BLM California News.Bytes Issue 829

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ISSUE 829 - October 18, 2018

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


Night sky photo of afton canyon bridge

Afton Canyon: Ideal for Hiking, Camping and More

Now that autumn is here and temperatures are cooling, it’s a good time of the year to start hiking and exploring interesting areas in the High Desert again. From now and through next spring is a great time to put on those hiking boots and get out to areas like Deep Creek, Round Mountain and Juniper Flats. (VV Daily Press Story)

Related: (BLM California Facebook)

Generation Green students pose for picture

Grant High School Participate in National Public Lands Day

On the weekend of Sept. 29, thirteen Generation Green students from Grant High School in Sacramento participated in a nationwide volunteer event called National Public Land Day. Chico State, hosted the event in partnership with BLM and Forest Service. Generation Green students did trail maintenance work and picked up trash along Red Bluff Recreational Area and Clear Creek Greenway.  (BLM California Facebook)


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Northeast California's Newest Recreational Trail Network Continues to Expand at Bald Mountain 

Our Eagle Lake Field Office has been using a variety of workforce tools to get the job done. Last week, we had assistance from conservation crews housed at the California Correctional Center near Susanville. Thanks to their help, 12 miles of the planned 28-mile network of looped trails will be completed by fall. (BLM California Facebook)

young girl throws atlatl at target

Staff and Partners in our Eagle Lake Field Office Participate in Fifth Annual Archaeology Day

Staff and partners in our Eagle Lake Field Office spent Saturday, Oct. 13, showing northeast California residents how the first people in the region survived and thrived. More than 100 participants tried their hands at acorn grinding, spear throwing and rock art creation in the fifth annual public archaeology day. Visitors stopped by several learning stations focused on native plants, wildlife, archaeological excavation, orienteering and pioneer games. We were happy that many local families spent part of their weekend learning about the Native American perspective of early life in the region. (BLM California Facebook)


Cleaning sign at eagle lake field office

Another Successful National Public Lands Day for the BLM Bakersfield Field Office

It was a family event, bringing out adults and kids of all ages. The day centered on getting the Goodwin Education Center and garden ready for the annual opening in December. (BLM California Facebook)


Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

2018 Rebelle Rally Underway

The Rally will wind south through the California deserts and into the Imperial Sand Dunes for the finish over an eight-day period. A huge awards party dubbed Rebellation is planned for Saturday, October 20, at Lane Field in San Diego. (Four Wheeler Network News Story)

Related: (Tread Magazine News Story)


Elephant Seal on beach

Elephant Seals Returning to Piedras Blancas This Fall After Annual Migration

Students are returning to school, and young elephant seals are returning to the beach. It’s their “Fall Haul-Out.” (The Tribune News Story)

Participants stand outside in fall clothing peering out over cliff edge

BLM Reopens Nominations for Northern California District Resource Advisory Council

The Bureau of Land Management in California has announced that it is reopening the public call for nominations for five open positions on the citizen-based Northern California District Resource Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. (BLM News Release)

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BLM Central California District Accepting Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

The Bureau of Land Management Central California District will accept nominations through Wednesday, Oct. 31, for 13 positions awaiting appointment on both its citizen-based Central California Resource Advisory Council and the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee. (BLM News Release)



Desolation Canyon areal photography from satellite

Revealing Our Planet Through Earth As Art

Sometimes you need a new perspective to see something in a whole new way. With satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey, science and art combine to showcase the beauty and wonder of our planet. (DOI blog)


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Interior Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Regulatory Relief in FY 2018

Since January 2017, Interior has withdrawn more than 150 proposed rulemakings from the regulatory agenda and finalized no less than 19 deregulatory actions in FY2018. (DOI News Release)

off shore wind and wave powered energy turbines

Trump Administration Delivers Historic Progress on Offshore Wind

The three announcements included the much-anticipated wind auction offshore Massachusetts, the environmental review of a proposed wind project offshore Rhode Island, and a formal request for companies to indicate their interest in wind energy development for three areas offshore California. (DOI News Release)



mystery flying mammal

What mammal is naturally capable of true and sustained flight? 

Keep scrolling to find out!


historic timber operation houses broken down on side of hill

October 27: 3rd Annual Halloween at Headwaters Event 

Friends of the Headwaters Forest Reserve, the Bureau of Land Management, Arcata Field Office and the Redwood Parks Conservancy invite you to the 3rd annual Halloween at Headwaters event on Saturday, October 27. (Friends of Headwaters News Release)

Related: (Eventbrite)

Related: (Friends of Headwaters Facebook)

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)

black burro lays on ground with perked up ears

October 28: Donkey Welfare Symposium

There will be up to 10 burros available for adoption starting at noon Sunday at Animal Science Barns. Staff will be available at 11:00 am. We look forward to seeing you there! (BLM California Facebook)

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)




BATS! Check out more information about bats. (California Wildlife Center)