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BLM celebrates its 60th anniversary with open house in Phoenix office on Dec. 6

The Bureau of Land Management celebrates its 60th Anniversary Dec. 6 and the public is invited to the Phoenix District's open house starting at 11 a.m.

"We're having an open house and are inviting anyone from the public to come and celebrate with us," said Christine Tincher, BLM public relations officer. "The event is sponsored by the BLM's Phoenix District.

"There will be opportunities to learn about the history of public lands and to discover vast and special places open for your enjoyment. We are also hoping to increase public awareness and public involvement in the protection and management of America's priceless heritage."

Tincher said BLM officials and members of the Resource Advisory Council are attending and it is a rare opportunity to meet and talk with them together in an informal setting. Volunteers from the public approved by the Secretary of Interior serve as RAC advisors and consultants to BLM on issues involving public lands and their use.

"For the youth that come, we are going to have some hands-on activities like the ones we had at the Agua Fria Festival," Tincher said. "We will have a tamed wild horse and burro from our adoption program to let people know about the program and how they can adopt a wild horse or burro.

"Smokey Bear will be there and we will have lots of cookies and snacks and beverages. There will be archaeologists, rangers, wildlife biologists and other professionals to talk to and ask questions and learn new things. We want the public to know what we in the BLM do and how people can get involved in the management and care of public lands."

Tincher said free maps and fact sheets are available to visitors and tours are conducted of Phoenix District Headquarters.

Persons interested in learning more about the BLM open house and directions to headquarters building may call Christine Tincher at 623-580-5509.

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