BLM California News.Bytes Issue 971

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Slinkard Wilderness Study Area, Bishop Office

ISSUE 971- October 8, 2021


Cultivating Appreciation of Public Lands!

A man painting a shed.

National Public Lands Day event at Hobo Camp Day Use Area

Last week, volunteers and BLM staff in the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office completed infrastructure improvements at Hobo Camp Day Use Area. Upgrades included new paint on existing structures, better signs, and new barbecue grills. Thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to BLM Eagle Lake’s National Public Lands Day event! (BLM CA Facebook)

Graphic promoting the LGTBQIA2S+ Volunteering Event.

LGTBQIA2S+ OUT Volunteering National Public Lands Day Event at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office

Saturday October 9 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Chimney Creek Campground

All are welcome to attend this LGTBQIA2S+ led BLM workday at the beautiful and remote Chimney Creek Campground. Come ready to dig into some satisfying work as we renovate restroom facilities and update signs to be gender free, clear brush from campsites, and help with other improvement and beautification work in the campground. (BLM CA Facebook)

A man standing on a path looking at the pacific ocean.

King Range National Conservation Area, a gem on the North Coast of California

California's King Range National Conservation Area (NCA) is 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. The King Range NCA encompasses 68,000 acres along 35 miles of California’s north coast. (BLM Instagram)

A boardwalk lined by willow trees.

The willows at Cosumnes River Preserve

If you’ve hiked along the Boardwalk Trail, you may have noticed the whimsical willows lining the wooden platform on either side. Though there are various types of native willows at the Preserve, pictured is the Sandbar willow (Salix exigua). This deciduous shrub is one of the most widespread willow species, ranging all the way from the Yukon River in Alaska to southern Louisiana. (CRP Facebook)

Bikers outdoors.

Don’t Sweat the Fall Stuff: 3 Bike Tips for Autumn Riding

Knobby tires cruising on fallen foliage, of course! In many places, autumn is the premier season for mountain biking. To help maximize your smiles while minimizing your impacts, here are some Leave No Trace-friendly tips that you might not have heard before. (

Headlines & Highlights

A river in northern California.

BLM seeking comment on campground fee increases

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to set or increase fees at several campgrounds and recreation sites in Shasta and Trinity counties. A business plan details the fee proposals and rationale under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. (BLM CA News Release)

A creek.

BLM issues emergency closure of Rocky Bar Road due to wildland fire hazards

The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is issuing a temporary emergency closure of the Rocky Bar Road area about five miles west of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County due to wildland fire hazards. The area was burned during the Caldor Fire and there are hazards to public health and safety. (BLM CA News Release)

BLM Dune buggies.

#ISDRA101 Flag Pole Friday!

Never ride alone, especially on a pre-season shakedown run. It's time to make sure your OHVs are maintained and registered for the season! (BLM CA ISDRA Facebook)

A graphic showing a dirt bike rider.

FREE dirt bike skills training and safety tips

Safety first! When riding dirt bikes with others, the rider in front should always be checking on the rider behind them to keep them safe. Know the rules, your skill level, how to maintain your vehicle and always make a plan and stick to it. Get more safety and riding tips during the FREE dirt bike skills training being offered Sunday, October 24th at 3 different locations as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of California State Parks OHMVR program. (BLM CA Facebook)

Wild horses in a coral.

BLM to begin a wild horse gather at Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake

At the request of the Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake, the Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest Field Office will gather up to 250 wild horses in the Centennial Herd Management Area located in San Bernardino and Inyo counties, roughly 10 miles north and east of Ridgecrest, beginning on Saturday, Oct. 9. (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire & Fuels Management

Wildland firefighters.

A proclamation on Fire Prevention Week, 2021

"During Fire Prevention Week, we honor our brave firefighters & first responders who risk their lives to protect us every day... I call on all Americans to educate themselves about fire prevention."--President Joe Biden. From the President's proclamation. (Forest Service NW Twitter)

Firefighters digging.

From the front line of the Dixie Fire

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers and the Bureau of Land Management - California Folsom Lake #VeteransFireCrew constructing handline on the #DixieFire. Thank you for your hard work during the recent deployment! #FireYear2021 #ReadyforWildfire. (BLM Fire Facebook)

Desolate landscape of seldom-visited Wilderness. Alluvial slopes ascend. BLM, Jesse Pluim

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

Gentle giant practically smiling for the camera with its speckled body of the striped gila monster, photo NPS/N. Perkins

Monsters have been sighted on BLM-managed public lands in California

You read that correctly - BLM's Kingston Range Wilderness, is one of four localities in CA in which confirmed sightings of the often misunderstood but amazing Banded Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) have been made.  #DYK the Gila Monster is the only venomous lizard native to the U.S. and can reach lengths of two feet and weigh in at over five pounds making them the largest lizard native to the U.S. 

The elusive and fascinating Gila Monster spends _____ percent of their life underground.

 A) 95%   B) 60%   C) 85%   D) 50%     Keep scrolling to find out!

Photo: NPS, N. Perkins

DOI & BLM National News

Wildflowers at Lake Clark. Photo by NPS.

Interior Department releases climate adaptation and resilience plan

Today, as part of President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to confronting the climate crisis, the Department of the Interior released its climate adaptation and resilience plan, which outlines how the Department will use science as the foundation for planning and decision-making related to climate change risks, impacts and vulnerabilities. (DOI News Release)

A photo from an overlook of Blueridge parkway. Forests in fall colors.

Fall in love with amazing public lands in autumn

Public lands are amazing all year, but there’s something really magnificent about the arrival of fall colors. (DOI Blog)

Two boats cleaning up an oil spill in the pacific ocean.

This Week at Interior October 8, 2021

Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement is part of the response to the Southern California oil spill; Secretary Haaland takes part in listening sessions as Interior continues to mark Hispanic Heritage Month; Vice President Harris kicks off the Combined Federal Campaign; and we head to Glacier National Park for our social media Picture of the Week! (DOI Video)

The speckled body of the striped gila monster gives way to solid bands on the tail. (Red Cliffs Desert Reserve/Cameron Rogan)

Question of the Week Answer

Answer: A) Gila Monsters live near dry stream beds or washes in the arid desert and spend 95 percent of their life underground. They use their strong forelegs and stout claws to excavate their home in the desert's rocky soil. Gila monsters accomplish nearly everything necessary for life within a short 3 month window each year. Female Gila Monsters will lay between 2-5 eggs that are buried underground. These eggs will incubate nearly a year before they hatch, making the incubation period for Gila monsters one of the longest of all reptiles. They feed primarily on bird and reptile eggs, but may also feed on insects, frogs, and small mammals.

Sources: NPS & BLM, Photo: RCDR, C.Rogan