BLM California News.Bytes Issue 978

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ISSUE 978- December 3, 2021

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Treasuring Your Public Lands

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Learn what you can do to #LeaveNoTrace

Traveling trainers facilitated a great presentation at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument that engaged volunteers from Friends of the Desert Mountains and BLM staff. They covered the 7 Leave No Trace principles and discussed how each of those related to local issues such as Illegal trash dumping, dogs on trails, and creation of unplanned "goat trails".

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Public lands accessible to all!

The adaptive hiking program, run by SoCal Adaptive Sports, in partnership with Friends of the Desert Mountains and DRD Adaptive Sports & Rec, provided persons with disabilities the opportunity to experience hiking in the magnificent lands of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and other hiking trails in the valley. (BLM CA Facebook)

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Trail etiquette for all hikers to follow 

Don't get stuck in an infinite loop of "I insist—after you." Trail etiquette is a series of guidelines that has the potential to make everyone’s experience in the outdoors more pleasant. But while the social aspects of trail etiquette are paramount to creating a welcoming space, there can also be financial and ecological costs to not abiding by certain guidelines. (Popular Science)

Headlines & Highlights

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BLM and partners break ground on Cotoni-Coast Dairies recreational trails

The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office and the Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship have begun developing the initial 19 miles of multiple-use trails in the Cotoni-Coast Dairies unit of the California Coastal National Monument north of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County. (BLM CA News Release)

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BLM, partners hosting events to celebrate 150th anniversary of Trinidad Lighthouse

Guided walks, living history performances, and a book signing are highlights of a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the Trinidad Lighthouse set for Saturday, December 4th, at the historic lighthouse on Trinidad Head. Events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (BLM CA News Release)

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Mustang & burro ride in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act - Dec 18

If you have adopted a BLM mustang or burro, join us in the celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act! Bring your burro or mustang for a walk or ride on the easy to moderate scenic trails at the Olmstead Loop Trailhead staging area in Cool, CA on Saturday, December 18th! To register, email us! (BLM CA Facebook)

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BLM Bishop Field Office offers online Christmas tree cutting permits

The Bishop Field Office is offering personal-use Christmas tree cutting permits for designated cutting areas on BLM-managed public lands near Benton and Bridgeport in Mono County, through Dec. 23. This year permits may be purchased online to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. (BLM CA News Release)

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BLM announces seasonal and construction closures on Bizz Johnson Trail

The Bureau of Land Management has announced a wintertime day use area closure and a temporary construction related closure on parts of the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail near Susanville. Vehicle access to the Hobo Camp Day Use Area will be closed from Dec. 1 until the spring reopening in time for fishing season. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire & Fuels Management

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BLM seeks public input on expansive plan to reduce wildfire risks near communities

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a plan to expedite fuels reduction treatments and fire protection efforts near high fire-risk areas on public lands in California and northwest Nevada. The statewide WUI fuels treatments programmatic Environmental Assessment aims to complete projects on approximately 900,000 acres of public land over the next ten years. (BLM CA News Release

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Controlled burn in the ‘Inimim Forest to reduce risk of wildland fire

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a controlled prescribed burn, as soon as next week, on up to 1,800 piles of tree branches and brush on roughly 75 acres in the ‘Inimim Forest, east of North Columbia in Nevada County. Timing of the pile burn will depend on weather conditions, air quality, resource availability and onsite observations. (BLM CA News Release)

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Some fire restrictions lifted for the BLM Bakersfield Field Office 

The BLM Bakersfield Field Office lifted seasonal fire restrictions effective November 24th, on BLM-managed public lands in east central Fresno, west central Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties, due to reduced wildland fire conditions. (BLM CA News Release

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Prescribed fires planned in Shasta, Siskiyou counties

Crews from the BLM will be conducting pile burning projects in Shasta and Siskiyou counties during favorable conditions through December 10th. The small, hand-built piles of tree branches and brush are from earlier fuels reduction projects to reduce wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface, public lands adjacent to community development. (BLM CA News Release)

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Applegate Field Office completes a 240-acre fuels project

With favorable weather and good burning conditions, BLM fire crews had continued success with pile burning projects. They safely completed a 240-acre project east of the Lassen County community of Madeline, bringing their fall season total to 766 acres completed of the planned 6,300 acres this upcoming fall, winter and spring months. (BLM CA Facebook)

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Looking for a #FireJob?

The Bureau of Land Management Fire program is filling multiple Hotshot Wildland Firefighter (Forestry Technician) positions in California, including with our Folsom Lake Veteran Crew. View open positions at USAJOBS.

To learn how to apply, visit: USAJOBS YouTube

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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. Some fire restrictions are still in place. (BLM CA Web)

Question of the Week

Bear in mind, black bears are getting ready to hibernate!

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As winter approaches, black bears forage for food to sustain them through hibernation. A black bear can spend as much as ____ hours each day foraging for food at this time of year.

A. 8 

B. 10 

C. 15 

D. 20 

Keep scrolling to find out!


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DOI & BLM National News

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Interior Department announces FY 2021 disbursements, providing important funds for states, Tribes and conservation initiatives

The Department of the Interior announced that the Office of Natural Resources Revenue disbursed $8.78 billion, including $37 million to California, in Fiscal Year 2021 from energy production on federal and Tribal lands, and offshore areas. (DOI News Release)

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Report finds shortcomings in oil and gas leasing programs

The Department of the Interior released its report on federal oil and gas leasing and permitting practices. The report identifies significant reforms that should be made to ensure the programs provide a fair return to taxpayers, discourage speculation, hold operators responsible for remediation, and more fully include communities and Tribal, state, and local governments in decision-making. (DOI News Release)

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Improving wildland fire management across Tribal and federal lands

With more than 6.5 million acres of land managed by the Interior Department in proximity to Tribal lands, collaboration is essential to address the increasingly large wildfires confronting the U.S. (DOI News Release)

This week at Interior, December 3, 2021

This Week at Interior December 3, 2021

Secretary Haaland highlights the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s investments in infrastructure and climate resiliency while traveling in Maryland; a new Interior report points to needed reforms of the oil and gas leasing program and more! (DOI YouTube)

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Question of the Week Answer

Answer is D - 20 hours

As winter approaches, bears will forage for food up to 20 hours a day, storing enough fat to sustain them through hibernation. Bears often hibernate in large hollow trees 40 to 60 feet off the ground!

Above: A black bear takes a dip in the water. Splish, splash, it’s time for a bath! A trail camera captured this black bear enjoying a water trough, which was placed as a range improvement project funded by the BLM Mother Lode Field Office and installed by the permitee on a grazing allotment near Coulterville, in Mariposa County. (See the whole video on our YouTube!)

While the bear looks playful, always keep a safe distance whenever you encounter a bear or other wildlife! Watch this Leave No Trace video to learn about using the Thumb Trick to keep a safe distance from wildlife, and visit Keep Me Wild to learn how to bear-proof your campsite when recreating on BLM-managed public lands.  

Source: CDFW, LNT, BLM