BLM California News.Bytes Issue 952

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Clear Creek Management Area, Central Coast Field Office

ISSUE 952- May 28, 2021

Memorial Day, Honoring Service and Sacrafice

Secretary Haaland.

Honoring fallen service members

Each Memorial Day, we remember and honor the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country. Please take a moment to reflect on those who gave their lives so that we can live in a country that values democracy as we strive to build a more perfect union. (DOI Video)

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This Memorial Day #TakeAMoment

The traditional start to the summer recreation season is knocking on our doorsteps with the #MemorialDay weekend, we ask everyone visiting all #yourpubliclands (local, state and federal) to please remember:
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor all those who gave their life in defense of our great country. Please take a moment and honor their sacrifice. (BLM Facebook)

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#Recreate Responsibly

Going camping this weekend? Check fire restrictions and make sure your campfire is dead out before you go to sleep! Campfires should be cold to the touch. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
Checkout guidelines to #RecreateResponsibly this weekend (and all summer) ( Recreate Responsibly Twitter)

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Don’t spark a wildfire along our roadways this #MemorialDayWeekend

Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground, including chains used for towing. Learn more vehicle safety tips at (Cal Fire Twitter)

Recreation & Public Access

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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)

Night Sky

Dark sky data revealed for Mojave Trails National Monument

In February 2021, Mojave Desert Land Trust’s Dark Night Sky Measurement Project finished a six-month long survey of the night sky quality in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument. Using both a Sky Quality Meter  and Dark Sky Meter phone app, three Women In Science Discovering Our Mojave interns were able to contribute vital scientific research in the monument. (

Related: Women researchers look to the dark skies for data (MDT Facebook Video)
Related: This Underrated Stretch of Route 66 Has Some of the Best Stargazing in the U.S. (
Related: Massacre Rim Dark Sky Sanctuary (BLM Medium)

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Are you looking to adventure in the Eastern Sierra this year? 

Before you do, check out this helpful guide to help you select the perfect campsite, build a safe campfire, and answer 'nature's call' when you're out and about. (BLM CA Facebook)

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Thank you for serving your public lands

#HikeWithABag 80 pieces of trash removed @BLMca Red Shack Trail. Thanks to @ARConservancy  for protecting this area. (Twitter)

Fire & Fuels Management

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Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office enter fire restrictions

The Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office are implementing (Stage 1) fire restrictions effective on all Federal lands under their jurisdiction. This decision is based on very high fire danger, drought conditions coupled with extremely dry vegetation, an increase in human caused wildfires and the availability of firefighters for response. (BLM CA News Release)

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Bureau of Land Management to conduct controlled burn along Clear Creek

The Bureau of Land Management plans to burn invasive yellow starthistle on roughly 20 acres of BLM-managed public lands along Coalinga Road near the entrance of the Clear Creek Management Area south of Hollister, in San Benito County. The prescribed burn is scheduled to start Tuesday, June 1, dependent on weather and air quality conditions. (BLM CA News Release)

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Wildfire prevention matters!

All residents and vacationers need to be extra cautious outdoors, because one of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor powered equipment. To prevent wildfire, use powered equipment before 10 a.m. and never on hot and windy days. Also, when clearing dead or dying grass, do not use a lawn mower or weed trimmer with a metal blade. Finally, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and is not dragging anything on the ground (e.g., trailer chains). Be sure to check local fire restrictions. (NIFC Facebook)

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Interested in a #FireJob?

Interested in a #FireJob? The Bureau of Land Management - California fire program is looking to fill three Assistant District Fire Management Officer, GS-401-12, positions. The positions are located in Bakersfield, Susanville, or Bishop. Visit USAJOBS. Announcement closes on June 9. How to Apply (BLM Fire Facebook)

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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)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

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True or False:
The western pond turtle is one of many native fresh water turtles in California. 

A. True
B. False

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

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President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget makes significant investments in Interior Department

The Department of the Interior’s 2022 budget proposal totals $17.6 billion — an increase of $2.5 billion, or 17 percent, from the 2021 enacted level (DOI News Release)

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Biden-Harris administration advances offshore wind in the Pacific

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl, and California Governor Gavin Newsom today announced an agreement to advance areas for offshore wind off the northern and central coasts of California. (DOI News Release)

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This week at Interior May 28, 2021

As the nation marks Memorial Day, Secretary Haaland asks Americans to take a moment to reflect on those who gave their lives to protect our democracy; as millions get ready to return to the great outdoors this summer, public lands visitors are reminded to have a plan and act responsibly; offshore wind energy in the Pacific moves closer to reality; a new addition to the Korean War Veterans Memorial will honor the service and sacrifice of those who fought and died in that conflict; and our social media Picture of the Week blooms with color! (DOI Video)

Question of the Week Answer

B) False: The western pond turtle, a Species of Special Concern found primarily west of Sierra-Cascade crest, is California’s only native freshwater turtle species. Once widespread in California, Oregon and Washington, they are now especially uncommon in Southern California due to habitat loss resulting from development and water diversion for urban and agricultural uses. Their populations have also been decimated by invasive, non-native predators like bullfrogs and largemouth bass that devour the tiny hatchling turtles. California has two subspecies the Northern Western Pond Turtle (Emys mamorata mamorata) and the Southern Western Pond Turtle (Emys marmorata pallida).

This week kicked off with World Turtle Day, celebrated every May 23, created to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. 

Source: CDFW