BLM California News.Bytes Issue 955

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Habitat work by AmeriCorps member. Photo by Edison Velez III, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, Pacific Region, Green Unit Team 1.

Get Involved and Give Back to Your Public Lands!

ISSUE 955- June 18, 2021

At Your Service in the Great Outdoors

Ten AmeriCorps work crew members photographed with volunteer Jan McCullough at the Sacramento Bend Outstanding Natural Area

We love our volunteers!

Volunteers are essential for the BLM to achieve its mission of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands. Each year almost 30,000 BLM volunteers perform nearly a million hours of service, valued at over $25 million. This year’s extraordinary award winners served thousands of hours across the country. BLM CA congratulates Redding's Lifetime achievement winners, Jan McCullough and Jeff Batterson. (BLM Web)

4 horse pack string: 3 riders and gear with backdrop of valley, hills in the distance, and cloudy skies. Photo by Stan Bales, BLM

Making a lasting difference on Public Lands

Members of the Back Country Horsemen of California provided great support this week for an AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region crew improving trails on our Bald Mountain network near Susanville. As they have in past years, members of the Horsemen's High Country Unit used a pack string to haul heavy jugs of water, tools and provisions for the crew that camped overnight on the mountain overlooking northeast California's Honey Lake Valley. (BLM CA Facebook)

King Range National Conservation Area service window with BLM staff member seated with mask on and ready to provide service from inside the building.

King Range National Conservation Area is happy to announce the visitor center is open

Open to the public via the Service Window at the front of the building, staff will be available to provide visitors with crucial services such as trip planning advice, up to date conditions information, maps, tide charts, and bear canister rentals. Hours of operation will be 10am-4pm seven days a week through the summer season. (BLM CA Facebook)

Eric - a K-9 Officer

Happy retirement to K-9 Officer Eric

Eric, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois from Holland, who has been working with Ranger Calvin Albright as a K9 in Northern California since April 2015. He has now been retired to Ranger Albright. His skills helped BLM law enforcement professionals identify and confiscate illegal narcotics at the international border in Mexico, Burning Man in Nevada and on many other occasions. (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines & Highlights

Galactic Core over Soda Lake: dry lake bed with hills silhouetted in the background.

America's Great Outdoors

Standing in the immense darkness, surrounded by the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, you can almost hear the silence. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, the Carrizo Plain National Monument offers visitors a rare chance to be alone with nature. A trip here means planning for a backcountry adventure with plenty of water, food, and fuel. (DOI Tumblr)

Two people walking in the Amargosa ACEC is a desert oasis.

Prepare for summer heat

Always make sure to check the weather, pack extra water, and wear appropriate clothing. Check out helpful resources as you make your plans including: weather alerts, how to identify heat exhaustion or heat stroke, what to do before and after a heat wave and more Summer heat resources. (BLM CA Facebook)

Two people on trail at the King Range National Conservation Area. Photo shows lush green grasses and hills in the background.

Magical views from the King Range

We love this magical shot from California's King Range Conservation Area. Here, you will find a spectacular meeting of land and sea as mountains thrust straight out of the surf with King Peak (4,088 feet) only 3 miles from the ocean. This destination encompasses 68,000 acres along 35 miles of California’s north coast. (BLM Instagram)

Close up of fringed sage (Artemisia frigida)

BLM #SagebrushEcosystem series continues

The Fringed Sage is called a lot of other names, such as prairie sagebrush, sagewort, pasture sage and northern worm-wood. Their thin, silvery leaves have a fragrant, herbal scent and remain semi-evergreen throughout the year. When a fire moves through their habitat, they are one of the first plants to return if there is not a lot of competition from invasive plants. (BLM Fire Facebook)

Fire & Fuels Management

A spectacular meeting of land and sea at King Range National Conservation Area in CA. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

BLM California Fire Restrictions

BLM California fire restrictions or temporary public land closures are used to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect the public. Often times these preventative measures focus on human-related activities, such as campfires, off-road driving, equipment use and recreational target shooting, since human-related activities are the number one cause of a wildfires. BLM Arcata, Bakersfield, Bishop, Mother Lode, Redding, and Ukiah field offices have issued seasonal fire restrictions. (BLM CA Web)

Fire Investigator on the Vista Fire Photo by BLM

Looking for a Fire Job?

The Bureau of Land Management - California fire program is looking to fill a Fire Management Specialist - Fire Mitigation and Trespass, GS-401-11/12, position. Announcement closes on June 25. (BLM Fire Facebook)

How to avoid starting a wildfire graphic by Leave No Trace

Know Before You Go

It is always important to make sure that you understand if there are any type of restrictions on public lands you are visiting. During critical times this summer, fire restrictions may be implemented that would restrict having a campfire. Check with the local fire agency for specifics. Our partners with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics encourage us to take those extra steps to help with wildland fire prevention. (BLM Fire Facebook)

Play it Safe graphic over photo dispersed camping south of Joshua Tree National Park

Recreate Responsibly

It’s that time of year to enjoy all the opportunities that public lands has to offer BUT please be mindful of your surrounds. Remember to play it safe when it comes to campfires, fireworks, target shooting, or riding your OHV off road. Recreate Responsibly not only during Great Outdoors Month but every time your head outdoors. (BLM Fire Facebook)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

Lizard of the Sceloporus genus on granite rock. Photo by Jesse Pluim, BLM

A group of lizards is called a:  

A. Sleuth

B. Skulk

C. Lounge

D. Mischief 

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

Photo by Diana Bowen, National Park Service.

A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2021

On June 19, 1865 — nearly nine decades after our Nation’s founding, and more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from bondage.  As those who were formerly enslaved were recognized for the first time as citizens, Black Americans came to commemorate Juneteenth with celebrations across the country, building new lives and a new tradition that we honor today. (  

Harriet Tubman and family. Photo from New York Public Library Digital Collections

This Juneteenth, Celebrate Freedom Day at an Interior site

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates an important step towards the end of slavery in the United States. It is also a day for us to commit together to eradicate the enduring system of racism and address slavery’s intergenerational impacts. (DOI Blog

Cypress pond near the entrance to Melrose at Natchez National Historic Park. Photo by Steven Markos

Interior's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Makes Significant Investments in Racial Equity, Civil Rights Movement Preservation

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s whole-of-government approach to advancing equity and justice, the Department of the Interior’s 2022 budget proposal contains major investments in initiatives that advance racial equity and tell the stories of historically underrepresented communities and the struggle for civil rights. (DOI News Release)

Question of the Week Answer

C) A group of lizards is called a lounge (Bears - a sleuth, Fox - a skulk, Rats - a mischief).

Exploring BLM CA public lands managed by the Applegate, Bishop, Eagle Lake, and Ridgecrest Field Offices you may come across the Northern sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus graciosus graciosus).

This lizard is a gregarious creature and readily interacts with other lizards. Their natural predators include whip snakes, night snakes, other lizards, and a variety of predatory birds including raptors and passerines, and sagebrush lizards sometimes use rodent burrows to escape their hunters. Despite their name, sagebrush lizards occur in a variety of habitats including deserts, open conifer forests, mixed forests, grasslands, sand dunes, and shrublands. Sagebrush lizards regularly perch on rocks, logs, or snags. They also burrow in soils and will use rodent burrows, shrubs, and logs for cover. Sagebrush lizards are invertivores, eating beetles, flies, ants, caterpillars, aphids, and other insects, as well as spiders, ticks, mites, and scorpions. They will also occasionally cannibalize their hatchlings. 

Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (BLM CA Facebook)