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Team: South
Thursday, August 1, 2002
Plunging Into Public Lands
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On BLM lands, there are no trees to block the view!

On BLM lands, there are no trees to block the view!
Courtesy Catherine Kiffe

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Hiking through the BLM lands in southern New Mexico, north from Mexico

Hiking through the BLM lands in southern New Mexico, north from Mexico
Courtesy Catherine Kiffe

Team South is crossing BLM lands in the Chihuahuan desert of southern New Mexico today. When many people refer to "public lands," or the "public domain," they are thinking specifically of BLM lands. These lands are largely desert, rangeland, or arid steppes, and are more or less open to use. BLM lands support mining for all kinds of minerals, drilling for gas and oil, livestock grazing, hunting, whitewater rafting, caving, rockhounding, backcountry archeology, camping, OHV use, and all kinds of esoteric activities like dirt-sailing, rocket launching, and setting land speed records.

The BLM manages these lands for the long-term sustainability of the natural resources, and many areas are protected under the National Landscape Conservation System. But recreation on the majority of BLM lands is more or less up to the visitor-- you can camp where you like, build campfires, bring your dogs, and hike cross-country-- although all visitors are expected to leave no trace of their adventures & to enjoy themselves safely.
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