BLM California News.Bytes Issue 942

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A trail through tall green grasses in a oak tree meadow.

Sacramento River Bend Area, Redding Field Office

ISSUE 942- March 19, 2021

Recreate Responsibly

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Wildflower season is here - Do you know where to go?

The Bureau of Land Management advises wildflower enthusiasts to plan ahead as they travel for wildflower viewing. The Golden State’s rainfall is at near historic lows so blooms may not be bountiful in the typical locations. Follow our #TracktheBloom campaign on social media! (BLM CA News Release)

A full parking lot in a field surrounded by trees.

Plan Ahead: Your next trip to Cronan and Magnolia Ranches

As spring approaches and we all want to get outside to enjoy the warm weather, the Bureau of Land Management offers tips to help you plan your next trip to Cronan and Magnolia ranches along the South Fork of the American River in El Dorado County. (BLM CA News Release)

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Tips on how to set up your tent!

Setting up a tent is a foundational skill and a key to enjoying your public lands while you recreate responsibly. Never set one up before? Have no fear, we've got you covered in our on-going #GetPrimitive series! (BLM Website)

Trash piled next to a small brown building.

Everyone can enjoy some wonderful time outdoors if we all pitch in!

Let’s each take care of our public lands by making sure to #PackItOut after a weekend of fun. If you don't see a trash can at a facility, then there is currently no trash service at that location. It attracts animals who spread it out and is unsightly for other visitors. (BLM CA Facebook)

Partnerships & Public Access

A BLM recreation sign that says Laguna Mountain.

Partnerships make great things happen

Bureau of Land Management California is thankful for our partners at AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region for their hard work and extraordinary efforts on these public lands trails! The AmeriCorps Green 6 team has been clearing and maintaining trails at Laguna Mountain Trail, approximately 20 miles from Pinnacles National Park. Check out this video showing their progress! (AmeriCorps Facebook)

A large sage-grouse bird.

Annual sage-grouse count is underway

Every year in California and Nevada, biologists from multiple agencies and non-profits, are up before dawn to count sage-grouse to track how the population is doing. The count occurs every spring when the males are doing their breeding display, called lekking. (BLM CA Facebook)

A person on the ground installing a speed bump.

Safety improvements at Fort Ord National Monument

Bureau of Land Management maintenance staff installed the first of three speed bumps to slow drivers entering from Creekside Terrace Road, added gravel to help designate overflow parking areas, and installed signs to help visitors locate safe parking sites. A huge thanks to the staff that did this back-breaking work! (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines & Highlights

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BLM welcomes public input for a potential solar project on public lands in Riverside County

The Bureau of Land Management is initiating environmental review and seeking public scoping comments on an environmental analysis and land-use plan amendment for a proposed 500-megwatt photovoltaic solar project on public lands in eastern Riverside County. (BLM CA News Release)

A motorcycle rider riding up a large rock surrounded by trees.

Motorcycle races coming to the Fort Sage OHV area

Up to 200 riders are expected to participate in the Diamond Back Hare Scrambles motorcycle race, Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, at the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area near Doyle. Trail access will be available only to participants while the races are underway. (BLM CA News Release)

A close-up of a burro.

New California Corral online adoption website

The Bureau of Land Management has launched the new California Corral online horse and burro adoption website, providing prospective adopters a way to view and select their animals. The site will be updated regularly and features photos, videos and descriptions of horses and burros from public range lands. (BLM News Release)

Aerial view of a herd of burros hanging out under the shade of a tree.

BLM proposes burro gather in Inyo county

The Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest Field Office proposes to gather and remove for adoption or sale up to 939 wild burros from the Centennial, Panamint, and Slate herds to address resource impacts and reduce the risk of burro-vehicle collision. (BLM CA News Release)

DOI & BLM National News

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Statement from Deb Haaland on becoming the 54th Interior Secretary

Deb Haaland took the oath of office to become the 54th Secretary of the Department of the Interior in a small ceremony on Tueday, with family. The oath of office was administered by Chief of Staff Jennifer Van der Heide. A ceremonial swearing-in with Vice President Kamala Harris will be announced later this week. (DOI News Release)

A tall, rocky mountain range.

Celebrating the second anniversary of the Dingell Act!

Two years ago, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act) became law, which had a number of California-specific provisions including the designation of the Alabama Hills as a National Scenic Area. (BLM News Release)

The Department of Interior logo.

Statement from Secretary Haaland condemning violence against AAPI community

In response to increased violence committed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the tragic shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland released the following statement on the DOI website.

An oil rig in the ocean.

Interior Department announces details for public forum on federal oil and gas program

The Interior Department today released additional information about the upcoming virtual forum next Thursday regarding the federal oil and gas program, including the public’s viewing options and ability to submit written input to inform Interior’s review. (DOI News Release)

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Letting the sun shine on the FOIA

March 14-20, 2021, is Sunshine Week, an annual initiative to promote open government and recognize that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which provides the public with access to agency records, is a fundamental component in ensuring government transparency and accountability. (DOI Blog)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

A small brown and white bird in the sand.

What could scare a nesting Snowy Plover (Western) from its nest?

a. flying a kite

b. dog running off leash on the beach

c. driving on the beach in a nesting area

d. all of the above

Keep scrolling to find out!

Photo by Jesse Irwin/BLM

Fire & Fuels Management

A forest with piles of wood in front.

BLM reduces risk of wildland fire with controlled burn in the 'Inimim forest

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a prescribed burn, as soon as next week, of piles of tree limbs and brush on roughly 300 acres in the ‘Inimim Forest, east of North Columbia in Nevada Co. Timing of the pile burn will depend on weather conditions, air quality, resource availability and onsite observations. (BLM CA News Release)

A large pile of wood and branches on fire.

BLM planned prescribed burning east of Ravendale in Lassen County

Bureau of Land Management fire crews planned to complete a pile burning project near Round Valley Reservoir in Lassen County this week. Travelers along Hwy 395 north of Susanville and residents of the Ravendale area can expect to see smoke. (BLM CA News Release)

Webinar, Defensible Space, Tuesday March 30, 6pm

Save the date! Creating defensible space at home

Learn more about how to prepare your home for wildfires in Fire Year 2021. FireSafe Marin is hosting a webinar to inform people about creating defensible space - the legal requirements, tree maintenance and the role pollinators play in a fire-smart landscape. (Firesafe Marin Twitter)

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

If you chose, d. all of the above, you are correct!

Did you know that a kite flying overhead looks like a predator to a plover? A kite over a nesting area can keep an adult off the nest for long periods of time. Dogs can innocently run into a nesting plover and cause the birds to take flight or run away, losing precious energy that is needed to maintain their nests. When driving on beaches where plovers nest, make sure to follow signs and roped off areas that are there to protect breeding birds.

Energy is very important to this small bird. Every time humans, dogs, or other predators cause the birds to take flight or run away, they lose precious energy that is needed to maintain their nests. Often, when a plover parent is disturbed, it will abandon its nest, which increases the chance of a predator finding the eggs, sand blowing over and covering the nest, or the eggs getting cold. This can decrease the number of chicks that hatch in a particular year.