BLM California News.Bytes Issue 950

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A trail in Magnolia Ranch.

Magnolia Ranch Trailhead, Mother Lode Field Office

ISSUE 949- May 14, 2021

Recreation & Public Access

Sunshine behind a mountain.

Enjoy a Sunset at Tuttle Creek Campground

Enjoy this great #MondayMotivation coming to you from this gorgeous sunset at Tuttle Creek Campground on California public lands! Thank you to Jason Hamacher for sharing his story and this beautiful photo from his recent family adventure there! (BLM Instagram)

A river.

BLM Trinity River campgrounds will open May 26

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that campgrounds along the Trinity River will open Wednesday, May 26, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and traditional start of the summer recreation season. (BLM CA News Release)

Cranes on water.

Happy Friday from Cosumnes River Preserve!

Find helpful resources that can prepare you for both ticks and poison oak at the Preserve. During this season, it's important to stay on trail to avoid coming into contact with both. (Cosumnes River Preserve Facebook)

Sunset over a mountain range in the desert.

Take a ride on the Pony Express Trail

If you needed to get a message to someone fast in 1860, you used the Pony Express! The horse-and-rider mail system was the United States’ most direct and practical means of east-west communication for a short period before completion of the transcontinental telegraph, delivering letters in the unprecedented time of only ten days! (BLM Medium)

Fire & Fuels Management

A fire fighter setting a filed on fire.

Fire as medicine with BLM’s Folsom Lake Veteran Hand Crew

Across the American West, the relationship between fire and the humans who call the landscape home is a complicated one. On the one hand, fire is often a catastrophic force ravaging across an area, destroying everything in its wake without prejudice. On the other, fire is a tool for fuels reduction and habitat restoration, especially in those places where native flora and fauna have, through centuries of evolution, adapted. (BLM Medium)

A fire engine and fire crew.

BLM initiates seasonal fire, target shooting restrictions in California Desert District

The Bureau of Land Management has elevated seasonal fire restrictions effective May 6 for BLM California Desert District managed public lands within Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, southern Inyo, eastern Mono, San Diego, and eastern Kern counties. These restrictions will remain in effect until December 31, unless terminated sooner if conditions warrant. (BLM CA News Release)

Firefighters performing a  prescribed burn at Lake Matthews Reserve

Prescribed burn at Lake Mathews Reserve for teaching, fuels reduction, ecology

Fire crews from the California Desert Interagency Fire Program will treat up to 60 acres of public lands with prescribed fire in the Lake Mathews-Estelle Mountain Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat Reserve in western Riverside County. (BLM CA News Release)

a graphic that reads Are you ready for wildfire?

#WildfirePrevention matters!

On America’s rangelands, one less spark really can mean one less wildfire. @BLMNational needs your help to prevent wildfires this summer. The public plays a valuable role in #WildfirePrevention. #ReadyForWildfire #WildfireAwarenessMonth (BLM Fire Twitter)

Graphic describing how to avoid starting a wildfire.

How to avoid starting a wildfire

#WildfireSeason is extending each year and 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. Make sure your campfire doesn't become a wildfire and help mitigate fire impacts #EnjoyYourWorld #LeaveNoTrace (Leave No Trace Twitter)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

A small herd of Elk.

True or False:

With three species of elk in California, the Tule Elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes) happens to be the biggest of all the elk species in North America.

A. True
B. False

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

 navajo region fire crew walking.

Interior and Agriculture Departments outline wildland fire preparedness, climate resiliency plans

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today shared their vision for the Biden-Harris administration’s wildland fire preparedness and response, including supporting science and research into the effects of climate change on wildland fire. (DOI News Release)

A girl playing in a playground.

Secretary Haaland announces $150 million to create public parks, expand recreation opportunities in urban areas

The Department of the Interior today announced that the National Park Service will distribute $150 million to local communities through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grant program. (DOI News Release)

BLM law enforcement standing by a truck.

Celebrating Police Week

This #PoliceWeek, we honor the brave and dedicated officers in the Bureau of Land Management law enforcement family who worked the front lines during the height of the pandemic and continue to protect and serve the American people and our incredible public lands. (BLM Facebook)

A reef in honor of police week.

This Week at Interior May 7, 2021

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland participated in several virtual events during National Police Week 2021, including a wreath laying ceremony today honoring the law enforcement officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice to uphold the mission of our Department. The Department of the Interior’s law enforcement agencies are critical to protecting public safety and ensuring that we can fulfill our promise to protect America’s resources, honor our commitments to Tribal Nations, and preserve treasured places for generations to come. (DOI Video)

Question of the Week Answer

False: The Tule Elk is the smallest of all the elk species in North America.

There are three species of elk that exist in California; Roosevelt (Cervus elaphus roosevelti), Rocky Mountain (Cervus elaphus nelsoni), and Tule (Cervus elaphus nannodes) elk. The Tule Elk are the smallest of all the elk species in North America and they are endemic to California. Given this, location and size are the easiest way to differentiate between the species.

The adult bulls have an average weight of 450-700 lbs., with some topping the scales at over 800 lbs. The adult cows average 375-425 lbs. The yearlings (spike bulls) average about the same weight as the adult females (Hobbs 2007, McCullough, 1969). They average 7 feet in length and stand 4-5 feet in height at the shoulder.

Source: CDFW