BLM California News.Bytes Issue 968

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Rocks and Islands Wilderness at the King Range, land meets ocean with a dramatic sunset

King Range Wilderness, Arcata Field Office

ISSUE 968- September 17, 2021

Your Public Lands

Yellow wild flowers in front of a snow capped mountains in a  night photograph.

Can we just take one last trip down summer wildflower lane?

We're already getting nostalgic for these beguiling blooms. Autumn will soon settle in like an old friend and the clear, crisp night skies will return to the 9,000-foot peaks of the Bureau of Land Management Granite Range in northwest Nevada managed by BLM CA Eagle Lake Field Office.  (DOI Facebook)

A photo of the coast and rocks of the Trinidad head.

Trinidad Appreciation Weekend

Take it outside in Trinidad on Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th and enjoy dispersed, small group activities that highlight what the Trinidad Gateway to the California Coastal National Monument has to offer. (TCLT Facebook

A cactus in the forefront and snow covered mountains in the background of a photo.

Do you recognize this scenery on this #WildernessWednesday?

If you're a gamer, you just might! 🎮This area was featured in the best selling video game "Fallout New Vegas." The Pahrump Valley is located on the California side of the California/Nevada border and is located only 75 minutes from Las Vegas. (BLM Instagram)

Several black-necked stilt birds standing in water,photo Cosumnes River Preserve

Cosumnes River Preserve - opportunities for wildlife and plant viewing all year!

As we approach the fall season, visitors will begin to see a gradual increase of water in the managed wetland ponds. Keep an eye out for black-necked stilt (pictured), greater yellowlegs, least sandpiper, killdeer, and other shorebirds wading in the shallow waters! (Cosumnes River Preserve Facebook)

A man making a  meal in the back of his camping car.

How to Live (or Camp) Out of Your Car the Leave No Trace Way

Camping in tents and even in RVs is nothing new. But today we live in the day and age of custom-built vans and SUVs that allow for a more accessible form of spending time outside. This mode of travel has proven to provide access to the outdoors to so many more people, whether through rental or ownership of vehicles like this. (

Headlines & Highlights

A light house and other structures with wildflowers.

BLM to Launch "Your American Lands" Podcast

With such a varied set of missions across the agency, the people of the Bureau of Land Management are as diverse as the lands we manage and we think their voices need to be heard! We hope you'll join us for "Your American Lands," a conversational podcast about conservation, recreation, and commercial uses for your public lands. (

Volunteers repairing the land at the Alabama Hills.

BLM CA and partners improving the recreation experience at the Alabama Hills

The BLM is making exciting changes to the Alabama Hills to improve the recreation experience for all users and to preserve this phenomenal landscape for generations to come. To get started on these changes, the BLM partnered with Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group to remove over 20 fire rings and hundreds pounds of ash in the Alabama Hills. (BLM CA Facebook)

Wildflowers in bloom.

BLM to hold virtual Central California Resource Advisory Council meeting

The BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council will meet virtually on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom, due to COVID-19 precautions. The meeting is open to the public. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire & Fuels Management

Fire burning in a forest.

BLM, partners receive $10 million for north state fuels reduction projects

The BLM and its partners received more than $10 million in grant funding from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The grant funds will be used for wildland fuels reduction projects that will reduce hazardous vegetation on northern California public and private lands in Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity and Butte counties. (BLM CA News Release)

Hikers on the coast.

BLM eases some fire restrictions on North Coast public lands

The Bureau of Land Management has eased some fire restrictions on North Coast public lands managed by the Arcata Field Office, again allowing campfires in developed campgrounds and use of open flame camp stoves and lanterns on the Lost Coast Trail. (BLM CA News Release)

A wildfire on a mountain.

BLM Bakersfield issues emergency closure of Case Mountain due to wildland fire danger

The BLM Bakersfield Field Office is issuing an emergency closure of the Case Mountain Extensive Recreation Management Area, including the Kaweah Area of Critical Environmental Concern and the Milk Ranch Peak Wilderness Study Area, near the town of Three Rivers in Tulare County. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire fighter using hand tool on low burning fire line, photo by BLM


The National Interagency Fire Center has been at National #PreparednessLevel 5 for 60 days. Year to date, 44,361 wildfires have burned 5,561,102 acres. #FireYear2021 #ReadyforWildfire (BLM Fire Facebook)

A body of water with a backdrop of silhouetted mountains with active fire burning in the distance.

Plan Ahead: for Fire Years Instead of Seasons

When it comes to wildfire, most of us are used to thinking in terms of seasons. In California, the traditional fire season used to occur from about June through November, though it varied a bit by area and by year. Overall, fire activity has started occurring earlier in the spring and extends later in the fall throughout most of the West. No longer do agencies like the BLM think in terms of seasons; prolonged, large fire activity means we must think in terms of fire years. (#RecreateResponsibly Blog)

Two hills covered in trees frame a view of the ocean in the King Range

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)

Question of the Week

Piedras Blancas light house sits beyond rainbowed sea spray where rocky outcrops meet the ocean, photo Jesse Pluim BLM

Connecting the Pacific Ocean with the land

The California Coastal National Monument provides unique coastal habitat for marine-dependent wildlife and vegetation on more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs and pinnacles along the California coastline, as well as 7,924 acres of public land in six onshore units: Trinidad Head, Waluplh-Lighthouse Ranch, Lost Coast Headlands, Point Arena-Stornetta, Cotoni-Coast Dairies, and Piedras Blancas. (BLM CA Web)

The California Coastal National Monument was created by Presidential Proclamation in what year?

A) 2017     B) 2014     C)1985     D) 2000

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

Firefighter standing alone on rock outcrop looking towards smoky sky in the distance_DOI

Interior Department and Intertribal Timber Council Strengthen Wildland Fire Management Collaboration

The DOI today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Intertribal Timber Council. As climate change propels larger, costlier and more complex wildfires, this agreement emphasizes the importance of collaborating on wildland fire management across departmental and Tribal lands. (DOI News Release


Interior to Hold Government-to-Government Consultations on Protecting and Restoring Tribal Homelands

The DOI announced that it would begin consultations with Tribes as it continues to strengthen the ability of sovereign nations to establish and consolidate their homelands. Acquisition of land into trust is one of the most important functions the Interior Department undertakes on behalf of Tribes and is essential to Tribal self-determination. (DOI News Release)

President Biden at NIFC.

This Week at Interior September 17, 2021

President Biden gets a historic briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center; Interior strengthens its wildfire-fighting cooperation with Tribal authorities; Interior salutes the winners of the 2021 Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Awards; and an explosion of wildflowers is featured in our social media Picture of the Week! (DOI Video)

Question of the Week Answer

Answer: D) In 2000 the California Coastal National Monument was created, and later expanded in 2014 and 2017 by Presidential Proclamation to include six mainland units and previously undesignated rocks and islands. The California Coast is a way of life for millions of Californians, and a destination for visitors from around the world. The scenic beauty and important wildlife habitat within the Monument are protected by the BLM as National Conservation Lands. #DYK that 1985 was the First International Coastal Cleanup event held and September kicks off coastal cleanup season, marking the 36th annual International Coastal Cleanup?

Winning Entry from the Trinidad Union School District Art Contest_2013

September 18 is the California Coastal Cleanup Day, and throughout the month, you can join the collective effort of the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup by choosing a favorite local park, beach, or waterway to do your cleanup. Your local cleanup efforts will contribute to something bigger as people around the world remove trash, collect data, and make their mark on the problem. Connect and Collect for the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup! For details see NOAA's Blog.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California Coastal Commission and BLM

Photo/Art: BLM/Trinidad Union School District