Definitely one of the more emotional days so far. I was close to getting on, I felt it. To clarify. I got the western saddle on no problem and I applied pressure to the horn and pommel, imitating body weight. He was a little tense then started to relax. I felt the time was right so I went to put my foot in the stirrup, but not going to get on. He ran off, so we pushed him more. We pushed him too far, it was my mistake. I messed up. I just don't know what to do at this point I feel lost with him. -
The Trump admin auctioned off an imperiled bird habitat to oil companies for a whopping $14,837...
The #Trump administration has auctioned off #acres of #habitat for the #sagegrouse , which narrowly missed making the #endangeredspecies list after an extensive plan to preserve the bird’s habitat took effect during the #Obama administration. Which, naturally means Trump is dead set at marching back the progress.
How did the auction go for this precious #bird habitat? The Salt Lake Tribune reports it was a total bust:
The #BureauOfLandManagement ’s attempt on Tuesday to auction nine parcels in Utah’s #WestDesert for #oil and #gas development was a bust, with just three parcels attracting the minimum bid of $2 an acre, netting the federal agency a grand total of $14,837.
Two oil companies walked away with a steal:
Only four bidders signed up for the online sale. #LibertyPetroleumCorp . of #NewYorkCity bought one lease, while #FarWestPetroleum of #PleasantGrove bought two.
Thankfully, the sale is already being challenged:
The so-called #Sheeprocks population of great sage grouse in that area has seen its male numbers drop from 190 in 2006 to 23 in 2015, according to #conservation groups challenging the lease sale.
“Sage grouse are like canaries in a coal mine,” said conservation #biologist Allison Jones, executive director of #WildUtahProject , a nonprofit group advocating for #Utah#wildlife . ”Their population numbers are indicators of sagebrush #ecosystem function and health, and when they’re not doing well, it’s a wake-up call that it’s time to do what we can to conserve and improve habitat conditions.”
Let’s hope this sale will be tied up in the courts long enough that Trump’s successor can right the ship.
Ruuuuuun! It's the weekend! Cold temperatures are heading towards the mountains. Some of you may be like me and don't have enough gear for the cold. That's when it's time to head EAST. The @theoregondesert has helped create some pretty spectacular, desolate land to tame those wild spirits.
Who says the rugged desert can only be in the American Southwest! #NationalWildernessMonth
Pack your fishing gear and your raft and bring family and friends, because the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River corridor has something for everyone. This North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River Corridor is known for its stunning forest setting with the emerald green waters of the North Umpqua running right through the heart of it. Nestled amongst old-growth trees, one can relax at Susan Creek Campground, take a hike along the river on the 1.5 mile long Emerald Trail or stroll up the short trail to 50’ tall Susan Creek Falls. Anglers from across the country, flock to the North Umpqua to fly-fish for the elusive salmon and steelhead. The 79-mile long North Umpqua Trail is perfect for longer distance hikes and mountain bike excursions.
Photo by BLM Oregon/Washington
Deserts are often depicted as barren, windblown, rolling hills of interminable grains of sand, devoid of all life and bereft of changes in color but for the shadows of its waves. Many of the deserts of the Western United States, however, play host to a variety of vibrant plant life. Some of the plants exhibit beautiful symmetry and color like the sego lily. Others, like the wholeleaf Indian paintbrush, get color and nutrients by feeding on nearby plants. The desert trumpet changes colors in the fall and often is found mistakenly when it pops under someone’s footfall. Monsoon season in the Southwest is an opportune time to see the blooming cholla cactus, Galisteo sand verbena and numerous other plants that have remained dormant until the swelling skies begin to burst. Some plants exhibit strange growth patterns, like the desert cabbage, which looks like it has been taken straight from the sea floor. Apache plume catches light as it dances across its pink, silky feathers.
Photos by Alec Bryan, BLM New Mexico.
The haze decided to make a comeback this afternoon in Bend, so we decided to hit straight east into some BLM land. Temperatures were a little higher than anticipated, with the sky more orange than we wanted.
Buuuuuut we decided to run anyways. Dancing in the sky, prancing at the heat. Looking for the well.