BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1001

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Memorial Day/ Remember & Honor the Fallen

ISSUE 1001 - May 27, 2022

Upcoming Events on Your Public Lands

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day June 4, 2022

National Trails Day - June 4

As the nation’s largest trails event, National Trails Day is a day of public events aimed at promotion, conservation, stewardship, and trail service. People across the country will come together to leave the trail and the outdoor community better than they found them. Share your favorite trail photo and tag #NationalTrailsDay!

Find an event near you!

A scorpion under a blacklight.

Scorpions, black lights and night hikes!

Do these pique your interest? On Friday, June 3, join the Bureau of Land Management in the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness on a night hike to find scorpions with a black light. To reserve a spot, please call (760) 337-4442 and leave a message with your name and the total number in your party by noon on Thursday, June 2. (BLM CA Facebook)

Large boulders.

Volunteer opportunity to remove invasive plants

Mark your calendars for this upcoming volunteer opportunity hosted by the Bishop Climbers and BLM. Join us on Sunday, May 29th from 8-11am at the Happy boulders to give back to the climbing community by improving our climbing areas. For details visit BLM California's Facebook.

Headlines & Highlights

A river winding through foothills.

Public meetings scheduled for the NCIP

Bureau of Land Management to hold public meetings in June to seek input for the development of the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan, guiding the agency’s broad direction and management for public lands overseen by the Arcata and Redding field offices for the next 20 yrs. (BLM CA News Release)

Four people in uniform standing in next to a fire engine.

BLM donates wildland firefighting engine to Milford Volunteer Fire Department

The Bureau of Land Management announces the transfer of a wildland firefighting engine to the Milford Volunteer Fire Department to support the local response to wildfire in Lassen County. Milford Fire Chief Ryan Erwin received the keys to the engine from BLM Fire Management Officer Grant Gifford at a small ceremony in Susanville. (BLM CA News Release)

Children sitting in front of a person giving a lesson outside.

Youth Wetlands Day highlights pollinators

Recently, Bureau of Land Management Rangers and staff participated in a Youth Wetlands Day where they taught about the importance of pollinators to 4th grade students from Weaverville and Lewiston Elementary schools at the Bucktail River access in Trinity County. (BLM CA Facebook)

A green pasture along the coast.

Effort to open the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument, one of Obama’s last gifts to California, is underway

Following decades of work from conservationists to preserve the property for open space, 5,800 acres of the coast-facing property are owned by the Bureau of Land Management. (SF Gate)

Current Fire Restrictions

Wildfire Information Dashboard and Fire Restrictions. Click here for interactive maps.

BLM California fire restrictions or temporary public land closures are used to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect the public. Often times these preventative measures focus on human-related activities, such as campfires, off-road driving, equipment use and recreational target shooting, since human-related activities are the number one cause of a wildfires. View all current fire restrictions and fire orders on our interactive maps or the BLM Fire Restriction webpage.

Statewide year-round restrictions

Criteria to build a campfire, where allowed, outside of developed campgrounds:

  • maintain a five-foot diameter area cleared to bare soil and free of any overhead flammable materials in all directions around the campfire,
  • have on hand a functioning round-point shovel, with an overall length of at least 35 inches, that can be easily accessed within a reasonable amount of time in response to a fire ignition,
  • possess a valid California Campfire Permit, available free of charge at CAL FIRE's website.

Additional statewide restrictions can be found on the BLM website.

District and Field Office fire restrictions

Bakersfield Field Office

Central Coast Field Office

California Desert District

Question of the Week

True or False: Western painted turtles are carnivorous when young, but become more herbivorous as they grow older.

A western painted turtle.











Photo courtesy of USFWS

Careers on Your Public Lands

A coastal rock formation with waves splashing against it.

Now Hiring for BLM California

Bureau of Land Management California is looking to fill multiple jobs across the state. For all current vacancies, visit USAJOBS!

Featured Job: Monument Manager, CA Coastal National Monument

Locations: Arcata, Marina or San Simeon, CA
Pay: $79,363-$126,742/year
Position closes June 9th - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Civil Engineer - GS-11, Permanent

Realty Specialist - GS-7, Permanent

Partnership Volunteer Youth Coordinator - GS-11/12, Permanent

Planning and Environmental Specialist - GS-9/11, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

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Public nomination portal to open lands to recreational access

Do you know of currently inaccessible public lands that could provide valuable opportunities for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities? We want your input on identifying lands where there is no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted to help us create a list of parcels where access could be improved. (BLM News Release)

A fence around a tree.

BLM to invest in orphaned well plugging and reclamation

The Bureau of Land Management announced it would invest funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to plug high-priority orphaned oil and gas wells on public lands in Utah and California, as part of a multi-agency effort to reduce environmental and health impacts from orphaned wells nationwide. (BLM News Release)

An abandoned oil derek.

Biden-Harris Administration announce $33 million infrastructure investment to address legacy pollution, spur good-paying jobs on public lands

New resources from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will create jobs, address environmental justice, fund remediation of 277 orphaned oil and gas wells across the country. (DOI News Release)

Offshore wind turbines.

First-ever California offshore wind lease sale proposed

Proposed sale includes lease stipulations to prioritize workforce training, domestic supply chain development, community benefits and engagement. (DOI News Release)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered True, you would be correct! An omnivorous generalist - eating almost anything found in its habitat, including insects, worms, snails, crayfish, fish, amphibians and tadpoles, carrion, and aquatic vegetation. 

A turtle hiding in its shell on a road.

As the weather warms, turtles go looking for new territory, breeding opportunities, and food. Sometimes these quests require crossing roads, so keep a lookout for turtles when you’re driving this time of year. 

One of the best ways to be a good turtle neighbor this time of year is by helping them get across roads, if it’s safe for you to do so. Check out these tips from our partners at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for how to do it right.

Source: California Herps