BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1006

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A dry mountain range with the text, Happy 4th of July! Please Recreate responsibly on your public lands.

Panoche Hills, Central Coast Field Office

ISSUE 1006 - July 1, 2022

Celebrate Independence Day

Wishing you and your families a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Three kayakers in a river.

Recreate safely this Summer

This 4th of July, as you adventure out onto your public lands, be sure to Recreate Responsibly! Whether it's camping, hiking or rafting, be prepared for the heat and bring adequate supplies and water for the whole family, including your fur babies. (BLM CA News Release)

Plan and prepare. Life jackets save lives.

Life jackets save lives

Make sure they will be available when you head out on the water this summer! Bring essential gear for boats or vessels like navigational devices and paddle floats. Specifically assign someone to keep an eye on children whenever they are near water! (Recreate Responsibly)

A man taking a photo of a desert lily.

Catching that perfect light!

Taking photos of our beautiful public lands in California can be lots of fun! It gets you outside and makes you look at things from a different perspective. Always watch where you're walking and keep your distance from wildlife!

Here's some great photography tips from our partners at American Forests.

Fireworks prohibited on BLM public lands.

Fireworks prohibited on public lands

Don't be the cause of the next California wildfire! Please remember that possession of any fireworks, including “safe and sane” items, is prohibited on all BLM California public lands, except those with specific permits. (BLM CA Fire Restrictions)

Cars parked illegally on the brush

Don't crush the brush!

The natural hot springs in the Bishop Field Office will be crowded this weekend! Plan ahead and expect company for your trip - consider camping at the nearby Crowley Lake Campground.

If you do come, please don't park like these guys did on the sage-brush or in the meadows! (BLM CA Facebook)

Making a Difference on Public Lands

Children working on a craft at a table outdoors.

Creating habitats for pollinators

BLM Park Ranger David Byers recently took part in the Indian Valley Summer Camp, hosted by the Watershed Center in Hayfork. He helped children make "bee bundles", which are nesting habitats made from bamboo, for native bees! The youth had a lot of fun learning about the importance of pollinators and taking home their creations. (BLM CA Facebook)

A brown designated route sign.

Restoration of unauthorized routes

Over the last several years, the Barstow Field Office and partners have been engaged in extensive repairs of unauthorized routes throughout the Mojave Desert. You can help with this effort by only using designated open routes (marked by brown paddle signs) during your desert adventures. The critters will thank you! (BLM CA Facebook)

People looking at something found in the dirt.

Early Americana culture preserved

BLM archaeologists and staff, volunteers and a contract archaeologist recently investigated and stabilized the California Gold Rush community of Texas Springs, which has been highly disturbed over the years. Using metal detectors and light digging tools, scores of illegal looting pits were examined, discarded and newly-found artifacts and features were noted. (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

Large sand dunes with OHV buggys on it.

Online passes available for Dumont Dunes and El Mirage

Passes are now available on line for the Dumont Dunes and El Mirage OHV recreation areas in San Bernardino County! Available on, the fee amounts for passes remain the same and include a small transaction fee for online purchase. (BLM CA News Release)

A tortoise in wildflowers.

Innovative conservation agreement reached

The Bureau of Land Management and California Department of Fish and Wildlife have approved the first project under an innovative conservation agreement that restores wildlife habitat in the California Desert Conservation Area in Kern County. (BLM Website)

BLM Logo.

20-year extension for withdrawal of lands for Bureau of Reclamation projects

The Bureau of Land Management announced today a public land order extension for the Boulder Canyon, Colorado River Storage, Senator Wash Pump Storage, and Yuma Reclamation Projects withdrawal for an additional 20-year period. The extension affects approximately 145,600 acres of federal land. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire and Fuels Management

Celebrating our wildland firefighters. National Wildland Firefighters Day July 2

🔥National Wildland Firefighter Day - July 2

Mark your calendars! July 2 has now been recognized as National Wildland Firefighter Day. Whether you carry a Pulaski, radio, computer, headset, map, clipboard, or camera to work, we thank you for your service! #ThankAFirefighter (NIFC News Release)

Five firefighters taking a selfie.

Be the hero - prevent wildfires

The Bureau of Land Management teamed up with Esri Arcgis StoryMaps to launch this Wildfire Prevention story. Get resources for preventing wildfires in your community, and inspire others to champion the cause. Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, check out these reminders to Recreate Responsibly!

A dry forested valley.

Fire restrictions issued for Ukiah Field Office

The BLM has issued seasonal fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Ukiah Field Office effective immediately, which include a prohibition on campfires, barbeques, or open fires, except in developed campgrounds with a valid campfire permit. (BLM CA News Release)

To get your campfire permit, please visit the CALFIRE website.

A woman holding a fire extinguisher next to a ohv.

#FireTipFriday - Don't park on dry grass

Your vehicle can accidentally cause wildfires, and you may not even know it! To avoid this, don't park your vehicle over dry grass or brush. Your vehicle's exhaust system can reach temperatures of over 1,000 degrees and easily ignite dry vegetation. Watch this YouTube video for more tips!

Current Fire Restrictions & Fire Information

Have you checked out BLM California's Wildfire Dashboard? At a glance you'll be able to get updates on large fires in California, view smoke impacts, check fire restrictions and find other helpful wildfire links. Bookmark it now!

A map of California with grey areas depicting smoke and fire icons where wildfires are at.

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

What time of year do black bears mate?

A black bear in a tree.


1. Spring

2. Summer

3. Fall

4. Winter


Scroll down for answer!



Photo by Courtney Celley, USFWS

Careers on Your Public Lands

High desert rangeland with a water source.

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: Rangeland Management Specialist - GS-6/7

Location: Various, CA
Pay: $44,740-86,074 per year
Position closes July 14th - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Property Management Specialist - GS-7/9, Permanent

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

Wildlife Biologist - GS-7, Seasonal

Meteorologist - GS-12, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

A firefighter looking up at a burned tree.

Investing in mental health for wildland firefighters

Wildland firefighters work in arduous, stressful environments that can take a significant toll on mental health. The Interior and Agriculture departments have begun work to establish a program to recognize and address the mental health needs for federal wildland firefighters. (DOI News Release)

Secretary Deb Haaland at a podium.

Native language summit announced

The White House Council on Native American Affairs convened an engagement session with Tribal leaders focused on Native Language initiatives. (DOI News Release)

A small river slowing through lush greenery.

Interior officials discuss potential solutions to the drought crisis in Klamath Basin; Yellowstone National Park continues to welcome visitors back after June's unprecedented flooding; the first National Wildland Firefighter Day takes place this weekend. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

Delbert Anderson and D'Dat musicians.

Artist-in-Residence to play at the King Range

As part of a multi-stop tour, Native American jazz trumpeter Delbert Anderson and his group D'DAT are headed to the King Range National Conservation Area for a music workshop on July 2 and will perform in concert to celebrate public lands on July 4. (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 2 - Summer, then you would be correct!

A bear and her two cubs in a tree.

Black bears mate in June and July. Reproductive success in female bears is related to abundance and availability of quality food. Sows generally breed every other year, and produce two to four cubs per litter. Black bears are large-bodied animals with a small narrow head and small ears. They can vary in color from cinnamon, tan, or brown to black, some even have small white chest patches. Black bears are omnivores, and their teeth are adapted for feeding on both plant and animal matter. They are highly opportunistic and will eat nearly anything edible!

Source: CDFW