BLM California News.Bytes Issue 989

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Tall redwood forest with a person looking tiny next to them.

Headwaters Forest Reserve, Arcata Field Office

ISSUE 989 - March 4, 2022

Your Outdoor Classroom at Headwaters

A lush green forest.

Celebrating the Headwaters Forest Reserve

This week marks the 23rd anniversary of the protection of the world's last intact, old-growth redwood forest ecosystem, the Headwaters Forest Reserves in northern California! Several threatened species call the Reserve home, including coho salmon, the northern spotted owl, and the marbled murrelet. (BLM CA Facebook)

People hiking in a green tall forest.

Hiking through the towering redwoods

At the Headwaters Forest Reserve, the Elk River Trail winds along the South Fork Elk River for three miles, followed by a two-mile ascent to a short loop through an old-growth redwood forest. The Salmon Pass Trail, open by guided tour only, passes through spectacular old-growth and second-growth redwood forest on the south side of Headwaters. Tour guides provide a unique perspective on redwood forest ecology.

To reserve a guided tour, visit the Headwaters Forest Reserve website

Many children in a forest.

Outdoor education opportunity offers a view into watersheds

Arcata Field Office staff have been celebrating their love of youth recently with salmon watershed field trips at the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Pacific Union Elementary 4th grade students studied watershed health by looking at invertebrates who live in Elk River. They also got to see some fungi and stoneflies during their visit. (BLM CA Facebook)

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Grass growing in the soil.

What is an invasive species?

The term "invasive" is used for aggressive species that grow and reproduce rapidly, displace native species, and cause major disturbance to the areas in which they are present. When not monitored or controlled, invasive species can cause harm to our economy, environment or human health and will limit land and water use now and into the future. (BLM CA Facebook)

A fire burning in a field next to a firefighter.

Wildfire and invasive species

Invasive species can have a huge impact on fire regimes, wildfire behavior, and fire recovery in ecosystems. They can also pose significant wildfire threat due to standing dead material. Prescribed fire can help prevent invasive species from taking hold. (NIFC Twitter)

Play Clean Go

Stop invasive species in YOUR tracks!

- REMOVE plants, animals and mud from boots, gear, pets, and vehicle.
- CLEAN your gear before entering and leaving the recreation site.
- STAY on designated roads and trails.
- USE CERTIFIED or local firewood and hay.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent invasive species from spreading to new natural areas is cleaning your shoes before and after your adventure. (NISAW)

Headlines & Highlights

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Virtual public scoping meeting for Morongo Hwy 62 communication site project

The Bureau of Land Management will host a virtual public scoping meeting on Thursday, March 17 from 5-7 p.m. on a land use plan amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan for the proposed Morongo Hwy Communication Site in SE San Bernardino County. (BLM CA News Release)  

A mineral mine in a valley.

The BLM approves Slaughterhouse Canyon mineral sale proposal

The Bureau of Land Management Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office has approved the Slaughterhouse Canyon proposal for the competitive sale of mineral materials on a 119-acre site of public subsurface estate about four miles north of Lakeside in San Diego County. (BLM CA News Release)

A mineral mine on the side of a mountain.

BLM seeks public input on proposed mineral exploration project

The Bureau of Land Management El Centro Field Office is initiating an environmental review and seeking public input on a proposal to conduct mineral exploration for gold at the Oro Cruz Pit Area in Cargo Muchacho Mountains in Imperial County. Public input is due by April 3. (BLM CA News Release)

A person riding a dirt bike on a trail.

BLM extends South Cow Mountain public comment period through March 25

The BLM Ukiah Field Office has extended the deadline for public comments and suggestions on how to improve the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Management Area near Ukiah, until Friday, March 25. (BLM CA News Release)

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Dispatch from the field: getting hooked on mustangs!

A wild horse and burro specialist and program lead for Bureau of Land Management California shares her story of how an adopter became hooked on mustangs in our latest dispatch from the field! (BLM Blog)

Fire & Fuels Management

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Amid historic investment in wildland fire management, partnerships are key

Across America’s vast forests and grasslands, wildfires can move swiftly, oblivious to the lines on a map that mark one parcel of land as private property, one as a sovereign Tribal nation, another as federally managed, and still another as state jurisdiction. (DOI News)

A line of fire engines parked in parking lot.

How we fight wildfires: understanding Incident Management Teams

In this video, learn how an Incident Management Team is deployed on large wildfires, highlighting the importance of cooperation among multiple partners. (Forest Service Twitter)

A cartoon of two people standing next to a sign that reads No Fires.

#FireTipFriday, lets talk about wildfire prevention and your campfire!

It’s never too early in the year to have fire prevention discussions. Check out Oregon OEM's latest comic book about campfire safety. Share with your kids!

Question of the Week

Where does a marbled murrelet make their nest?

A brown and white bird floating on the water.

A. Beneath taller vegetation, such as alders

B. On large moss-covered branches high above ground in old-growth conifers

C. On the ground in depressions on a rocky slope

D. All of the above





Careers on Your Public Lands

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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!

Bishop Field Manager

The Bureau of Land Management is recruiting for a Field Manager in the beautiful Bishop Field Office. This area encompasses more than 750,000 acres of public land, between the spectacular peaks of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains & the Inyo and White Mountains. Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

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Interior Department welcomes additional Biden-Harris appointees

The Department of the Interior today announced the newest members of agency leadership working to fulfill our mission to steward America’s public lands and waters, pursue environmental justice, and honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes. (DOI News Release)

A person hiking on top of a mountain with wildflowers.

What is the FLTFA?

The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act allows for public purchase and ownership of key conservation and recreation lands using funding generated from strategic federal land sales. (BLM Website

This week at Interior, March 4, 2020

This week at Interior - March 4, 2022

President Biden outlines the challenges and opportunities facing the nation in his first State of the Union Address; Secretary Haaland shares a photo at the State of the Union that captures the diversity of the President's Cabinet; a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey predicts sea levels along U.S. coastlines could rise as much as a foot over the next 30 years. (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed D: All of the above, you'd be correct! 

Marbled murrelets make tree nests on large, moss- and lichen- covered branches high (usually over 40 feet) above the ground in mature and old-growth coniferous forest such as the Headwaters Forest Reserve, normally in the largest tree in the area. Less commonly, they make ground nests in a depression in a rocky talus slope, boulder field, or similar area, sometimes on moss, matted vegetation, or beneath taller vegetation such as alders.

Source: All About Birds