BLM California News.Bytes Issue 930

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ISSUE 930 - December 3, 2020

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Recreation & Public Access

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Thankful for all of you! 

Thank you for following our Week of Gratitude on social media and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! At the Bureau of Land Management California, we are thankful for public lands and resources, for the employees, volunteers and stewards who manage and conserve public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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California, the work with COVID-19 is not over yet…even when outdoors

Help slow the virus by staying local, planning ahead, wearing face coverings & maintaining 6 feet from people outside your immediate household. Be considerate of others by giving them as much space as possible in parking lots, at trailheads, and out on public lands (BLM CA Website)

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Take a hike - and follow these safety guidelines

We all need recreation, even in this risky time. One enjoyable thing still open to us is walking outdoors, on our own or with a bubble-buddy or two, whether for a few hours or a few days. And right now trails are uncrowded (especially with global warming conditions) in many areas. this pandemic year, with the coronavirus very much with us, you really need to consider special situations and follow rules. (Forbes)

Hikers on a trail along the ridge of a mountain.

State and Federal officials advise outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly

Heading to the desert for OHV fun this weekend? It is more important than ever for everyone to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 by planning ahead, wearing face coverings, and practicing physical distancing. Help Slow The Spread & Recreate Responsibly!  (BLM News Release)

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Thank you volunteers! ❤️

Volunteers from the Advocates for Access to Public Lands and the Adventure Trail System of the Eastern Sierra worked with the Bureau of Land Management to remove graffiti and clear off-highway vehicle routes in the Bishop Field Office. Their hard work and ongoing support helps improve public lands for everyone. (BLM CA Facebook)

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BLM reopens portions of the Knoxville Management Area in Napa and Lake counties

The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office has reopened portions of the Knoxville Management Area within the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Napa and Lake counties. The area was initially closed as a public safety measure on Aug. 19 while suppression activity was ongoing for the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. (BLM CA News Release)

A BLM employee measuring a burned sign.

BLM lifts emergency closure at Fort Sage OHV Recreation Area

The Bureau of Land Management has lifted the temporary emergency closure at the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area near Doyle, CA, following full containment of the Laura 2 Fire. (BLM CA News Release)

Headlines & Highlights

Trees on a hillside.

BLM Bishop Field Office offers Christmas tree cutting permits online

The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office is now offering personal-use Christmas tree cutting permits for designated cutting areas on public lands near Benton and Bridgeport in Mono County, through Dec. 23. This year permits may be purchased online to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to be consistent with local, state and agency guidance. (BLM CA News Release)

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Ranger Tammy teaches us all about habitats!

Join Ranger Tammy at Fort Ord National Monument as she tells us a story about different animals and how their habitats are intertwined. Can you guess who else shares that special habitat with the bunny? Watch this short film to find out! (BLM CA YouTube)

A brown and white horse standing next to a wall.

First virtual R3C adoption finds good homes for wild horses

All available saddle-trained wild horses were adopted at the first virtual event hosted by the Bureau of Land Management and the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (R3C) in Elk Grove. The event was held via Zoom on November 19. (BLM CA News Release)

A large sage grouse bird.

BLM releases final plan to conserve, restore sagebrush communities in Great Basin

The Bureau of Land Management released the final programmatic environmental impact statement for fuels reduction and rangeland restoration in the Great Basin. This programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) is intended to further efforts to conserve and restore sagebrush communities within a 223 million-acre area that includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah. (BLM News Release)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

Two wild turkeys

How many wild turkeys are currently estimated to be in the United States?

A) 200,000
B) 750,000
C) 2,000,000
D) 6,500,000

Keep scrolling to find out!

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Wildland Fire & Fuels Management

Silhouette of firefighters in front of a glowing fire.

Looking back at the 2020 Fire Year 

So grateful to all our wildland firefighters across the nation and those who assisted from other countries this challenging fire yearThis video looks back at the demanding overlap of a pandemic & unprecedented series of fire, weather, & climate events. THANK YOU, wildland firefighters, for your remarkable and tireless efforts to protect lives, property, & natural resources! (NIFC Twitter)

A mountain valley filled with fog.

BLM Ukiah Field Office eases fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management has eased fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Ukiah Field Office in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties. Public land visitors can again use campfires outside of developed campgrounds and posted recreation sites. Recreational target shooting may also resume. Visitors are encouraged to check weather conditions for Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches to avoid shooting in hot, dry and windy conditions. (BLM CA News Release)

A green mountainous valley.

BLM Mother Lode Field Office eases seasonal fire restrictions

The Mother Lode Field Office today is easing seasonal fire restrictions on approximately 230,000-acres of public lands in central California. Recreational target shooting and campfires, with a valid campfire permit, are once again allowed on public lands. The easing of fire restrictions applies to public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba counties. The easing of restrictions also applies to BLM recreational areas along the American, Merced, Mokelumne, South Yuba and Tuolumne rivers. (BLM CA News Release)

Current BLM fire Restrictions

Don't let your guard down just because it's cold! Some fire restrictions still in effect

There's still fire danger in some parts of the state. Avoid activities that could spark a wildfire! Here’s an interactive MAP showing all current fire restrictions. Be sure to bookmark it for future use!

Target shooting and other fire restrictions remain in effect for some areas of BLM-managed public lands in California. Find specific restrictions by field office on our Fire Restriction webpage. Restrictions on target shooting do not prevent hunting with a valid hunting license, as hunting on BLM public lands is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Please visit the State website for more information.

Question of the Week Answer

The answer is D. 6,500,000 wild turkeys!

In the early 1900s, wild turkeys were on the brink of extinction, with only about 200,000 left. Through conservation efforts over the past century, with funds derived from the Pittman-Robertson Act, and thanks to sportsmen and women, there are approximately 6.5 million wild birds in the United States today, according to the National Wild Turkey Federation.

(Fish & Wildlife Service)