BLM California News.Bytes Issue 986

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A green, lush mountain valley with oak trees.

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Ukiah Field Office

ISSUE 986 - February 11, 2022

Restoring Your Public Lands

A rocky mountain with snow on top.

Alabama Hills day use area improvement project

Tread Lightly and Eastern Sierra 4 Wheel Drive Club partnered with Bureau of Land Management Bishop Office and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association to restore dispersed camping and improve day use areas. (Tread Lightly)

A woman shows a child something in the grass.

Students restore native plants at Fort Ord National Monument

Since 1996, Fort Ord National Monument has partnered with Cal State University Monterey Bay in the Return of the Natives project, where native plants are cultivated and returned to the landscape by local students. The next time you visit Fort Ord, take a look around, you will likely see the fruits of their labor! (BLM CA Facebook)

Sunset over the ocean.

Interested in learning more about conservation on the Central Coast?

BLM California is proud to collaborate with the California Central Coast Joint Venture (C3JV), whose mission is to work through inclusive partnerships advancing strategies that steward healthy and resilient habitats for birds, other wildlife and people. (C3JV)

Sunset over a dry canyon.

The AmeriCorps Red 3 team is at it again!

The Red 3 teams next assignment was through the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office and included stops at Dos Palmas, Box Canyon and Coon Hollow Campground where they cleaned up roads, made burn piles, picked up trash and removed graffiti. Thank you for caring about your public lands!! (BLM CA Facebook)

Two large oak trees in a green field.

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument stakeholder guide

A new stakeholder guide for the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is now available. Public lands within the national monument are jointly managed by Mendocino National Forest and the BLM Ukiah Field Office. (BLM Website)    

Trunks of trees with lush greenery.

Seeking Field Manager for Arcata

The Arcata Field Office has an opening for the Field Manager position which manages five wilderness areas, several wild and scenic rivers and areas of special designation including the King Range National Conservation Area, Headwaters Forest Reserve, California Coastal National Monument, and many Areas of Critical Environmental Concern. If you want to make beautiful areas like these your office, apply today! (USAJOBS)

Headlines & Highlights

A person running on a trail outside.

Fort Ord Trail Run brings 350 runners to the National Monument

It was a gorgeous weekend out at the Fort Ord Trail Run, a multiple length race hosted at the Fort Ord National Monument in Monterey. Runners enjoyed the sunshine as they traversed the 10K, 25K, 50K, and 100K courses. Over 350 participants completed the race, which offered beautiful views from all over the monument. (BLM CA Facebook)

A brown horse with the label "Freckles".

Follow along as these adopted wild horses complete mounted police training with the Anaheim Police Department

Wild horses Freckles and Mylo were adopted through Bureau of Land Management California's partnership with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. (Anaheim Police Facebook)

A black pipeline on a snowy landscape.

Casa Diablo IV geothermal development affecting recreation activities

The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and the @Inyo_NF are limiting some winter recreation access north of Shady Rest Par for public safety during the construction of a geothermal pipeline. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire & Fuels Management

Fire crews conducting a prescribed fire in a forest.

BLM plans prescribed burn in Weaverville Community Forest

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management are planning a prescribed broadcast burn on Friday, Feb. 11, in the Weaverville Community Forest on the west side of the community of Weaverville. Burning in the 39-acre project area will take place only when weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning. (BLM CA News Release)

A pile of wood burning in the snow.

Why does BLM conduct prescribed fires?

BLM fire crews conduct prescribed fires throughout the state to reduce the density of brush and small trees which can reduce the intensity of wildfire, giving firefighters and improved chance of stopping spread. Crews conduct burns only when weather conditions allow for safe,  successful burning and smoke dispersion. To learn more about prescribed fire, check out this video.

Prepare for wildfire. Harden your home.

Are you ready for wildfire?

Prepare for wildfire and harden your home now. There are three ways your home can be exposed to wildfire: direct flames from a wildfire or burning neighboring home; radiant heat from nearby burning plants or structures; and flying embers.Taking the necessary measures to harden (prepare) your home can help increase its likelihood of survival when wildfire strikes.

Learn more from our partners at Cal Fire.

Firefighters walking away on a road.

Current BLM Fire Jobs 

Bureau of Land Management California is looking to fill multiple positions across the state. Check out USAJOBS for opportunities to explore an exciting career with the BLM!

Many of these opportunities close soon, so apply today!

State Fuels Specialist, GS-12

Forestry Technician (Wildland Fire), GS-8-9

Forestry Technician (Lead Firefighter), GS-6

Forestry Technician (Fuels), GS-6-7

Forestry Technician (Fire Engine Operator), GS-6-7

Forestry Technician (IHC Superintendent), GS-9

Forestry Technician (Fire - Helitack), GS-5

Forestry Technician (Senior Firefighter), GS-5


Upcoming Events

Solar Panels.

BLM California Desert District to host Desert Advisory Council virtual public meeting

Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The BLM California Desert District will host a public ZOOM meeting of the Desert Advisory Council on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and the public comment period is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. 

The Desert Advisory Council meeting will include presentations on the status of several renewable energy and mining projects; a presentation on BLM law enforcement coordination; and updates on off-highway vehicle recreation and Desert Advisory Council subgroups. Managers and staff from the five field offices and fire program will also report on their activities. (BLM CA News Release)    

An OHV on sand dunes.

The BLM seeks Desert Advisory Council subgroup applicants by February 28

The BLM California Desert District is seeking applicants who may be interested in serving on any of three subgroups that assist the Desert Advisory Council, a citizen-based advisory committee that develops recommendations for the BLM related to public land management issues. (BLM CA News Release)

Question of the Week

True or False: Peninsular bighorn sheep prefer flat meadows to roam upon.

A close up of a herd of rams.

A. True


B. False


Photo: Jesse Pluim, BLM

DOI & BLM National News

This week at Interior

This week at Interior - February 11, 2022

Interior announces nearly $725 million in fiscal year 2022 funding to reclaim abandoned mine lands; Interior and the Department of Agriculture join the Western Governors Association to launch a Task Force on Collaborative Conservation; we’ll tell you about engagement sessions focused on addressing the drought crisis in the Klamath Basin; $1.5 billion is on the way to benefit outdoor conservation and recreation programs coast to coast.  (DOI Video)

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed FALSE, you'd be correct!

Several rams on a hillside.

Desert bighorn sheep inhabit rocky slopes and cliffs, canyons, washes and alluvial fans. Like other bighorn sheep, they prefer rugged and open habitat, and use their climbing abilities, vigilance, and excellent vision to detect and escape from predators.

Peninsular bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) can be found from the San Jacinto Mountains south to the U.S.-Mexico border and live on the desert slopes of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the Sand to Snow National Monument in southern California. Bighorn males, called rams, are famous for their large, curled horns. This endangered species inhabits rocky slopes and cliffs, canyons, washes, and prefers rugged and open habitats and uses their climbing abilities, vigilance, and excellent vision to detect and escape from predators.

Source: CDFW