Assessments, Day 2

22 06 2017

Yesterday was Day 2 of the Land Health Assessment in Spring Creek Basin.

Yep, it was hot. Yep, the gnats were still bad (but yours truly remembered her head net).

Mike Jensen, Justin Hunt and Nate West were back to assess more of Spring Creek Basin’s land health. We did some great sites, and a couple of them were higher, which allowed for great views!


BLM range management specialist Mike Jensen and range tech Justin Hunt walk a site in Spring Creek Basin with views of McKenna Peak and Temple Butte.


At the end of each site assessment, Justin and Mike took pix in two directions for future comparisons.


We don’t have many trees in Spring Creek Basin, so many of the sites were the wide-open places (as in the photos above). But we had a couple of sites that were in pinon-juniper woodlands. This site (and the one pictured above) had really great grass.


And then we headed uphill for our last site of the day.

Spring Creek Basin

Which led to an amazing view. Straight ahead is Brumley Point, and at the farthest left is one side of McKenna Peak.


Those who go up must go down! Especially when the truck is at the bottom. 🙂


Big thanks to BLM’s Mike Jensen, Justin Hunt and Nate West for persevering on these hot days to assess the land health of Spring Creek Basin. Again, as far as I can tell, we’re in pretty good shape.

Horny toad held by BLM wildlife biologist Nate West in Spring Creek Basin.

We think this little guy (gal?) might agree. 🙂




6 responses

22 06 2017
Maggie Frazier

So there ARE some good guys working for the BLM! Those are the ones we dont hear about.

22 06 2017

Definitely there are good guys and gals out there doing good things for ranges and the animals – including mustangs – that depend on them. We are incredibly fortunate to have very good guys working with us now in Spring Creek Basin! Mutual respect, partnership and can-do attitudes go a long way toward the goals we all have in common! You’ll read about them fairly frequently on this blog because we definitely value and appreciate our BLM partners!

22 06 2017
Karen Schmiede

Wow! You really have some beautiful places . Great that you have good BLM people to work with.

22 06 2017

Yes … and yes. 🙂 And we’re wonderfully grateful for both. 🙂

22 06 2017

A horny toad! I haven’t seen one of those since I was out at Red Mesa, CO back in 2004.
I am not surprised that the BLM has some good folks working there. I bet they love this land of ours and the critters that are in it just as much as the rest of us.

23 06 2017

Yeah, BLM working to keep the land healthy for the horses. And you, of course!

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