BLM California News.Bytes Issue 993

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Windsailing vehicles on a dry lake bed.

Ivanpah Windsailing Special Recreation Management Area, Needles Field Office

ISSUE 993 - April 1, 2022

Educate, Inspire and Explore

A man standing in front of children outside.

Recovery efforts for the Amargosa Vole

The Bureau of Land Management Barstow Field Office recently hosted an outreach event with 32 students and advisors from the Roberts Environmental Center to discuss BLM conservation efforts for the Amargosa Vole. (BLM CA Facebook)

A lighthouse by the ocean.

Tinidad Head Lighthouse open for tours 

Trinidad Head Lighthouse will be open for its regular first Saturday welcoming of visitors on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management-California Coastal National Monument, Trinidad Rancheria and Trinidad Museum Society docents. (Mad River Union)

A person standing in front of children sitting on the ground.

BLM Park Ranger makes a visit to local school

Bureau of Land Management Park Rangers from the Redding Field Office visited Bend Elementary School to teach over 100 students how to take care of their public lands using Leave No Trace principles. (BLM CA Facebook)

A person with a shovel digging in the ground with a river and mountains in the background.

Americorps team lends a hand 

Our Redding Field Office offers a huge thanks to the AmeriCorps NCCC Red 3 Crew who worked with BLM to complete important projects such as improving trails, clearing culverts, cutting brush, planting vegetation, removing old barbed wire, and graffiti! (BLM CA Facebook)

A man works on a trail.

Crews cut trails at Cotoni-Coast Dairies

The Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship crew has been on the ground at the Cotoni-Coast Dairies unit of the California Coastal National Monument since December. Here, volunteers and staff have cut into forest floor overgrown with fern, blackberry brush and poison oak to build what will become the first section of public trail on the property. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Headlines & Highlights

A lush green coastal mountain.

Summer jazz fusion concerts celebrate Indigenous connection to public lands

As part of a Bureau of Land Management artist-in-residence program, Navajo jazz trumpeter Delbert Anderson and his band D’DAT will perform concerts and host music workshops at six national monuments and conservation areas this summer throughout the West. They will perform at the King Range National Conservation Area in July. (The Journal)

Golden rolling hills.

BLM takes measures to protect endangered species at Panoche Hills

The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office is taking measures to protect habitat for the endangered blunt-nose leopard lizard by temporarily limiting vehicle access to the Panoche Hills Recreation Area in Fresno and San Benito counties. (BLM CA News Release)  

Photo of a trail sign that reads, "Middle Creek Trail, Sacramento River Rail Trail" with the Sacramento trail in front of oaks, and shrubs.

BLM to improve public safety and wildfire resilience on the Middle Creek Trail

The Bureau of Land Management will be limiting public access to the Middle Creek recreational trail, starting Monday, March 28, through April, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, while work is underway to improve public safety, wildfire resilience and landscape health. The trail will be fully open before and after working hours and on weekends. (BLM CA News Release)

A peninsula that jetties into the ocean.

Jetty repairs near Humboldt Bay South Jetty temporarily restrict access

Facilities and beach access managed by the Bureau of Land Management at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay, are temporarily restricted to the public, while repairs are underway on the south jetty. Work is expected to continue until Oct. 1.(BLM CA News Release)

Question of the Week

What is one role that the long-tail weasel plays in the ecosystem in which it lives?

A small weasel in green grass.


A. They build dams in rivers creating homes for other animals.

B. They pollinate wildflowers and other native plant species.

C. They turn over soil for cultivating plants.

D. They help to control populations of rodents and rabbits.



Photo: Isaiah Woodard, BLM Intern

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!

Assistant Helicopter Crew Supervisor

If you're looking for an exciting career in the world of firefighting and aviation, our Ravendale Helitack Crew needs an assistant helicopter crew supervisor in Lassen County. Job closes April 14. Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

A green river valley.

The Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2023

President Biden's proposed $1.6B Fiscal Year 2023 BLM Budget provides robust investments to fight climate change, address infrastructure needs, build a legacy of conservation and restoration, and promote equity and environmental justice on public lands. (BLM News Release)


Photo of a field of tall purple flowers with impressive jagged mountains of Glacier National Park.

President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget makes $18.1 billion investment in Interior Department initiatives

The Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2023. The President’s Budget details his vision to expand on the historic progress our country has made over the last year and deliver the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address. (DOI News Release)

Wildifre in brush.

President's 2023 budget proposes significant investments to address the nation's wildfire crisis

The budget proposal requests $1.5 billion, including $340 million in the Wildfire Suppression Operations Reserve Fund, targeted to reduce wildfire risk, build resilient landscapes, and expand workforce capacity (Wildland Fire News Release)

This week at Interior, April 1, 2022

This week at Interior - April 1, 2022

Secretary Haaland visits the Southwest to learn about locally led conservation in Texas; the President's 2023 Budget request could spell a 19% increase for Interior; Interior leaders outline the Administration's ambitious clean energy goals at the Pacific Offshore Wind Summit; the nation honors the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed D you'd be correct! 

A long tailed weaseled stands tall in the grass.

Long-tailed weasels help to control populations of rodents and rabbits. They have a small, narrow head with long whiskers, and short legs. Their long slender body and flexible backs allow them to enter the burrows of smaller rodents and other animals. These weasels have long, bushy tails that make up about 50% of their total body length. On average, males are larger than females.


Photo: USGS