BLM California News.Bytes Issue 947

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Steam rising from a field overlooking a mountain landscape and trees.

Clear Creek Management Area, Central Coast Field Office

ISSUE 947- April 23, 2021

Celebrating Earth Day!

A family of three in a sage brush field.

Happy #EarthDay!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Bureau of Land Management stewarding your public lands. On this momentous Earth Day, we invite you to re-imagine your public lands and renew your commitment to our planet and the many feet that call it home! (BLM CA Facebook)

A heap of trash with the text #LeaveNoTrah superimposed on top,

This Earth Week Help #LeaveNoTrash

Are you taking part in #LeaveNoTrash for Earth Week? Give nature a spring cleaning this week and show how much you care. Make sure to tag @LeaveNoTraceCenter and use the hashtag #LeaveNoTrash. (Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Youtube)

A western yellow-billed cuckoo.

Revitalizing California’s floodplains benefits people and wildlife

This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife finalized critical habitat for the threatened western yellow-billed cuckoo. The final designation includes 298,845 acres of land in portions of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Efforts are already underway in California to restore riparian habitat along the Sacramento and Kern Rivers for the benefit of many species, including the cuckoo.(BLM Facebook)

Ducks on rocks in river.

Secretary Haaland's Earth Day Message

Happy Earth Day from Interior! (DOI Video)

Headlines & Highlights

A man and a horse.

Bureau of Land Management seeks community partners to support management and protection of wild horses and burros

The Bureau of Land Management has released a funding opportunity inviting new public and private partners to help support the agency’s mission to manage and protect wild horses and burros on public lands. The funding opportunity is open to a variety of organizations, including local and state governments, Native American tribes, other federal agencies and non-profit organizations, among others. (BLM News Release)

Trinidad Head, BLM.

Volunteers Trained at the California Coastal National Monument

Did you know that the California Coastal National Monument provides essential habitat for over 100,000 nesting and breeding seabirds?🐦 Each spring the North Coast Seabird Protection Network trains volunteers to help gather information about seabird and marine mammal populations in order to help these species thrive along the Trinidad Coast. (BLM CA Facebook)

A bridge over water.

Hobo Camp Day Use Area near Susanville now open

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that the Hobo Camp Day Use Area near Susanville is now open for the spring, summer and fall recreation season, offering access to the Susan River, the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail and the Southside Trail. (BLM CA News Release)

Photo of a desert with the text Welcome to the Mineral and Land Record System.

Introducing the online Mineral & Land Records System (MLRS)

A new online interactive system is live! Manage your existing mining claims, conduct research, and file new claims online. Watch this quick video to get started. (BLM MLRS Website)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

Two badgers in a burrow.

True or False:

Badgers are known to hunt with Coyotes.

A. True
B. False

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

An oil pump.

Statement Regarding Second Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sales

As part of the Interior Department’s ongoing review of the federal oil and gas program as directed by Executive Order 14008, the Bureau of Land Management is exercising its discretion to not hold lease sales in the second quarter of Calendar Year 2021. (BLM News Release)

The White House.

White House Announces Additional Interior Leadership Nominations

The White House today announced the intent to nominate Bryan Newland and Tracy Stone-Manning to serve at the Department of the Interior. (DOI News Release

DOI logo in front of a mountain.

Statement from Secretary Haaland on the Path Ahead for Racial Equity

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland released a statement on the path ahead for racial equity. (DOI News Release)

Klamath River

White House Launches Drought Relief Working Group to Address Urgency of Western Water Crisis

In conjunction with President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate, the Biden-Harris administration today announced the formation of an Interagency Working Group to address worsening drought conditions in the West and support farmers, Tribes, and communities impacted by ongoing water shortages. (DOI News Release)

A close up of the planet Earth.

This Week at Interior April 23, 2021

Secretary Haaland makes a call for climate action as the world celebrates Earth Day 2021; Secretary Haaland issues a statement on the eleventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster; the Secretary testifies on Interior's budget before a House subcommittee and it's a Moon with a view in our social media Picture of the Week! (DOI Video)

A cayote and a badger hunting.

Coyote and badger at Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center. Kimberly Fraser, USFWS

Question of the Week Answer

If you chose A. you are correct! True!

Coyotes and badgers are known to hunt together and can even be more successful hunting prairie dogs and ground-squirrels when they work in tandem. Studies have shown that this unusual relationship is beneficial for both species. The coyote can chase down prey if it runs and the badger can dig after prey if it heads underground into its burrow systems.  Each partner in this unlikely duo brings a skill the other one lacks. Together they are both faster and better diggers than the burrowing rodents they hunt.

Source: USFWS