BLM California News.Bytes Issue 976

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Cosumnes River Preserve, Mother Lode Field Office

ISSUE 976- November 12, 2021

America the Beautiful: Honoring Veterans

American flag with graphic text, Honoring All Who Served, Veterans Day

Honoring All Who Served

Today and every day it is our obligation to honor the service of our veterans by making sure they have the support, resources, and opportunities they deserve. I want to personally thank all the veterans who have chosen to bring their commitment to service and leadership skills to work at the Department of the Interior. Please take a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices our veterans and their families make so that we can live freely in the country we love. (DOI Video)

Landscape view of a flowing river with Veterans Day, honoring all who served graphic text.

Did you know...About one out of every five current employees in BLM is a veteran

We benefit immeasurably from their experience and work ethic. In fiscal year 2020, we hired more than 400 veterans. Through programs like Team Rubicon, Operation Warfighter, Coming Home to Work and other internship opportunities, the BLM offers veterans a chance to gain work experience and job skills, build their resumes, explore new professional interests, and otherwise prepare for the future. We remain committed to hiring veterans, many of whom continue to serve in Reserve or National Guard units across the country. (BLM Facebook)

Image of the America the Beautiful Interagency Military Pass.

America the Beautiful!

#DYK - Current US Military, #Veterans, dependents, and Gold Star families are eligible for the America the Beautiful Pass! This pass gives free access to national parks and other Federal lands, including BLM-managed #publiclands. (BLM CA Facebook)

Folsom Lake Fire Crew stand together.

From the Front Lines to the Fire Line

It just makes sense to match our veterans’ skills with wildland firefighting. From teamwork to decisive leadership; risk mitigation to management; logistics to emergency medicine, many of the skills our veterans learned in the military translate to wildland firefighting. The BLM launched a Veteran Fire Crews program in 2012 to provide more jobs for veterans while benefiting from their vast experience and increasing the number of wildland firefighters available during our increasingly severe wildfire seasons. (DOI Wildland Fire Blog)

Also: The BLM California's Folsom Lake Veterans Handcrew, based out of Placerville, is taking applications for the position of Interagency Hotshot Crew Superintendent for fire year 2022.(USAJOBS)

Headlines & Highlights

Solar Project with desert landscape in the background.

Solar Projects

Did you know...the BLM has been approving solar projects since 2010? Climate concerns, technological advances, and decreasing costs of equipment are drivers of interest for solar energy development on public lands. The BLM manages vast stretches of public lands that have the potential to make significant contributions to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio. (BLM Facebook)

View of ocean meeting the steep slope of the King Range Wilderness.

Virtual public meeting planned to discuss King Range NCA projects

A Virtual Public Meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., via Zoom to provide updates on current and future projects in the BLM King Range NCA. Agenda topics include status of the Punta Gorda Lighthouse restoration project, status of current and planned fuel break and forest health projects, the Mal Coombs stairway project, road maintenance and online firewood permits. Participants must register in advance. (BLM CA News Release)

Four landscapes from Sand to Snow National Monument with graphic and text.

Sand to Snow National Monument invites youth, and kids at💗, to explore Your Public Lands in an exciting way!

Join Kudos the Kestrel as your mission guide from Big Morongo Canyon Preserve as you embark on your Agents of Discovery adventure from the convenience of your home. The Agents of Discovery program is an educational mobile game platform that provides interactive, location-based challenges to engage youth and families on their public lands. (Agents of Discovery) (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire & Fuels Management

Camp site with covered picnic table and fire ring looking out to pine trees, and hilly terrain of Williams Hill.

Bureau of Land Management lifts most central California seasonal fire restrictions

The BLM is lifting most seasonal fire restrictions, effective immediately, to allow campfires and target shooting on public lands managed by the BishopCentral CoastMother Lode and Ukiah field offices in central California. Year-round statewide fire restrictions, issued on April 28, 2020, remain in effect. (BLM CA News Release)

Sunset view of landscape with hills in the background and road in the foreground. View influenced by smoke from fire.

Wildfire Open Data is Driving Innovation and Improving Public Safety

The wildland fire open data site is changing how people stay informed about wildfires in their area and across the country. This publicly-available data is driving the creation of innovative tools by private-sector companies like Google and the New York Times while also making information widely available for individuals. ... Over a two-month period during the height of this summer’s record-setting fire season, a single dataset from the site was accessed 1.2 billion times. (DOI Wildland Fire News Release)

A firefighter in plain clothes shakes

Embracing Indigenous Knowledge to Address the Wildfire Crisis

During the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland underscored the importance of using Indigenous knowledge and showcased a Salish Kootenai College video that explores how Indigenous fire practices can help address the current wildfire crisis. We take a deeper dive as we continue to recognize Native American Heritage Month throughout November. (DOI Wildland Fire News Release)

Closeup of Jacqueline Martin is the Assistant Director for the BIA’s Branch of Wildland Fire Management.

Bringing Diverse Perspectives to Wildland Fire Management

November is Native American Heritage Month. This year, we’re highlighting some of the people and initiatives that are improving wildland fire management in Indian Country. Meet the Bureau of Indian Affair’s Assistant Director for Wildland Fire Management and member of the Gros Ventre of Fort Belknap Indian Community. (DOI Wildland Fire News Release)

View of tall pines with a billow of smoke in the background.

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 large cluster of ladybugs

What do you call a group of ladybugs?

A. Crash  B. Loveliness  C. Serendipity  D. Bevy

Keep scrolling to find out!

“Ladybug” is a curious name. The ladybug’s healthy appetite for plant-destroying pests, like aphids and mites, have linked it to the beneficial Virgin Mary (Our Lady). The second half of its name is an American quirk. Ladybugs are not actually true bugs (Hemiptera); they are beetles (Coleoptera) in the family, Coccinellidae. Outside the U.S., they are known, more accurately, as ladybird beetles.

DOI & BLM National News

Climate Change: Impacts on Public Land graphic

Climate Change: Impacts on Public Lands

Don't miss the Public Lands Foundation Anniversary Panel on Climate Change. A forum on climate change's impact on public land, and how the BLM can address this issue as it moves toward its Centennial. (BLM Facebook)

Recording of video stream available at: Public Lands Foundation 75th Anniversary Symposium.

View of rushing water on the North fork of the American River.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Makes Historic Investments in Tribal Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal passed by Congress on November 5, 2021, makes historic investments in Indigenous communities’ efforts to tackle the climate crisis and boost resilience of physical and natural systems. (DOI News Release)

Desert landscape of Sand to Snow National Monument.

Secretary Haaland Focuses on Indigenous Led, Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change in Glasgow

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Department leaders spent their last day of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) highlighting Indigenous-led and nature-based solutions to address the dual crises of climate change and impacts to biodiversity. (DOI News Release)

Several ladybugs on a fallen branch.

Question of the Week Answer

Answer is B - Loveliness!

The collective noun for ladybugs is a "loveliness". Ladybugs, ladybugs, why are you here? You're grouped all together, each fall, every year. Ladybugs can be found in large groups this time of year,  because ladybugs like to meet up in clusters before hibernating for the winter. It is a chance to meet other ladybugs looking for 💘 to share a nice winter home with. When out on Your Public Lands this fall, keep an eye out for the little colorful beetle associated with good luck. If you happen to come across a "loveliness" consider yourself very lucky indeed!

Lost Ladybug Project: Over the past twenty years native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. Help ongoing research and map where all the ladybug species still exist by uploading photos of any and all ladybugs to the Lost Ladybug Project online public ladybug database. Opportunities to participate in rearing and reintroducing native ladybug species. More at: Lost Ladybug Project |

Source: Forest Service and National Park Service