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John Stewart

Prescribed burns help protect public lands

While nature does its best to keep things in balance, there are times when a little help from land and resource managers is necessary. One of those helping hands comes from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and includes prescribed burns on public land to maintain and enhance the health and productivity of some incredible resources. 

As stewards of 5.4 million acres of public land in six counties – Doña Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Grant, Sierra and Otero, the BLM Las Cruces District employs a team of specialists to accomplish some important objectives through prescribed burns.

The BLM Fire Management Program has two objectives, including the protection of life, property and public land and resources from wildland fire; and the maintenance and enhancement of resources through prescribed burning for the benefit of wildlife habitat and rangeland resources. To meet both objectives, the BLM Las Cruces District specialists work together to monitor the resources and plan their strategies.

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Jamie Strand

How to Stay Wagging During Your Outdoor Exercise

2 Feet, 4 Paws: How to Stay Wagging During Your Outdoor Exercise

As you may have already noticed, man’s best friend is up for anything, whether that is a game of fetch, a jog in your local park, or a day of being lazy and watching movies on the couch. Exercise is imperative for your health, and having a workout companion who is consistently excited might just be the motivation you need to get your steps in everyday. Whether you are looking to start or have already begun, exercising with Fido requires a little prep.

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John Stewart

Temporary Shooting Closure in Lovell Canyon Extended for an Additional Year

LAS VEGAS – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) has extended the temporary emergency shooting closure in Lovell Canyon for an additional year. The extended closure will allow the U.S. Forest Service to go through a formal decision-making process to determine what dispersed recreation activities are appropriate in Lovell Canyon and how they can best be managed. The closure area includes approximately 32,000 acres on both sides of Forest Service Road 45537 (Lovell Canyon Road).

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John Stewart

Drones and Wildfires - Benefits and Risks

As the California wildfires grow with devastating impacts on human life, property, and business, the potential unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) benefits and risks for firefighting (re)emerge. UAS stakeholders, including firefighters, are realizing the potential life-saving and fire response applications of UAS. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local emergency services remain on high alert for UAS that pose a risk to emergency responses.

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Tom Severin

Convenience of a 4-Door Model in a 2-Door Vehicle

Every once in a while a new product comes along that is a real game-changer for the 4WD community. It may not be flashy, but the product fills a void. Such is the case with the hinged side windows in the new hardtop for my Jeep Wrangler. What’s just as amazing is the story behind this tremendous find.

I was working on the Jeep one afternoon when this couple walks by. I know them vaguely, haven spoken a few times over the years. Jerry Mancini and his wife live about a block from me.  Jerry owns Rally Tops, www.rallytops.com, located in nearby Gardena, Calif. They make hardtops for a variety of off-road vehicles, as well as tonneaus and bed covers for pickups.

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