BLM California News.Bytes Issue 832

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Bodie Hills, Bishop Field Office

ISSUE 832 - November 9, 2018

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

From the Field

Deer graze through brown valley

American Conservation Experience a Summer of Hard Work Providing Important Monitoring Data

We all know the importance of public lands for a variety of users, but it's not often that we come across a set of photographs that illustrate this point. Thanks to monitoring work by wild horse and burro program interns in our Eagle Lake Field Office, we can use a spot they informally named Columbine Spring to show just how popular some places on the public lands can be. (BLM California Facebook)

Lassen County Staff members and children clean up river

Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative

Staff members from our Eagle Lake Field Office enjoyed some beautiful days in the field recently, helping school children from the northeast California communities of Chester and Westwood plant willows in a meadow restoration project. (BLM California Facebook)

Daughters enjoy a firetruck drivers seat

Fifth Annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival 

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Ridgecrest Field Office staff participated in the fifth annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival on November 3. Field office exhibits included; a mini WH&B adoption featuring three horses and three burros available for adoption, a BLM fire engine display, several off-highway vehicles on display, and an information booth focusing on public land recreational opportunities in the Ridgecrest Field Office resource area. (BLM California Facebook)


Helicopter flying in the sky

Paradise Evacuated as 5,000-acre Wildfire Explodes in Butte County, 2 CHP Officers Escape on Foot

Fueled by winds of up to 50 mph, a 5,000-acre fire threatened the town of Paradise in Butte County Thursday morning, prompting the mandatory evacuation of large sections of the town of about 26,000 people. (Sacramento Bee News Story)

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 Site location within the Needles Field Office, San Bernardino County. Photo by the BLM.

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Public Land Sale in San Bernardino County

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposed direct sale of 70 acres of public land in San Bernardino County to OMYA Inc., a global producer of calcium carbonate and distributor of specialty chemicals. Publication of the Environmental Assessment and draft Land Use Plan Amendment today in the Federal Register provides for 60-day public review and comment. (BLM News Release)

bizz johnson trail bridge over water in fall foliage

BLM Will Improve Bridges on Bizz Johnson Trail

A project to replace decking on three Bizz Johnson Trail bridges gets underway the week of Nov. 11 and will continue through December. Construction crews will work on the Hobo Camp bridge on the Susan River, near Susanville, and on two bridges about five miles west of Susanville (BLM News Release)

Related: (BLM California Facebook)

Bat box at interior building

New Bat Box at Interior

Often misunderstood, bats are crucial to our planet. They provide essential pest control, pollinate our plants and disperse seeds for new plants and trees. In the last week of October, we celebrate National Bat Week to share the impacts and importance of these fascinating creatures. This week Interior installed a new bat box on our roof to help bats find a safe place to live in the city. (DOI News Release)


Secretary Ryan Zinke stands with veterans in front of wwII Memorial in Washington DC on overcast day

Happy Veterans Day from Interior!

s America honors all the men and women who have served in the military this Veterans Day, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke honors Retired US Army Senior Master Sergeant Harry Miller, veteran of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and all the veterans who serve at the Department of the Interior. (DOI News Release)

juptier inlet veterans fishing event kathy williams fco

Veterans Find Healing and Hope on Public Lands

A visit to America’s public lands is more than an opportunity to see an epic vista, learn about history and experience wildlife. It’s also good medicine. (DOI News Release)


Interior Department to Commemorate Four Hundred Years of African-American History

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of a 14-member commission to coordinate the commemoration of the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies in 1619. (DOI News Release)


Arrests of Illegal Aliens on Federal Borderlands Increased by Nearly 4,000% Under Trump/Zinke Surge Operations

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that in the first six months of a pilot program to provide an increased Interior law enforcement presence on identified Interior lands along the US-Mexico border, arrests of illegal aliens entering the United States increased by nearly 4,000 percent. (DOI News Release)


Elephant Seal laying in water

How long can a seal hold their breath?

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)


Cotoni-Coast Dairies Unit green valley

December 4 & 13: BLM to Host Cotoni-Coast Dairies Public Access Workshops

The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office will host two public workshops to explore recreational access opportunities at the Cotoni-Coast Dairies unit of the California Coastal National Monument in Santa Cruz County. (BLM News Release)

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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)




An elephant seal can hold its breath for 2 hours, which is a top record for mammals. Learn more great facts about seals here! (World Animal Protection)