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Point Arena-Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument

Point Arena-Stornetta in the Ukiah Field Office area.

ISSUE 873 - October 3, 2019

  • Headlines and Highlights
  • Wildland Fire
  • BLM and DOI Highlights 
  • Wildlife Question of the Week
  • Upcoming Events


Upcoming travel plans? Please remember to check road conditions and closures. Travelers can also download the QuickMap app,, or call 1-800-427-7623 for constantly updated highway information. (California Department of Transportation

Point Arena-Stornetta, part of the California Coastal National Monument

Come “Discover the Coast” at Point Arena Community Celebration

The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office and the Point Arena community invites the public to come out and celebrate “Discover the Coast,” on Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Point Arena-Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument.(BLM news release)

Cen Cal managers

BLM welcomes New Managers to Mother Lode Field Office

Elizabeth Meyer-Shields and Josh Sjostrom have joined the Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office as the new field manager and assistant field manager, respectively, based in El Dorado Hills. (BLM news release)

Alabama Hills arch

In Case you Missed it: Community of Lone Pine Celebrates Alabama Hills National Scenic Area

Community members, supporters and visitors of the Alabama Hills are invited to join a celebration of stories and place at the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine on Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public, with food and refreshments provided. There will also be commemorative items available for purchase. A pre-event ribbon cutting is planned for 4 p.m. and requires an RSVP due to limited transportation. (BLM news release)

Santa Rosa NPLD 2019

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument host National Public Lands Day event.

Over 40 volunteers came ready to work on the ranch and around the monument this past Saturday. Some of the activities included raking, filling ravines, clearing a wildlife tinaja, trimming trees and vegetation at the historic Shumway Ranch. (BLM California Facebook)

San Joaquin NPLD 2019

San Joaquin River Gorge National Public Lands Day, "Search for Sasquatch"

Activities included: Sasquatch Search (2 mile round trip hike for all skill levels while searching for silly sasquatch characters posted along the trail). An introduction to the Learn the Leave No Trace principles and an opportunity to explore local recreation opportunities and participate in heritage education. (BLM California Facebook)


Keysville Cemetery Trail Project, National Public Lands Day 2019

Fourteen volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 3670 and the Kern River Valley Historical Society joined together to clean up the Keysville Cemetery Trail near the Walker Cabin in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Firefighters from the BLM’s South Fork Fire Station also assisted with the trail maintenance by removing downed and dead trees from the area.  In all, a quarter of a mile of trail was cleared, improved and signed. (BLM California Facebook)


CA campfire permit promo graphic

California Campfire Permit

Campfire permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally managed lands and private lands that are the property of another person. On private lands, written permission from the landowner is also required for campfire use. Get your California Campfire Permit quickly and easily online! (

Visit the BLM California fire restrictions website for more information about current fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands. 

Follow wildland fire incident information and updates
via InciWeb and CAL FIRE.

A prescribed burn.

BLM Plans Prescribed Burning Projects on Northeast California Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management’s Applegate Field Office will begin prescribed burning projects this week and continuing through the fall, winter and spring months on public lands in northeast California and far northwest Nevada. Burning will take place only when weather allows for safe and successful burning. (BLM news release)

A prescribed burn

BLM Plans Fall Prescribed Burning Projects in Northwest California

The Bureau of Land Management is planning prescribed burning projects for the fall and winter months on public lands in Shasta, Butte, Tehama and Trinity counties. Crews will ignite the pile burns and broadcast burns only when weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful burning and smoke dispersion. (BLM news release

Horton Campground. Photo by BLM.

BLM Bishop Field Office Issues Seasonal Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office issued seasonal fire restrictions for BLM-managed public lands in the Eastern Sierra effective Monday, July 1, due to increased wildland fire danger in the region. The restrictions will remain in effect until November 1, or until wildland fire conditions on public lands in the region improve. (BLM news release)

Bakersfield public lands. Photo by BLM.

BLM Bakersfield Field Office Increases Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office increased fire restrictions for BLM-managed public lands effective Monday, July 1, due to high wildland fire danger. The additional restriction includes no campfires, barbeques, or open fires, regardless if you are in a developed campground, other than portable stoves with gas, jelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel with a valid California campfire permit, available free at all BLM, Forest Service and Cal Fire offices or at The BLM-managed public lands affected by these fire restrictions are in eastern Fresno, western Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties; as well as the Carrizo Plain National Monument, Keysville Special Recreation Management Area, Lake Isabella and San Joaquin River Gorge. (BLM news release)

2018 Mendocino Complex Fire. Photo by Kipp Morrill, BLM.

BLM Ukiah Field Office Initiates Seasonal Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office initiated fire restrictions, effective July 1, for BLM-managed public lands in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, due to wildland fire danger. (BLM news release)

Whitewater Canyon. Photo by Steve Razo, BLM.

BLM Initiates Whitewater Canyon Closure Due to Increased Wildfire Risk

The Bureau of Land Management is temporarily closing public lands in and near Whitewater Canyon, Riverside County, due to the potential threat of wildfire. This public safety closure started Monday, July 1, and will remain in effect until further notice. (BLM news release)

Cronan Ranch Rx burn. Photo by Monte Kawahara, BLM.

BLM Mother Lode Field Office Initiates Seasonal Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office initiated fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba counties, effective June 14, due to wildland fire danger. (BLM news release)

Central Coast. Photo by Ryan O'Dell, BLM.

BLM Central Coast Field Office Initiates Seasonal Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office is initiated fire restrictions, effective June 10, for BLM-managed public lands in Fresno, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, due to wildland fire danger. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts the likelihood for large wildland fires will be above normal this summer. An unusually wet winter has produced an abundant grass crop, which has already cured or dried out. These heavy fuel loads have a high potential for creating extreme wildland fire behavior. (BLM news release)

2019 Rx burn on public lands.  Photo by Steve Watkins, BLM.

BLM Bakersfield Field Office Issues Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office issued fire restrictions for BLM-managed public lands effective May 20, due to potential wildland fire danger. The BLM-managed public lands affected by these fire restrictions are in eastern Fresno, western Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties. Fire restrictions will also affect BLM-managed recreational areas including the Carrizo Plain National Monument, Chimney Peak, Kennedy Meadows, Keysville, Lake Isabella, San Joaquin River Gorge and Three Rivers. (BLM news release)

BLM fire engine and firefighters. Photo by Paul Gibbs, BLM.

BLM Initiates Seasonal Fire and Target Shooting Restrictions in the California Desert District

The Bureau of Land Management initiated stage II and III fire restrictions as of April 10 for BLM-managed public lands within Los Angeles, Orange, San  Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Mono and San Diego counties. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. Stage II and III fire restrictions address the use of campfires, controlled flame devices and smoking on public lands. (BLM news release)

Wildfire Weather Aware campaign graphic.

Be #WildfireWeatherAWARE

It’s that time of year again and we need to get ready for wildfire. This includes things like clearing leaves off the roof and out of the gutters, clearing vegetation and combustible materials around your home and preparing or reviewing your evacuation plan. This spring and summer, learn more by following the #WildfireWeatherAWARE campaign with the Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, U.S. National Weather Service, Forest Service and California Fire Safe Council. (BLM California Facebook)

Related: Ready for Wildfire (


NPS Rangers

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to honor the history, culture and achievements of Hispanic Americans or Latinos. The Department of the Interior recognizes and pays tribute to the contributions of the thousands of Hispanic employees who are a part of our Interior family. ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! ( DOI Video)

A runner in nature

10 Great Public Lands for Running

Tired of the treadmill? Instead of heading to the gym for your next workout, get out to one of America’s parks, refuges or recreation areas for an experience that is sure to be exhilarating. Public lands offer trails that are suitable for all abilities and interests. Whether you prefer flat, paved paths, or steep, single-track switchbacks, your best run is waiting at one of America’s public lands. (DOI news release)

People receiving awards

BLM Announces Rangeland Stewardship Award Winners for 2019

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) presented its 2019 Rangeland Stewardship Awards today, which are given in recognition of an individual or group’s commitment to the stewardship of public rangelands and sagebrush steppes under BLM management. (BLM news Release)

Wild horses

BLM to host National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board and America’s Mustang Experience in Washington, D.C.

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet October 29-31 in Washington, D.C. The Board will discuss the pressing challenges of wild horse and burro management, including the number of unadopted and unsold animals in BLM facilities and the effects of overpopulation on public lands. (BLM new release)

great smoky mountains in autumn

This Week at Interior September 27, 2019

Inspecting the Bureau of Land Management’s new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado; touring a vital dam on the Gunnison River; a White House roundtable on Tribal Energy, and a national summit on broadband access for native communities; a threatened bird is making a comeback, thanks to BLM; reopening a major thoroughfare for traffic in the Nation’s Capital; the Senate confirms Interior’s new Solicitor; Saturday marks National Public Lands Day; and our social media Picture of the Week will get you in the mood for the first days of fall! Make sure you follow us! (DOI Video)


desert photo

Multiple Choice 

Do you know what a wildlife tinaja is? 

(a) A secret hideout for bears.
(b) A basket to place in a stream to catch fish. 
(c) Water storage in arid environments.
(d) A historic fort built by early pioneers. 

Keep scrolling to find out!


King Range National Conservation Area. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

November 11: BLM Announces Upcoming Fee-Free Days on Public Lands in 2019

The summer travel season gets under way in June with Great Outdoors Month. To encourage visitation to America’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to agency-managed public lands on three additional dates through the remainder of 2019: September 28 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). BLM-managed public lands offer a wide array of recreational opportunities, including hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, whitewater rafting, off-highway vehicle driving, rock climbing, and more. Americans make approximately 67 million visits annually to BLM-managed lands, supporting approximately 48,000 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $7 billion to the U.S. economy. (BLM news release)

Historic photo of burros in Bodie, California. Photo by BLM.

Now - December 2019: Fueling the Boom, Chinese Woodcutters in the Great Basin 1870-1920 

The Nevada State Museum in Carson City is hosting a new exhibit featuring historical/archaeological artifacts and photographs about Chinese woodcutting camps from Bodie Hills. The exhibit will highlight the significance of the woodcutting community near Chinese Camp (Aurora), shedding light on the little-known history of the Chinese woodcutters who lived there and felled pinyon pines to supply charcoal and firewood to the mining camps of Bodie and Aurora from 1875 to 1915. (Nevada State Museum website)

WHB adoption promo. Photo by BLM.

Ongoing: 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)

Related: Adoption Incentive Program (BLM website)


 the answer is (c). Tinajas, or "small jars" in Spanish, are perennial and quasi-perennial surface waters found in bedrock. They are fed by springs and/or precipitation. Many seeps and springs feed tinajas and other surface waters.

Springs, seeps, and tinajas are critical surface water sources in the arid and semi-arid Sonoran Desert and Apache Highlands ecoregions. They are the primary connection between groundwater and surface water, and are important water sources for  plants and animals. (NPS Blog)