BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1007

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Two people looking out over the waves crashing against the cliffs.

Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, Ukiah Field Office

ISSUE 1007 - July 8, 2022

Summer Recreation

A jagged rocky mountain.

Dramatic geological features at Afton Canyon

Also known as the "Grand Canyon of the Mojave" – Afton Canyon Natural Area is popular for birdwatching, camping, hiking, hunting, OHV use, horseback riding, stargazing and photography! It truly is a unique site managed by the BLM Barstow Field Office in southern California. (BLM CA Website)

A lush green valley.

Visiting Berryessa Snow Mountain

The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Mendocino National Forest, has some of the most scenic and biologically diverse landscapes in northern California. They range from rolling, oak-studded hillsides to steep creek canyons and ridgelines with expansive views. (BLM CA Website)

A burned forest.

Guidance for recreating in restoration areas

Has a wildfire burned through your favorite recreation spot? Our partners at Leave No Trace have put together some helpful guidelines to prepare you for your visit. Following these recommendations can help protect you and the land!

Two children and an old man on a beach picking up trash.

Tips for organizing a beach clean-up

This week was Clean Beaches Week and it's a perfect time to celebrate our beautiful beaches along the California Coastal National Monument and strive to keep them clean! Here's some great tips from our friends at NEEF.

Headlines and Highlights

A quarry with a tractor at the bottom.

BLM approves expansion of existing sand and gravel quarry

The Bureau of Land Management has approved the expansion of Simon Quarry, an existing sand and gravel quarry on public land near Indio in Riverside County. (BLM CA News Release)

A ranger helps a man over a boulder.

SoCal Adaptive Sports provides access to BLM public lands

Recently Friends of the Desert Mountains teamed up with SoCal Adaptive Sports to host an outing to Tahquitz Canyon. Tribal Ranger Isaiah led them through the giant, granite boulder-studded, streamside trail located in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument. (BLM CA Facebook)

A damaged bridge.

OHV bridge repairs at South Cow Mountain

The Ukiah Field Office has been working hard to rebuild many of the OHV bridges at South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area damaged by the River Fire in 2018. Check out the before and after images on Flickr to see what a fine job they did improving the routes!

Fire and Fuels Management

A forest fire at night.

Biden-Harris Administration announces members to Wildfire Commission

The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission will play a key role in recommending ways that federal agencies can better prevent, mitigate, suppress and manage wildland fires. It will also recommend policies and strategies on how to restore the lands affected by wildfire. (DOI News Release)

Ready for wildfire? Dont let target shooting end in Wildfire.

Don't let target shooting end with wildfire

Target shooting is the cause of multiple wildfires every year! Always check local fire restrictions on any public lands you may visit. Depending on current conditions, some areas don't allow any target shooting at all, while others only allow it in the cool mornings. Current BLM target shooting restrictions can be found on our website.

A helicopter dumping water on a mountain.

Back-to-back assignments for DMIHC

After a few days of rest, the Diamond Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew are ready for their next assignment! In June the hotshot crew were assigned to the Graham Fire in the Ishi Wilderness Area. Then after assisting on another local fire, they loaded up and headed to the Southwest for a preposition assignment in Tucson, Arizona. (BLM CA Facebook)

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!

Wildfire information dashboard.

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

Is a horned toad an amphibian?

A horned lizard in someones hand.

Yes or No?










Scroll down for answer!

Careers on Your Public Lands

Deer in a meadow.

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: Wildlife Biologist - GS-7, Seasonal

Location: Various, CA
Pay: $44,740-$58,158 per year
Position closes July 12th - 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

Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner - GS-11, Permanent

Upcoming Events

A horse with a saddle on.

Wild horse adoption event - July 14

Join us for an online Zoom adoption Thursday July 14 at 6 pm.  We are offering three saddle-started horses trained by inmates at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. We are accepting applications to bid until 4 pm on July 13. For more information about the animals and the adoption, please visit

A wooden building in a lush green forest.

Nature writing workshop at Headwaters Education Center

Mark your calendars! On 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 No, then you would be correct!

A horned lizard on the ground.

Horned toads, also known as horny toads or horned lizards, are a type of lizard that is largely native to the North American continent. These animals, which are reptiles (not amphibians!), are known by the scientific name Phrynosoma which translates to 'body like a toad'. In California, the most commonly occurring species of horned lizard is the Blainville's Horned Lizard.

Source: California Herps