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Image description: A moose walks before the mountains in Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska.  
National Park Service photo by Jay Elhard.

Image description: A moose walks before the mountains in Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska.  

National Park Service photo by Jay Elhard.

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Happy Birthday, Yaquina Head!

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.

The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland.

Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones.

Photo by Jeff Clark, BLM

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From the Department of Interior:

There is some excellent stargazing to be had in the Pole Creek Wilderness, Idaho.Photo: Bob Wick

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From the Department of Interior:

There is some excellent stargazing to be had in the Pole Creek Wilderness, Idaho.

Photo: Bob Wick

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. This remote and unspoiled, 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. 

Visitors enjoy scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. Paria Canyon offers an outstanding three to five day wilderness backpacking experience. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes are an international hiking destination.

A permit is required for hiking in Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and for overnight trips within Paria Canyon. Visit the BLM Arizona’s website to learn more about this beautiful area and plan your visit.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Surfs Up! 

Spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and heartfelt connections - these are the natural ties between community residents and nature that combine to make the Bureau of Land Management’s California Coastal National Monument unique among the agency’s assemblage of National Conservation Lands.

Read  Surfs Up! - a feature article about the monument in the Bureau of Land Management’s My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014.