I warned you that there would be non-natural resources/recreation related posts on this blog once and awhile. This is one of those posts. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love ice cream. I adore it. I could eat it for every meal and be a very happy (although obese and unhealthy) person. This year for Christmas my sister and her boyfriend joined forces and bought me an ice cream maker, an awesome recipe book, and adorable ice cream bowls. 🙂
January 17th was Betty White’s 90th Birthday. This evening, I happened to be at the gym and picked the treadmill that was in front of a TV showing Betty White’s birthday special. I am a pretty big fan of Betty White. During high school “The Golden Girls” was definitely a guilty pleasure that I often watched in mini-marathons after coming home from school. Just thinking about the scene from “The Proposal” where Betty White dances with Sandra Bullock around the fire makes me laugh out loud. Additionally, she is very supportive of animal conservation and the conservation and animal welfare efforts made by zoos. She is supportive of animal rights but has spoken against PETA for spreading misinformation. And! Betty White is an honorary USDA Forest Service Ranger!
Following the lead of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering fee-free days during 2012. On these dates, all recreation-related fees will be waived. One of the main objectives of fee-free days is to provide people who may be constrained by the cost of the fees the opportunity to recreate on public lands. The fee-free days for this year are as follows:
January 14 to 16th (that’s today! Hurry, drop what you are doing and go recreate on some BLM lands)
June 9th (“Get Outdoors” Day)
September 29th (National Public Lands Day)
November 10th to 12th (Veteran’s Day weekend)
For more information about the BLM and the lands that they manage please visit their website here and here is where you can find out where the closest fee amenity BLM lands are to you! Happy recreating!
The lands protected by federal agencies in the United States are not all protected solely for their natural characteristics. Many parks and protected areas are charged with also preserving important historical and cultural resources. For example, in Utah the USDA Forest Service manages Ashley National Forest and the historical cabins, Spanish tree carvings, and evidence of historical dam construction located within that forest system. The National Park service manages thousands of National Historical Landmarks and 45 National Historical Parks. Recently a request was made to the park service for a new National Historic Landmark: the Tranquility Site on the moon.
“Hetch Hetchy” – the Sierra Miwok term that describes an edible grass located in Yosemite National Park. Also, the name of a valley, that in 1923, was dammed and flooded to provide water to the city of San Francisco. The 1906 preposition to dam Hetch Hetchy caused a major, nationwide debate between preservationists, led by Gifford Pinchot, and conservationists, led by John Muir, at the time. Now, almost 100 years later, Hetch Hetchy and the O’Shaughnessy Dam is in the news again. However, this time it’s a debate about “paying rent”.
According to various newspaper articles, some of the top new years resolutions for 2012 include exercising more, losing weight, spending more time with friends and family, and saving money. I have a new years resolution suggestion that can kill all of those birds with one stone. Resolve to recreate in the outdoors more in 2012!