The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs plans for brand new off-range pasture facilities that may give a free-roaming atmosphere for wild horses taken off Western public lands.
WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs nominations for that 2015 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Honours. The deadline to submit nominations is April 22, 2015.
Leader&rsquos Proclamation Satisfies Decade-Lengthy Community Drive to Safeguard Spectacular Landscape and World-class Entertainment Possibilities
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!!
2015 has entered in full force and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!! You should show your loved ones how special they are every day but Valentine’s Day is a day to go over the top and spoil them. Pigeon Forge is the perfect place to do just that. Love is in the air and there are so many great options of things to do that you are sure to make those loved ones smile!!
One of the greatest places to hit Pigeon Forge has been the Island. It is always a happening spot and it is continually growing with new stores and activities. A perfect Valentine’s night on the Island would be to splurge for an overnight stay at the Margaritaville Island hotel. During the day, you could do a little shopping at The Boutique for mom, Heads Up Sports for dad, or make those little sweeties happy by checking out The Toy Chest or Build a Bear Workshop. For dinner, dine at Timberwood Grill or Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant and then catch dessert at the Sweet Shoppe of the South. To end your “love” day, you could hang out in the rockers and listen to the sounds of the Island Fountains or take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and give your honey a sweet kiss at the top. Sounds like an awesome day to me!!
Another tried and true hit, would be to grab your sweetie and head out for a night of entertainment. You could catch an evening show of singing and dancing at Smoky Mountain Opry or laugh and cheer on the lumberjacks at Lumberjack Feud. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is set to unveil a new show with new sights, new sounds, and new adventure beginning Valentine’s weekend. You can’t go wrong with this great dinner attraction!!
If you are into surprises….. you could always surprise your honey or your whole family for that matter with tickets to Saddle Up which will close out Winterfest in Pigeon Forge on February 18-22, 2015. The lineup for this year’s event includes the sounds of Wylie and the Wild West and T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N-Playboys, cowboy stories and poetry from Baxter Black and Andy Nelson, and some good ‘ole chuck wagon cooking from Kent Rollins. It would be a perfect post Valentine’s weekend!
If you and your sweetie are just up for a nice, quiet night away, the many area cabins or chalets would be the perfect spot. Grab some groceries or some take out from an area restaurant and then snuggle up for the night next to a warm fire in the fireplace or enjoy some quality time together in the hot tub. Your sweetie is sure to enjoy this getaway!
With so many great options, let the “love” overflow in Pigeon Forge this Valentine’s Day!
Additionally for this year&rsquos budget focal points, Director Kornze congratulated the effort of BLM employees across the nation.  &ldquoThe BLM includes a unique and broad mission. Our duty is to locate the best balance between multiple-use and sustained-yield,&rdquo stated Kornze. &ldquoI am incredibly happy with the effort made by BLM&rsquos employees over the West and nationwide. They make tough choices every single day plus they work relentlessly to make sure that the company is engaging with and hearing our partners and also the towns that people serve.&rdquo
The Federal grazing fee for 2015 will be $1.69 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.69 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2014 fee was $1.35.