BLM California News.Bytes Issue 934

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Snowy mountain range with a lake in the foreground.

Warner Mountains, Applegate Field Office

ISSUE 934- January 15, 2020

Recreation & Public Access

A sunset over a rocky coastline.

Tips to help your family plan to get outdoors and recreate responsibly!

Lead by example on the trails–your actions have more impact than you might think. Get to know the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines to keep yourself, communities, and lands and waters safe.

A truck parked with two people working on the ground with mountains in the background.

BLM CA is grateful to have partnerships like the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association!

The Bureau of Land Management partnered with climbing rangers from the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association to restore damaged habitat. In addition to restoration work, the climbing rangers help educate visitors about rock climbing in the Eastern Sierra. (BLM CA Facebook)

A river lined with fallen trees and brush.

Off the beaten BLM path - The San Joaquin River Gorge

The San Joaquin River Gorge Recreation Area straddles the San Joaquin River just upstream from Millerton Lake State Recreation Area and includes lands in Fresno and Madera counties. The area has an outstanding non-motorized trail system, river access, group and equestrian campground, and a Visitor Center with extensive opportunities for educational experiences for visitors, schools and other groups. (BLM Medium)

Off road vehicle in the sand.

The BLM implements temporary closure in the Johnson Valley OHV recreation area in San Bernardino County

The Bureau of Land Management will implement a temporary closure of public lands in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in San Bernardino County Jan. 28 – Feb. 6. The temporary closure will help enhance public safety during the annual 2021 King of the Hammers desert race event, which is authorized by a BLM Special Recreation Permit. (BLM CA News Release)

Headlines & Highlights

Solar panels on a dry landscape with a sunset in the background.

BLM announces draft environmental impact statement for desert plan amendment

The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft environmental impact statement and plan amendment for the three plans that underlie the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan for public review and comment. (BLM CA News Release)

Horses in landscape of sagebrush.

BLM seeking public comments on proposals to manage wild horse population in northern Washoe County

The Bureau of Land Management today released for public review and comment a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a range of alternatives for managing wild horses and burros on public lands in northern Washoe County, Nev. Public comments submitted through the eplanning website will be useful to the BLM multi-disciplinary staff developing the final EA that would be issued along with a decision to implement the population management actions. (BLM CA News Release)

A pile of wood burning in a landscape of snow.

Prescribed fire improves wildlife habitat and reduces future wildfire risk

The snowy landscape might lead you to believe otherwise, but burning conditions have been good in far northern California. Applegate Field Office crews are making progress on the Modoc Gulch prescribed fire project south of the community of Dorris. Teams are burning piles of juniper and brush that were built by hand and with the help of machines. The piles result from juniper thinning designed to improve wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire risk in the area. Late last week, crews successfully completed work on 75 acres within the 800-acre project area. (BLM CA Facebook)

Stone structure with work being done to it.

Camp Iron Mountain altar receives restoration work

The Needles Field Office recently completed repair and restoration efforts to the Protestant chapel altar, which was built by the 183rd Field Artillery Battalion in 1943 while the unit was there training. Phase one of the project was completed in 2019 and included repairs to the large dirt berms that diverted the adjacent wash flow away from the altar. Recently completed phase two focused on the stabilization and repair of the altar structure. This crew did some great work!! (BLM CA Facebook)

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 - Wildlife

A small kit fox.

What type of habitat does the Kit Fox prefer to live in?


A. Rainforests

B. Arid grasslands

C. Snowy mountains

D. Coastal ranges

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM Headlines

Horses standing in a dry, grassy field.

Top 5 things to know about wild horse off-range pastures

Bringing home a wild horse is an exciting and rewarding experience, but not everyone is in the position to be able to properly care for one. Though adoptions and sales of wild horses and burros have spiked in recent years, many might wonder what happens to the animals that are ultimately unable to find a private home. Off-range pastures are an important part of wild horse management and are BLM’s answer for unadopted and unsold horses — but what, exactly, are they? These are the top 5 things you should know about BLM’s wild horse off-range pastures. (BLM Medium)

IT cables bundled up.

Interior seeks to increase broadband access, reduce wildfire hazards across rural communities

The Department of the Interior announced three new actions by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service to aggressively increase broadband internet access in rural communities and reduce wildfire risks. (DOI News Release)

Sage grouse bird in a field.

Trump Administration re-affirms collaboration and flexibility in conserving Greater sage-grouse

The Bureau of Land Management has concluded additional review of its land use plans for Greater sage-grouse habitat in seven states, issuing decisions which find that no further land use planning or environmental analysis is warranted. (BLM News Release)

Question of the Week Answer

The answer is 2! Kit foxes are primarily found in arid regions, such as desert scrub, chaparral, and grasslands. Kit foxes are primarily found in the southwestern part of the United States and northern and central Mexico. They are found as far north as the arid interior of Oregon, east to southwestern Colorado, south through Nevada, Utah, southeastern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and into western Texas. For more about how to respect and protect these wild animals, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Source: CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife