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ISSUE 948- April 30, 2021

BLM Turns 75!

Leadership Statements

"For the last 75 years, the BLM has managed this nation’s landscapes for the benefit of Americans. As we look toward the future, public lands will continue to play a key role in our efforts to battle climate change while supporting local communities and economies. We are so fortunate as Americans to have access to millions of acres of public lands. I look forward to working with the BLM to ensure those public lands are around for many generations to come."
--Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

"As a multiple-use agency, it’s important to remember that the BLM is for everyone. Whether you are a rancher who relies on federal grazing permits or a recreationist who finds peace and solitude on the awe-inspiring landscapes managed by BLM, our public lands are important part of American’s lives. And, on this diamond anniversary year, I invite everyone to reimagine your public lands and the 245 million acres of possibilities they offer from conservation, to recreation, and commercial."
-- Nada Culver, Deputy Director of Policy and Programs

BLM 75th anniversary logo.

The Bureau of Land Management is celebrating 75 years by inviting everyone to reimagine your public lands

For over seven decades, the BLM has led the way in public land management – in 1946, President Truman merged the General Land Office and the Grazing Service to create the BLM. Today, the BLM proudly manages about 245 million acres of public landscapes for all Americans.(BLM CA Facebook)

Sun rising in between crags in a the desert.

On Our Birthday, a Land of Plenty
Glows For All

Dawn kindled the jagged horizon, scooping purple and gold onto the landscape. Birdsong polished the air. Soon, the sky’s glittered cape vaporized to the thrill of a local resident who had waited for hours. A pleasant July morning on public land. Elsewhere, people woke and switched on appliances and checked their charged devices. Sunrise solitude, the thousands of people waking to reliable power — and many other things — were linked by the Bureau of Land Management’s 75-year stewardship of a land streaked with blessings. (BLM

A mountain in a meadow.

The Bureau of Land Management Celebrates its 75th Birthday in 2021

The Bureau of Land Management is celebrating 75 years by inviting everyone to reimagine your public lands. For over seven decades, the BLM has led the way in public land management – in 1946, President Truman merged the General Land Office and the Grazing Service to create the BLM. Today, the BLM proudly manages about 245 million acres of public landscapes for all Americans. (BLM News Release)

Headlines & Highlights

BLM employees releasing rosette weevil.

Bureau of Land Management and partners use weevil to combat invasive weed

The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and University of California Cooperative Extension have released yellow starthistle rosette weevils to combat the invasive weed, yellow starthistle, at the Magnolia Ranch day-use recreation area in El Dorado County. (BLM CA News Release)

OHVs on a sand dune.

BLM finalizes environmental review for new Cahuilla Ranger Station

Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), El Centro Field Office approved a new Cahuilla Ranger Station by issuing the decision record and finding of no significant impact for construction of a new station. (BLM CA News Release)

Wild burros in a desert landscape.

BLM authorizes burro gather in Inyo and San Bernardino counties

The Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest Field Office has approved the gather and removal of up to 939 wild burros from the Centennial, Panamint, and Slate herd management areas over a ten-year period to address resource impacts and reduce the risk of burro-vehicle collisions. The gathered burros will be placed for adoption or sale. (BLM News Release)

A field of wild flowers.

Saving the Super Bloom: Why California’s Wildflowers Are Under Siege

One day earlier this spring, botanist Nick Jensen visited one of the few “super blooms'' in California following a bone-dry winter across the state. Under a bluebird sky, he hiked among displays of wildflowers that popped like confetti in sweeping hues of orange, purple, pink, and yellow. Native species like California poppy, lupine, and purple owl’s clover overtook the volcanic landscape known as North Table Mountain and spritzed their sweet perfume across the cool afternoon. (Vogue)

Fire & Fuels Management

Firefighters keeping a prescribed burn under control.

BLM plans controlled burn at Cosumnes River Preserve along Interstate 5

Motorists should be aware that the Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office will be conducting a controlled burn of up to 45 acres at the Cosumnes River Preserve along U.S. Interstate 5 near the town of Galt in Sacramento County. The prescribed burn is scheduled to begin the week of May 3, but timing will depend on weather and air quality conditions. (BLM CA News Release)

A new Fort Sage road sign leaning against a beam.

Fire repair work underway at Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area

Visitors to the Bureau of Land Management Fort Sage Off-Highway-Vehicle Recreation Area in southern Lassen County can expect to encounter heavy vehicles and construction equipment as crews replace signs and repair other damage caused by a wildfire last fall. (BLM CA News Release)

Firefighters walking in line down a road.

Here's a #FireJob!

@BLMNational is hiring wildland firefighters in @BLMOregon and
@BLMca. Visit @USAJOBS to apply. Announcement closes on May 4. How to apply --> (BLM Fire Twitter)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

A  peregrine falcon taken by BLM Volunteer Gary O’Neill taken at the Piedras Blancas Light Station.

True or False:

Peregrines lay eggs in nests they build.

A. True
B. False

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

Southside of the main Department of the Interior building.

Interior Department Announces Newest Members of Agency Team

The Department of the Interior today announced key members of agency leadership who will join the team working to advance the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda on behalf of the American people. (DOI News Release)

A photo of a water way in the Everglades National Park

Secretary Haaland Announces Funding for Six Tribal Youth Environmental and Economic Empowerment Projects

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced the approval of $927,000 for the Tribal Youth Coastal Restoration Program, which will fund projects estimated to restore up to 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat on Tribal lands along the Gulf Coast. The program will fund hands-on opportunities for Tribal youth, including environmental projects and career training, to enhance community resilience, protect natural resources and the environment, and teach cultural values. (DOI News Release

A photo of a lake.

This Week at Interior April 30, 2021

Interior takes several steps to honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes and uphold the Department's trust and treaty responsibilities; Secretary Haaland joins the Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff to announce sixteen additions to the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and a prowling Florida bobcat makes for a purrfect Picture of the Week! (DOI Video)

Question of the Week Answer

If you chose B. you are correct! False!

Peregrines do not build nests like most other birds, instead they lay their eggs in a “scrape” or shallow indentations high on a cliff side, or human-made structure, such as a building or bridge. Occasionally they will use old nests of other birds, such as ravens. The breeding season for Peregrine Falcons in California generally starts around late-February and early-March, and concludes after the young leave the nest between May and June; however, onset and completion of breeding can vary depending on a variety of factors.

Source: CDFW, U.S. FWS