BLM California News.Bytes Issue 906

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Moss covered rocks over looking meadows and mountains.

Eagle Lake Field Office

ISSUE 906- June 11, 2020

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

Recreation and Public Access

A photo of Pit river.

BLM Pit River Campground now open

The Bureau of Land Management’s Pit River Campground, along with its day use area and river access points, is now open for the spring through fall season. (BLM CA news release)

A lady fishing on a boat.

National fishing and boating week

🌊🚤🎣 Enjoy the outdoors safely, practice social distancing, and spend quality time with your family by participating in #NationalFishingAndBoatingWeek! For more information about fishing in California, visit: (BLM Facebook)

Video still of a kayaker in a river.

Fishing and boating safety tips

Here is some safety tips for #NationalFishingandBoatingWeek to keep in mind while on or near the water. 🛶 Know your limits and be sure your water skills and experience are equal to the river and the conditions. (BLM CA Facebook)

A video still of ranger Tammy.

Ranger Tammy explores Fort Ord National Monument

In her latest episode, Ranger Tammy takes us on a walk around Fort Ord National Monument. But first, she shows us what to pack to have a safe and fun adventure! (BLM CA Youtube)

A graphic that reads Check what's open.

Check what's open

Know before you go! Many recreation areas are open, but confirm the site you plan to visit is currently allowing visitors. Pick sites that are less crowded & remember some areas may have limited services. (BLM CA Twitter)

A graphic that reads don't drive or park on dry grass.

Don't drive or park on dry grass

When hitting the road this weekend, remember that your engine exhaust pipe or a spark from a trailer chain can cause a wildland fire, putting firefighters, other visitors and communities at risk.🔥 Be careful when pulling onto the shoulder and avoid stopping on dry grass areas. (BLM CA Facebook)

An info-graphic about recreating outdoors during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Practice social distancing outdoors

Outdoor activities can provide many health benefits when practiced safely. We recommend visiting areas close to home while avoiding very popular or crowded locations where social distancing may be difficult and limiting group activities to members of your household. Do your part when visiting public lands. (BLM CA Website)

Headline & Highlights

Luke Sheehy.

Luke Sheehy remembered 

We pause to honor the memory of Luke Sheehy, a National Forest smokejumper and former BLM Hotshot firefighter, who lost his life in the line of duty on this day in 2013, fighting a fire in the Warner Wilderness on the Modoc National Forest. (BLM CA Facebook)

Two girls holding agents of discovery certificates of completion.

Discover your surroundings through the updated Agents of Discovery virtual App

Perfect for children and families alike who are looking to discover the “wild” closer to home, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service updated their educational and adventure themed mission game App called “Agents of Discovery,” so users could play at home. (BLM CA news release)

Volunteers clearing a trail.

Thank you to our #NationalTrailsDay volunteers

Huge thanks to the crew of 10 Lassen County volunteers for their work sprucing up trails at our Bald Mountain Trails network in observance of #NationalTrailsDay last Saturday, June 6. The trail enthusiasts helped groom newly cut trails, removed brush and cleared away huge rocks. (BLM CA Facebook)

Elegant Brodiaea

Plant of the day at Cosumnes River Preserve

Elegant Brodiaea or Brodiaea elegans is today’s #plantoftheday! Brodiaea elegans is a member of the lily family. Each flower has three petals and three sepals. In Brodiaea the sepals are colored like the petals, so that the flower appears to have six petals and no sepals! You can find this perennial bulb in wet grasslands, such as the vernal pool grasslands at Rancho Seco Park. (CRP Facebook)

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BLM seeks public comment on OMYA’s proposed plan of operation to use mill site mining claims

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment of the applicant’s use of mill site mining claims for rock and soil placement as a result of mining operations at the White Knob-White Ridge Limestone Quarries south of Lucerne Valley. (BLM CA news release)

Wildland Fire & Fuels Management

Inland Crew 5

Thank you to all our partners fighting the Smoke Tree fire

California Conservation Corps -Inland Crew 5 taking a break from fighting the #SmoketreeFire in Riverside County. The crew and other BLM partners including Palm Springs Fire Department and CAL FIRE, are working diligently in extreme heat towards containing the fire 🔥 We thank you all for your efforts! Stay safe out there. (BLM CA Facebook)

Crew clearing brush and tree branches.

Fuels reduction work along the Merced River

The Bureau of Land Management coordinated with CAL FIRE crews who completed a fuels reduction project at the Merced River Recreation area to be ready for the upcoming fire season, including removing small trees, brush and grass from around the Briceburg Visitor Center and other facilities. (BLM CA Facebook )

Emergency services vehicles.

3 firefighters, 1 other injured in 140-acre Palm Springs fire

Nearly 100 firefighters were mopping up hot spots and building containment lines Wednesday at the scene of a brush fire that charred 140 acres near the late Bob Hope's former home in Palm Springs and sent three firefighters to the hospital suffering from heat exhaustion. (

A firefighter digging a fire line.

The most used firefighting tools

Bureau of Land Management Fire and Aviation provides a bit of history on one of the most used firefighting tools used to construct fireline. Can you guess what it is? (BLM CA Facebook)

Campground with mountains in the background.

BLM Bishop Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management is issuing seasonal fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Bishop Field Office in the Eastern Sierra effective Monday, June 8, due to increased wildland fire danger in the region. These seasonal restrictions will remain in effect until November 1, and are in addition to the year-round statewide fire prevention order, issued on April 28. (BLM CA news release)

A wide river and forest.

BLM Mother Lode Field Office initiates seasonal fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management is issuing seasonal fire restrictions, effective May 29, for public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, due to dry conditions and wildland fire danger. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the year-round statewide fire prevention order, issued on April 28, and will remain in effect until further notice. (BLM CA news release)

A photo of Tumey Hills.

BLM Central Coast Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management is issuing seasonal fire restrictions effective May 15 for public lands managed by the Central Coast Field Office, primarily located in western Fresno, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, due to dry conditions and wildland fire danger. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the year-round statewide fire prevention order, issued on April 28, and will remain in effect until further notice. (BLM CA news release)

Picnic table

BLM CA issues statewide Fire Prevention Order

With the 2020 wildfire year upon us, the Bureau of Land Management has issued a statewide Fire Prevention Order to help prevent the risk of wildfires igniting in California. The Fire Prevention Order includes year-round campfire permit requirement and maintaining a five-foot diameter clearance around campfires on BLM-managed public lands in California. The full order can be viewed online here. (BLM news release)

BLM Fire engine and crew.

BLM initiates seasonal fire and target shooting restrictions in the California Desert District

The Bureau of Land Management has elevated its seasonal fire restrictions effective immediately for BLM-managed public lands within Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Diego, and eastern Kern counties. These restrictions will remain in effect until December 15, unless terminated sooner if conditions warrant. (BLM news release)

picnic area with a fire ring.

BLM Bakersfield Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management is issuing seasonal fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Bakersfield Field Office effective Friday, May 1, due to dry conditions and high wildland fire danger. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the year-round statewide fire prevention order, issued on April 28. This seasonal fire order will remain in effect until further notice. (BLM news release)

Desert valley and mountains.

BLM initiates Whitewater Canyon closure due to increased wildfire risk

The Bureau of Land Management will temporarily close public lands in and near Whitewater Canyon, located in Riverside County, due to the potential threat of wildfire. The public safety closure will begin on Wednesday, May 6, and will remain in place until October 31. (BLM CA news release)

U.S. Map with wildfire outlook.

Wildland fire outlook

Check out the latest #WildlandFireOutlook! Available here. (NIFC Facebook)

BLM & DOI Highlights

A desert landscape.

Bonneville Speed Week set for August 8-14

The Bureau of Land Management, Utah’s Tooele County and the Utah Health Department all have signed off on the necessary permits, and the Southern California Timing Association has announced plans to stage Bonneville Speed Week 2020 on August 8-14, with the Bonneville World Finals set for September 29-October 2. (Classic Cars Journal)

National Park lodge.

Restoring Our National Parks

With more 315 million people visiting America’s national parks last year, many roads, bridges, visitor centers, historic buildings, trails, and campgrounds are in need of critical repairs. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt released a video yesterday highlighting this important issue and President Trump’s support for the Great American Outdoors Act, which would address decades of deferred maintenance at our national parks. (DOI video)

A sunset over a forest.

BLM names State Director for Oregon/Washington

Farmer and agriculture policy professional named to oversee more than 16 Million acres of public land. (BLM news release)

Canyons of the ancients ruins.

BLM Marks Canyons of the Ancients National Monument 20-year Anniversary

The Bureau of Land Management today honors the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument’s 20-year anniversary. (BLM news release)

A person hiking on a slick rock formation.

BLM to restore in-person day hiking permits for Coyote Buttes North on June 15

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the in-person lottery for day-use hiking permits at Coyote Buttes North, commonly known as The Wave, will resume on Monday, June 15. (BLM news release)

A fallen old growth tree.

ICYMI: BLM proposes changes to reflect modern forestry management practices, make review of salvage actions more efficient and effective

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing updates to antiquated regulations governing administration of timber sales, as well as a new tool designed to streamline and improve analysis of projects designed to reduce fuel loads and improve forest health by removing dead and dying trees. (BLM news release)

Hikers hiking the grand canyon.

National Park visitor spending generates economic impact of more than $41 billion

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt today announced the annual economic benefit of national parks to the U.S. and local economies. In 2019, visitor spending in communities near national parks resulted in a $41.7 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 340,500 jobs. (DOI news release)

A mountain and meadow.

This Week at Interior June 5, 2020

Secretary Bernhardt addressed Interior employees in the wake of nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd; President Trump proclaims June as Great Outdoors Month, a time to celebrate the majestic mountains, forests, canyons, beaches, and rivers that provide recreation and renewal for all Americans and more. (DOI video)

Wildlife Question of the Week


Multiple choices

If threatened by predators, Pygmy short-horned lizards  (Phrynosoma douglasii) will shoot what from their eyes? 

a) Venom
b) Laser beams
c) Smelly Spray
d) Blood

Keep scrolling to find the answer.

Upcoming Events


3rd Annual Wild Horse Walkabout

21 Aug at 09:00 – 23 Aug at 17:00

Join us in beautiful northeastern California for an exciting weekend of exploring and experiential learning about wild horses and their habitat. Details and registration to follow. (BLM CA Facebook)

Wildlife Question of the Week Answer

The answer is d), blood. If threatened by predators, horned lizards will squirt blood from the eyes. The squirting blood comes from ducts in the corners of their eyes and can travel a distance of up to three feet (one meter). It's meant to confuse would-be predators including birds, coyotes and snakes. The photo shows an adult with blood around the eyes.

The short-horned lizard is the most widely distributed lizard in North America and occurs in the widest range of habitats; but in California it is at the edge of its range and is found only in the northeastern corner of the state in Siskiyou and Modoc cos. It ranges into juniper, lower elevation mixed conifer and eastside pine, and oak-pinyon woodlands (Stebbins 1954). In northeastern Oregon this species reaches very high population densities but nothing is known about California populations, which probably do not reach
high densities.


Source: California Department of Fish and Wildlife (PDF)