BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Equine and Burro Advisory Board for April 22-23 in Columbus, Ohio

The Bureau of Land Management&rsquos National Wild Equine and Burro Advisory Board will come across on April 22-23 in Columbus, Ohio, to go over issues relevant towards the management and protection of untamed horses and burros on Western public rangelands.&nbspThe two-day meeting will occur on Wednesday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to five p.m., and Thursday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to five p.m.&nbsp(The meeting occasions are local time Columbus is incorporated in the Eastern Time Zone.)
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The approaching Advisory Board meeting is going to be held in the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. Traditional, Columbus, Ohio 43215 telephone number: 614-463-1234.&nbspThe agenda from the meeting are available in the March 23, 2015, Federal Register (at http://world wide web.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/pdf/2015-06517.pdf).
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The Advisory Board provides input and advice towards the BLM because it performs its duties underneath the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.&nbspThe law mandates the security and control over these free-roaming creatures in a fashion that guarantees healthy herds at levels in conjuction with the land&rsquos ability to support them. &nbspAccording towards the BLM&rsquos latest official estimate, roughly 49,200 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-handled rangelands in 10 Western states.
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The general public may address the Advisory Board on Wednesday, April 22, from three p.m. to 4:30 p.m., local time.&nbspIndividuals who wish to create a statement at Wednesday&rsquos meeting should register personally using the BLM by 2 p.m., local time, with that 24 hour in the meeting site. &nbspDepending on the amount of loudspeakers, the Board may limit the size of presentations, set at three minutes for previous conferences.
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Loudspeakers should submit an itemized copy of the statement towards the BLM in the addresses below or bring a duplicate towards the meeting. &nbspThere might be a Webcam present throughout the whole meeting and individual comments might be recorded. &nbspThose who want to comment but they are not able to go to may submit an itemized statement to: National Wild Equine and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147.&nbspComments can also be e-mailed towards the BLM (at wildhorse@blm.gov) please include &ldquoAdvisory Board Comment&rdquo within the subject type of the e-mail.
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To acquire more information concerning the meeting, please contact Ms. DeLorme, Wild Equine and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. &nbspIndividuals using a telecommunications device for that hard of hearing (TDD) may achieve Ms. DeLorme throughout normal business hrs by calling the government Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
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The Advisory Board generally meets two times annually and also the BLM Director may call additional conferences at the appropriate interval. &nbspMembers serve without salary, but they are refunded for travel and per diem expenses based on government travel rules.

In the control over wild horses and burros underneath the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM is applying recommendations produced by a June 2013 report from the Nas.&nbspFor instance, the BLM takes actions to improve&nbspthe utilization of population growth-suppression measures on overpopulated herds roaming Western public rangelands and applying techniques produced by the U.S. Geological Survey for additional accurate population estimations.

News Break…It is Quilt Time!

The 21st Annual “A Mountain Quiltfest” will take the stage in Pigeon Forge March 18-21. The city will be filled with fabulous ladies who love the art of quilting. There will be classes for quilters of all skill levels, vendors with some of the newest and greatest technology, as well as a first class quilt show/competition. This year there will be 20 categories in the quilt show so you definitely don’t want to miss it! The event will be held in the beautiful LeConte Center which is a treat in itself. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery, so when you need a break, you can just walk outside and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air.

I had the pleasure of attending with my mom several years ago and we had a wonderful time! It was a great time of mother/daughter bonding, all while we experienced the great activities of the event. Although I will admit, my mom is a much more patient person than I and she handled the details of the classes that we took much better than my perfectionist self, did! The Antique Quilt Bed Turnings were so interesting.

Seeing and hearing about quilts that were over 40 years old was like taking a trip down memory lane for me. It took me back to the quilts that my grandmother had from her childhood. I actually have one of them and will cherish it forever. One of our favorite parts of Quiltfest was the Dinner Social. It included good food, great company, and a unique souvenir pottery piece. We met ladies from all over the country and enjoyed hearing their stories of quilting. The Friday night Show and Tell event was also a fun event. Lots of women gathered together under one roof to show off their beautiful quilts and share in some laughs and good times. There are also some great giveaways.

I was truly amazed at the craftsmanship and the beauty in the quilts that were displayed throughout Quiltfest. Quilting, in all of its many forms, truly is an art. From the fabric that is chosen to the pattern that is followed to the delicate and detailed stitching…these quilts are timeless treasures! Each quilt is a story of the people that made it and are great family heirlooms. I hope that my little divas will learn to appreciate the history of the quilts that we have in our home as much as I do.

Pigeon Forge, thanks for keeping the art of quilting alive!!

Spring Break in Pigeon Forge

Spring is almost here!!! We are counting down the days in our house and my little divas are excited for a Spring Break from school soon. It is the perfect time of year for a little getaway to relax and refocus for the bright days of spring and summer ahead. Pigeon Forge is ready to help make your family’s Spring Break one to remember!!

The many award-winning shows in the area have been working hard and are gearing up to show you a good time in 2015. Country Tonite will be unveiling a new show and kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Our little divas love that they have kid performers in this show and get so excited to take pictures with them at the end of the show. The Comedy Barn will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is sure to offer your family a good time and plenty of laughs. A little laughter is sure to help your family relax and refocus!!

Dollywood re-opens for the season on March 21, 2015 with the kick-off of Festival of Nations. There will be great shows, music, food, and art from around the world. Hours of entertainment and fun await the entire family. Whether you choose to take a relaxing train ride on the Dollywood Express, catch one of the first class shows, or take a daredevil ride on the Wild Eagle, it is a definite Spring Break must!

The Island is ready to offer your family plenty of fun times too. With so many entertainment, food, and shopping options, your family is sure to find something to suit everyone. The Island Fountains are a great spot for just hanging out and regrouping while the Island Mirror Maze and Arcade City offer plenty of fun for the kids. The Margaritaville Restaurant and the Margaritaville Island hotel are sure to put you on island time so you can just kick back and relax!!

Another great spot is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the perfect time to check out the transition of seasons and all of the grand beauty that surrounds. Make sure to stop at one of the four visitors centers to see what all is going on in the park as well as get a little history of the area.

If you are ready to relax and refocus this Spring Break, pack your bags and head to Pigeon Forge where a family friendly good time awaits!!

Gearing Up for Saddle Up

It is that time again, time to cowboy up for the 15th annual Saddle Up event in Pigeon Forge. The events begin Wednesday, February 18 and run through Sunday, February 22.  This year’s lineup is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  The music, the stories, the food, all in true cowboy fashion, will definitely make for a weekend to remember.

If you are in need of western attire for the weekend, make Stages West your first stop. They will suit you up in the latest and greatest cowboy couture so that you are looking your best for all of your weekend fun. With so many great options in clothing, boots, hats, and accessories, you can have a new look for every day. This year, Stages West will be hosting a Cowboy Society Coffee on February 21st with Jay Earnhardt of Stetson hats. You won’t want to miss this, as one lucky attendant will win a free Stetson Anniversary hat. Stages West will also be hosting the Stories & Strings event and Cowboy Church during the Saddle Up weekend.

Saddle Up is a great way to experience and celebrate the ways and lifestyles of the Wild West. There are daily workshops, presentations, and concerts by some of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls in the country. You are sure to leave with a new appreciation for the past and present. On Thursday, grab your honey and take some free dance lessons so that you are ready for some boot scootin’ at the big Cowboy Dance on Saturday night with T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys. Most of the weekend events will take place in the beautiful LeConte Center. It is nestled along the Little Pigeon River and near The Island so there will be plenty to see and do between Saddle Up events.

Food will be plentiful throughout the weekend too. The world famous Kent Rollins of the Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon will be heading up some great chuck wagon cooking. The Chuck Wagon Cook-off will take place at lunch time on Saturday. If you have never experienced a chuck wagon meal then you are missing out!!  You will be amazed at the fine cuisine that will all be prepared over a campfire.  You won’t leave hungry!

Saddle Up is the place to be this weekend in Pigeon Forge. Cowboy up and head on over for a weekend like no other!!

BLM Grants Greater Mooses Tooth Unit Gas and oil Development Project in Alaska

Record of Decision Balances Resource Protection and Development Project will
be First Production in the National Oil Reserve-Alaska
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WASHINGTON &ndash&nbspThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released&nbspa&nbspRecord of Decision (Fishing rod)&nbspfor the suggested Greater Mooses Tooth Unit project (GMT1), opening the way in which for that first manufacture of gas and oil from federal lands within the 23-million acre National Oil Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).
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&ldquoI am happy with the collaborative efforts which have introduced us for this wind turbine milestone,&rdquo stated BLM Director Neil Kornze.&nbsp &ldquoToday&rsquos decision not just opens the way in which for that first manufacture of gas and oil within the National Oil Reserve, but additionally supplies a new power source for that Trans Alaska Pipeline System.&nbsp The input of several stakeholders, especially Alaska Native towns, was critical in getting this project from concept to reality.
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&ldquoThe Department anticipates ongoing to utilize ConocoPhillips because it progresses with safe and responsible energy development around the North Slope,&rdquo stated Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider.&nbsp &ldquoThe proper planning and minimization measures decided to by ConocoPhillips are essential once we still support thoughtful and balanced development in this area and therefore are important to paying for that impacts of the project.&rdquo
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The Fishing rod released today chooses Alternative A because the BLM&rsquos selected development alternative, that the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers recognized because the Least Eco Harmful Practicable Alternative. This plan of action will give you for approximately 33 development and injection wells on one well pad.&nbsp The BLM&rsquos decision includes a strong package of minimization needs, including an $8 million contribution from ConocoPhillips, Alaska, Corporation., right into a award for minimization fund.&nbsp A Regional Minimization Strategy is going to be developed, that will involve input from local Native towns, to look for the best purposes of the award for minimization funds.&nbsp The Fishing rod also requires implementation of the suite of best management practices to prevent or minimize project impacts.&nbsp
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As suggested by ConocoPhillips, Alaska, Corporation., the work includes construction of the 11.8-acre drilling pad within the east area of the NPR-A.&nbsp It’ll utilize elevated pipelines as well as an electric energy line that, when completed, will give you use of both Federal and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation gas and oil assets. The work will give you significant economic advantages to Alaska Native Companies that possess a significant area of the subsurface mineral estate whilst delivering an important product to aid America&rsquos energy needs.
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The Fishing rod includes best management practices and lease conditions and terms needed through the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan, in addition to project design features to lessen impacts. The Fishing rod also determines a award for minimization fund to invest in growth and development of a lengthy-term landscape level Regional Minimization Strategy and minimization projects recognized with the Strategy.&nbsp The projects is going to be recognized via a transparent process and could include establishment of voluntary conservation easements or rents on Native Corporation land with critical environment, subsistence or cultural significance and potential removal of formerly disturbed sites.&nbsp The Regional Minimization Strategy is going to be developed via a collaborative, multi-stakeholder procedure that includes developing final results that benefit subsistence customers most directly influenced through the GMT1 project, including people from the Native Village of Nuiqsut.&nbsp The minimization attempts are in line with BLM efforts to consider a landscape-level method of enabling projects across the nation.
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A few of the additional best management practices and lease conditions and terms needed through the Fishing rod include making certain a strong spill prevention and response regime, needing wildlife protection measures for fleet and aircraft traffic creating contracts to make sure Native towns get access to streets for subsistence reasons and monitoring of wildlife populations, habitat, and ecosystem processes potentially influenced through the development.&nbsp
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The BLM&rsquos 2013 Area-Wide Integrated Activity Plan recognized 11 million acres within the NPR-A for defense of natural values, while making near to 12 million acres and 72 percent from the technically and economically recoverable oil readily available for development.&nbsp Presently, 207 approved rents cover greater than 1.73 million acres within the NPR-A. Since 1999, 10 lease sales within the NPR-A have received greater than $261 million. This Year, Leader Obama directed the Secretary from the Interior to conduct annual gas and oil lease sales within the NPR-A. Lease sales had formerly been held every 2 yrs.&nbsp
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Nearly how big Indiana, the NPR-A, situated on Alaska&rsquos North Slope, may be the biggest single block of government handled land within the U . s . States. Legally, the BLM supervises the NPR-A for that reasons of gas and oil development together with protection of areas that contains significant subsistence, leisure, seafood and wildlife or historic or scenic value. The Naval Oil Reserves Production Act of 1976 as amended, which moved the NPR-A in the Navy towards the Department from the Interior, mandates protection of those special areas whilst supplying for expeditious growth and development of gas and oil assets.&nbsp

Roberson to become Director of BLM’s National Procedures Center in Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management introduced today that Edwin L. Roberson, presently Assistant Director for Renewable Assets and Planning in Washington, D.C., would be the new Director from the BLM&rsquos National Procedures Center in Colorado.
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&ldquoI am very happy to announce that Erectile dysfunction, that has effectively overseen key BLM resource-related programs throughout his tenure, such as the BLM’s sage-grouse conservation effort, will take his managing talents towards the National Procedures Center (NOC),&rdquo stated BLM Director Neil Kornze.&nbsp &ldquoAs an experienced BLM leader, Erectile dysfunction will advice the NOC to supply tech support team to BLM offices and everyone.&quot
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Roberson, a 35-year BLM veteran, has offered in the present position since August 2007.&nbsp He’s been the BLM’s point person on sage-grouse habitat conservation included in the BLM&rsquos effort to avert the requirement for listing the species underneath the Endangered Species Act.
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Before visiting Washington, D.C., Roberson was manager from the Las Cruces (Boise State Broncos) District Office and Manager from the Roswell (Boise State Broncos) Area Office.&nbsp Throughout his amount of time in Roswell, Roberson was named BLM-Boise State Broncos Manager of the season for 2001.&nbsp The following year, his office received the Leader&rsquos award from the Wildlife Management Institute.
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Throughout his tenure as Assistant Director, Roberson has brought several national initiatives such as the move from the BLM to some Landscape Method of Conservation, Restoration and Development, including completing numerous Ecoregional Checks the introduction of a nationwide Socio-Economic Proper Plan the Geospatial Services Proper Plan along with a Wild Equine and Burro Strategy.&nbsp
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Roberson includes a Bs running a business, and Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Auburn College.
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Roberson continues to be married to his wife Mary for 35 years.&nbsp His daughter, Julie, is married to Major Shawn McNicol, and it has two kids, Rowan and Briar.&nbsp Julie includes a B.S. from Boise State Broncos Condition College as well as an Master of business administration.&nbsp His boy, Cason, a U.S. Navy Dental professional, who’s also an Auburn College graduate, is married to Shelley. They reside in a Camping Lejeune, N.C., and also have two sons, Davis and can.&nbsp Erectile dysfunction likes all kinds of outside activities and it is an athlete.
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Roberson starts his new position in the NOC at the begining of May.&nbsp The NOC&rsquos 550 employees and companies lead towards the BLM&rsquos overall multiple-use and sustained yield mission by supplying operational and tech support team in a number of key areas, including human assets, it, geospatial services, finance, and acquisition.