BLM Director Uncovers New, Interactive Mtb Maps at Outerbike 2015

Today, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze attended among the nation&rsquos most significant mtb occasions introducing a brand new access tool for trail riders all across the nation.&nbsp Produced by the BLM, together with the Worldwide Biking Association (IMBA) and also the MTB Project, the mobile-friendly online tool features interactive maps for 25 of the united states&rsquos most widely used trails on public lands.&nbsp The maps could be utilized at&nbspworld wide
The brand new suite of internet maps will improve a customer&rsquos experience by supplying useful information and eye-catching creation of biking entertainment sites and trails.&nbsp By looking into making these details available to the general public, the BLM seeks to encourage more People in america to obtain outdoors and explore their public lands.&nbsp With the BLM website, riders may also access more in depth trail data from IMBA and also the MTB Project.&nbsp
&ldquoThe BLM is proud to handle a few of the world&rsquos best mtb trails,&rdquo stated Director Kornze. &nbsp&ldquoThis new, mobile-friendly tool can help the general public obtain a peek at these amazing places and plan their rides.&rdquo&nbsp
Director Kornze also noted that outside entertainment also makes good economic sense.&nbsp According to figures in the Outside Industry Foundation, outside entertainment activities lead roughly $730 billion towards the nation&rsquos economy and support nearly 6.5 million jobs.
&ldquoBLM’s readiness for connecting with this product and share it using their towns shows the standard in our work and offers one of the items our organizations can accomplish together,&quot&nbspsaid Leslie Kehmeier, Mapping Manager at IMBA.&nbsp
Greater than a million site visitors used mtb trails situated on BLM public lands this past year.&nbsp Now, the very first time, the biking community will have the ability to pull details about specific BLM biking areas via a centralized online tool when they&rsquore on the run.&nbsp
This effort develops the June discharge of the BLM&rsquos entertainment maps that&nbspprovide interactive navigability for a few of the nation’s most beloved conservation areas.&nbsp These maps could be utilized at&nbsphttp://world wide
The Outerbike event yearly draws 600 to 800 bike riders from greater than 40 states, plus 150 staffers from bicycle producers.&nbsp These participants are regular site visitors to public lands, and rely on these lands for his or her leisure activity.&nbsp They gather at Outerbike to check-ride bicycles, experience Moab&rsquos great trails, and find out more about other areas to ride while discovering the things they can perform to aid public mtb trails.

The BLM is working hands-in-hands with local partners and volunteers in 100s of towns round the country to construct and keep trails and also to develop other leisure possibilities through its Hooking up with Towns strategy.&nbsp Within the several weeks and years ahead, the BLM will build up additional online tools that can help be sure that the public has informed and open accessibility incredible leisure possibilities available on the nation&rsquos public lands.&nbsp

BLM Announces Leadership Visits in Three Key States,

Boise State Broncos, Nevada and California
WASHINGTON — Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze introduced today he has selected three veteran land managers for everyone in condition director positions in Boise State Broncos, Nevada and California.
Boise State Broncos
Amy Lueders assists because the BLM Boise State Broncos Condition Director managing greater than 13.4 million acres of public lands and 26 million acres of federal mineral assets in Boise State Broncos, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.&nbsp She’ll are accountable to her new publish in Santa Further ed later this fall. &nbsp
&ldquoAmy is a superb leader along with a natural fit to guide our operate in these states,&rdquo Kornze stated.&nbsp &ldquoShe continues to be the main thing on a lot of our most significant initiatives recently, and her previous leadership in Boise State Broncos implies that she’ll hit the floor running.&rdquo
Lueders has offered because the BLM Nevada Condition Director since 2010 called the Nevada Connect Condition Director from 2004 to 2010.&nbsp Just before employed in Nevada, Lueders offered because the BLM&rsquos Area Manager in Las Cruces, NM, a publish she’ll now oversee as Condition Director.&nbsp Lueders has most lately been in detail towards the BLM &rsquos Washington, D.C. Office managing the BLM&rsquos Greater Sage-Grouse planning effort because the Acting Assistant Director for Renewable Assets and Planning.
A graduate of Duke College having a Bachelor of Arts degree in Financial aspects, Lueders started her BLM career back in 1984 within the BLM&rsquos Washington, D.C., Office being an economist.&nbspShe later held numerous budget development and program analysis positions.&nbsp
Kornze also introduced he has selected John Ruhs because the Agency&rsquos Nevada Condition Director. &nbspRuhs will are accountable to the BLM Nevada Condition Office in Reno later this fall.
Ruhs, who most lately completed a detail assignment because the Acting BLM Nevada Condition Director, presently can serve as the BLM Eastern States Director.&nbsp Ruhs may lead the control over 48 million acres of public land in Nevada and 59 million acres of Federal mineral assets.
&ldquoJohn brings an excellent breadth of expertise with him, along with a real dedication to collaboration,&rdquo Kornze stated. &nbsp&ldquoI anticipate getting him within this key leadership position.&rdquo
A local of Iowa and Marine Corps veteran, Ruhs&nbsphas labored in several positions throughout his career, including previous stops in Nevada where he held the positions of untamed Equine and Burro Specialist, Fire Management Officer in Winnemucca, and District Manager in Ely.&nbsp Also, he labored because the Kremmling Area Manager in Colorado, the District Manager within the High Desert District Office in Wyoming as well as in the BLM&rsquos Washington, D.C. Office being an Consultant towards the BLM Director.&nbsp Ruhs started his federal career like a periodic worker in Vale, Or and it has held other positions which include stints in Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado.
Ruhs&nbspreceived his Bs degree in Animal Science in the College of Idaho. &nbspHe and wife, Amy, have seven kids.&nbsp&nbspRuhs&nbspenjoys outside activities including equine-riding, camping, and golf.
Jerome (Jerry) Perez will require within the position of BLM California Condition Director.&nbsp Perez presently can serve as Condition Director for that BLM&rsquos Or/Washington Office. &nbspHe replaces Jim Kenna, who lately introduced his retirement.&nbsp Perez will start his new responsibilities within the coming days.
&ldquoJerry has broad experience of natural resource management both using the BLM and also the U.S. Forest Service.&rdquo Kornze stated. &ldquoHe includes a deep knowledge of what must be done to balance public land uses like entertainment, energy development, and also the protection of wildlife habitat.&nbsp I anticipate getting him within this critical leadership position.&rdquo
Because the California Condition Director, Perez will oversee the control over 15.two million acres of public lands, nearly 15 % from the state’s land area, and 1.six million acres in northwestern Nevada.&nbsp &nbspBLM California also supervises 47 million acres of subsurface mineral estate underlying federal surface land, 2.5 million acres underlying independently possessed land, and 592,000 acres of Native American tribal land where BLM has trust responsibility for mineral procedures.
Perez brings significant experience to his new position.&nbsp He’s offered because the BLM Or/Washington Condition Director since 2012 and it has also labored for that U.S. Forest Service in many positions which include Deputy Regional Forester for that Intermountain Region in Utah Forest Supervisor around the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky Deputy Forest Supervisor for that Stanislaus National Forest in California and National Lawsuit Coordinator within the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Perez finished West Virginia College having a bachelor&rsquos degree in Forest Resource Management. He received his law degree in the Catholic College of the usa&rsquos Columbus School of Law. Perez also offered like a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, Africa, where he met his wife Rita.

BLM Seeks Discuss Draft Update to Measurement Standards for Oil Created on Public Lands

Modified Standards Ensure Accurate Measurement of Oil and Royalties
WASHINGTON &ndash&nbspThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) introduced a suggested rule right now to update and replace its rules regulating the measurement of oil created from onshore Federal and Indian rents. The needs within the suggested rule reflect advances in measurement technology and demanding updates in standards and practices. Additionally, it responds straight to concerns in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department from the Interior&rsquos Office of Inspector General, and Secretary&rsquos Subcommittee on Royalty Management, the BLM&rsquos existing rules don’t provide sufficient assurance that oil production on public and Indian lands has been paid for for in ways that guarantees that royalties are precisely monitored and compensated.&nbsp These concerns have led towards the Department&rsquos inclusion around the GAO&rsquos High-risk List.&nbsp
Public discuss the rule has been searched for for two months, through November 30, 2015.
&ldquoThe suggested rule signifies another important part of the BLM&rsquos modernization of their gas and oil rules,&rdquo stated&nbspAssistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice M. Schneider. &ldquoThese updates address historical concerns concerning the adequacy of existing rules and can help be sure that the oil created from Federal and Indian rents is correctly measured and paid for for — a vital element of making certain that American citizens, Indian tribes and allottees, and States and native government authorities get the full royalties they’re due.&rdquo
The suggested rule would replace Onshore Gas and oil Order # 4 (Order 4), which sets minimum standards for that measurement of oil.&nbsp Order 4 is not up-to-date since 1989, and doesn’t reflect modern industry practices or standards. &nbsp
&ldquoIt’s been almost 3 decades because the standards in Onshore Order 4 happen to be modified,&rdquo stated BLM Director Neil Kornze.&nbsp &ldquoThe industry has had major strides in recent decades which update reflects individuals changes additionally to creating our rules more adaptable for future years.&rdquo
Particularly, the suggested rule would:
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Incorporate proven industry standards produced by oil measurement experts from industry and also the BLM.&nbsp
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Formally authorize using Coriolis Measurement Systems (CMSs).&nbsp Despite the fact that CMSs have been verified accurate and reliable, Order 4 presently only specifically enables oil to become measured by manual tank gauging or with an optimistic displacement meter, meaning operators attempting to use CMSs must seek a variance. The suggested rule would eliminate the requirement for industry to submit, but for the BLM to process, such variance demands.&nbsp
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Set up a tactic to recognize and approve using new measurement technology and techniques, with no BLM needing to amend its rules.
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Boost the accountability of high-volume production wells by needing operators to ensure the precision from the meters on individuals wells more often.
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Make changes to enhance the BLM&rsquos capability to verify and audit production records to be able to make sure that production has been correctly monitored.
The suggested rule&nbspis the next phase inside a procedure that the BLM started this year with tribal consultation conferences and ongoing in 2013 with public listening periods.&nbsp The general public listening periods incorporated reps from Indian lands, the gas and oil industry,&nbspenvironmental groups,&nbspand Federal agencies.&nbsp Input in the listening periods, stakeholder outreach, and tribal consultation conferences assisted inform the introduction of the suggested rule.
The BLM’s gas and oil management program is among the most significant mineral leasing programs in the us government.&nbsp The entire worth of annual production has ended $33 billion, which&nbspgenerates greater than $3 billion in royalty revenue every year from gas and oil leasing activities on federal lands (many of which is distributed to condition and native government authorities) and most $1 billion in royalty revenue from activities on tribal lands (which would go to tribes or individual allotees).
The suggested rule might be seen online at world wide
The BLM encourages the general public to have fun playing the rulemaking process by posting comments around the suggested rule by November 30, 2015 through among the following techniques:
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Federal eRulemaking Portal:&nbsphttp://world wide the instructions at this website.
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Mail: U.S. Department from the Interior, Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, Mail Stop 2134 LM, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, Electricity 20240 Attention: Regulating Matters.
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Personal/messenger delivery: Bureau of Land Management, 20 M. Street SE, Room 2134 LM, Attention: Regulating Matters, Washington, Electricity 20003.

Fun Facts About Pigeon Forge

Our family visits Pigeon Forge every year.  We have made so many happy memories together as a family there and are always fascinated by the continued growth of the city.  Here are some fun facts about this place our family likes to call a “second home.”

Pigeon Forge gets the first part of its name from the Little Pigeon River which runs its course through the city, passing by great attractions like Old Mill Square and the LeConte Event Center. The river got it’s name from passenger pigeons that loved the area. The second part of the name came from the iron forge built by Isaac Love in 1817 near the area of the Old Mill.

The city has around 6,000 permanent residents but there are millions of visitors to this well loved city each year.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S. Located within the park, Clingman’s Dome is the 3rd highest point in eastern U.S. and the highest point in Tennessee and Cade’s Cove is the most visited area of the park as well as one of the most historic areas.

Pigeon Forge is home to 1 of only 2 Titanic museums and Dixie Stampede shows in the U.S. Also, it is home to 1 of 5 Margaritaville hotels in the U.S.

Dollywood is one of the most visited attractions in Tennessee and Dolly, herself, still makes guest appearances to the city several times a year. With festivals like Great American Summer and Smoky MountainChristmas, it is no wonder why so many people visit each year.

Flags from all 50 states and the branches of the armed forces fly in Patriot Park. There is also a replica Liberty Bell and a Patriot Missile that was used in the 1st Gulf War.

There are 7 pancakes houses throughout the city! After all, who doesn’t love some good pancakes for breakfast? One of my favorite breakfast items is the Pancakes Royale at Log Cabin Pancake House.

Pigeon Forge offers a wide array of entertainment options for the whole family- from over 10+ shows including award winning shows like Country Tonite and Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, to thrill rides like indoor skydiving at Flyaway and the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, to museums and entertainment parks like WonderWorks and The Track, the fun never ends.

You can capture a true feel for “mountain living” by staying in one of the many area cabins or chalets or by camping at one of the area campgrounds and RV parks. However, with hotels like The Inn at Christmas Place and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, lodging can be a tough decision.

The Fun Time Trolley will take you through the city for less than a dollar a ride!! So, we like to park our car and then sit back and let the trolley do the driving for us.

Annual Update of Mineral Cost Recovery Fee Schedule Becomes Effective March. 1

WASHINGTON &ndash The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released your final rule, effective&nbspOctober 1, 2015, that implements the needed annual adjustment towards the fee agenda for mineral&nbspcost&nbsprecovery&nbspprojects.&nbsp Particularly, this final rule updates the costs billed to&nbsprecover&nbspcosts&nbspincurred in processing certain documents connected with oil, gas, coal, and solid mineral activities on public lands.&nbsp In line with updates towards the fee agendas in prior years, this final rule boosts the fee schedule according to&nbspinflation.&nbsp
The BLM is approved to charge&nbspcost&nbsprecovery&nbspfees underneath the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and also the 2005&nbspCost&nbspRecovery Rule. This season&rsquos adjustment signifies the ninth annual update towards the fee schedule because the BLM first implemented a&nbspcost&nbsprecovery&nbspfee schedule for several gas and oil activities underneath the&nbspCost&nbspRecovery&nbspRule. &nbspThe fee schedule is modified yearly in line with the alternation in the Implicit Cost Deflator for Gdp (IPD-GDP) in the fourth Quarter of 1 twelve months towards the fourth Quarter from the following twelve months. The IPD-GDP is released yearly through the Department of Commerce.
Because of the little rise in the IPD-GDP over the period and fundamental concepts of rounding, 34 costs will stay while 14 costs increases. Twelve from the fee increases will add up to $5, and also the remaining increases is going to be between $15 and $40. The biggest increase, $40, will be included to the cost of adjudicating greater than 10 mineral patent claims, that will rise from $3,035 to $3,075. The cost of adjudicating 10 or less mineral patent claims increases by $15, from $1,520 to $1,535.
The BLM has undertaking these annual fee changes as a result of recommendations produced in a study released through the Department from the Interior&rsquos Office of Inspector General in 1988, which discovered that the BLM required to do more to&nbsprecover&nbspits document-processing&nbspcosts. The costs derive from a typical mathematical formula utilized by companies countrywide to regulate their expenses. This fee update rule is dependant on the modification within the IPD-GDP in the fourth Quarter of 2013 towards the fourth Quarter of 2014, which reflects the speed of inflation over four calendar quarters.
For more information contact: Steven Wells, Chief, Division of Fluid Minerals, 202-912-7143 Mitchell Leverette, Chief, Division of Solid Minerals, 202-912-7113 or Mark Purdy, Regulating Matters, 202-912-7635. Persons using a telecommunications device for that hard of hearing (TDD) may leave a note of these people using the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hrs each day, seven days a week.

39th Annual Rotary Club Craft Fair

Fall is a great time to visit Pigeon Forge with the cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors, but if you are looking for one more great reason to come to town this season the Rotary Club Craft Fair is it!

The 39th Annual Rotary Club Craft Fair will be held September 26 – October 24 and is open from 10 am until 6 pm each day. If you’ve never been, just head on over to Patriot Park and you’ll find it in the big red and white striped tent. You can’t miss it! The giant festival tent houses 75 different booths with unique handmade items from the area’s most talented artists and crafters. The Rotary Club Craft Fair is a great opportunity to find some fall décor to take back home with you, or get a head start on some Christmas shopping.

One of the greatest things about the Rotary Club Craft Fair is that it provides an opportunity to give back to the community. The admission is by donation and 100% of the proceeds benefit local charities including the Boys & Girls Club, 4-H and Christmas For Kids, just to name a few.

And more good news, parking is FREE!

If you’re looking for more information on the Rotary Club Craft Fair, visit

Shows, Shows, and more Shows

Pigeon Forge is known for it’s high quality entertainment.  As the weather is starting to change and those cool outdoor temperatures are making their way in, it is the perfect time to plan for some indoor  fun.  With so many different shows, one is sure to spark your family’s interest.

If you are looking to knock out dinner and entertainment at one time, dinner shows are the perfect option!  It is a fun time for the whole family.

  • Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction – This award winning show is always a hit and they are offering new sights, new sounds, and new adventure in the show for 2015.  Our girls love the horses and watching  the stunt riders.  The lights and colorful costumes add to the great ambience.  The dinner feast is also a hit….you definitely will not leave hungry!

Hatfield and McCoy’s Dinner Show– This dinner feud will keep you laughing!  The mountain-style music and dancing mixed with some comedy has been a favorite with our family, trip after trip.  We definitely don’t mind seeing this show over and over.

Lumberjack Feud– This show is unique from the others in that there are actual lumberjack athletes competing in 18 events throughtout the show.  There are even some audience participation events and it is a fun time cheering on both the Dawsons and the McGraws.  The Logger’s Mountain meal is hearty but be sure to save room for dessert too.  The best part for our girls is getting the wood “cookies” signed by the athletes after the show!

The Grand Majestic Theater– Currently offering the Smith Family Dinner Show and the Hazzard County Hoedown.  Dinner is served prior to the show and is a country style buffet with many Southern favorites.  Chicken and dumplings topped the list for our family.  Dad and I were super excited to take the girls to the Hazard County Hoedown as we both grew up watching the Dukes of Hazzard.  Roscoe definitely stole the show and we enjoyed the humor along with the singing and dancing.

If you prefer just relaxing and listening to some great music, there are some great shows for that too.

Country Tonite– This “Must-See” show offers a very talented cast from the youth singers to the musicians who have played with stars like Loretta Lynn and George Jones.  It is hard to not tap your toes and sing along as they span the decades with many all time favorites.  There is even a little comedy mixed in and they do a fabulous patriotic tribute at the end of the show.  A bonus here is that kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult!!

Smoky Mountain Opry– This is known as Pigeon Forge’s best variety show.  There is music and dancing as well as comedy and amazing special effects.  You will be mesmerized by the many different costumes and here too, you are sure to catch yourself singing along with many of the tunes.

For those families traveling with kids, they often do not want to stop playing long enough to sit down and watch a show.  However, Pigeon Forge has you covered with some entertaining shows that they will enjoy too!

The Comedy Barn– Our girls love this show.  They get captivated with watching all of the different animals as well as the ventriloquist and juggler.  It is a great family friendly activity that will have your family smiling from ear to ear.

Magic Beyond Belief– Most kids love the world of magic.  What would be better for them than seeing it up close and personal?  Darren Romeo was mentored by Siegfried and Roy and will amaze you with his performance.

With great shows like these, your family can’t go wrong!!  Make sure to add several of them to the agenda for your next family fun adventure to Pigeon Forge!