generations of Americans.

    On March 25, 2013, President Obama signed a proclamation to designate the San Juan Islands National Monument. The proclamation states that, "The protection of these lands in the San Juan Islands will maintain their historical and cultural significance and enhance their unique and varied natural and scientific resources, for the benefit of all Americans."

    To start planning your trip head on over to:

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  • Wilderness Videos Play all

    The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System, contain some of the West's most spectacular landscapes. It includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres that include Wilderness areas.

    With the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Act in March 2009, the BLM now manages eight Wilderness Areas across nearly 247,000 acres in Oregon. The BLM also manages one Wilderness Area in Washington covering 7,142 acres. In addition, the BLM currently protects wilderness values on 82 Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and five Instant Study Areas in Oregon totaling more than 2.6 million acres and one WSA in Washington totaling 5,557 acres.

    Wilderness is Congressionally-designated piece land that is managed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964 to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness." Wilderness areas are places where natural processes take precedent; areas managed so that nature remains substantially unchanged by human use. Rugged trails provide the only access into wilderness, and travel is restricted to foot or horseback. To learn more abot the spectacular wilderness areas in Oregon and Washington that await you, just head on over to:


    The Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management Public Room has available for sale a wide range of publications, maps, and recreation guides - both online and in person. Pick out the kind of map you want and follow the "Purchase Online" link to buy your map! www.blm.gov/or/onlineservices/maps/
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  • Wild Horse and Burro Play all

    The Bureau of Land Management manages wild horses and burros on public rangelands as mandated by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, as amended. The BLM protects, manages, and controls wild horses and burros to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. If an overpopulation of wild horses and burros exists on public lands, the BLM gathers excess animals and offers them to the general public for adoption. The BLM presents these animals at adoption events and at BLM facilities throughout the United States. In addition to placing wild horses and burros into good homes through the adoption program, the BLM has direct sale authority that allows the agency to directly sell animals that are more than 10 years old and those younger that have been passed over for adoption at least three times. These animals are located in the BLM's long- and short-term holding facilities, such as Oregon's Wild Horse Corral Facility in the Burns District. Oregon has arguably the most prized wild horses available on public lands featuring the Kiger mustangs. Oregon's wild horses are known for their quality and color and are popular with adopters throughout the United States.

    BLM manages 17 Herd Management Areas (HMA) in southeast Oregon and co-manages one Wild Horse Territory (Murders Creek - 75 percent Forest Service and 25 percent BLM) with the Malheur National Forest. Oregon herd numbers increase annually by twenty percent on the average. Decisions to gather excess animals are based on rangeland monitoring studies, availability of forage and water, and census of wild horse numbers. Normally, three to five of Oregon’s herds are gathered annually to remove excess animals and balance population numbers with the capability of the range to sustain them.

    More info is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/whb/index.php
    • Beaty Butte Wild Horse Gather Wrap-up (2015) - Duration: 2 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      The Beaty Butte Herd Management Area (HMA) is located 65 miles east of Lakeview. The area is adjacent to the Hart Mountain Antelope National Wildlife Refuge and bordered on the south by the Charles...
    • From the Field: Beaty Butte Gather Day Two - Duration: 116 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      In early November of 2015, the BLM aimed to gather wild horses from the Beaty Butte Management Area. The remote southern Oregon location is 65 miles east of Lakeview and adjacent to the Hart Mounta...
    • From the Field: Beaty Butte Wild Horse Gather - Duration: 2 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      In early November of 2015, the BLM aimed to gather wild horses from the Beaty Butte Management Area. The remote southern Oregon location is 65 miles east of Lakeview and adjacent to the Hart Mounta...
    • Dapples, Grays, Pintos and Bays - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      We have another great video from the 70's about the BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program. It has amazing vintage footage and music!
    • In the Field: Wild Horse and Burro Specialist - Duration: 52 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      Follow along as Shaney Rockefeller, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist for BLM Oregon's Vale District, shows us what her job is like.

      More information on our Wild Horse and Burro program in Oregon: h...
    • Mustangs Return Home - Duration: 44 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      On July 8 and 9, the BLM returned 45 mustangs to the Jackies Butte Herd Management Area (HMA) in southeast Oregon. They were originally rescued in August 2012 when 95% of the HMA was burned by the ...
    • Mustang Round-up With Jimmy Dean - Duration: 9 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      This video is testimony to the BLM's commitment to managing wild horses throughout the west. We found this historic (1970's) footage of a round-up in Wyoming that features Jimmy Dean. http://www.bl...
    • Crystal Gayle: Time to Get A Mustang - Duration: 41 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      Not sure you're ready to adopt a wild horse or burro? See what Crystal Gayle has to say about it. Yes, THAT Crystal Gayle! For more information call (541) 573-4400 or visit on.doi.gov/t9Go65
    • The Horse Whisperer - Duration: 4 minutes, 1 second.

      • 4 years ago
      Professional horse trainer and instructor, Elsa Sinclair talks about her love of mustangs and her new project of training a truly wild horse without the use of traditional tools.
    • BLM Oregon Wild Horse Gather - Duration: 5 minutes, 18 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      In August 2010, the BLM in Oregon held a wild horse gather at the Stinkingwater Herd Management Area near Burns.

      Please join us for a first-hand experience of our gather and see how the BLM pr...
    • BLM Oregon Wild Horse & Burro Gather - Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      BLM manages 17 Herd Management Areas in southeast Oregon. Normally, three to five of Oregon's herds are gathered annually to remove excess animals and balance population numbers with the capabilit...
    • Oregon BLM Horse Adoption Program - Duration: 5 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      The Bureau of Land Management, in an effort to improve conditions for existing wild mustang herds, and in partnership with state wide contributors, has developed the Wild Horse Adoption Program. A...
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