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Fishing Holes Watering Holes

Fishing holes watering holes. DVD.

Sudoc number: A 13.140:F 531/DVD

This program deals with riparian areas - those areas of streams, rivers, lakes, and bogs which are crucial in the west as fishing holes and livestock watering holes. If defines riparian systems, shows both good and bad examples of these systems, and describes how one National Forest is managing riparian areas for both uses.



NOAA's Arctic action plan : supporting the national strategy for the Arctic regions.
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014. 30 pg.

SuDoc number: C55.2:AR 2/3 Also available online.

“NOAA plays a key role in pursuing responsible Arctic region stewardship. Foundational science enables better understanding of Arctic ecosystems, the atmosphere, climate, and their dynamic interconnections. NOAA’s fisheries research and management programs are likewise vital, particularly for the economically important U.S. Bering Sea fisheries. Research and stewardship of marine ecosystems and protected species like marine mammals promote sustainable use, conservation, and protection from potential impacts of offshore development, increased shipping, and environmental degradation. NOAA provides important services to coastal communities by improving safe Arctic maritime access with mapping and charting as well as increasing preparedness and communities’ resilience to intensifying weather. NOAA is also an important partner in hazard response and mitigation (e.g., providing scientific support to the U.S. Coast Guard after oil spills). Research relevant to oil spills, sea ice, and marine ecosystems will help to prepare for and to protect against potential environmental disasters in the Arctic.” gg. 1.


Arctic Citadel

Allan, Chris. Arctic Citadel: A History of Exploration in the Brooks Range Region of Northern Alaska. U.S. Department of the Interior. 2013. 210pg.

Call number: I 29.2:AR 2/29

“The Brooks Range, stretching 600 miles across northern Alaska, remained the last great uncharted tract of land in the United States long after the rest of the nation had been surveyed, studied, tamed and trodden.”- Introduction

This is a beautiful book filled with historic maps, photos and images of the rugged, expansive beauty of a place when the presence of man seems so insignificant. This book looks at this history of exploration and includes accounts of individuals, explores their motivation and the role of the Native People of Alaska in the mapping of the area. The time period covers early European explorers, including Franklin’s 1826 expedition, to Bob Marshall’s mapping and conservation efforts in the 1930’s.  This is a great book for those interested in the history of exploration, Alaska, and National Parks.


Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems

Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems : a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S. forest sector. Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2012. 265 p.

Call number: A 13.88:PNW-GTR-870 Also available online.

“This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.”- Abstract


Now for something completely different

Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers

There are a number of documents in the Gov doc world that are considered hybrids. Not purely government document which were created through partnerships with other organizations such as Environment Impact Statements written by professionals hired by states or other governmental agencies. Sometimes there are crossovers to take advantage of interest in a movie or event, such as the environmental curriculum guide featuring the movie version of the Lorax.

This week I want to bring attention to another hybrid –America’s Great Ourdoors. This Tumbler post is from the Department of the Interior and is intended to encourage people to visit national parks. Members of the public submit photos taken in different National Parks and the results can be amazing. From the Acadia to Zion National Park you can find stunning and inspiring images. Just remember that unlike regular gov docs the images belong to the people who submitted them and are not in the public domain.


Pocket Guide for Outfitters



Pacific Northwest wilderness pocket guide for outfitters. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2014

Call number: A 13.36/2:W 64/12

In September the library had a display to celebrate the anniversary of the Wilderness Act. At that time we didn’t have this item. This booklet, filled with color illustrations promotes the use of wilderness areas and is filled with advice for outfitters and their clients regarding ethics, the benefits of wilderness, how wilderness differs from other areas and how to keep the area wild. This is a great little book filled with basic advice and philosophy regarding our protected wild lands.


El Alfabeto

El alfabeto del Búho Woodsy. Washington, District of Columbia : Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos, Programa de Educación para la Conservación, 2013

Sudoc: A 1.68:1729-S  

This is a fun book for children or people learning Spanish. Learn the names of many different animals Each brightly illustrated page contains many insects, birds and animals for the reader to find and identify and some pages include actions or advice for enjoying the outdoors.

Also available in English


Biosecurity Guide

Biosecurity Guide for Poultry and Bird Owners, Program Aid No. 1885, Revised April 2014. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 33pg.

Sudoc Number: A 1.68:1885/2014  Also available online

This spiral bound brochure is written in both English and Spanish and could be very helpful for those who keep chickens or other birds.

“This guide was designed to provide useful information on biosecurity for poultry and bird owners. The United States works very hard to prevent infectious poultry diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease from being introduced into the country. To accomplish this, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that all imported birds (poultry, pet birds, birds exhibited at zoos, and ratites), except those from Canada, be quarantined and tested for the viruses that cause these two diseases before entering the country”


What is Propaganda?


What is propaganda? American Historical Association. Historical Service Board. Madison, Wis. USAFI, 1944. 46pg.

Sudoc number: W 1.55:2-90

During WWII Donald Duck could be found selling war bonds, on VD posters and in cartoons where he worked on German bombs. This educational pamphlet for GI discusses the different types of propaganda, the history of its use, different slogans, likenesses and how to evaluate information.

Other interesting titles bound with this document are Do You Want Your Wife to Work After the War? Can War Marriages Work? and What Shall be done with War Criminals?

Save that fat!

Durring the war rationing was an important activiy on the home front. Cartoons like this would have been common. This is from VICTORY, Offical Weekly Publication of the Office of War Information, July 28, 1942. Many government agencies including the Department of Agriculture, produced posters and advice pamphlets incouraging rationing. 

To purchase gas, food or even shoes you needed ration coupons like this one for sugar.


Blast to the Past!

New and old covers for A Short Guide to Iraq, the original copy is small- 13cm tall!

Instructions for American servicemen in Iraq during World War II. United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division. xii, 44 p. : ill., map ; Publisher:Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Sometimes people ask- is anyone really interested in old gov. docs? With the anniversaries of WWI and WWII it is a great time to pull some of the amazing materials from our collection to show just how interesting these items really are- and yes, people still use them! To get us started here is a reprint and a original copy of a 1943 guide for soldiers in Iraq. We have a number of these guides in the collection which can be found at
SuDoc W 109.110 Au 7-S 48

Here is an NPR piece on this guide. Advice to WWII Soldiers in Iraq Relevant Today, August 09, 2007 3:53 PM ET


Global Threat Reduction

Four-year effort : contributions of the Global Threat Reduction Initiative to secure the world's most vulnerable nuclear material by December 2013.

SuDoc number: E 11.2:G 51 Also available online

“President Obama’s nuclear security agenda, laid out in his historic speech in Prague on April 5, 2009, included a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, ending the production of fissile materials intended for use in state nuclear weapons and ensuring that terrorists never acquire a nuclear weapon. In support of that last goal, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led the United States’ effort to implement President Obama’s call to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years, set new security standards, expand our partnership with Russia, and pursue new partnerships to lock down sensitive materials.”


Climate Change

Climate change impacts in the United States, highlights : U.S. national climate assessment. Washington, District of Columbia : U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014. 48 pg.
Sudoc number: PREX 30.2:IM 7/HIGH. Also available online.

 Climate change impacts in the United States : U.S. national climate assessment. Washington, District of Columbia: U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014. 829 pg.
Sudoc number: PREX 30.2:IM 7 Also available online.

 “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington State, and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience. So, too, are coastal planners in Florida, water managers in the arid Southwest, city dwellers from Phoenix to New York, and Native Peoples on tribal lands from Louisiana to Alaska. This National Climate Assessment concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country.”- Overview


To Make Beautiful the Capital

eagle with spread wings book cover

Burton, Amy Elizabeth. To make beautiful the Capitol : rediscovering the art of Constantino Brumidi. U.S. Senate Commission on Art. 131 pages : color illustrations.

SuDoc number: Y 1.3:S.PUB.113-10  Also available online.

I may have a new favorite government document. This is a beautiful book is about the amazing master artist Constantino Brumidi who dedicated his life to the decoration of the capitol building. For 25 years this Italian immigrant expressed his patriotism in vibrant hues mixing old-world style with American themes. His work was criticized by as being too decadent, bright and European. This sentiment, years of over-painting and restorations hid the work of the master and led many to discount his abilities. Conservationists have revealed the original works with beautiful results. The wonderful illustrations may seem familiar to those who have used the Congressional Serial Set, a section of the book looks at Brumidi’s inspiration and identifies the Mexican Boundary and Pacific Railroad reports as a source for many of the landscapes and birds depicted.

This is a great work incorporating art, history, and restoration.  

Mirror image of exotic bird


Why would someone cut a tree down?

Roberta Burzynski, Ill. Juliette Watts. Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? USDA forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. 2013. 41pg.

SuDoc: A13.2:T71/65 Also available online.

This book contained 28 full-color, beautiful water-color illustrations. Even the painting of diseased trees are compelling with a fairy-tale feel.  The intention of this book, written for 1st to 3rd graders, is to explain why some trees are cut in urban or forest areas. Information on why trees are planted and advice on planting and removal (for adults) help to round out the content.


An app for that

Census PoP Quiz Mobile App Challenges Knowledge of State Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile application that challenges users’ knowledge of demographic facts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, aims to raise statistical literacy about the U.S. population.


Wild & Senic Snake River

The Wild & Scenic Snake River Boater's Guide. USDI BLM, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, USDA Forest Service. 2014. 35 pg.

“The mighty Snake River winds its way through Hells Canyon, the deepest river-carved gorge in North America. Here the river flows through the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (HCNRA) and forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon. The 652,488-acre HCNRA was created by Congress in 1975. Although the Recreation Area includes portions of the Nez Perce, Payette, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, it is managed by the Wallowa-Whitman NF….”- pg.1



Carol Reardon. The Gettysburg campaign : June-July 1863. Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2013. 63 pages : illustrations, maps.

Call number: D 114.2:G 33/2  Also available online.

“After the Confederates’ victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, once again confronted each other across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The battle, which cost Hooker nearly 16,000 casualties and Lee some 12,300 losses, had proved indecisive. The two armies maintained an uneasy stalemate, occupying virtually the same ground they had held since December 1862. Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, stood fifty-three miles to the north, while Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital, lay fifty-seven miles to the south. The rival presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, pondered their next moves.” pg. 7


Turning Point 9.11

Turning Point 9.11, Air Force Reserve in the 21st Century, 2001-2011, September 2012, 

Call Number:  D 301.2:R 31/18 Also available online.

“The contributions Air Force Reservists are making to the security of the United States and the world is a continuum of visionary concepts, ideas, and challenges undertaken at the beginning of the last century in the quest of human flight. Reserve members voluntarily partook of these endeavors and also gradually formed an effective organization. Moreover, the course toward the twenty-first century policy of maintaining a strategic air reserve that is well integrated with active duty forces and operationally engaged daily has been evolutionary and forged out of practicality and necessity. The result has been a responsive and efficient Air Force Reserve.”-DVIDS


Keeping up with Government Documents

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