From Skyscrapers to Forests: Introducing Inner City Youth to Nature
Oregon State University recently recognized the BLM-Oregon for its work with the Inner City Youth Institute or ICYI to introduce young people to fields of study and careers in natural resources.
The BLM received the OSU Extension Service Cooperator Award for its work that began back in 1995 as a partnership between the BLM and ICYI in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, the Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Urban League of Portland and Portland Public Schools.
The BLM provided access to laboratories and facilities on public lands to help inner city youth study nature first-hand. In addition, the BLM provided critical financial assistance through OSU to support on-the-ground, outdoor educational activities as well as job-shadowing and career mentoring with BLM professionals.
Also, the BLM supported the annual Natural Resources Camp hosted by OSU that is designed to give inner city youth a college experience and create a safe atmosphere where the students can develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and hone teamwork abilities.
Since 1998, the BLM supported the programs and outreach that have successfully provided natural resources education and experience to youths from the Portland metro area.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this program a great success – and who knows, we may very well have provided the spark that launches the career of a future BLM State Director!
For more photos and info about the BLM/ICYI Partnership, visit the BLM-Oregon’s Flickr Photoset, From Skyscrapers to Forests.
Story by: Mike Mottice, Associate State Director, BLM-Oregon; photos by Matt Christenson, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM-Oregon
Ginkgo Trees Stand Test of Time
“Living fossil” is an informal term used by biologists to describe species that lack living relatives. While you might not personally think being called a fossil is a compliment, these organisms are actually quite impressive survivors. The Ginkgo biloba tree, for example, is strange and unique amongst contemporary plants but incredibly similar to fossils dating back to the Permian, almost 270 million years! This means that even though every single other lineage of the Ginkgo’s relatives changed and adapted beyond recognition or died out, there are still Ginkgo trees growing today that would be indistinguishable from trees from hundreds of millions of years ago. If that fails to impress you, consider this: in Hiroshima, Japan there are still a handful of Ginkgo trees that survived the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945 living to the present day! If these hardy trees can withstand a disturbance of an A-bomb’s magnitude, it is no wonder they have managed to remain viable when so many other ancient plants could not.
Guest post written by Reggie Henke
THERE’s A WORD FOR THAT?
Missouri Pastor’s Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights for Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending
Pardon my French, but this Pastor is a badass mothafucka.
The entire speech is further enhanced by the insight provided in this YouTube comment:
Watch till the end. Trust me.
HE WINS THE AWARDS
Anything photographed with macro photography takes on a whole new level of beauty. Color, form, depth seen at a perspective only available when magnified. Size does not exist without the ability of comparison. Form must continue infinitely towards the smallest levels just as its inverse continues to the largest, without end in either direction.