BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1003

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Large rock formations in the ocean at the coast.

California Coastal National Monument

ISSUE 1003 - June 10, 2022

Volunteers Lending a Hand

People in the back of a truck posing for a photo with garbage bins.

Invasive weed removal by local groups

The Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Area Climbers Coalition, and the Friends of the Inyo worked together to remove Russian thistle from the Happy bouldering area, which is an invasive weed that spreads quickly. Each plant has the potential to produce 200,000 seeds! (BLM CA Facebook)

Two people working on a trail with tools.

AmeriCorps crew completes trail work

The AmeriCorps Red Team 3 made it through four days of backpacking on Bald Mountain. With a little Backcountry horsepower help, they were able to complete sixteen miles of trail grooming, cutting back brush and much more!  Thank you for all the hard work on your public lands! (BLM CA Facebook)

People lined up for a photo in front of a truck.

Iron Mountain clean-up bags 1 ton of debris

Bureau of Land Management staff and volunteers held another clean-up at Iron Mountain shooting range, organized by Sportsman Warehouse. They removed more than one ton of trash and debris from the roadside and shooting range! Thanks to all the folks that came out to help! Remember to pack out your trash! (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

A photo of Collin Ewing.

Field Manager selected for Arcata Field Office

The Bureau of Land Management welcomes Collin Ewing, a natural resource professional with twenty years experience in the West, has been named Field Manager of the Arcata Field Office on California’s North Coast. Welcome to BLM California! (BLM CA News Release)

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Partnerships for native plants

Congratulations to California State University, Monterey Bay on their selection for the Making a Difference National Volunteer Award in the Group Achievement category! They are receiving this national award for their wonderful partnership with the Bureau of Land Management in the Return of the Natives program. (BLM CA Facebook)

Route 66 roadway.

Route 66 receives Hospitality Award

Only a year old and already receiving recognition! The California Historic Route 66 Needles to Barstow National Scenic Byway received the Hospitality Award from the National Scenic Byway Foundation. The Byway’s selection is well-deserved for their ongoing efforts to protect, preserve and promote the California Historic Route. (BLM CA Facebook)

A dirt bike rider on a trail.

Put safety front and center this summer

Amid sustained demand for outdoor spaces, it is increasingly important that everyone recreating outside take actions to protect each other and the wild spaces we all love. The Recreate Responsibly Coalition encourages everyone to embrace best practices that foster responsible recreation, inclusivity, and shared stewardship as they spend time in the outdoors. (Rails to Trails)

Two women holding a sign that reads Public Lands where every one is welcome.

Public lands, where everyone is welcome!

Staff from the Bishop Field Office attended the Eastern Sierra Pride Festival last weekend where almost 500 people showed up to celebrate! They handed out information about fire prevention and how to Recreate Responsibly! (BLM CA Facebook)


A child coloring a picture on a table.

Kelpfest 2022 was a success!

More than 400 people came out to learn about the unique coastal ecosystems and the kelp that supports them. The Bureau of Land Management hosted a booth teaching visitors about the California Coastal National Monument while they completed coloring activities! (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire and Fuels Management

Rolling dry footfills.

Mother Lode Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office has issued seasonal fire restrictions, effective June 6, for all BLM-managed public lands in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yuba counties. (BLM CA Website)

Smoke billowing from a forest.

Biodiversity and ecosystem benefits of prescribed fires

Llewellyn King discusses the biodiversity and ecosystem benefits of prescribed fires with Morgan Varner, Director of Research and Kevin Hiers, Director of Fire Science Applications at Tall Timbers, a Tallahassee, Florida-based fire ecology group. (PBS Video)

Firefighters walking next to an airplane.

Expanding multijurisdictional efforts to mitigate wildfire risk

Over the past decade, the Interior Department has invested more than $2 billion to implement fuel treatments that reduce the risk to communities and ecosystems from wildfires before they start and to conduct post-fire rehabilitation to set landscapes back on the path to recovery. (DOI News)

A graphic of a campfire and a hot dog.


If a #campfire is in your plans this weekend, please follow these tips:
✔️Get a campfire permit
✔️Check local fire restrictions
✔️Choose a safe location
✔️Clear 10+ feet
✔️Have a responsible adult
✔️Extinguish the fire completely - drown, stir, feel

Here's some more tips from our partners at CAL FIRE!

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.

Additional District and Field Office fire restrictions

Bakersfield Field Office

Bishop Field Office

Central Coast Field Office

California Desert District

Question of the Week

Approximately, how many rocks and islands make up the California Coastal National Monument?

Rocks and islands along the Pacific coast.


A. 500

B. 1,000

C. 5,000

D. 20,000


Scroll down for answer!

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: Forestry Technician (Fire Dispatch) 6 vacancies!

Location: Porterville and San Bernardino, CA
Pay: $33,221-66,872/year, GS-4-7
Position closes June 24th - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Monument Manager - GS-12, Permanent

HR Specialist (Training and Outreach) - GS-7, Permanent

Natural Resources Specialist - GS-7/9, Permanent

Botanist - GS-12, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

A child looking at a plastic bottle.

Secretary Haaland issues order to phase out single-use plastics, protect public lands and waters

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued Secretary’s Order 3407, which aims to reduce the procurement, sale and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging with a goal of phasing out single-use plastic products on Department-managed lands by 2032. (DOI News Release)

Tracy Stone-Manning

Q & A: Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning

The director of millions of acres of public land across the nation discusses her confirmation process, improving hunting access, invasive species, and more. (Field & Stream)

A woman stands at a podium in a pink dress with two people sitting behind her.

On World Ocean Day, a new Secretary’s Order will phase out single-use plastic products on public lands by 2032; Secretary Haaland designates nine new national recreation trails in seven states, adding nearly 600 miles to the National Trails System; Interior leaders meet in Idaho to discuss wildland fire preparedness and response. (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! 

A large tree in a green field.

Father's day weekend hike at Fort Ord

Join the Bureau of Land Management and Blue Zones Project Monterey County for a fun and interactive hike in celebration of Father's Day at Fort Ord National Monument! On Saturday, June 18, Ranger Tammy will lead the easy to moderate 3.6 mile hike, and will share all of her wonderful knowledge and expertise about the area and it's flora and fauna! (Blue Zones)

A wooden building in a lush green forest.

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 D. 20,000, you would be correct! 

Rocks in coastal waters.

Connecting the Pacific Ocean with the land, the California Coastal National Monument provides unique coastal habitat for marine-dependent wildlife and vegetation on 6 mainland units and more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the California coastline. The Monument includes public lands along the coast of California, and in the near shore waters of the Pacific Ocean. The off-shore rocks and islands are exposed above mean high tide, and within 12 nautical miles of the mainland along the 1,100 mile California coastline. While millions of people view the Monument from beaches, bluffs, and watercraft, a closer look reveals activity as it provides untrammeled nesting habitat for an estimated 200,000 breeding seabirds and thousands of loafing and breeding marine mammals, including harbor seals, and California and Steller's sea lions.