BLM California News.Bytes Issue 972

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Rock formation at Lost Creek Canyon

Lost Creek Canyon, Applegate Field Office

ISSUE 972- October 15, 2021

Fall into Autumn on Your Public Lands

Fall colors in the Susan River Canyon along the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. (Jeff Fontana, BLM)

BLM offering fall colors bike ride and walk on Bizz Johnson Trail

Mountain bike riders and hikers can enjoy fall colors peaking on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail, when the Bureau of Land Management and Lassen Rural Bus offer a special shuttle service, Saturday, Oct. 23. Participants should call the BLM at 530-257-0456 to reserve shuttle space. There are separate $2 fees for the bus and the bike shuttle; exact change is appreciated. (BLM CA News Release)

Sail Rock at Fort Sage OHV site sign with the monumental Sail Rock in the background.

Volunteers welcome for project day at Fort Sage OHV Area

Volunteers are welcome to join staff from the Bureau of Land Management in projects to improve the Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area near Doyle, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 11 a.m. OHV enthusiasts can stop by the Raptor Trailhead booth to sign up for projects, including trash cleanup and installation of new kiosk information panels at Fort Sage trailheads. (BLM CA News Release)

A off road vehicle on a dirt road.

Know where to ride, before you go!

Obtain a map of your destination and know what areas are open to your type of vehicle. Always ride on designated roads, trails and areas.
Get more safety and riding tips during the FREE ROV skills training being offered throughout California OHV Safety Week, October 16 through 24, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. (BLM CA Facebook)

People posing for a photo on a dune with masks on.

Friends of the Dunes host work days to remove invasive plants

October 17th, November 21st, & December 19th

Join them as they work to restore the dune ecosystem of the BLM’s Ma-le’l Dunes South. The goal is to promote native plant diversity while engaging community members in the stewardship of coastal environments through the hand removal of invasive plants. Training in plant identification and removal practices will be provided. (Friends of the Dunes Facebook)

Headlines & Highlights

Landscape view of Camp fire burn scar

The BLM partners with American Forests to develop Camp Fire Reforestation Plan

In advancing the Department of the Interior’s commitment to bolster adaption and increase resilience to climate change, the Bureau of Land Management today released its Camp Fire Reforestation Plan. The plan  outlines management goals, assesses potential climate impacts to the Camp Fire burn scar, and uses adaptation strategies and approaches to promote forest recovery. (BLM CA News Release)

Head shot close up of two horses with other horses in the background.

BLM temporarily closes Litchfield Corrals to public

The Bureau of Land Management’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals near Susanville have been temporarily closed to the public pending lab results on an infection affecting some of the horses that were recently gathered from public rangelands. (BLM CA News Release)

A dog standing on the hood of a white vehicle.

Enjoy your retirement K-9 Kahr!

After eight years of loyal and faithful service, this 9 1/2 year old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois has retired to a life of leisure. The BLM thanks K-9 Kahr for all of his years of service, finds, and protection. And a special thanks to Supervisory Ranger Parr for all those years as Kahr's handler as well as adopting and providing him with his new retired life. Best wishes to them both! (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire & Fuels Management

Image of the beautiful Forks of Butte Creek

BLM lifts some fire restrictions on public lands in NW California

With the return of fall weather and rain, the Bureau of Land Management has eased some fire restrictions on public lands managed by its Arcata and Redding field offices in Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity, Shasta, Butte, Tehama and Siskiyou counties. (BLM CA News Release)

Painted Point, a landmark on lands managed by the BLM Applegate Field Office near Vya, Nev.   Photo by Jeff Fontana, BLM.

BLM planning prescribed burning in NE California, NW Nevada

 Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management’s Applegate Field Office will be completing prescribed burning projects in northeast California and northwest Nevada, as fall, winter and spring weather conditions allow. (BLM CA News Release)

A firefighter using a chainsaw on a tree trunk.

Looking for a Fire Job?

The Bureau of Land Management Fire program is filling multiple wildland firefighter positions; working with the Bureau of Land Management California. Visit USAJOBS  to apply. Announcement closes on October 26.
#NotYourOrdinaryJob (NIFC Facebook)

Forest news opening page.

Forest News - CA National Forests

In this episode, ‘Fuel Treatment Areas,’ we examine how fuel treatment areas changed the intensity of the Caldor Fire and contributed to community defense. (CA NF Facebook)

Cronan Ranch view of oak trees frame a rising full moon, photo by Bob Wick.

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

A single sandhill crane crouching down with neck extended.

Fall Breeze, Autumn Leaves & a Prehistoric Species' Arrival!

The sandhill crane is an ancient North American species with fossil records dating back at least 2.5 million years. That is over one and a half times older than the earliest remains of most living species of birds. 

Why are Sandhill Cranes reddish-brown?

A) Mostly grayish in color, they supplement their diet with iron rich clay causing some feathers turn a rust color.

B) Their feathers change to reddish-brown right before they molt.

C) After taking a mud bath and rubbing iron-rich mud on their feathers while preening their feathers appear reddish-brown.

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News


Secretary Haaland Outlines Ambitious Offshore Wind Leasing Strategy

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today outlined the path forward for future offshore wind leasing to meet the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. (DOI News Release)

Exterior view of the Department of Interior Building

Interior Department Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees

The Interior announced key members of agency leadership who will work to advance President Biden’s agenda to tackle climate change, protect endangered wildlife, and honor relationships and trust responsibilities with Indigenous communities. (DOI News Release)

A waterfall in front of a lake.

Listening Session on Underserved Community Recreation Access to DOI-managed Public Lands and Waters

Mark your calendar for October 19th to join the U.S. Department of the Interior for a listening session on advancing equity in the outdoors. These sessions will focus on the barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face participating in outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands and waters across our nation. (DOI Listening Session)

This week at interior, October 15, 2021

This Week at Interior October 15, 2021

This Week at Interior, Secretary Haaland applauds President Biden’s actions to protect three national monuments dismantled by the previous administration; the Secretary celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day while running in the Boston Marathon; it’s National Wildlife Refuge Week and a chance to reconnect with nature. (DOI Video)

Two sandhill cranes standing next to each other in a thicket of reeds.

Question of the Week Answer

The answer is C! Sandhill cranes have mostly grayish feathers, but the shade of gray can vary widely. Although the feathers are gray, sometimes they can have a reddish-brown appearance. This is because sandhill cranes preen themselves by rubbing mud on their feathers and mud from iron-rich environments is often red. 

The Pacific Coast population of sandhill cranes breeds in southern Alaska and western British Columbia, migrates in the fall, wintering in California's Central Valley. #DYK Mid October- February is prime viewing season at the Cosumnes River Preserve to see these amazing birds. You'll fall in love with these large, vocal, and spectacular birds, famous for their courtship dance. One of the largest migrating North American cranes it has a wingspan of almost 7 feet wide and can be up to 4 feet tall. The width of the crane's wings make it a spectacular soaring bird that can be compared to raptors, using thermals in the sky to fly. 

Sources: FWS, Audubon, Pacific Flyway Council