BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1005

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A campground with a picnic table and fire ring.

Steel Bridge Campground, Redding Field Office

ISSUE 1005 - June 24, 2022

Camping on Your Public Lands

A camping tent in a high desert.

It's the Great American Campout!

As you make plans for your next public lands adventure, please remember these Leave No Trace principles:

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

3. Dispose of Waste Properly

4. Leave What You Find

5. Minimize Campfire Impacts

6. Respect Wildlife

7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

People floating on a river raft.

First weekend of Summer is here!

The first official week of summer is a great time to start planning your next outdoor adventure. Get started now at!

Please Recreate Responsibly on Your Public Lands!

A mountain range with a sign in front that reads Tuttle Creek campground.

Camping in the Alabama Hills

Thinking about camping at the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area this year? The best place to camp when you visit the Alabama Hills is at the nearby campgrounds, including the BLM Tuttle Creek Campground. And please, don't crush the brush (it’s likely older than you!). (BLM CA Website)


A sign in the desert that reads Old Spanish National Historical Trail.

Hike through history on the Old Spanish Trail

Walking along the Old Spanish National Historic Trail is to experience history, which is another example of the unique, educational, and challenging recreation opportunities the Barstow Field Office offers visitors in southern California. (BLM CA Facebook)

A roll of toilet paper on a branch.

When Mother Nature calls

What concerns many novice backpackers or hikers even more than bears and blisters is, “How do I go to the bathroom in the woods?” Rest assured, it’s something humans have been doing for millennia. Before you go, check out this great advice from the USDA Forest Service on Instagram!

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Firefighters standing near a forest.

Pay increases for federal wildland firefighters

The Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of bold steps to increase pay, create new mental wellness and health supports, and establish a new wildland fire management job series for federal firefighters, which will be funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. (Whitehouse News Release)

Yellow flowered plants in a desert.

Native seed project restores habitats

BLM California has received almost $3 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for vegetation and national seed strategy projects like the one in the Sonoran Desert. (BLM Blog)

A tractor grading a road.

Putting BIL funds to work

Restoration work at the Fort Sage Off-High Vehicle Area has begun, including grading and graveling of some roads and removing hazard trees. These projects will improve visitor experience and will continue over the next few weeks and were funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law! (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

A dune buggy on a large sand dune.

Seeking applicants for Desert Advisory Council subgroups

The BLM California Desert District is seeking applicants interested in serving on subgroups that assist the Desert Advisory Council, a citizen-based advisory committee that develops recommendations for the BLM on public land management issues. (BLM CA News Release)

A kayaker in a red kayak.

Lifejackets save lives

Wearing the correct size life jacket matters! Many people and children wear incorrectly sized or secured jackets that end up around their head or slipping off. Please purchase jackets made for whitewater, which are not the same as jackets made for swimming pools. Be safe out there! (BLM Website)

An orange butterfly.

Protecting Western monarchs

Good news, everyone! Western monarch butterfly counts are up from less than 2,000 last year to 250,000 this year—that's 125x more butterfly's!

Find out what the NPS is doing to help protect western monarchs.

Fire and Fuels Management

Many fire engines lined up on a dirt road.

Partnerships in wildland fire

Every Fire Year, Bureau of Land Management California fire crews work with their federal, state, Tribal and local partners to suppress wildfires as soon as they ignite, a tactic known as “initial attack”. Aggressive initial attack is the single most important method to ensure the safety of the public and firefighting resources; it also limits suppression costs. (BLM CA Facebook)

Firefighters lined up for a photo in front of trucks.

CCC crew assists BLM on the Grant fire

The California Conservation Corps Inland Crew 5 stepped away from the trail work they were doing to assist with suppression and mop up on the Grant fire in Riverside County. We appreciate our partners who stand by our side on the fireline! (BLM CA Facebook)

The back end of a white truck pulling a covered wagon.

#FireTipFriday - Spark safety, not wildfires

Did you know that every year wildfires are ignited by folks dragging trailer chains, not having their tires properly inflated, and not lubricating their trailer bearings? Just taking a moment to make sure your trailer is ready to hit the road can prevent wildfires. Check out this YouTube video for more tips!

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.

Fireworks are not allowed on BLM-managed public lands


Click here for additional District and Field Office fire restrictions


Question of the Week

Which group of bees does this pollinator belong to?

A large bee on a flower.


1. Digger (long-horned) bees

2. Honeybees

3. Bumblebees

4. Wasps





Scroll down for answer!

Photo by Russell Namitz, BLM

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: Wildland Firefighter - Entry level positions!

Location: Various, CA
Pay: $15-15.47/hr
Position closes June 28th - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Fire Dispatcher - GS-3-7, Permanent

Forestry Technician (Lead IHC Member) - GS-6/7, Permanent

Archeologist - GS-7, Seasonal

Meteorologist - GS-12, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

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$74 Million for critical minerals mapping

Over $74.6 million will be distributed in 30 states to invest in geoscience data collection, mapping, data preservation, and scientific interpretation of areas with potential for critical minerals, under the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. (DOI News Release)

A monarch butterfly on a yellow flower.

Interior Department commits to urgent actions to conserve the monarch butterfly

Secretary Haaland joined science experts and policymakers at the first-ever Monarch Butterfly Summit in Washington, DC, on June 22-23, 2022.(DOI News Release)

A rainbow over a rock mountain range.

National park visitor spending contributed $42.5 billion to US economy in 2021

The Department of the Interior today announced that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2021 resulted in a $42.5 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 322,600 mostly local jobs. (DOI News Release)

Secretary Deb Haaland at a podium.

Secretary Haaland announces more than $100 million for wildfire prevention and firefighter wellbeing; it's the first-ever Monarch Butterfly Summit, aimed at reversing the decline of these invaluable pollinators; visitor spending in national parks adds up to a $42.5 billion impact on the economy. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

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Adopt a wild horse or burro, June 24 & 25

The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an adoption event at the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals on June 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be about 10 wild burros and 30 wild horses up for adoption. The facility is only open for the adoption event. (BLM CA Website)

A river flows over rocks in a forest.

Join us for a Trinity River clean up

Volunteers are welcome to join us for a Trinity River Clean-up!  Anyone interested in benefitting the health and beauty of the Trinity River is welcome to join the Bureau of Land Management and partners Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please register in advance. (BLM CA News Release)

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 "A. Digger bees," than you would be correct.

A bee digging in the dirt.

Digger bees (also known as long-horned bees due to the exceptionally long antennae on males) are typically large, unusually fuzzy bees that tend to nest in soil. These bees are solitary and have individual burrows, although there can be a large aggregation of burrows. Digger bees are efficient pollinators although they don't make honey. Classified in the Tribe Anthophorini, there are about 70 species found in the United States and just over 750 species worldwide. They are found throughout a variety of landscapes across the country, including the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Photo by Arizona State University