BLM California News.Bytes Issue 828

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ISSUE 827 - October 11, 2018

  • From the Field
  • Headlines and Highlights
  • BLM and DOI Highlights 
  • Wildlife Question of the Week
  • Upcoming Events


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Prevent Wildfire, Preserve Habitat, Protect Tradition

Fire prevention week is here and we take a closer look at how we can help prevent wildfires. (BLM California Facebook)

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Kids go on hike and get their picture taken

The First Saturday Hike

The 3rd and 4th grade students in the Alisal and Washington Union school districts were given the opportunity to go on a 3 mile hike at the Fort Ord National Monument with BLM Ranger Tammy. (BLM California Facebook)


National Public Lands Day at beauty mountain

National Public Lands Day in Beauty Mountain

During National Public Lands Day in Beauty Mountain, 25 volunteers helped clean up a shooting site. Thanks to our partners: Redshank Riders Back Country Horsemen, USFS, & Friends of the Desert Mountains. (BLM California Facebook)

worker on tractor going over grain

Maintenance Action Team Projects Provide Training and Savings

Each year, refuges throughout the region complete hundreds of construction projects that range in scope from fixing steps to roads. This year, the region completed three large projects using Maintenance Action Teams. While these teams bring together Service staff from multiple refuges with the goal of accomplishing a large refuge project, they’re also designed to provide career growth and training for those employees. (USFWS News Release)


sick ducks in water

Rehabbers to the Rescue, Saving Sick Birds in the Klamath Basin

Since late July, several refuges and wetlands along the Pacific Flyway have experienced outbreaks of avian botulism. The Clostridium botulinum bacteria lives in wetland soils and when conditions are right, can result in high waterbird mortality. (USFWS News Release)

North Fork River. Clear waters with purple vegetation

50th Anniversary of the Rivers & Trails Systems: California Rivers and Trails #FindYourWay!

National Scenic and Historic Trails are signature components of the National Trails System, and protected by the BLM as a part of the National Conservation Lands. Congress established the National Trails System in 1968 and designated the Appalachian and Pacific Crest as the first national trails. From that time on, the BLM engaged with other agencies and volunteers along the Pacific Crest, and on many other trails later enacted. (BLM California Facebook)

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BLM Plans Fall Prescribed Burning Projects in Northwest California

The Bureau of Land Management is planning prescribed burning projects starting this fall and continuing into spring, on public lands in Shasta, Butte, Tehama and Trinity counties.  Crews will ignite the pile burns and broadcast burns only when weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning and smoke dispersion. (BLM News Release)

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BLM Lifting Fire Restrictions For Northwest California Public Lands

With the return of cooler weather, the Bureau of Land Management has rescinded fire restrictions on northwest California public lands managed by the Redding and Arcata field offices. (BLM News Release)

high desert fall foliage in valley

BLM Lifting Fire Restrictions For Lands Managed by Eagle Lake, Applegate Field Offices

The Bureau of Land Management has rescinded fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Eagle Lake and Applegate field offices. (BLM News Release)


OHV dirt bike rider zooms through a dusty trail wearing protective gear and helmet

BLM Reopens Chappie-Shasta OHV Recreation Area

 The Chappie-Shasta Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area near Redding is now open to the public. The Bureau of Land Management had closed the area, because of impacts from the Carr Fire. (BLM News Release)




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Virginia Tribes Celebrate Federal Recognition

Seven Virginia Indian tribes have finally gain federal recognition. (DOI News Release)


Deer in bunch graze in snowy mountain range

Secretary Zinke Announces $230,000 in Research Grants for Utah Big Game Migration Corridors

Funding to the state of Utah will help enhance and improve the quality of big-game winter range and migration corridor habitat. (DOI News Release)

Three deer stare at the camera in field with brush in background

Secretary Zinke Announces $265,000 in Research Grants for Arizona Big Game Migration Corridors

New funding for the state of Arizona will help improve the quality of big-game winter range and migration corridor habitat. (DOI News Release)


yellowstone national Park. nps photo jwf northern gates gardiner montana

Secretary Zinke announces historic mineral withdrawal north of Yellowstone in iconic "Paradise Valley"

The area covered by this action is generally known as the historic Emigrant Gulch and Crevice mining districts in a region known as the Paradise Valley at the northern gates of Yellowstone National Park. (DOI News Release)


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What is the Largest Living Wild Canine Species

Keep scrolling to find out!


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)


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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)

Trash on desert hillside

October 13: Ridgecrest BLM Clean-Up

The BLM Ridgecrest Field Office will be partnering with the local chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to clean up trash at a historic mining site, The Bellflower. The area is located just outside of the city of Ridgecrest and is a local draw for public land users. (BLM California Facebook)

person climbing rock fixture

October 14: BLM and Bishop Area Climbers Coalition to Host Volcanic Tableland Stewardship Event

The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and Bishop Area Climbers Coalition
will host a volunteer stewardship event on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Volunteers will
rehabilitate areas of the Volcanic Tableland impacted by dispersed camping and prepare the Pleasant Valley Pit
Campground for the annual influx of campers for the Eastern Sierra’s busy rock climbing season. (BLM News Release)

Amargosa festival flyer

October 19-20: Come and explore the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River at the Meet the Amargosa River Event

This event is being coordinated by our partners at the Amargosa Conservancy and is being supported by the Barstow Field Office. Lean about this remarkable green jewel in the middle of the Mojave Desert through presentations from local experts, hikes, drives and birding tours and help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. (BLM California Facebook)


yellow foliage near low trickling stream

October 20: Annual Fall Colors Ride on Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

The Bureau of Land Management will offer a special fall colors bike ride and bike shuttle Saturday, Oct. 20, on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail near Susanville.  Participants can get some exercise and enjoy spectacular fall colors.  The ride will be on a smooth and wide gravel trail.(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)


Gray wolves are the largest living canine species. (NWF educational resources)