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While the National Park Service is usually in the spotlight when it comes to our nation’s natural areas, did you know that the Bureau of Land Management maintains four times more public lands? That right, BLM manages over 274 million acres, mostly located in the western United States. That’s an incredible 12.5% of the entire country’s land mass. Not only that, but they manage over 700 million acres of mineral rights beneath the surface.

With a budget just over $1 billion, BLM employs 11,600 permanent and 2,000 part-time employees and generates $6.2 billion in revenue annually. They are a very important agency in terms of economic as well as ecological reasons.

To get their story out, BLM maintains an amazing Instagram account. Their passionate and dedicated staff share photos that really showcase the beauty of BLM-managed lands. Below are out 25 favorites but make sure to follow BLM at @MyPublicLands on Instagram to see many more.

It's summer time in Montana and Wyoming border! Wildflowers are in full bloom in the Pryor Mountain Wilderness Study Area. This scenic area's rugged, isolated portions of the Pryor Mountain Range may be tough to get to, but the view is worth it. Before venturing into the wilderness study area, make sure to check in with the Billings Field Office, grab a map and make sure you are driving a four-wheel drive vehicle. Some areas are only accessible by ATV, horseback or on foot. The wide expanses and topographic and multicolored erosional geologic features provide for high scenic values. In less than 13 miles, the landscape transitions through a wide spectrum of geologic and biotic features, ranging from desert environments to those found in sub-alpine mountainous settings. Opportunities for nature photography, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, nature study, and scenic viewing are outstanding. Pryor Mountain WSA is approximately nine miles north of Lovell, Wyoming. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. #bureauoflandmanagement #montana #wyoming #pryormountains #wildflowers #montanamoment #photography #nature #rockclimbing #naturestudy #recreation #conservation #hiking #backpacking #scenic

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The BLM manages 23,916 acres in the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness. This mountainous and dry area features hiking, fishing, hunting, and equestrian use, as well as opportunities to just “get away” and enjoy some solitude. The Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness area also includes the upper Herd Creek watershed with one of the most intact native plant communities in the state. This patchwork of riparian willows, abundant bunch grasses, forbs, aspen and conifers provides critical habitat for fish and wildlife species in the wilderness area. A great way to get to the wilderness is to take a short hike from the end of the road to Herd Lake A hike to the top of Jerry Peak will greet you with great panoramic views of surrounding mountain ranges. Jim McClure-Jerry Peak is the least visited of the three new wilderness areas, so if you want to enjoy solitude, great vistas, and the natural environment with minimal impacts, this is a great place to visit. Photo courtesy of Matt Leidecker. #bureauoflandmanagement #idaho #idahome #jimmclure #jerrypeak #wilderness #getoutside #recreation #conservation #fishing #hunting #equestrian #willows #solitude #vistas #nature #scenic #photography

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Summer time in Alaska is the perfect trip for a trip on Beaver Creek. The float itself is relaxing and scenic, with mostly class I whitewater. The hike out, on the other hand, is not for the faint-hearted – you’ll need to find your own route over jagged limestone ridges, across soggy tundra, and through ice-cold streams, all while swatting mosquitoes and watching out for bears. Your reward is an unforgettable hike through some of Interior Alaska’s best scenery, a landscape that most people only see in much chillier and darker conditions via the BLM’s extensive network of winter trails and public use cabins. Visit in summer, and you’ll likely have the place all to yourself! The Bureau of Land Management's recreation resources and visitor services support strong local economies and public land conservation. As we work to enhance recreational opportunities for the American family, we strive to remain a good neighbor. This means respecting how communities use the public lands, as well as including their voices in our management decisions. Photo courtesy of Jay Cable. #bureauoflandmanagement #alaska #beavercreek #floating #rafting #hiking #recreation #conservation #mypubliclands #scenic #photography #getoutside #instagood

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The Colorado Plateau, Great Basin Desert, and Mojave Desert overlap in Utah's Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. In this transition zone, unusual plant and animal species have evolved, including the dwarf bearclaw-poppy and Shivwits milk-vetch, small native plants that grow nowhere else on earth. The hot, arid Mojave Desert provides habitat for diverse wildlife, such as kit fox, Gambel’s quail, and the Mojave Desert tortoise. This native tortoise is listed under the Endangered Species Act and is at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and other factors. The newly-designated Red Mountain and Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness areas are also within this NCA. Here, hikers, backpackers, and equestrians can enjoy scenic vistas, solitude, and natural quiet, just a few miles drive from local communities. More than 130 miles of non-motorized recreation trails (hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail riding) are available for public use in the NCA. The Red Cliffs Recreation Area offers camping and day use areas, in a developed site where fees are collected. #bureauoflandmanagement #utah #redcliffs #recreation #hiking #mountain biking #equestrian #getoutside #greatoutdoorsmonth #yourpubliclands #mypubliclands #wilderness #plants #wildlife

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The scenic quality of the Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is outstanding due to the interaction of mountainous landforms; multi-colored rock strata; diverse vegetation; and vast, open vistas. Handies Peak itself rises 14048 feet over the area and is the highest point of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management outside of Alaska. This WSA also hosts 12 other peaks that rise over 13,000 feet, three major canyons, numerous small drainages, glacial cirques and three alpine lakes. The geomorphology shows a variety of volcanic, glacial and Precambrian formations. A rock glacier formation is also located at the head of American Basin. Recreation activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain climbing, and photography. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSAs, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions. #bureauoflandmanagement #mypubliclands #yourpubliclands #colorado #handiespeak #geology #recreation #conservation #wilderness #hiking #getoutside #scenic #nature #photography Photo by Bob Wick.

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Calilfornia's King Range National Conservation Area is the largest patch of wilderness coastline on the West Coast. 4,000 foot peaks rise majestically from the surf and almost 100 miles of hiking trails beckon to day hikers and backpackers. Take a springtime hike to the historic Punta Gorda Lighthouse. Fields of poppies and lupine peak here in May and last till early June. Today's photo tip from BLM photographer Bob Wick: "Bring a long telephoto lens and hike a bit further south to capture a rare colony of Stellar sea lions on the offshore rocks. For a good wildlife shot, always focus on the eyes to make sure they are sharp. Don’t be afraid to shoot many exposures to increase your opportunity to capture interesting behaviors." #nationalphotographymonth #yourpubliclands #mypubliclands #photography #california #californiagem #visitcalifornia #kingrange #picoftheday #instagood #scenic #nature #recreation #hiking #getoutside

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It's #NationalPhotographyMonth, and we are sharing our tips and tricks to capturing awesome photos on public lands! Today's tip comes from BLM wilderness specialist Bob Wick: "Vast landscapes often have dramatic skies – including sky in a large portion of the image will help capture a stronger mood of the vastness of this place. Plan your photography around the weather – Clearing storms behind cold fronts, and summer monsoon afternoon/evening cloud buildup offer some of the most dramatic skies in the West." Pictured here are the Historic Emigrant Trails through Wyoming!​ ​It’s hard to believe that just over 150 years ago, hundreds of thousands of pioneers traversed these vast high deserts of Wyoming on foot and by wagon seeking a better life in the west. Easterners looking to farm in the rich soils of Oregon or to find riches in the California goldfields, Mormons pulling handcarts towards the Brigham Young’s settlements in the Great Salt Lake Valley, and riders on the short-lived Pony Express mail route all converged west of Casper to make their way over a low point in the Continental divide at South Pass. Now, we want to see your photos of BLM-managed public lands! Make sure to tag your photos with #mypubliclands for the chance to be featured on our account! #bureauoflandmanagment #mypubliclands #yourpubliclands #publiclands #instagood #photooftheday #igdaily #nofilter #sky #getoutside #wyoming #emigranttrails #west #history #recreation #hike #trails #photography #scenic #phototips Photo by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialis​t​

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Hello from the Golden State! We're sharing #CaliforniaGems all weekend long. . . From March to May, the #MilkyWay is visible in the hours before sunrise. Later on, it will start to rise earlier, June through August are the best viewing times because the Milky Way is up most of the night. From September through November, the Milky Way is most visible in the hours after sunset. In honor of yesterday’s #StarWarsDay… #MayThe4thBeWithYou! 🌌 . . Night skies are endangered! It's getting more difficult to find completely dark locations to watch the stars. There are many locations on your public lands that provide ideal viewing locations. In this photo, low clouds amplify light pollution from nearby communities, interfering with the beauty of the Milky Way. . . This photo was taken last week on the Pacific Crest Trail on the Owens Peak section near Ridgecrest, California. The BLM manages many miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, which takes hikers from Mexico to Canada. . . Photo by Kyle Sullivan, BLM. . . Follow BLM California on Facebook @blmcalifornia and Twitter @BLMca. #VisitCalifornia #yourpubliclands #California #sunset #nightsky #starrynight #photography #naturephotography #outdoorphotgraphy #PCT #PacificCrestTrail #recreation #hiking #trails #californiadreamin #californiaadventure

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#TravelTuesday: Big Southern Butte overlooks Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. This rhyolitic dome was formed thousands of years ago in the Eastern Snake River Plain, and it is one of the largest volcanic domes on earth. Those who make it to the top of the butte enjoy stunning views of Southeast Idaho. Craters of the Moon national monument was established on May 2, 1924. Managed jointly by the BLM and National Park Service, Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho is a uniquely preserved volcanic landscape whose central focus is the Great Rift, a 62-mile long crack in the Earth’s crust. Craters, cinder coves, lava tubes, deep cracks and vast lava fields form a strangely beautiful volcanic sea on central Idaho’s Snake River Plain. Local legends made references to the landscape resembling the surface of the moon. In fact, the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon visited Craters of the Moon in 1969 to study the volcanic geology and to explore an unusual and harsh environment in preparation for their trip to space. Visitors can explore this area by car while traveling along a 7-mile loop drive or by exploring via hiking paths and interpretive trails. In the winter, this area is a great spot for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. #bureauoflandmanagement #yourlands #yourpubliclands #publicland #idaho #cratersofthemoon #photography #scenic #recreation #getoutside Photo by James Neely, BLM

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Happy #NationalSiblingsDay! This moose family was spotted at the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River corridor in Alaska. Gold Rush prospectors gave the Fortymile River its name because it joins the Yukon River about 40 miles below Fort Reliance, an old Canadian trading post. In 1980, 392 miles of the river in east-central Alaska were designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The BLM manages the wild and scenic river corridor as well as three campgrounds and Fort Egbert in the Eagle Historic District National Historic Landmark. . Today's visitors can find relaxation, adventure or a touch of the past in the Fortymile region, which provided interior Alaska's first gold rush in 1886. Float trips on the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River offer scenic beauty, solitude and glimpses of gold-mining dredges, turn-of-the-century trapper cabins and abandoned townsites. Threading through this rugged landscape, the twisty and picturesque Taylor Highway leads motorists into the heart of the Fortymile and over American Summit to the historic town of Eagle on the Yukon River. The Top of the World Highway forks off the Taylor Highway, allowing access to Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management . . . #alaska #fortymile #river #yukon #wild #scenic #visitalaska #getoutside #moose #cuteanimals #babyanimals #photography #wildlife #nature

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"The super bloom has migrated north to California's Central Valley and the show is simply indescribable at the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Valley floor has endless expanses of yellows and purples from coreopsis, tidy tips and phacelia, with smaller patches of dozens of other species. Not to be outdone, the Temblor Range is painted with swaths of orange, yellow and purple like something out of a storybook. I have never seen such a spectacular array of blooms. Ever." Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the best kept secrets in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, the Carrizo Plain offers visitors a rare chance to be alone with nature. Some visitors say you can "hear the silence." The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species including several listed as threatened or endangered and is an area culturally important to Native Americans. . Plan your trip today to see wildflowers carpet the valley floor and check out our NEW Snapchat filter while you're there! Be sure to come with a full tank of gas when you visit and call (805) 475-2035 24/7 for updated flowers reports, road conditions and closures. Photo and quote by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management . . . #california #carrizo #trackthebloom #superbloom #wildflower #photography #scenic #nature #visitcalifornia #getoutside #californiagems

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Hello from @womenwhohike! We're re-visiting California's Alabama Hills and celebrating our final #WomenWednesday post for Women's History Month with @mypubliclands. We are honored to have had this opportunity to share with you this month our stories and adventures on public lands. It was Teddy Roosevelt who said: "Our treasured public lands are for the benefit and enjoyment of the people" and we couldn’t agree more. Over the years, we've spent much dedicated time using the outdoors as both a personal playground and a source of inspiration. We've hiked hundreds of miles on these public lands, summited their peaks and slept under their star lit skies. Our lands are something to be appreciated. And in order to appreciate these lands given to us, we must be educated. We must be stewards and stewardesses. . Without even being aware of it, you, me, your family and ancestors have likely at one time or another experienced joy or benefited from these lands, which include over 35 million acres of BLM-managed land that make up our National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert. The mission of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands is to conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that are recognized for their cultural, ecological, and scientific values. These are places that spark the imagination and give us the passion and meaning to living a life in the outdoors. Their unique beauty has been drawing people to the west for generations, leaving a legacy whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. These lands are ours and yours. We encourage you to take a few minutes and learn more about the Bureau of Land Management because chances are you have stumbled along a trail on public lands the BLM manages and maybe had not even known it. — @im_nicolemarie. Photo by @kaszphotocreative . . . #california #womenwhohike #womenshistorymonth #yourpubliclands #hike #visitcalifornia #getoutside

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Happy first day of Spring 🌱🌸🌷🌼! The Desert Lilies are blooming by the tens of thousands here at California's Desert Lily Preserve! Located about 8 miles north of I-10 at Desert Center, many flowers are visible just off the road. The Desert Lily preserve is a nationally known viewing area for its abundant flora, particularly for its spectacular displays of desert lilies following winter rains. If you park in the BLM parking area, you must hike about 1/2 mile south to get to the densest bloom area, and an amazing fragrance of lilies! Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management . . . #california #desertlily #bloom #trackthebloom #spring #flowers #scenic #visitcalifornia #firstdayofspring #motivationmonday #getoutside #superbloom #wildflowers #discoverthedesert #photography

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Happy #StPatricksDay! Start your weekend by enjoying the splendor of green spaces and magical places like Colorado's Uncompahgre Wilderness, pictured here. Located within the San Juan Mountains, Uncompahgre Wilderness encompasses rolling alpine tundra meadows, rock castles and densely forested canyons. The area boasts two fourteeners and more than 34 peaks that tower over 13,000 feet in elevation. Several forks of the Cimarron River roar through the Wilderness, and numerous alpine lakes and streams are scattered throughout. More than 100 miles of trails provide outstanding opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and a variety of other a recreational activities. Photo courtesy of BLM Colorado. #colorado #getoutside #green #nature #photography #wilderness #visitcolorado #mountains #hike #climb #magical #happyfriday #weekendinspiration #scenic #peaceful

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The Case Mountain Sequoia Grove in California is 126.7 acres consisting of giant sequoia and a mixed conifer-black oak forest component. It is located on the northwest side of Case Mountain entirely within the confines of a sub-watershed ranging between 5400 and 6400 feet elevation. There are large flowing springs in this grove, which eventually drain into Salt Creek. The groves are part of the nearly 20,000 acre Kaweah Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) designated for protection of the Case Mountain giant sequoia groves, other sensitive plant and animal species, riparian areas, and cultural resources. There is public access for hikers, equestrian and mountain bicyclists up the northwest side of Case Mountain along the Salt Creek Road to the grove area. It is a 10 mile uphill one-way trip from the Skyline Road easement motorized vehicular parking area to the grove. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM #california #trees #casemountain #sequoia #getoutside #visitcalifornia #hiddengem #beauty #nature #explore #mypubliclands #photography

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The BLM manages more than 17.5 million acres of public lands in Wyoming. These lands offer abundant opportunities for recreation and enjoyment. For example, the longest and most intact segments of the National Historic Trails System are on BLM-managed land in Wyoming. There are 1,400 miles of Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California and Pony Express trails that cross Wyoming. In the fast-growing West, public lands are especially valuable for the open space and recreational opportunities they provide. Though the state’s population is less than half a million, nearly 2 million visitor days were spent on BLM-managed public lands. Pictured here is a supermoon seen from public lands near Hudson, Wyoming. People visit these rock formations via mountain bike, truck, and horse. If you plan it right, you can have them all to yourself, as Alan Krakauer (@alan_k_in_ca) did when he captured this photo. #wyoming #thatswy #landscape #supermoon #scenic #moonlight #beauty #getoutside #geology #traveltuesday #mountains #explore #adventure #west #trails

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Calling all photographers! The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah is accepting applications for the May 2017 Photography Artist-in-Residence program. For three weeks you can hike Utah's rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, explore the wonders of the Escalante Canyons, and gaze upon the spectacular cliffs and terraces of the Grand Staircase! Interested yet? To apply, visit link in bio. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was established in 1996 and became the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) first national monument. At nearly 1.9 million acres, it is the largest area in the National Conservation Lands system, which includes some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes set aside for conservation, protection, and restoration of their nationally significant cultural, ecological, and scientific values. From the spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for scientific research and exploration. Its spectacular scenery of other-worldly landforms, outrageous combinations of colors, vegetation that ranges from ponderosa forests to lush riparian corridors, and light that is forever changing, provides artists with limitless inspiration and material. Photo by James and Jenny Tarpley, 2016 AiR photography volunteer #utah #beauty #photography #artist #volunteer #utahphotography #utahphotographer #grandstaircaseescalante #nationalmonument #monuments #utahisrad #landscape #nature #naturephotography #photographer #gsenm #conservationlands

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That’s right the #Bureau of #Land #Management #NewMexico has the #Helm for the BLM #National @Instagram account. So hold on to your seats because we’re taking you to the “Land of #Enchantment”. For the next seven days we’re going to #explore a small sliver of the 13.5 million acres of #YourPublicLands located in #NewMexico #Kansas #Oklahoma and #Texas. Discover more about your public lands, by joining our #fandom and follow us at Facebook.com/BLMNewMexico, Twitter.com/BLMNewMexico and Flickr.com/photos/BLMNewMexico #video #NewMexicoTrue #Public Lands We can’t wait to see you there. Get a fresh look of the new BLM.gov website that just launched! This site makes it easier for you to find where to #hike, #camp, #bike, view #wildlife and enjoy the #splendor of the #backcountry! Get #outside this year and visit BLM.gov to #GetAFreshLook of your public lands!

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We had so much fun taking over @mypubliclands Instagram account. Next time you’re in Utah, swing on by and say hello! Next up is our neighbors, BLM Idaho! We conclude with this pic: At approximately 63,500 acres, Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area (NCA) is located in southwestern Utah. Joshua Trees and dense stands of blackbrush cover the slopes of the Beaver Dam Mountains, which rise along the eastern boundary of the NCA. Joshua Tree National Natural Landmark is located within the NCA and is the best example of the Joshua tree vegetation community at the northern extreme of its range in the Mojave Desert. Photo by Bob Wick. #nature #mypubliclands #mypubliclandsroadtrip #publiclands #blmutah #photography #joshuatree #southwest #utah #utahisrad #utahgram #beautahful #washingtoncounty #stgeorge #lifeelevated #beaverdamwash #mountains #mountainscape #landscape #nature #travelmore #outside #getoutside #exploremore #adventure #hiking

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Hello from the land of red rock canyons, roaring rivers, high mountain peaks and expansive salt flats! This week, BLM Utah is taking over the @mypubliclands Instagram. Do you know that we manage bison? In fact, our Henry Mountain Herd is the only bison herd that is genetically pure, disease-free, free-ranging, and legally hunted. There was once a time, hundreds of years ago, when an estimated 30-60 million bison were living in North America. There are now an estimated 30,000 bison living in wild herds, with more than 400,000 in domestic herds. … Get a fresh look of the new BLM.gov website that just launched! This site makes it easier for you to find where to hike, camp, bike, view wildlife and enjoy the splendor of the backcountry! Get outside this year and visit BLM.gov to #GetAFreshLook of your public lands! Follow BLM Utah on Facebook and Twitter. #mypubliclands #mypubliclandsroadtrip #wildlife #outdoors #nature #bison #nature #beautahful #utahisrad #utahgram #exploremore #hunting #biology #ecology #biologist #natgeowild #mountains #winter #snow #wildlifephotography #blmutah #animallovers #wildlifeaddicts #photo #utah #publiclands #destinationearth

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America’s iconic bird of prey flies over a colony of nervous seabirds (common murre) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on the Oregon Coast. In addition to amazing avian life, Yaquina Head is famous for its tide pools, throngs of seals and of course, the picturesque lighthouse. Photo by Ryan Jeske. Get a fresh look of the new BLM.gov website that just launched! This site makes it easier for you to find where to hike, camp, bike, view wildlife and enjoy the splendor of the backcountry! Get outside this year and visit BLM.gov to#GetAFreshLook of your public lands! Follow BLM Oregon/Washington on Facebook at: facebook.com/blmoregon and Twitter at: twitter.com/BLMOregon #yourlands #Oregon #wildlife #birds #Northwest #outdoors #nature #OregonCoast #Newport #seeOregon #exploreOregon #seeBLM #keepitwild #simplyadventure #beautifuldestinations #roamtheplanet #exploremore #destinationearth #welltravelled #lovelifeoutside #landscape #nature #yourlands #camping #recreation #visit #travel #getoutdoors #getoutside #yourpubliclands #getafreshlook

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