Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a public listening session in Point Arena, California yesterday to hear from the community about their vision to conserve a scenic and significant area of coastal public lands in Mendocino County.
The meeting comes on the heels of Secretary Jewell’s major speech on conservation where she emphasized support for locally-driven efforts to preserve and protect places that hold special meaning to communities across the country. Congressman Huffman, along with Congressman Mike Thompson, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein, has introduced legislation to include approximately 1,255 acres of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the existing California Coastal National Monument. A Bureau of Land Management report estimates that outdoor recreation on the public lands in California contributed nearly $900 million to the economy in 2012.
Photo: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management
In honor of Veterans Day, access to all federal public lands is free this weekend. Please share this post to help spread the word!
Photo of sunset along the Tioga Road earlier this week in Yosemite National Park.
Autumn in Yosemite National Park.
Photo: National Park Service
Happy National Public Lands Day everyone! Today is a fee free day on all National Parks, Wildlife Refuges and BLM lands, so please share this post to spread the word!
Photo of the Alabama Hills Recreation Area in California by David Parry (www.sharetheexperience.org)
A lion on top of a deer on Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area! This is P-23, a young female who has recently dispersed from mom. Of the 400+ kills our biologists have hiked in on, this is the only one they’ve seen right on a road, so it’s quite a rare sight! She dragged the deer into the dense brush shortly after this photo was taken for a little more privacy. Thanks to Irv Nilsen for taking this amazing shot early Sunday a.m. Contrary to some reports, this was a remote section of Mulholland Hwy and not near the Rock Store or homes. Thanks to Ranger Kate K. for alerting us to this amazing photo!
Sometimes you just have to step back and enjoy the view.
Photo of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park courtesy of the National Park Service
Check out this amazing story behind this photo of Yosemite National Park from photographer Dax McMillian and remember to always be alert when in America’s great outdoors.
"Stranded 100 ft. up on a granite ledge with a bear down below in the area, nightfall came. I found myself alone 100 ft. up without anything except a foil emergency blanket & my camera. I hunkered down on the ledge to suffer through 41 deg. temps & all I had on was some pants and a t-shirt. I stayed up all night just watching the stars pass by over the next several hours at Cathedral Peak . Alone, cold, & shivering uncontrollably…I got this shot."
Snow capped Lassen Peak lit by moon light in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen is home to smoking fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to mold the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered.
Photo: Abhilash Itharaju