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Silhouette of OHV at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in the El Central Field Office

Imperial Sand Dunes, El Centro Field Office

ISSUE 950- May 21, 2021

OHV Safety Awareness Week

An off-highway dirt bike rider in the BLM Chappie-Shasta OHV Recreation Area on a dirt incline with dense brush and pine trees in the background.

BLM highlights planning, safety for off-highway motor vehicles during OHV Safety Awareness Week

BLM California, in participation with California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division and other partners, is emphasizing off-highway motor vehicle safety during OHV Safety Awareness Week, May 15-23. This year’s theme of “Know Before You Go” promotes simple actions such as learning the rules of riding, scouting routes, being prepared, filing a riding plan, and knowing riding limits. (BLM CA News Release)

Decals of the 50th anniversary logos for the outdoor recreation foundation.

50th Anniversary of the OHMVR Program in California

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the OHMVR Program is proceeding in a socially distant manner consistent with guidelines developed by State of California in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this does not diminish the tremendous successes the program has achieved during its 50 years of operations. In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary, several activities are planned to kickoff OHV Safety Week in 2021! (Outdoor Recreation

Infographic displaying a dirt bike that reads know before you go.

Know Before You Go: Celebrate OHV Safety Week with these Tips

Tread Lightly is honored to be part of the Safety Week collaboration to celebrate California’s 50th Anniversary of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Program. “Know Before You Go” is the OHV Safety Week theme for 2021. It consists of 4 parts: Safety, Supplies, Gear and Location. Please join us in celebrating at one of the many California events May 15-23rd in Northern California and October 17-24th in Southern California. (Tread

Recreation & Public Access

The King Range National Conservation Area, a spectacular meeting of land and sea. Photo by BLM

BLM King Range Office now open to Lost Coast visitors

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that the King Range National Conservation Area office in Whitethorn is now open to the public, providing information and other services for visitors to the California Lost Coast. (BLM CA News Release)

A photo of a river on the edge of a tree line.

BLM NE California campgrounds open in time for fishing season

The Bureau of Land Management has opened campgrounds and one undeveloped camping area in time for the May 28 start of fishing season at Eagle Lake and in northern California streams. At the North Eagle Lake Campground in Lassen County, visitors will find 20 sites suitable for tents, campers and recreational vehicles up to 35 feet long. (BLM CA News Release)

A lit tent in a filed with wide open night sky.

Massacre Rim Dark Sky Sanctuary

The Bureau of Land Management has a hidden gem on your public lands that provides visitors with a celestial experience that can be experienced in only a handful of places on earth. On the darkest and clearest nights at the Massacre Rim Dark Sky Sanctuary, starlight from the Milky Way Galaxy is so bright that it casts shadows on the ground. (BLM Medium)

Hillside of Farewell to Spring flowers on the steep slope of Curry Mountain with shrubs and rugged terrain in the background.

BLM managed Curry Mountain

You can almost feel the breeze on this mountainside meadow of wildflowers. The area's steep and rugged terrain is complemented this time of year with beautiful blooms. Parking access onto nearly 1,800 acres of Bureau of Land Management property is along the north side of State Highway 198, east of Parkfield Junction and 6 miles west of Coalinga. The trailhead is located across the road on the south side of Highway 198. (DOI Twitter

A visitor walking in the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. Photo by andrewfisher7

The Alabama Hills never disappoint

California's Alabama Hills are a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set between the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains. Both geologic features were shaped by the same uplifting occurring 100 million years ago. and link to the post. Title maybe: Alabama Hills, your public land. (BLM Instagram)

Researchers in a field documenting plants.

California Native Plant Society Staff, in collaboration with BLM CA, collected data in the Ciervo-Panoche Natural Area

CNPS vegetation program staff were able to explore portions of the inner Central Coast Range in the Ciervo-Panoche Natural Area in collab with
@BLMca staff. This region is nestled east of the Pinnacles and west of I-5 and protects numerous listed plant and animal species. (CNPS Twitter)

Fire & Fuels Management

Laguna-Mountain campground.

BLM issues seasonal fire restrictions for most of Central California

BLM issues seasonal fire restrictions for most of central California
The Bureau of Land Management announces seasonal fire restrictions, including temporary limitations on target shooting, effective May 21. The restrictions are for public lands managed by the Central Coast, Mother Lode and Ukiah field offices due to dry conditions and wildland fire danger. (BLM CA News Release)

Canebrake Road/Chimney Creek Road bordering on Owens Peak Wilderness and Domeland Wilderness

BLM Bakersfield Field Office to issue seasonal fire restrictions

he Bureau of Land Management, in close coordination with the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, will issue seasonal fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Bakersfield Field Office effective Friday, May 21, due to dry conditions and high wildland fire danger. (BLM CA News Release)

Wildfire Stats for Jan 1 to May 18, 14,717 acres and 2,436 fires 2021 YTD compared to 2,617 acres and 1,554 fires for 2020

California has experienced a significant increase in wildfires

California has already experienced a significant increase in the number of wildfires and acres burned compared to this time last year. With this rise in fire activity, now more than ever it's critical that all Californians are prepared for wildfires. (Cal Fire Twitter)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

An Amargosa vole.

True or False:
The Amargosa vole was once thought to be extinct

A. True
B. False

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

Video still of Secretary Haaland speaking.

Secretary Haaland Urges Action to Protect Wildlife & Plants on Endangered Species Day

Protecting plants and wildlife for the present, and for the future: On Endangered Species Day, Secretary Haaland encouraged everyone to think about the role they can play in saving animal and plant species from endangerment and extinction. (DOI Youtube)

Secretary of Interior and comedian Seth Meyers.

Sec. Deb Haaland on Being the First Native American Secretary in the U.S. Cabinet

Sec. Deb Haaland talks about her responsibilities as secretary of the interior, the historical significance of her position and the United States' violent history against Native Americans. (Late Night with Seth Meyers Youtube)

Video Still of a bird on a beach during sunset.

This Week at Interior May 21, 2021

Secretary Haaland observes Endangered Species Day with a call to protect plants and wildlife before they become endangered; the Bureau of Reclamation has a new, four-legged detective on the case of invasive mussels; more grants from the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect neotropical migratory birds; and a great blue heron stands tall in our social media Picture of the Week! (DOI Youtube)

Question of the Week Answer

True: The Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis) was thought to be extinct in the early 1900' s and was rediscovered by CDFW biologist Vernon Bleich in the late 1970's.

It was listed as a California State Endangered species in 1980 (Title 14 California Administrate Code, Section 670.5) and as a Federal Endangered species, with designated critical habitat, in 1984. The Amargosa vole is a desert subspecies of the widely distributed California vole (M. californicus). The Amargosa vole inhabits highly localized and isolated wetlands in the central Mojave Desert in extreme southeastern Inyo County, just east of Death Valley National Park. With the extremely limited distribution of the Amargosa vole, it is considered to be one of the most narrowly distributed subspecies of mammals known.

The Barstow Field Office is working with many Federal, State, and local partners to recover this species which was once known as the "most endangered mammal in North America."

Source: BLM's CA T&E species page