Nevada Day - BLM Celebrates the State's Public Lands

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RENO, NV - Across the country Thursday night, costumed kiddies are collecting Halloween candy. Here in the Silver State October 31st is also Nevada Day, the anniversary of the day we became a state. In honor of our approaching sesquicentennial, the Bureau of Land Management sponsored a photo contest. The were looking for pictures that highlight adventures, activities and historic sites on public lands.

The response was impressive, more than 300 images were entered from all over the State. BLM Spokesman Chris Rose says he was surprised by the variety colorful images that shatter the idea of Nevada as a barren wasteland covered in sagebrush. Despite being a federal agency, Rose says the BLM has been invested in Nevada's success since the beginning. "With the Department of Interior, the General Land Office was a huge part of development of Nevada back in the 1800's."

Rose says the agency will participate in sesquicentennial events until Nevada's 150th Anniversary next October. Other activities include a geocaching event and an activities book for kids. The BLM also plans to share many of the photos submitted to the contest through social media, but the top 13 will be featured in a calendar that you can keep or share with your favorite outdoorsman.

For a closer look at those pictures, or information about upcoming events through the BLM - please click on the links below.