BLM California News.Bytes Issue 988

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Tall rock formations with a pink sunset behind them.

Trona Pinnacles, Ridgecrest Field Office

ISSUE 988 - February 25, 2022

Spring is Almost Here!

A dirt trail through a fern-filled forest

5 tricks and tips: Prepping for the season change

Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience Spring-like conditions before then. When the weather warms up, there are a few things we can do to help keep our trails and natural resources in great shape. Here are a few tips from Leave No Trace to remember for your next adventure.

The moon over a rock formation.

Discover Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Enjoy outstanding views, along with geological and paleontological features at Bureau of Land Management California's Rainbow Basin Natural Area. This special area includes multicolored rock walls and mesas that mirror the early evening sky’s blush hue. Water and wind have worked magic in the mountains, slowly chiseling a basin for wanderers. (BLM Facebook)

Nature, Solace, Wildlife, Adventure, Connection, Ecosystems, The Outdoors. #RecreateResponsibly Join the Movement. BLM logo.

What is your reason to get outdoors? 

Maybe you like the quiet solace of the forest, or off-road adventures in the desert. Whatever it may be, your public lands provide enjoyment, education, and inspiration for this and future generations. We encourage all Bureau of Land Management California visitors to Recreate Responsibly by caring for one another and the places we play!

To learn more, visit Recreate Responsibly.

Headlines & Highlights

Snow capped rocky mountains.

BLM and partners bring exciting changes to the Alabama Hills

Thanks to public feedback, changes identified in the 2021 Alabama Hills Management Plan will help improve public access, retain the incredible views, and make the recreation experience more enjoyable for all users, while preserving this phenomenal landscape for generations to come. (BLM CA News Release)  

Two burros touching their heads together.

The Wild Horse and Burro Virtual Scavenger Hunt results are in!

California's first Wild Horse and Burro virtual Scavenger Hunt was a huge success! Participants who have adopted animals from the Bureau of Land Management submitted photos as answers to the clues and some were very creative! Thanks to everyone who participated! (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire & Fuels Management

Piles of wood burning in snow.

Continued success on prescribed burning in NE California - check out the video!

Fire crews from the Applegate Field Office are making good progress on a 700-acre project to burn piles of brush and small juniper in the Twin Lakes project southeast of Cedarville, CA. The piles are from work to reduce juniper expansion into sagebrush steppe ecosystems. This work improves the plant diversity, benefitting wildlife, including greater sage grouse. (BLM CA Facebook)

Firefighters working next to a pile of wood burning.

#FireJob: BLM Fire program dashboard

Bureau of Land Management Fire program’s job dashboard on the National Interagency Fire Center webpage is a great resource if you are looking to get into a fire career. This page was created to share the current opportunities from temporary to permanent positions and tips on how to apply.

Upcoming Events

Beavertail cactus

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)

Hills Happenings at the Alabama Hills

Hills Happenings: March 3

At this first virtual event you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and hear updates as the BLM and its partners implement the Alabama Hills Management Plan to preserve this phenomenal landscape and improve the recreational experience through changes to camping. (BLM CA Facebook)

Question of the Week

How often do Harbor seals need to come up for air when they sleep underwater?

A seal planking on a rock in the water.

A. 15 minutes

B. 30 minutes

C. 1 hour

D. 2 hours




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Careers on Your Public Lands

California poppies on a hillside above a river.

Now Hiring for BLM California

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!

Seeking Civil Engineers

The Bureau of Land Management is looking to recruit and quickly fill multiple Civil Engineer positions located in the following locations: Alturas, Arcata, Barstow, Bishop, El Centro, El Dorado Hills, Marina, Susanville, and Redding. Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

A marsh in front of a mountain.

Interior Department launches interagency working group on mining reform

The Department of the Interior today announced that it will launch a new interagency working group on reforming hardrock mining laws, regulations and permitting policies in the United States. (DOI News Release

Red flowers in a desert with a sunset in the background.

Interior Department announces next steps to remove "Sq__" from Federal lands

The Department of the Interior today announced a list of candidate replacement names for more than 660 geographic features with the name “squaw,” which was officially declared a derogatory term as a result of Secretary’s Order 3404. (DOI News Release)

This week at Interior, February 25, 2022

This week at Interior - February 25, 2022

Interior announces possible replacement names for geographic features currently containing a derogatory term; a new interagency working group will recommend reforms to hardrock mining laws, regulations and permitting; and USGS releases a new list of minerals critical to the U.S. economy and national security. (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed B: 30 minutes, you'd be correct! 

A seal poking his head up from the water.

Harbor seals can sleep underwater and come up for air once every 30 minutes. They can weigh up to 285 pounds and measure up to 6 feet in length, with males being slightly larger than females. The harbor seal’s diet consists mainly of fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. 

Check out the live beach cam at the Piedras Blancas Light Station. Access to Piedras Blancas is by guided tours only, which are offered year-round, and feature cultural and natural history, as well as spectacular scenery. For more information visit our website.

Source: NOAA