BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1002

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ISSUE 1002 - June 3, 2022

June is Great Outdoors Month!

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Where will you find your next adventure?

BLM California has amazing opportunities to Recreate Responsibly throughout the summer. Find your next adventure by visiting our webpage and searching for your favorite outdoor activities!

Please Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!

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Leave the trails better than you found them

This Saturday is National Trails Day and thousands of hikers, bikers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails. Check out these great resources from our partners at American Hiking Society!

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Discover the Wilderness

California's Yuki Wilderness has some incredible wildflowers blooming right now. The ancient forest consists of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Shasta red fir, white fir, and incense cedar. Nearby, find opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, fishing, camping, swimming, wildlife viewing & more. (Wilderness Connect)

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Dog days of Summer

Thinking about bringing your furry friend on that hike? Keep in mind the pavement temperatures in parking lots and such as you em-bark on your journey! Pavement can be 50 to 60 degrees hotter than the actual temperature outside. Protect your pets! (BLM CA Facebook)


Restore Joy Spelled out in the sand by people.

Restoring joy to the California coast

More than 700 students from across Humboldt County came out yesterday to learn about beach and ocean ecology and to complete a dunes restoration project. They pulled invasive beach grasses, cleaned up trash and had lots of fun on the sand! (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire and Fuels Management

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Fire restrictions set to increase in the Eastern Sierra

The Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management's Bishop Field Office will be implementing fire restrictions effective Monday, June 6. This includes, but not limited to, prohibiting campfires outside of agency-provided fire rings at developed recreation sites. (BLM CA News Release)

A map of the USA with areas in red where significant wildland fire potential is expected.

Significant wildland fire potential outlook

As summer approaches and many people are wondering what the peak of the wildfire season holds in store for us, the Wildland Fire Outlook provided by Predictive Services for June through September gives us valuable insights.

These assessments are designed to inform decision makers for proactive wildland fire management, thus better protecting lives and property, reducing firefighting costs and improving firefighting efficiency. 

A guide on how to recreate responsibly with wildfire.

A guide to Recreate Responsibly with wildfire

Nearly nine out of ten wildfires across the US are human caused and can be prevented. As the weather becomes warmer, and wildland vegetation, or fuels, begin to dry out, it is time to plan for wildfires. Here's some important tips to help do your part to prevent wildfires. (Recreate Responsibly)

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: The California Leaf-nosed bats are pollinators

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Photo courtesy of Minden Pictures

Careers on Your Public Lands

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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: Assistant Field Manager (5 openings!)

Locations: Alturas, Palm Springs, Susanville, Ukiah, CA
Pay: $79,363-$126,742/year, GS-12
Position closes June 6th - 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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Secretary Haaland designates nine new National Recreation Trails

In celebration of Great Outdoors Month and National Trails Day on June 4, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the designation of nine new national recreation trails in seven states, adding nearly 600 miles to the National Trails System. (DOI News Release)

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DOI announces $279 million to support public parks, expand outdoor recreation access

The Department of the Interior announced the distribution of $279 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. (DOI News Release)

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Steps to increase clean energy development on public lands announced

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited Nevada today, where she announced significant policy and organizational updates to advance clean energy production on public lands and meet the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a net-zero economy by 2050. (DOI News Release)

Secretary Haaland signs a document while people watch.

A $33 million investment through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will put people to work plugging, remediating and reclaiming orphaned oil and gas wells on America's public lands; for the second year in a row a Progress Pride flag is flying above Interior to mark LGBTQI+ Pride Month. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

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NCIP public meetings scheduled for June

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. Read our news release for all the upcoming dates! 

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It will be a whale of a time!

Join BLM Interpretive Specialist Tracy Albrecht at Kelpfest 2022 on June 4, 10am-2pm in Laguna Beach. The FREE festivities will include a scavenger hunt, activities for the kids, and information booths with lots of interesting facts about the California Coastal National Monument. (Laguna Ocean Foundation)

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Nature writing workshop at Headwaters Education Center

Mark your calendars! August 20th the Arcata Field Office is hosting a writing workshop at the Headwaters Education Center, off the Elk River Trail. Check out the Facebook event for all the details or call 707-825-2300!

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered True, you would be correct! 

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The California leaf-nosed bat is a migrating pollinator across BLM California public lands in southern California. Bats are very important pollinators that move across landscapes, similar to hummingbirds. Of course, they often take the night shift pollinating plants that bloom at night. Flowers visited by bats tend to open at night, are 1”-3.5” in size, have pale or white coloring, usually very fragrant (which for a bat that means it could smell like fermenting or fruity odor).

To learn more about bats and bat pollination, visit our partner Bat Conservation International.

Source: Batcon