BLM California News.Bytes Issue 831

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ISSUE 831 - November 1, 2018

  • Halloween on Public Lands
  • Headlines and Highlights
  • BLM and DOI Highlights 
  • Wildlife Question of the Week
  • Upcoming Events

Halloween on Public Lands

Dress up as the past historical hosts of Headwaters Forest reserve for Halloween

Halloween at Headwaters 

Friends of Headwaters Forest Reserve, the Bureau of Land Management - California, Arcata Field Office and the Redwood Parks Conservancy held the 3rd annual #Halloween at Headwaters event on Saturday, October 27. (BLM California Facebook)

Imperial Sand dunes at dusk while ohvs drift into the night

Happy Halloween From the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

Planning on making it out to the dunes this weekend for #Halloween? Save time and money by purchasing your Imperial Sand Dunes permit before you hit the sand! (BLM ISDRA Facebook)

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Spotted bat with long ears hangs from cave wall

Live from the Living Desert! Bat Q&A Session

Questions were answered online by BLM Wildlife Biologist and local bat expert, Dani Ortiz about anything you wanted to know about bats during a live feed on the The Living Desert Facebook page. (BLM California Facebook)


Palen project area in the desert with wire fence in seemingly hot sunny day

BLM Approves Palen Solar Project in Riverside County

The Bureau of Land Management today released its Record of Decision, authorizing the Palen Solar Project, a photovoltaic facility owned by EDF Renewable Energy, to occupy up to 3,140 acres of BLM-administered lands, approximately 10 miles east of Desert Center, north of Interstate 10, in Riverside County. (BLM News Release)

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Fall foliage near the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Fall Colors Along the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Public land enthusiasts have been basking in the color on organized mountain bike and horseback rides, on their daily workouts and leisurely walks. There is still time to get out and enjoy the beauty of fall on our public lands before winter sets in! (BLM California Facebook)

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Two Firefighters stand with tools watching fire burn

BLM to Begin Prescribed Fire Projects in Northeast California, Northwest Nevada

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management’s Applegate Field Office in Alturas will be conducting pile-burning projects during the fall and winter months.  Crews will ignite fires only when weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful burning.Click to edit this placeholder text. (BLM News Release)

Klamath River flowing in low depth

Klamath River Upstream of Interstate 5 to Reopen to Adult Chinook Salmon Harvest on Monday, OCT. 29

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Iron Gate Hatchery has determined that the hatchery will have taken in more than 8,000 fall Chinook Salmon by the end of this week. (CDFW News Release)

california conservation crew sign "working hard."

California Conservation Corps Wildland Firefighter Pack Test

There may be no harder challenge for a CCC Corpsmember than the wildland firefighter pack test. Three miles in 45 minutes, all while carrying a weight vest the size of a toddler on their shoulders. (BLM California Facebook)

Crane flying in wetland

Cosumnes River Preserve

Good News! We have over 600 of our 1,000 acres of our wetlands flooded. We are finishing up the harvest of our 1,000 acres of organic rice fields, which we are beginning to flood as well. Here are some photos of sandhill cranes, taken over the weekend by CRP volunteer Bruce G Miller.(Cosumnes River Preserve Facebook)

BLM Sign "Before you Light be prepared to fight"

Fire Restrictions to Expire on BLM-Managed Public Land in Eastern Sierra

Located in both California and Nevada, Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and has nearly 1,000 miles of roads that provide access to both popular and remote locations in the park. (BLM News Release)


boem 4 offshore rigs boem photo DOI News Release

Interior Department Announces Second Consecutive Year of Growth in Energy Revenues as FY 2018 Disbursements Climb to $8.93 Billion

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.93 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas. That figure represents an increase of $1.82 billion over the previous year. In 2018, ONRR disbursed $44.9 million to California. (DOI News Release)

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Secretary Zinke Designates A.P. Tureaud Home the Fifth Historic Site within the African American Civil Rights Network

A.P. Tureaud made major contributions to advancing the goals of the African-American Civil Rights Movement as a preeminent civil rights attorney in Louisiana. (DOI News Release)

camp nelson field waysides Civil war kiosks_Photo DOI blog

Civil War Era Site Camp Nelson Designated as a National Monument

Today, the site remains one of the best-preserved landscapes and archaeological sites associated with Civil War era U.S. Colored Troops recruitment camps and the African American refugee experience. Camp Nelson will now be the 418th site that the National Park Service oversees. (DOI News Release)


red fox in snow

How Does the Red Fox Benefit from That Bushy Tail?

Keep scrolling to find out!


Pheasant hunter stalks prey with rifle

November 17-18: Special Pheasant Hunts Set for Sacramento River Bend Wetland Areas

Special pheasant hunts designed for beginner hunters will be offered in the Bureau of Land Management’s Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18. (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)




Like a cat's, the fox's thick tail aids its balance, but it has other uses as well. (National Geograhic Blog)