BLM California News.Bytes Issue 962

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Lone hiker looks out towards view of Afton Canyon within Mojave Trails National Monument_photo by Bob Wick

Afton Canyon, Barstow Field Office

ISSUE 962- August 6, 2021

Get Outdoors to Your Amazing Public Lands!

A redwood forest.

The redwoods at Headwaters Forest Preserve

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always.” — John Steinbeck

Stand in the presence of these giants and be amazed. The Bureau of Land Management - California's Headwaters Forest Preserve contains spectacular old-growth and second-growth redwood forests. These trees are legacies, and they honor the past while giving hope to the future. (DOI Facebook)

A lone horse and rider on a dirt trail with a backdrop of the Bodie Hills.

#GetOutdoors: Bodie Hills

Visitors to Bodie Hills can explore the Bodie ghost town and then head out on a wilderness adventure among wildflowers or fall colors, depending on time of year. Wildlife viewers can see antelope, mule deer, and if lucky, get a glimpse of the Greater Sage-grouse. California’s Eastern Sierra region is a dramatic transition zone between the snow-capped granite spires of the Sierra Nevada and the endless sagebrush covered uplands of the Great Basin. (BLM CA Facebook)

Graphic of Casey Burns looking through magnifying glass at a bee on blue flowers


Called either citizen science or community science, the opportunity for people to help address real-world issues through science is all around. Training on proper techniques, or protocols, is included, and the data gathered could be used to make new discoveries, solve complex problems or create a more complete picture of the natural environment. BLM wildlife biologist Casey Burns recently sat down to chat about a community science initiative involving bees in Alaska. (BLM Blog)

Person getting propane stove ready for cooking on picnic table outdoors_LNT photo

5 Tips for Cooking at Your Campsite

Learn 5 tips for how to minimize impact while cooking at your campsite, for campers of all experience level. These tips can also apply to any kind of campsite—state park, national park, or even your own backyard! (LNT Blog)


Lost Coast Trail within the King Range, a backpacker stands next to a cliffside with tidewater at his feet

Know Before You Go - Lost Coast Trail Tide Conditions 

Backpackers planning a visit to the Lost Coast Trail within the King Range National Conservation Area may face unfavorable tidal conditions in August and September. When traversing the Impassible Zones along the Lost Coast Trail, visitors must always ensure that tides are receding and are below three feet in height. (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines & Highlights

Small dunes cadiz wilderness and valley, photo by Bob Wick - BLM

Longtime BLM Photographer Retires, Amazing Work Lives On

From the red rock canyonland lands of Utah to the tundra of Alaska and the intimate rainforests of Northern California and Oregon, there’s such diversity and beauty in our public lands. Many of the amazing images that we use to showcase the diversity and beauty of our public lands have come from Bob Wick, who retires from the BLM this week. (DOI Blog)

Park rangers stand together representing NPS, BLM, USFS, CA State Parks holding signs, We Stand with the World's Rangers

World Ranger Day - Celebrating Protectors of our Public Lands and Conservation

Last weekend, BLM Rangers Mark Bir and Robert Lewis joined rangers from the National Park Service, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service to participate in #WorldRangerDay in Lee Vining, CA. World Ranger Day is celebrated around the world on July 31st each year on the anniversary of the founding of The International Ranger Federation. (BLM CA Facebook)

Off-highway motorcycle rider at the Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Area

Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Area hosted a first-ever, back-to-back series of contests

The events were so successful that the sponsoring Lassen Motorcycle Club is planning a repeat on Aug. 28. The relaxed, friendly contests began with a daytime poker run, where participants collected playing cards at stops in casual rides along a loop trail. Along the way they faced surprise challenges such as balancing cookies on their noses, to win even more cards. As in regular poker, the best hand won. (BLM CA Facebook)

Solar panels at sunset

Interior Department Advances Three Solar Projects in California, Continuing Efforts to Develop a Robust Clean Energy Economy

In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to address climate change and promote renewable energy production, the Department of the Interior announced today it is advancing three solar projects on 4,700 acres of public lands in Riverside County, Calif. (DOI News Release)  

The abandoned Clyde Mine in Colusa County with views of shrub covered hills and mountains in the background under blue sky.

BLM seeks public input on Clyde Mine evaluation

The BLM Ukiah Field Office welcomes public input on the proposed clean-up of the abandoned Clyde Mine in Colusa County. The proposed remediation, monitoring and maintenance was developed in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and is estimated to cost more than $1.4 million. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire & Fuels Management

View of Auburn State Recreation Area, steep hillside slopes covered in pines bisected by river.

Reclamation partners with BLM to reduce wildland fire risk in Auburn State Recreation Area

The BOR and the BLM are collaborating through a five-year agreement to reduce wildland fire threats in the popular Auburn State Recreation Area in El Dorado and Placer counties. This agreement includes projects to construct fuel breaks, remove hazard trees, and reduce brush. (BOR News Release)

Two workers walk behind heavy equipment. Trees line either side of section recently masticated.

Point Arena-Stronetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument update!

Work was recently conducted on the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument located on the Mendocino Coast. BLM Fire Management and Field Office personnel from the Ukiah and Motherlode Offices took part in the week-long mastication project which sought to reduce hazardous fuel loads and improve coastal prairie habitat on the property. (BLM CA Facebook)

Wild Fire Graphic 2021_6,091 fires and 656,177 Acres vs 2020 - 5,444 fires 260,339 acres for Jan 1 to Aug 5_

CA Ready for Wildfire

Compared to this same time last year, we have seen an astounding 151% increase in acres burned across California and it is only August! Now is the time prepare you and your family by having your go bag ready. (Cal Fire Twitter)

A wild fire rising over pine trees.

National Fire News

Nine new large fires reported yesterday, three in WA, two in CA and OR, and one in ID and MT. Nationally, 100 large fires have burned 1,947,811 acres in 14 states. Extreme fire behavior on Dixie Fire in CA, increasing by nearly 24,000 acres. #FireYear2021. (

The National Interagency Fire Center sign.

Looking for a #FireJob?

The @BLMNational Fire & Aviation Directorate is hiring a Natural Resource Specialist (Data Analyst) @NIFC_Fire. Visit @USAJOBS. Announcement closes on August 18. How to apply -> #NotYourOrdinaryJob (BLM Fire Twitter)

Pyrocumulus cloud high in the sky above mountains with water in foreground

Be #WildfireWeatherAWARE

Pyrocumulus clouds typically form at the top of a smoke column on a large, active fire. The large amounts of heat released by a fire will combine with background atmospheric water vapor and vapor released by the fire to produce these clouds. These clouds may be referred to as an “ice cap” by some on a fire, but pyrocumulus are made up of liquid water. (BLM Fire Facebook)

Clear Creek Area, dry grasses and shrubs dot the landscape against a backdrop of blue sky and rock outcrop

BLM California fire restrictions

BLM California fire restrictions or temporary public land closures 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. Many BLM California offices have issued seasonal fire restrictions. (BLM CA Web)

Upcoming Events

A desert tortoise.

California Desert District Advisory Council to hold virtual meeting

The Bureau of Land Management California Desert District Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will hold a virtual Zoom meeting on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., demonstrating partnerships and public input are necessary for managing sustainable, working public lands. (BLM CA News Release)

Question of the Week

Humpback Whale exploding out of the water showcasing its beauty

True of False, Humpback whales go fishing together. 

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

lone hiker stands on rock outcrop over the Sacramento River Bend's vast landscape at sunset photo by Bob Wick

Interior Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act Anniversary with Fee Free Day on Public Lands 

On Wednesday, designated as “Great American Outdoors Day,” the Department of the Interior celebrated the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act. The law, which passed with strong bipartisan support, makes unprecedented investments in national parks, public lands and American Indian schools. (DOI News Release

Deputy U.S. Marshal Pete Thompson shakes hands with Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Ranger Brice Provost

U.S. Marshals Service Recognizes BLM Ranger for Role in Apprehension of Fugitive Kidnapping Suspect

Deputy Pete Thompson with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) recently recognized BLM Arizona Strip Field Office Law Enforcement Ranger Curtis Racker and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Ranger Brice Provost for the crucial role they played in apprehending a fugitive kidnapping suspect and reuniting the four-year-old victim with his mother. (BLM Medium)

DOI Logo over landscape view of snow peaked mountains, green hills dotted with trees and a river in the foreground

Interior and Justice Departments Take Next Steps in Implementation of Not Invisible Act

The Departments of the Interior and Justice today announced the next steps in implementing of the Not Invisible Act, including the publication of a solicitation for nominations of non-federal members to join the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission will focus on reducing violent crimes against American Indians and Alaska Natives and address the long-standing missing and murdered Indigenous person crisis. (DOI News Release)

Snow covered mountains frame a rising moon

This Week at Interior Aug 6, 2021

 Secretary Haaland promotes the Biden-Harris administration's "build back better" agenda in a new op-ed; Interior announces a fresh environmental review of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; a new web portal provides real-time information on the record-breaking western drought; it's the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art elementary school in Laguna Pueblo; we mark the first anniversary of the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act; and a bald eagle takes aim at dinner in our social media Picture of the Week!. (DOI Video

Question of the Week Answer

Answer: True - Humpback whales filter-feed on small crustaceans (mostly krill) and small fish. They use several techniques to help them herd, corral, and disorient prey and that can include using bubbles, sounds, the seafloor, and even their pectoral fins. One specific feeding method, called "group coordinated bubble net feeding," involves using curtains of air bubbles to condense prey. Once the fish are corralled, they are pushed toward the surface and engulfed as the whales lunge upward through the circular bubble net. 

Lone humpback whale photographed from above in the act of bubble net feeding

#DYK that one of four northern Pacific Humpback whale pods transit the California Coastal National Monument? They breed along the Pacific coast of Mexico and the Revillagigedo Islands, pass the Baja CA Peninsula, and feed across a broad range from CA to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. (BLM CA Facebook)

Humpback whales are a favorite of whale-watchers, as they can be found close to shore and often display activities near the surface, such as breaching (jumping out of the water) or slapping the surface with their pectoral fins and tails. Check here for Marine Life Viewing Guidelines!

Source: NOAA FIsheries