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USGS copper engraving plate of Washington, D.C.

USGS Engravings Offered to the Public

MON, MARCH 30, 2015, 11:15 AM EST

From the 1880s to the 1950s, USGS used engraved copper plates in the process of printing topographic and geographic quadrangle maps at several map scales. Now USGS is offering some surplus engraved copper plates for sale through government auction. Read More ( >

Underwater photo of USFWS' Amanda Pollock at work.

Web Reads: USFWS Science Women: Conserving the Nature of America and Beyond

MON, MARCH 30, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

USFWS is celebrating Women’s History Month by highlighting some of its “science women.” They work in jobs you’d expect--refuge manager, ranger and federal wildlife officer--and ones you might not--museum curator, accessibility coordinator, and more. Read More ( >

Text: Turning the Tide; image: coastal shoreline

BLM: Turning the Tides

MON, MARCH 30, 2015, 08:41 AM EST

Where can you find the only logger-head turtle nesting area managed by the Bureau of Land Management? That distinction belongs to BLM Eastern States, which provides a breezy overview of its management the beach at Gulf Shores here. Read More ( >

Photos of new VISTA receiving their fleeces and a group photo of VISTAS.


MON, MARCH 30, 2015, 07:49 AM EST

In a tradition going back to the early days of the VISTA Teams, new members were presented their official OSMRE or DOI VISTA fleeces by Allan Comp, program officer, and Mary Pletcher, deputy assistant secretary, at a training session earlier this month. Read More >

Group of wood bison grazing.

USFWS Grant Program Helps Wood Bison Return to Wilds of Alaska

THU, MARCH 26, 2015, 10:06 AM EST

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant is helping to reintroduce the threatened wood bison to Alaska. On Sunday the Alaska Department of Fish and Game started flying wood bison from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to the rural village of Shageluk. Read More ( >

Photos of students taking part in a small-scale bridge-building competition.

Reclamation: Bridges Buckle at 48th Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition

THU, MARCH 26, 2015, 08:49 AM EST

Colorado high-school students tested their homemade, small-scale bridges during an annual competition the Bureau of Reclamation cosponsors to encourage participation in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. Read More >

USGS images: maps available for download

USGS: More Than 18 Million Served

THU, MARCH 26, 2015, 07:45 AM EST

The USGS, through the National Geospatial Program, has delivered more than 18 million U.S. Topo quadrangles and Historic Topographic maps in the past six years. Find out which map users downloaded most and how to download your own maps for free here. Read More ( >

BLM Montana State Office botanist Wendy Velman (right) working with Little Big Horn College students.

BLM-Montana/Dakotas: Botanist Plants with Little Big Horn Students

WED, MARCH 25, 2015, 08:48 AM EST

BLM Montana/Dakotas State Office botanist Wendy Velman sews seeds of success as she works with Little Big Horn College students to collect samples of native plant growth from culturally significant species. Read More >

Houston kids practicing casting with fishing rods while standing on a basketball court in an outdoor-recreation area.

USFWS: Finding Nature in the City with Houston Kids

TUE, MARCH 24, 2015, 01:00 PM EST

As Student Conservation Association interns for the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership initiative in Houston, Kaitlyn Waid and Morgan Cotter have one main goal: get local kids outside and engaged with nature in their own communities. Read More ( >

Walking Classroom members cross over the Edmund Pettus Bridge

NPS-Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Holds 50th Anniversary Walking Classroom

TUE, MARCH 24, 2015, 09:38 AM EST

The Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail’s “Walking Classroom,” now underway, is the first time the NPS has offered an opportunity for youth, ages 18 to 25, and the general public, all ages, to retrace the footsteps of civil rights giants. Read More >

Desert flowers A-C

Web Reads: BLM Welcomes Spring with California Desert Wildflowers from A to Z

MON, MARCH 23, 2015, 02:27 PM EST

Graduate intern, Lara Kobelt has been scouring the desert of the BLM-California Needles Field Office to find wildflowers for each letter of the alphabet. She is capturing each wildflower as it blooms in the desert. See her growing collection here. Read More ( >

Group of young people in foreground; forested area in background.

DOI-ITAP: DOI Introduces Young People in Jordan to New Ways of Engaging with Nature

MON, MARCH 23, 2015, 12:09 PM EST

At the request of the Jordanian government, and with funding from USAID, the Department of the Interior held a youth-engagement workshop in a forested area north of Jordan's capital, Amman, to help connect a group of Jordan's youth to nature. Read More >

Ceremony at USDA to launch NISAW 2015

Interior, USDA Launched National Invasive Species Awareness Week with Awards Ceremony, Fair

MON, MARCH 23, 2015, 10:31 AM EST

The departments of Interior and Agriculture on Feb. 25 launched National Invasive Species Awareness Week by recognizing some of people so dedicated to the fight. Among those receiving a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony at USDA: DOI's Gordon Brown. Read More >

Iditarod dog-sled race

USFWS: National Wildlife Refuges Help Iditarod Run

FRI, MARCH 20, 2015, 01:05 PM EST

A lack of snow forced the Iditarod dog-sled race to change its route, which meant that mushers spent about a quarter of the race next to or in national wildlife refuges. Read More ( >

Top, from L, Jay Higgins, ASCE, presenting award to Reclamation's Richard Welsh and Richard LaFond; Bottom: winning project.

Society of Civil Engineers Honors Reclamation with the 2014 Outstanding Project Award

FRI, MARCH 20, 2015, 10:20 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region was honored with the 2014 Outstanding Project Award from the Society of Civil Engineers - California Chapter - for the development of the Red Bluff Pumping Plant and Fish Screen Project. Read More ( >

USGS photo: Colorful mountains of Sar-e-Pul, Afghanistan, showing hint of copper (green) and iron (red).

USGS: Secretly Stashed Afghanistan Gold Maps Emerge

FRI, MARCH 20, 2015, 09:44 AM EST

USGS resurrected and remade maps showing Afghanistan’s largest known gold deposit and other gold, copper, mercury and iron sites. The new maps are helping that nation build its capacity to conduct modern Earth-science research. Read More ( >

High-elevation view of mountains and valleys -- John Muir Wilderness area.

BLM: Turning Back the Clock: Surveying in the Backcountry of the John Muir Wilderness

WED, MARCH 18, 2015, 08:05 AM EST

BLM cadastral land surveyor Matt Campos shares his behind-the scenes story of a rare opportunity that brought him and other surveyors back to the days of the Cadastral Survey, where all projects were completed by camping and with pack trains. Read More ( >


USFWS: Push Against Ivory Grows

WED, MARCH 18, 2015, 07:40 AM EST

Earlier this month, on World Wildlife Day, the world showed it was “serious about wildlife crime.” Learn the latest about the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to ensure imperiled wildlife still have a place in the world here. Read More ( >

Betty Reid Soskin wearing her park uniform, holding a folder in her hand, and standing in front of posters at the park.

Women's History Month: An Interview with 93-Year-Old National Park Service Ranger Betty Reid Soskin

TUE, MARCH 17, 2015, 01:21 PM EST

Women’s History Month upon us, we interviewed Betty Reid Soskin, a 93-year-old park ranger with Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Here she shares her connections to the park, her past and the future. Read More >

Text: Where Friends are Like Family; image: group photo of some of the visitors.

Web Reads: Where Friends Are Like Family - BLM Stretch of Desert a Winter Home to 40,000

FRI, MARCH 13, 2015, 02:19 PM EST

When it comes to magnificent Arizona landscapes, the name Quartzsite may not be the first place that comes to mind -- it’s no Grand Canyon. But, the annual influx of winter visitors makes it one of Arizona’s most interesting and offbeat locations. Read More ( >

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