BLM California News.Bytes Issue 991

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A grassy small river in a dry valley.

Amargosa Wild and Scenic River, Barstow Field Office

ISSUE 991 - March 18, 2022

Unique Opportunities on Your Public Lands

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BLM has camp host opportunities at Eagle Lake and Bizz Johnson Trail

The Bureau of Land Management is hosting opportunities to live and work as volunteer camp hosts at beautiful Eagle Lake and along the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail, both in Lassen County, California. (BLM CA News Release)

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BLM California and partners seek volunteers to track the imperiled bumble bee

With pollinator populations declining and facing increasing threats, a new initiative launched to better understand and protect California’s imperiled bumble bees. Become a community scientist and join the California Bumble Bee Atlas!

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Ten remarkable hiking trails on California’s Mendocino coast

Hiking the California coastal trails and redwood forests bring hikers and walkers from around the globe. Footpaths and trails lead to windswept Pacific headlands, secret beaches, redwood forests, fern canyons, huge rivers, and thriving wetlands. (Travel Awaits)

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The Alabama Hills are waiting for you!

Join us every Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Alabama Hills Recreation and Natural Scenic Area for a free guided interpretive hike! You'll discover unique wildlife habitats, plant species, & stories from movies filmed in the area. For more information, call the Bishop Field Office at 760-872-5000. (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines & Highlights

Photo of Cottonwood Creek's rushing water with willows and shrubs and grasses.

The BLM seeks public input on management of the Cottonwood Creek Wild and Scenic River

The Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest Field Office, in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, is seeking public input on the comprehensive river management plan and environmental assessment for the congressionally designated Cottonwood Creek Wild and Scenic River in Inyo County. (BLM CA News Release)

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Keswick Boat Ramp to be temporarily closed during water quality study

The Bureau of Land Management will temporarily close the Keswick Reservoir boat ramp along the Sacramento River Rail Trail from Monday, April 4 through the afternoon of Friday, April 8, so the U.S. Geological Survey can conduct a water quality study. (BLM CA News Release)

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Temporary closure at North Cow Mountain shooting range

The North Cow Mountain shooting range will be closed to the public, Monday, March 21st to Thursday, March 24th for cleanup and sampling activities. For more information, please contact us at (707) 468-4000. (BLM CA Website)  

Prepare for wildfire, harden your home.

Spring is the perfect time to prepare! 

It's time for a Spring cleaning around your home to prepare for wildfire. Taking the necessary measures now to harden (prepare) your home can help increase its likelihood of survival when wildfire strikes. Our partners at CAL FIRE provide a step-by-step guide.

The Living Classroom

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BLM specialists inspire the next generation

Last week, the Tahoe Expedition Academy brought their 7th grade class out to the redwood coast in search of the science behind healthy watershed, redwood ecology and marsh habitat. They had a great day learning about these beautiful public lands & the ecosystems they support! (BLM CA Facebook)

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Return of the Natives program teaches youths about habitat restoration

Recently, 24 volunteers came out for another Return of the Natives event at Fort Ord National Monument! It took them only 3 hours to plant hundreds of plants on areas that needed restoration. (BLM CA Facebook)

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Fourth graders learn biology from the experts

Arcata Field Office staff have been celebrating their love of youth recently with salmon and 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. The event was an excellent chance for teaching the next generation of stewards and specialists on public land. (BLM CA Facebook)

Question of the Week

How do you identify red-bellied newts from the similar looking rough-skinned and California newts?

A close up photo of a red-bellied newt standing on small rocks near a piece of wood.


A. Red-bellied newts have soft toes.

B. Red-bellied newts have a square snout.  

C. Red-bellied newts have black eyes.

D. Red-bellied newts have longer tails.



Photo: Zane Ruddy, BLM Biologist

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!

Outdoor Recreation Planner 

BLM California is recruiting for an Outdoor Recreation Planner in multiple locations around the state!  Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

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Secretary Haaland takes equity and inclusion to the next level at SXSW

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland attended SXSW yesterday where she outlined Auntie Deb’s Guide to Equity & Inclusion. Her remarks highlighted her philosophy about why representation matters, how to take it to the next level. (DOI News Release)

An oil derrick in a field.

Biden-Harris Administration releases draft guidance, invites public comment on new orphaned well program

The Department of the Interior today released draft guidance to states on how to apply for the first $775 million in grant funding available this year under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create jobs cleaning up polluted and unsafe orphaned oil and gas well sites across the country. (DOI News Release)

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Deputy Secretary Beaudreau highlights investments from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in western tour

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau visited Idaho, Washington and Oregon on a three-day swing this week to highlight the historic investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for wildfire resilience, conservation and ecosystem restoration. (DOI News Release)

This week at Interior March 18, 2022

This week at Interior - March 18, 2022

Secretary Haaland concludes a two-day visit to Maryland, where she highlighted the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $200 million investment in ecosystem restoration; the Secretary took the stage at the SXSW Conference to explain why representation matters; Interior celebrates Women's History Month; Secretary Haaland marks her one-year anniversary at Interior's helm. (DOI YouTube)

A photo of a red-bellied newt standing on small rocks near a piece of wood.

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed C: Red-bellied newts have black eyes, you'd be correct! 

While both the rough-skinned and California newt look similar to the red-bellied newt, they both have yellow patches of color in their eyes where the red-bellied newts have solid black eyes.  

Beautiful red-bellied newts are a California native species found on your public lands in redwood and coastal forests from southern Humboldt County to Lake and Sonoma counties, like those at Headwaters Forest Reserve on BLM-managed public lands. They mainly live on land, but with fall rains, adults go on the move to find food, and eventually head to streams to reproduce. Typically, active at night and late afternoon, this newt species has an impressive longevity - estimated between 20 and 30 years! Their diet consists of many types of invertebrates (animals that lack backbones). Red-bellied newts have poisonous skin secretions called tetrodotoxin that causes paralysis to protect them from potential predators. If eaten in large quantities, red-bellied newts can kill most animals and even humans! However, their main predator, the common garter snake, has a high resistance to tetrodotoxin and can consume them without harm. Red-bellied newts are a California Species of Special Concern.

Visit our website for more information about Headwaters Forest Preserve.

Photo: Zane Ruddy, Fishery Biologist

Source: California Department of Fish and Wildlife