Bureau of Land Management

  • Agency: Bureau of Land Management
  • Address: 1220 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, 97204-208 OR
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Phone: 503-808-6026
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Bureau of Land Management is located at 1220 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, 97204-208 OR. The Bureau of Land Management phone number is 503-808-6026.

Bureau of Land Management News

It is a nightmare scenario for wildfire pilots and managers. What would happen to a plane if it collided with a drone while in flight? Scientists at the University of Dayton Research Institute conducted a simulation that sent a small drone into an aircraft wing at 238 mph. The results were scary and highlight why unauthorized drone intrusions cause wildfire managers to shut down any air space where helicopters or planes may be working above a fire. As slow-motion video of the midair collision shows, the 2-pound quadcopter embedded itself within the wing, leaving significant damage. “We’ve performed bird-strike testing for 40 years, and we’ve seen the kind of damage birds can do,” said Kevin Poorman, a leader for the physics team at University of Dayton, in a release. “Drones are similar in weight to some birds, and so we’ve watched with growing concern as reports of near collisions have increased,” added Poorman. Last year there were 36 drone intrusions on an active wildfire in the U.S. “If you fly, we can’t,” is the marketing mantra being used by federal agencies to promote safety. The BLM itself, along with other firefighting agencies, is increasingly using drones as reconnaissance tools on wildfires. These flights are often at night—to do infrared surveys, for example—and are always in conjunction with wildfire managers who are in charge of the restricted air space near a burning fire. The University of Dayton study was in conjunction with the Sinclair Community College National UAS Training and Certification Center -- read the full release: https://goo.gl/zQoPVm ➡ Related drone stories: - 4 ways drones are being used to fight wildfires: https://goo.gl/BaK85w - Taking flight: BLM drones go local https://goo.gl/eDea2p - Infrared drone video from above an Oregon wildfire https://goo.gl/qjJjPZ - FAA: Unauthorized drone use on wildfires could kill https://goo.gl/MXnazB 👨🚒📲 2018 wildfire stories: - Above average temps forecasted this winter: https://goo.gl/fFAoFu - #360video of central Oregon prescribed burn: https://youtu.be/nIyxTX7EEqw - Firefighters and BLM wildlife biologist team up to save owl fleeing wildfire: https://goo.gl/C8pt5b - Wildland firefighters receive huge community rally after saving hundreds of homes: https://goo.gl/NLCrDo - BLM firefighters help rescue woman who fell 100 feet off Washington highway: goo.gl/943VXQ - National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk drops water on wildfire: https://goo.gl/v1PW5P - Cockpit video: Approaching Oregon wildfires for retardant drops https://youtu.be/5H5OrfdMlXQ Video courtesy: University of Dayton Research Institute

Iconic Abert Rim reflected in Lake Abert in south-central Oregon — photo: Joan Holzer 📍 Visit: https://goo.gl/MB1wgV 📸 Archive: https://goo.gl/HxNmyH 📚 History: https://goo.gl/5YJfE1

Gorgeous sunset from late last month in southwest Oregon, where the Klondike Fire is sill smoldering -- photo: Amanda Douglass, Inciweb Lightning started the wildfire July 15 in the forested hills and mountains southwest of Grants Pass. Over the course of the fire season, it burned more than 175,000 acres, making it the largest fire in Oregon and Washington. The #KlondikeFire perimeter is 80 percent contained, and 240 wildland firefighters and support personnel are still working on the forest fire, according to Inciweb. ☀ Above average temps forecasted this winter: https://goo.gl/fFAoFu 🌐 #360video of central Oregon prescribed burn: https://youtu.be/nIyxTX7EEqw 👨🚒📲 2018 wildfire stories: - 4 ways drones are being used to fight wildfires: https://goo.gl/BaK85w - Firefighters and BLM wildlife biologist team up to save owl fleeing wildfire: https://goo.gl/C8pt5b - Wildland firefighters receive huge community rally after saving hundreds of homes: https://goo.gl/NLCrDo - Infrared drone video from above an Oregon wildfire: https://goo.gl/qjJjPZ - BLM firefighters help rescue woman who fell 100 feet off Washington highway: goo.gl/943VXQ - National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk drops water on wildfire: https://goo.gl/v1PW5P - Cockpit video: Approaching Oregon wildfires for retardant drops https://youtu.be/5H5OrfdMlXQ

Gorgeous central Washington views hiking down Umtanum Ridge towards the Yakima River — photo: Monty VanderBilt The BLM manages over 9,000 acres of land in the Yakima River Canyon area of central Washington. 📍 Visit: www.blm.gov/visit/yakima-river-canyon 📸 Archive: https://goo.gl/kPtFN7 🛰 Fly above the Umtanum Recreation Site: https://goo.gl/ZFUkwK 🌐 Float the Yakima River via #360video: youtu.be/mZm6g7EHAGA

Prescribed burning, or controlled burning, is an essential tool in maintaining healthy landscapes. Fire has always been a natural part of the ecological process. In the early 1990s, land management agencies sought to suppress all fires in an effort to preserve timber supply and other natural resources. Fire suppression policy was effective but over the decades increased the amount of vegetation (alive and dead) on the landscape. Increased vegetation led to the added risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfires. Some forests and rangelands are more vulnerable to environmental stress (drought, insects, disease and invasive species) without the role of low intensity, frequent fire. To reverse this trend, fire and smoke need to be reintroduced to the western landscape. 🔥👨‍🚒 Recent media coverage on the topic of prescribed burning: - The Oregonian: Controlled burns in Oregon: Can more fires create less smoke? ➡ https://goo.gl/R8D64K - OPB: Oregon makes case for prescribed fire smoke ➡ https://goo.gl/UQSNVN - Travel Oregon video: Living with wildfire: An Oregon story ➡ https://youtu.be/6BEBPtz8o-0 This #360video is from central Oregon in May of 2018 – BLM video: Lisa McNee 👨‍🚒📲 2018 wildfire stories: - 4 ways drones are being used to fight wildfires: https://goo.gl/BaK85w - Firefighters and BLM wildlife biologist team up to save owl fleeing wildfire: https://goo.gl/C8pt5b - Wildland firefighters receive huge community rally after saving hundreds of homes: https://goo.gl/NLCrDo - Infrared drone video from above an Oregon wildfire: https://goo.gl/qjJjPZ - BLM firefighters help rescue woman who fell 100 feet off Washington highway: goo.gl/943VXQ - National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk drops water on wildfire: https://goo.gl/v1PW5P - Cockpit video: Approaching Oregon wildfires for retardant drops https://youtu.be/5H5OrfdMlXQ

A pair of wild horses near Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon — photo: Tom Fenske 🐎📲 Learn how to adopt your own wild horse: https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/ 🐴🇩🇪 Read how Oregon wild horses found homes in Germany: https://goo.gl/gXYmTk 📸 See more photos – and a live auction – featuring Kiger mustangs: https://goo.gl/PuKFe1

Name your favorite Oregon Coast lighthouse! Great list from The Oregonian includes Cape Blanco and Yaquina Head lighthouses! ⤵ 📍 Visit Yaquina Head: https://goo.gl/FVw1pA 📲 Virtual lighthouse tour: https://youtu.be/vR3p4p2FKNU 📍 Visit Cape Blanco: https://goo.gl/Uq8wsA 📸 Photos: https://goo.gl/Aw2hJA

Aerial tranquility from above the Molalla River – BLM video: Greg Shine The Molalla River, one of the few undammed tributaries of the Willamette River, is about an hour southeast of Portland. There are several popular recreation sites along the Molalla, all offering river access for picnics, hikes, camping and fishing, to name a few outdoor favorites. The area is also known as the gateway to the Table Rock Wilderness. 📍 Visit: https://www.blm.gov/visit/molalla 📸 Molalla River archive: https://goo.gl/NLTQkw 🍂🍁 More fall colors in the PNW: https://goo.gl/jtnw4M

Whale sightings are always exciting in the San Juan Islands! Photo: P. Mackenzie-Helnwein 📍 How to visit the national monument in the northern Puget Sound: https://goo.gl/9EFLsC 📸 Photos & videos library: https://goo.gl/A8UxhD

Nearly half of Oregon is forestland — hear from the people who work to keep those forests healthy in this new video from Oregon Forest Resources Institute - OFRI. Landowners, forest managers, wildlife biologist and even architects interested in sustainable forestry are all interviewed in this new video. Oregon is the No. 1 lumber and plywood manufacturer in the U.S., according to the OFRI video. The BLM in Oregon and Washington successfully offered 216 million board feet for sale in fiscal year 2018, which ended recently. Forestry fact: 1 million board feet of timber can build 63 homes! 📲 More about BLM timber sales: https://goo.gl/H8KfK0 📽 Oregon forestry then and now: https://goo.gl/EV8KLn 🐴 Horse logging hazardous trees: https://goo.gl/UFbYm1 📚 Learn about the Oregon and California Railroad lands, where much of the agency’s timber production comes from: https://goo.gl/ZoKQSw📸 Oregon forestry archive: https://goo.gl/jNnfOt

The Klondike Fire, which started July 15 in southwest Oregon, is still smoldering, reports Inciweb. Lightning started the wildfire in the forested hills and mountains southwest of Grants Pass. Over the course of the fire season, it burned more than 175,000 acres, making it the largest fire in Oregon and Washington. The #KlondikeFire perimeter is 80 percent contained, and 240 wildland firefighters and support personnel are still working on the forest fire, according to Inciweb. ☀ Above average temps forecasted this winter: https://goo.gl/fFAoFu 🌐 #360video of central Oregon prescribed burn: https://youtu.be/nIyxTX7EEqw 👨🚒📲 2018 wildfire stories: - 4 ways drones are being used to fight wildfires: https://goo.gl/BaK85w - Firefighters and BLM wildlife biologist team up to save owl fleeing wildfire: https://goo.gl/C8pt5b - Wildland firefighters receive huge community rally after saving hundreds of homes: https://goo.gl/NLCrDo - Infrared drone video from above an Oregon wildfire: https://goo.gl/qjJjPZ - BLM firefighters help rescue woman who fell 100 feet off Washington highway: goo.gl/943VXQ - National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk drops water on wildfire: https://goo.gl/v1PW5P - Cockpit video: Approaching Oregon wildfires for retardant drops https://youtu.be/5H5OrfdMlXQ

The sky lights up at night above public land in southeast Oregon – photo: naderkhoury, via BLM Flickr Group 📍 Find a spot to visit: https://www.blm.gov/visit 📸 Join the BLM Oregon-Washington Flickr Group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/blm_oregon_washington/

Did you know some say Yaquina Head Lighthouse is haunted, and it was even featured in a Nancy Drew TV episode? Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon’s tallest, was featured in a spooky episode of the “Hardy Boys – Nancy Drew Mysteries,” a late 1970s TV show starring Pamela Sue Martin and Shaun Cassidy. In the episode, the crew of young detectives tries to figure out what is behind a light appearing at the deserted lighthouse. Other unsubstantiated scary stories are associated with the lighthouse, too, according to a PBS article on legendary lighthouses. One story was about a construction worker falling to his death and another tale involved a mysterious death so peculiar, the lightkeeper in the 1920s always brought his dog with him into the tower for fear of encountering a ghost. These days, of course, the BLM doesn’t think there is anything scary about the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area north of Newport, except that lighthouse tours are so popular not every visitor can attend! Thankfully, we have a new 360-degree virtual tour—link below—for those who have never walked all the way to the top! 📍 Visit Yaquina Head: https://goo.gl/FVw1pA 📲 Virtual lighthouse tour: https://youtu.be/vR3p4p2FKNU 📸 Seabird breeding season drama at Yaquina Head: goo.gl/KWxbsH 🌐 More 360-degree videos: https://goo.gl/1ccNtS 👏🏾 Rescued seal pup released: https://goo.gl/Y8gPFs 🐋 Oregon’s newest license plate features Yaquina Head Lighthouse! https://goo.gl/bg6FdN 😮 Gray whales come close to shore at Yaquina: goo.gl/opHgAi #Halloween #Halloween2018

Southeast Oregon is amazing! Check out the view from Iron Point, above the Owyhee River – photo: Jason Talbot 📍 Visit: https://goo.gl/MrdEcz 📸 Archive: https://goo.gl/oTKTFS 🗺 Geotagged maps of Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers: https://goo.gl/9okBYv 🌐 #360video from Oregon rivers: https://goo.gl/ozbS3A

Join a BLM public advisory council and help manage 16 million acres of land in Oregon & Washington! Tomorrow is the deadline to apply! ⏳📲 https://goo.gl/Y5kEo8 📍 Visit BLM public land: https://www.blm.gov/visit 📸 Photo archive: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmoregon/

Happy Steens Mountain Day! On this day in 2000, the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area was created, protecting about 425,000 acres! For perspective, the entire area of Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is about 90,000 acres. This giant swath of land in southeast Oregon includes the Steens Mountain Wilderness Area and an expansion of the Donner und Blitzen Wild and Scenic River, specifically to create a preserve for redband trout. In 2016, approximately 240,000 people visited Steens Mountain, according to a BLM estimate. Find your next Oregon adventure in the Steens! 📍 Visit: https://goo.gl/z5E2CU 📸 Archive: https://goo.gl/VOkTFg 🌐 360° SUP at Fish Lake: https://goo.gl/CcMD3x 🛩 Fly in a glider above Steens: https://goo.gl/HCRv6G 🚵‍♂ Bikepacking over Steens: https://goo.gl/WKDYrY 🌐 360° cattle drive near Steens: https://goo.gl/i8rA3W BLM photos: Greg Shine

The bighorn sheep of the Yakima River Canyon earlier this month – photo: William van Oostrum The BLM manages over 9,000 acres of land in the Yakima River Canyon area of central Washington. 📍 Visit: www.blm.gov/visit/yakima-river-canyon 📸 Archive: https://goo.gl/kPtFN7 🛰 Fly above the Umtanum Recreation Site: https://goo.gl/ZFUkwK 🌐 Float the Yakima River via #360video: youtu.be/mZm6g7EHAGA

Spectacular autumn at Whittaker Creek in the Oregon Coast Range – BLM photo: Lindsey Pruett Whittaker Creek, a tributary of the Siuslaw River, is a remote place where visitors can be surrounded by fall colors and experience solitude, said Pruett, a recreation planner for the BLM. “Yet fall colors aren't the only thing you will notice at Whittaker Creek; this calm, relaxing stream beneath a forest canopy will transform in two weeks as the creek is filled with thousands of spawning salmon,” she added. In the fall, winter and spring, local middle school students visit the recreation site to learn about spawning salmon and trout with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 📍 Visit: https://goo.gl/6g7Lgb 📸 Archive: https://goo.gl/cyYC7w 🍂🍁 More fall colors in the PNW: https://goo.gl/jtnw4M Photo captured Oct. 25, 2018

The famous emerald green waters of the North Umpqua River – photo: Gordon Cottrell 📍 Visit: https://goo.gl/ESDVW6 📸 Archive: https://goo.gl/o6w9kg

Join the BLM public advisory council for southeast Oregon and help manage #publicland issues like grazing! 📲 https://goo.gl/nrnCSG Deadline = Oct. 31 🌐 See a southeast Oregon cattle drive via 360-degree video: https://goo.gl/i8rA3W 🐂 High school students use shop class to help BLM rangeland study https://goo.gl/HXP0Tb 📲 More background about public grazing: https://goo.gl/ZSXUJu

On this day in 1988, the Omnibus Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers Act protects dozens of Oregon rivers! The act was signed 20 years after the original Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to add specific stretches of Oregon rivers, including 16 managed by the BLM in Oregon! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The BLM manages 69 rivers designated as Wild and Scenic, with 25 in Oregon. 📲 Find a river or trail near you: https://goo.gl/YGxEDK 📸 Photos of Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers managed by BLM: https://goo.gl/Nxazod 🗺 Geotagged maps of Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers: https://goo.gl/9okBYv

“Guardians with steadfast gaze” on the Yakima River in central Washington, writes photographer William van Oostrum 📍 Visit: www.blm.gov/visit/yakima-river-canyon 📸 Photos & videos: https://goo.gl/kPtFN7 🛰 Fly above the Umtanum Recreation Site: https://goo.gl/ZFUkwK 🌐 Float the Yakima River via #360video: youtu.be/mZm6g7EHAGA

ICYMI: The Warm Springs wild horse gather is now complete. In all, 846 horses and 41 burros were gathered. The gather began Oct. 2 and finished on Tuesday with eight horses gathered. The Warm Springs Herd Management Area comprises about 475,000 acres of public land south of Hines, Oregon. That range area can sustain 96 to 178 horses. The horses and burros gathered from the range will be transported to the BLM corral facility in Hines, Oregon. 📲 Full reports for this gather on BLM.gov: https://goo.gl/HAvzN2 Related: 💦 BLM hauls water to save wild horses this past summer:https://youtu.be/5y6QsBp2ZGA 🐎📲 Learn how to adopt your own wild horse:https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/ 🐴🇩🇪 Read how Oregon wild horses found homes in Germany:https://goo.gl/gXYmTk 📸 See more photos – and a live auction – featuring Kiger mustangs:https://goo.gl/PuKFe1

Fox hunts during the sunset golden hour in the San Juan Islands -- Flickr photo: dante0864 📍 How to visit the national monument in the northern Puget Sound: https://goo.gl/9EFLsC 📸 Photos & videos library: https://goo.gl/A8UxhD

Prescribed burning, or controlled burning, is an essential tool in maintaining healthy landscapes. Fire has always been a natural part of the ecological process. In the early 1990s, land management agencies sought to suppress all fires in an effort to preserve timber supply and other natural resources. Fire suppression policy was effective but over the decades increased the amount of vegetation (alive and dead) on the landscape. Increased vegetation led to the added risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfires. Some forests and rangelands are more vulnerable to environmental stress (drought, insects, disease and invasive species) without the role of low intensity, frequent fire. To reverse this trend, fire and smoke need to be reintroduced to the western landscape. 🔥👨‍🚒 Recent media coverage on the topic of prescribed burning: - The Oregonian: Controlled burns in Oregon: Can more fires create less smoke? ➡ https://goo.gl/R8D64K - OPB: Oregon makes case for prescribed fire smoke ➡ https://goo.gl/UQSNVN - Travel Oregon video: Living with wildfire: An Oregon story ➡ https://youtu.be/6BEBPtz8o-0 This #360video is from central Oregon in May of 2018 – BLM video: Lisa McNee 👨‍🚒📲 2018 wildfire stories: - 4 ways drones are being used to fight wildfires: https://goo.gl/BaK85w - Firefighters and BLM wildlife biologist team up to save owl fleeing wildfire: https://goo.gl/C8pt5b - Wildland firefighters receive huge community rally after saving hundreds of homes: https://goo.gl/NLCrDo - Infrared drone video from above an Oregon wildfire: https://goo.gl/qjJjPZ - BLM firefighters help rescue woman who fell 100 feet off Washington highway: goo.gl/943VXQ - National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk drops water on wildfire: https://goo.gl/v1PW5P - Cockpit video: Approaching Oregon wildfires for retardant drops https://youtu.be/5H5OrfdMlXQ