The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is honored to remember the victims of the January 8 tragedy through our participation in the BEYOND –commemorate * celebrate * commit event. As a part of the Tucson Community, BLM employees were deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events of January 8, 2011. The tragedy touched many of us on a personal level as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her outreach coordinator Gabe Zimmerman worked with BLM on a variety of issues and projects. Several employees had also worked with Judge Roll in court cases. We mourn the loss of members of our federal family and our community and were inspired to become involved in BEYOND as a way to honor their efforts on behalf of our public lands and resources. The BEYOND event allows us to support the survivors of this tragedy and to come together with the greater Tucson community and engage in positive and healthy activities in many of our inspiring outdoor settings.
The public lands managed by the BLM are a treasure for the American people across the country and within our local community. These lands provide a variety of opportunities for people to connect with the outdoors throughout the year including engaging in dispersed or organized recreation activities, outdoor education programs, stewardship projects and employment.
On January 7, 2012, BLM and the Empire Ranch Foundation’s Wild About the Grasslands Education Program are partnering with Colossal Cave Mountain Park to provide several outdoor activities at the Colossal Cave BEYOND event including making Nature Journals and leading guided Nature walks. BLM is also planning to assist with outdoor activities at Reid Park.