BLM California News.Bytes Issue 825

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The Alabama Hills rise from the desert and provide a scenic backdrop for the community of Lone Pine, California

Alabama Hills in Inyo County, California

ISSUE 825 - September 20, 2018

- Hunting and Fishing
- Headlines and Highlights
- BLM and DOI Highlights
- Wildlife Question of the Week
- Upcoming Events


Waterfowl hunting with Alisha Haken, USFWS

Interior Employees Share Their Hunting and Fishing Memories

September 23 is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Held every year since 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates outdoor sports and their conservation contributions. It’s also the perfect day for sportsmen and women to share their passion by mentoring future generations of hunters, anglers and conservationists.Check out some of the favorite hunting and fishing memories from Interior employees -- the men and women who work and play on America’s public lands. We hope they inspire you to hunt and fish on your public lands this fall.(DOI photo gallery)

Man and dog walk through yellow field on hunt with mountains in the background

BLM Provides Opportunities to Hunt, Fish and Engage in Shooting Sports Activities

The Bureau of Land Management provides opportunities to hunt, fish and engage in shooting sports activities in a safe and environmentally sound manner that promote marksmanship, public safety, hunter education, competition and lawful hunting. Over 99 percent of BLM-managed lands are open to hunting, fishing and recreational shooting opportunities. The BLM provides important access to hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands and waters, working with local communities and our valued partners to actively expand access to these opportunities. (BLM website)

Three Generations of Hunters and chocolate lab pose with dove limit on cooler

Dove Hunting on BLM-Managed Public Lands

Public Lands in California offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing and recreational target shooting. Dove hunting on public lands is a pastime for multiple generations in California. (BLM youtube video)



BLM Reminds Hunters About Safety, Fire Restrictions During Hunting Seasons

Hunting seasons are getting underway on public lands, and the Bureau of Land Management is reminding hunters in California to use caution and observe seasonal fire restrictions. (BLM news release)


National Public Lands Day DOI Video

National Public Lands Day is Turning 25!

America’s public lands give us so much. National Public Lands Day is our chance to give something back. On September 22, we invite you to enjoy the outdoors and maybe even offer a few hours of your time to help clean up and fix up our national treasures.(BLM California facebook)


Horton Creek campground sign.  Mountains in background

BLM to Begin Horton Creek Campground Repaving Project

The Bureau of Land Management’s Horton Creek Campground will close for the winter season beginning Sunday, Oct. 14, and a paving project will get underway to improve visitor access.  The newly improved campground will reopen Friday, April 26, 2019, in time for the opening of the Eastern Sierra trout-fishing season. (BLM news release)

Medocino reopening. Trails meander through mountains

BLM Reopening Some Areas Closed by Mendocino Complex Fires

The Bureau of Land Management is reopening several public land recreation areas in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties that have been closed since late July because of dangers from the Mendocino Complex fires and suppression efforts. (BLM news release)

Related: (Sacramento Bee news release)


Atv foliage near lake photo by androscoggin valley chamber of commerce

5 Best ATV Rides to See Fall Foliage in the United States

Of the four seasons, fall is by far the most popular for riding ATVs that seat one or two people, and “side-by-sides” that seat two to six. The cooler temperatures and spectacular autumn leaves make for great riding all across the country. Here are five outstanding ATV trail systems to add to your bucket list for fall riding, with your own or rented vehicles.(Step Outside news release)


fall colors in Acadia national park_Photo by Adam pouliot

Fall in Love With 20 Amazing Public Lands in Autumn

Public lands are amazing all year, but there’s something really magnificent about the arrival of fall colors. As whole forests transition into bright reds, oranges and yellows, leaf peepers head to their favorite spots to enjoy cooler temperatures and this gorgeous natural spectacle. Check out a few of our favorite places to welcome autumn. (DOI blog)

oil and gas field california blm photo by john ciccarelli

Interior Department Finalizes New Waste Prevention Rule

The two-day sale in New Mexico brought in more revenue than all Bureau of Land Management oil and gas sales in 2017 combined, and surpassed BLM’s previous best sales year. (DOI news release)


lake reflection with fall trees. photo by usfws

Secretary Zinke Announces $100 Million to Support State Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Secretary Zinke announced a $100 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.(DOI news release)

BIA Officer and Dog kneel by drugs from drug bust

Interior Law Enforcement Seizes 17 lbs. of Heroin and Methamphetamine on San Felipe Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico

A BIA officer was monitoring vehicle traffic on Interstate 25 on the San Felipe Pueblo Indian Reservation when he conducted a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of an individual, and the seizure of approximately 15.9 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.25 pounds of heroin.(DOI news release)

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail cosplay

Discover Hispanic Heritage at These Historic Sites

Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15. Interior and its bureaus preserve and interpret historic sites across the country. For Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America, these places connect them to our nation’s shared history. From early explorers to modern day leaders, Hispanic Americans have influenced America’s culture and played an important role in society. (DOI photo gallery)



Mallard Duck Standing

Have you ever wondered which duck flies fastest, migrates farthest, or dives deepest?

Keep reading for answer below.


River Fire dead trees

September 20: BLM Ukiah to Host Public Meeting to Share Mendocino Complex BAER Team Assessment

The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office will host a meeting seeking public input on the Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team assessment of damage to Federal lands from the Mendocino Complex fires on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center in the Cabernet Room #2, 200 S. School St., Ukiah. (BLM news release)


Trinidad Lighthouse National Public Lands Day

September 22: National Public Lands Day Event in Trinidad

Join us Saturday, Sept. 22, at the historic lighthouse in Trinidad. Volunteers will plant native plants on the light station grounds. Anyone interested should meet at 10 a.m. in the parking area at the base of Trinidad Head and hike a half-mile uphill to the lighthouse. The workday ends at 1 p.m. (BLM news release)

Bizz Johnson Trailhead sign

September 22: Volunteers Welcome for National Public Lands Day Cleanup in Susanville

Volunteers are welcome to help spruce up the Susanville Trailhead at the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail, in an event to observe National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 22. (BLM news release)

Clear Creek Green way stream bed

September 29: Volunteers Welcome for National Public Lands Day Event Near Redding

Volunteers are welcome to help clean up public lands along the Clear Creek Greenway south of Redding, when the BLM and its partners celebrate National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 29. (BLM news release)

America's Great Outdoors exhibit at the LA County Fair. Photo by BLM.

August 31 - September 23: LA County Fair

Discover Los Angeles and America’s Great Outdoors at the LA County Fair in Pomona, California from August 31 to September 23. For over 20 years, a half a million people have visited the two acre outdoor site, co-managed by the BLM California Desert District, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire Department – Forestry Division and National Park Service. Visitors are able to view animals in the BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program corral, visit an exact replica of a pre-BLM General Land Office, observe native American lifeways, watch an environmental magic show, participate in log cutting and branding, take a walk along a nature discovery trail and much, much more. We hope to see you there! (LA County Fair website)

Vast landscape for California Solar Project

September 26 & 27: BLM Will Host Two Public Meetings for Desert Quartzite Solar Project

The Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, will host two public meetings on Sept. 26 and 27, for the proposed Desert Quartzite Solar Photovoltaic Project, in eastern Riverside County. (BLM news release)

Valley near Keystone Exploratory Project

October 12: Public Comment Period Ending for Proposed Keystone Exploratory Project

 The Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest Field Office has made available for 30-day public comment an Environmental Assessment for the Keystone Exploratory Drilling Project located on existing unpatented lode mining claims on public lands. The public comment period for the EA will end on Oct. 9. (BLM news release)


October 12: Public Comment Period Ending for Proposed Route Designation Project in San Bernardino County

The Bureau of Land Management’s Barstow Field Office has made available for 30-day public comment an Environmental Assessment on a route designation proposal affecting 130 miles of routes located on BLM public lands currently maintained by the county of San Bernardino’s Public Works Department. Segments of these routes that are under county management are limited to street legal vehicles, as defined by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. (BLM news release)


mother and son tying sticks together

October 13: Participants Will Learn about the past in Archaeology Day event

The Bureau of Land Management will offer a hands-on look into the lives of northeast California’s early inhabitants during Archaeology Day, a free, family-friendly event, Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Hobo Camp Day Use Area along the Susan River just west of Susanville.  Events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (BLM news release)

Wild horses from public lands. Photo by BLM.

Now - 2019: Bring Home a Wild Horse or Burro

The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program is excited to announce nearly 70 events this year as part of BLM's efforts to find good homes for our nation's wild horses and burros. Known for their intelligence, endurance and loyalty, wild horses and burros, with the right training, are outstanding for trail riding, packing, working and have successfully competed for awards in numerous fields from endurance riding to dressage. With more than 81,000 wild horses and burros on BLM-managed public lands, these wild icons of our American history need your help more than ever. Without any natural predators that can control population growth, wild horse and burro herds grow rapidly on the range and can quickly overcome the land's ability to support them. The BLM works to maintain healthy wild herds by gathering excess animals and placing them into good homes. (BLM website)


Waterfowl are among the most diverse and interesting creatures on the planet. Inhabiting every continent except Antarctica, ducks, geese, and swans can be found just about everywhere there's water, from the High Arctic to the tropics and from the ocean to the desert. To survive in these varied environments, waterfowl have incredible abilities and do amazing things.

Have you ever wondered which duck flies fastest, migrates farthest, or dives deepest? Do you know the largest number of waterfowl ever seen in one place, or why the Labrador duck became extinct?  Follow the link to find out more (Ducks Unlimited Conservation Facts