BLM California News.Bytes Issue 875

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BIghorn sheep in Afton Canyon on the Mojave Trails National Monument

ISSUE 875 - October 18, 2019

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

Recreation and Public Access

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

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Happy Tails Adventure Fun at La Quinta Cove

"Happy Tails” provides fun exercise while exploring in nature. Learn about dog friendly trails in local National Monuments, the native flora and wildlife, and hike responsibly! Upcoming walks are scheduled for Nov. 6 at Gabby Hayes Trail and Dec. 4 at White Water Preserve and Pacific Crest Trail. (BLM Facebook)


mountain bikers at Swasey Recreation Area

32nd Lemurian Classic Mountain Bike Race Held at Swasey Recreation Area

Hundreds of mountain bikers came out to the 32nd annual Lemurian Classic Mountain Bike race, October 12th and 13th at the Swasey Recreation Area. This year’s race was a new venue and course, and was the first time the event was permitted on the Swasey Recreation Area, managed by the BLM Redding Field Office and hosted by the Redding Trail Alliance. (BLM Facebook)

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Panoche and Tumey Hills Open to Vehicle Access

The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office will reopen the Panoche and Tumey hills recreation areas to vehicle access on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded that BLM-managed public lands in Fresno, Monterey and San Benito counties, which include the recreation areas, are still under fire restrictions that temporarily prohibit all target shooting due to high fire risk. The restrictions do not apply to the use of firearms for hunting. (BLM news release)

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Alabama Hills National Scenic Area Celebration

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office, along with dozens of stakeholder groups and the community of Lone Pine, gathered on Oct. 5 to celebrate the recent designation of the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area in Inyo County. (BLM Facebook)


Team Rubicon workday 2019

Team Rubicon and BLM workday at the Cosumnes River Preserve.

More than 25 volunteers assisted with wildfire rehab and habitat restoration by removing hazardous trees and irrigation pipes burned in a 2018 wildfire at Grizzly Slough. Thank you to the volunteers and partners, The Nature Conservancy, California Department Of Water Resources and Sacramento County. (BLM Facebook)

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Volcanic Tablelands Featured on DOI Facebook

The Volcanic Tablelands were formed by a cataclysmic eruption over 700,000 years ago. Spreading out across Owens Valley in California, the tablelands are now known for resilient wildlife, world-class climbing and ancient Native American petroglyphs. (DOI Facebook)


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Bakersfield Fire Hire Open House Nov. 2

Interested in becoming a wildland firefighter? On November 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Bakersfield Field Office will offer tours of the fire station and engines. In addition, BLM staff will offer resume tips and explain the USAJobs application process as well as give the public a feel for what it’s like to work on a fire crew and engines. Job openings will begin Dec. 2 - Dec. 17, 2019. (BLM Facebook)


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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.

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 (

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BLM Reduces Stage II Fire Restrictions in the California Desert District

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Land Management has reduced Stage II fire restrictions to Stage I for all of Imperial County and parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Inyo, Mono, and Kern counties. 

The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive.  (BLM news release)


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)

Glacier National Park DOI news

Interior Department Supported $315 Billion in Economic Activity and 1.8 Million Jobs in FY 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2018. The report highlights Interior activities covering conventional and renewable energy, recreation, non-fuel minerals, irrigation, and conservation that resulted in $315 billion in economic output and supported 1.8 million jobs during the year – up from $254 billion in economic output and 1.6 million jobs in 2016. (DOI 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)


desert tortoise photo by USFWS

Multiple Choice 

What do you call a group of desert tortoise eggs?

(a) Clutch
(b) Nest
(c) Batch
(d) Brood 

Keep scrolling to find out!


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)

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National Public Lands Day Celebration at the Desert Tortoise Research Center

Join us for our #NPLD party at the western side of the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area! The event takes place Saturday October 19, 2019
Projects include: Plant reseeding and other restoration efforts, invasive species removal, sign and fence repair and  trash clean up. More details can be found at this link

bat week

Celebrate Bat Week in the Coachella Valley

The Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, invites the public to celebrate National Bat Week, Oct. 24-31.

Bat Week in the Coachella Valley is an annual celebration of bats, and this year marks the sixth year of this bat-tastic educational outreach program with fun activities scheduled throughout the valley. (BLM Facebook)

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Halloween at Headwaters Preserve

Halloween at Headwaters, an annual evening guided walk through the “ghost town” of Falk, is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, with five guided tours by reservation only between 4:30 and 6 p.m.  This free, family friendly event features historical characters telling stories of the once-bustling lumber town of Falk and storytelling at the Headwaters Education Center. (BLM Facebook)

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 A.

A clutch of eggs is the group of eggs produced by birds, amphibians, or reptiles, often at a single time, particularly those laid in a nest. Most species of tortoises lay small clutch sizes, seldom exceeding 20 eggs, and many species have clutch sizes of only 1–2 eggs. Incubation is characteristically long in most species, the average incubation period are between 100 and 160 days. Egg-laying typically occurs at night, after which the mother tortoise covers her clutch with sand, soil, and organic material. The eggs are left unattended, and depending on the species, take from 60 to 120 days to incubate. (Wikipedia)