BLM California News.Bytes Issue 907

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River rolling by a forest.

Trinity Wild and Scenic River, Redding Field Office

ISSUE 907- June 18, 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

Rafters on a river running through a forest.

BLM has openings for hosts at Trinity River campgrounds

Dreamed of volunteering to be a camp host? The Bureau of Land Management has volunteer openings for hosts at Trinity River campgrounds. “Camp hosts play an important role in connecting people with their public lands,” said Jennifer Mata, manager of the BLM’s Redding Field Office. (BLM CA news release)

birds on a water.

Bird watching at the Trinidad Gateway

The Trinidad Gateway to the California Coastal National Monument is home to the third largest habitat for nesting seabirds on the north coast, which makes it an ideal location for #birdwatching. Over 100K Common Murres and other seabirds nest on these offshore rocks and islands creating an extraordinary sight for visitors. (BLM CA Facebook)

A biker looking towards a mountain range.

#RecreateResponsibly this weekend

BLM California continues to work with local officials to reopen recreation sites throughout the state as quickly and safely as possible. Many sites have already opened! Field staff continue to clean and prepare additional sites so they will be ready for visitors soon. (BLM CA Facebook)

Elephant seals battling.

Learn about the elephant seals of Piedras Blancas on June 18

Take a virtual visit to the Central Coast rookery where northern elephant seals stop to breed, give birth, molt, and rest on Thursday, June 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in a program presented by the Menlo Park Library. Register online. (In Menlo)

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


Nature Photography Day

June 15 is #NaturePhotographyDay 📷 🏔 and we want to see your best nature photography! Here’s some great shots from our team at BLM! (BLM CA Facebook)

A man wearing a black cowboy hat on a back of a horse smiles.

Life during covid-19 (and normal weekends!) at Ridgecrest Corrals

One day JJ Nolan, a wrangler at Ridgecrest Regional Corrals, was doing a routine check of the facility. First, he drove the utility vehicle around the perimeter looking over the horses and burros. Then he drove down the interior alley. Given the pens are acres in size, he could not see everything from the perimeter and the animals may not be standing near the perimeter fences. (BLM's Tales from the Trails blog)

Ranger Tammy holding up an information card about insects.

Ranger Tammy's Fun Facts about Insects

Ranger Tammy give us fun facts about insects such as ladybugs and crickets. She shows us how we can all mimic some of these insect behaviors too! (BLM CA Youtube)

wind turbine on a desert mountain ridge.

Palm Springs wind turbines: Agency accepting comments on Whitewater project

Time is running out for the public, including Whitewater Canyon residents who have spent decades fighting the wind turbines dotting the hills near their homes, to weigh in as the Bureau of Land Management considers whether to approve the Mesa Wind Repower Project. (Desert Sun)

Related: BLM releases Mesa Wind Repower Project for public comment (BLM CA News Release)

Lighting strikes over El Paso

Introduction to Monsoon Awareness Week 2020

Did you know Monsoon season goes from June 15th to Sept 30th? For Southern California this means flash floods, extreme heat, downburst winds & lightening are just some of the hazards you should be prepared for during monsoon season. (BLM CA Facebook)

An info graphic that read do you know how deep the water is?

Monsoon Awareness Week safety tip

Avoid driving thru water covered roadways. There’s NO WAY to tell what the road surface is like under all that water and it doesn't take much water to sweep your car off the road. Turn around, don't drown! 🌧🚗 More safety tips here. (BLM Facebook)

Wildland Fire & Fuels Management

BLM Firefighters performing a prescribed burn.

Prescribed Fire burn by BLM California crews on the Cosumnes River Preserve

This week BLM fire crews, in partnership with local fire departments, finished a prescribed fire on the Cosumnes River Preserve, burning nearly 50 acres. The successful treatment removed weeds and reduced grasses that could spread potential wildfires this summer. (BLM CA Facebook video)

Related: BLM to conduct prescribed fires at Cosumnes River Preserve. (BLM CA news release)

An info-graphic that reads: Remove branches that hang over your house.

#DefensibleSpace project tips

Make your home wildfire ready by working on your #DefensibleSpace projects, like removing the branches that hang over your roof and keeping dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney. Also be sure to clear all leaves from roof tops and gutters. Learn more here. (Cal Fire Facebook )

An info graphic that reads preparedness level 3.

National preparedness level has been elevated

National #PreparednessLevel has been elevated to level 3 due to increased wildfire activity in multiple geographic areas & more resource requests through the National Interagency Coordination Center. Learn more here. (NIFC Twitter)

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BLM California Fire Restrictions

BLM-CA has issued season fire restrictions due to increased wildland fire danger in the state. Full list below:

BLM CA issues statewide Fire Prevention Order
BLM Bakersfield Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions.
BLM Bishop Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions
BLM Central Coast Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions
BLM Mother Lode Field Office initiates seasonal fire restrictions
BLM initiates seasonal fire and target shooting restrictions in the California Desert District
BLM initiates Whitewater Canyon closure due to increased wildfire risk

U.S. Map with wildfire outlook.

Wildland fire outlook

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

BLM & DOI Highlights

A photo of a lake.

Interior Takes Historic Step to Transfer Ownership of Federal Water Projects in Utah to Local Water Users

The Department of the Interior announced steps to improve water management by finalizing the transfer of ownership of two federal water projects in Utah to local water user organizations. (DOI news release)

BLM fire truck and firefighter putting out a brush fire.

Nevada sees increase in human-caused wildfires

Public lands in Southern Nevada have seen a recent increase in the size and number of human-caused wildfires. Due to dry conditions on public lands, BLM Southern Nevada District entered into fire restrictions on May 9, almost a week sooner than ever before due to wildland fires growing at rates not usually seen this time of year. Statewide interagency fire restrictions went into effect on June 6. (BLM news release)

Blue sky and white clouds reflected in river.

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Idaho

On this #NaturePhotographyDay, we take you to #publiclands managed by Bureau of Land Management - Idaho at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area! Located less than an hour south of Boise, the Snake River Canyon, with its crags and crevices and thermal updrafts, is home to the greatest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America. (BLM Instagram)

Related: Desert Discovery Days Field Trip. (BLM Facebook video)

Wildlife Question of the Week

A sea turtle swimming.

Multiple choices

June 16 is #WorldSeaTurtleDay, a day where we honor these amazing marine reptiles that captivate our hearts and minds.

How long can sea turtles hold their breath underwater?

a) 5 hours
b) 30 minutes
c) 1 hour
d) 1 day

Keep scrolling to find the answer.

Upcoming Events

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

Deadline 6 July, 2020

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)


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 a), sea turtles can hold their breath for five hours underwater. To accomplish this mighty feat, they slow their heart rate to up to nine minutes in between heart beats in order to conserve oxygen.

Sea turtles are under threat from a variety of hazards. Major threats in the United States include damage and changes to nesting and foraging habitats, accidental capture during fishing, getting tangled in marine debris, and being hit by boats and ships. To reduce harm to sea turtles, NOAA restricts commercial fishers from using certain kinds of fishing gear (gill nets, long-lines, pound nets, and trawls) that are known to catch large numbers of sea turtles as bycatch. NOAA Fisheries and the USFWS developed plans to guide research and management to improve the health and long-term survival of each sea turtle species.

Related: Here's a green sea turtle gracefully swimming in a shallow lagoon at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. (DOI Twitter)


Source: Eco