BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1008

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A desert valley with plants and mountains.

McCain Valley Resource Conservation Area, El Centro Field Office

ISSUE 1008 - July 15, 2022

Summer Recreation

Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River during sunset.

Looking for a place to cool down this summer?

We’ve got you covered! The United States offers over 13,000 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers! They’re the perfect place for a quiet float trip, a heart-pumping whitewater adventure or the chance to catch a big one. Here are some of the best river trips on America’s public waters to help you get started: Click here! (BLM Instagram)

A trail with a hiker on it in an old growth forest.

BLM opens Headwaters South Side Trail, announces nature writing workshop

The Bureau of Land Management has opened the South Side Trail, a scenic, winding route paralleling the Elk River in the Headwaters Forest Reserve, and announced a free nature writing workshop, also at the Headwaters Forest. (BLM CA News Release)

A flyer for an event: Rocky Sandy Coast, July 17th.

Join Friends of the Dunes and the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust at Houda Point Beach

We will have a bilingual exploration of animals that live in sand and rocks! This will be a free walk for all. The trail includes a steep staircase and flat sand. (Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Facebook)

Welcome to Esri Base Camp. video still.

Explore California at Esri Base Camp

Pack your bags for Esri Base Camp and come explore California with our friends at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management - California + California Natural Resources Agency. (Esri Base Camp)

A Lady shooting a shotgun.

The BLM reminds the public to target shoot safely

With temperatures rising and fire dangers increasing, the Bureau of Land Management is reminding the public about the need to follow designated shooting hours and adhere to precautions regarding ammunition and target types. (BLM CA News Release)

Renewable Energy on Public Lands

Solar Panel.

BLM Approves Start of Construction of Oberon Solar Project

The Bureau of Land Management has issued the final approval for construction of the Oberon solar project on about 2,600 acres of BLM-managed land near Desert Center in eastern Riverside County, a significant milestone in the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to modernize America’s power infrastructure. (BLM CA News Release)

Electric transmission line.

Biden-Harris Administration approves clean energy transmission project in Arizona and California with potential to lower costs for consumers

The Biden-Harris administration today announced the Interior Department’s approval for construction of the Ten West Link Transmission Line project, which will facilitate increased renewable energy development and delivery in Arizona and California. (DOI Press Release)

Powered by public lands, graphics with photos of plants and a desert tortoise.

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

BLM California manages renewable energy development in the California desert under the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. This landscape-level plan streamlines renewable energy development while conserving unique and valuable desert ecosystems and providing outdoor recreation opportunities. (DRECP Webpage)

Headlines and Highlights

A teacher teaching kids in snow with skiing equipment.

Teaching, Worms, and Plastic-Eating Fungi: Sally White’s Story

Before we get into our interview with Sally, I’d like to take a moment to introduce the point of this new member interview series. Hope starts on the individual level, long before it reaches the global level – this individual-global relationship is a central pillar of Leave No Trace. (


Oak galls.

Let’s talk about oak galls!

On your stroll past the beautiful Valley Oaks have you ever noticed abnormal growths on our oak trees? Well if you have these are called galls and they are formed by tiny wasps! (CRP Facebook)

Mission to protect Santa Ana River Wash habitat continues.

Mission to protect Santa Ana River Wash habitat continues

Just the words “Santa Ana” connote dryness. The Santa Ana winds sweep through Southern California, whipping around dust and brush, propelling the region into fire season. The Santa Ana River Wash, also, is dry for much of the year. While dryness conjures imagery of wilted plants, arid desert landscapes and brittle sunbaked animal skeletons, the Santa Ana River Wash is flush with life — you just have to know what to look for. (

Wild horses trained by inmates at a public adoption.

Wild horse training program gives inmates a chance at rehabilitation

Three horses that were once wild will be up for adoption after graduating from a unique program in Sacramento County. J.P. Dyal is the ranch manager at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, and he’s one of the lucky ones whose job is also his passion. (

Mining Claim.

Public land mining claim fees and waivers due Sept.1

The Bureau of Land Management reminds claimants who wish to retain mining claims on public lands through the 2023 assessment year to pay a maintenance fee or file a Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification (Small Miner’s Waiver) on or before Thursday, Sept. 1, to prevent the mining claim from being declared forfeit and void. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire and Fuels Management

BLM Fire employees using handheld devices.

Advancing Technology to Support Wildland Fire Mitigation and Response

From hand-held devices to satellites, technology is essential to effectively respond to and mitigate the threat of wildland fires. The Wildland Fire Information and Technology Program is advancing the development and deployment of the tools wildfire personnel depend upon. (DOI News Release)

A firefighter in a file with fire burning in the distance.

A New Study Gives Federal Wildland Firefighters an Opportunity to Inform the Development of Health and Wellbeing Programs

This summer, federal wildland firefighters with the Interior and Agriculture departments are invited to participate in a rigorous scientific study of firefighter health and wellbeing, including occupational hazards and mental health impacts. (DOI News Release)

A burned car and house.

Lower Your Home’s Fire Risk (and Insurance) With These Steps

A new standard — already being adopted by one burned-out California town — will designate homes as “wildfire prepared” if they follow certain criteria. (

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

The polyphemus moth is named after?

A polyphemus moth on a branch.

a) a flower
b) a cyclops
c) an island in Micronesia  


Scroll down for answer!

Careers on Your Public Lands

OHVs on sand dunes.

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: Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner - GS 11 Permanent

Location: El Centro, CA
Pay: $76,135 - $98,970 per year
Position closes July 22 - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Rangeland Management Specialist - GS 7 - 9, Permanent

Administrative Support Assistant - GS 6, Permanent

Mining Engineer/ Geologist - GS 13, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

Old growth forest.

Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service seek public comments on definitions, other aspects of old-growth, mature forests

The Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, on behalf of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, are seeking public comments on the development of a definition framework for old-growth and mature forests on federally managed lands.(BLM News Release)

Mining reform interagency group to hold public listening sessions, extends comment period to gather feedback for reforming mining laws

Interior today announced the dates of public listening sessions to develop recommendations for improving federal hardrock mining regulations, laws and permitting processes. (DOI News Release)

This week at Interior.

This Week at Interior - July 15

It's the first stop on “The Road to Healing," as survivors of federal Indian boarding schools share their stories; Interior leaders highlight Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments on public lands; the BLM approves two major projects to ramp up clean energy in the west; and our social media Picture of the Week just might get your goat! Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and You Tube! (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

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

The correct answer is b!

A polyphemus moth on a branch.

#WildlifeWednesday The polyphemus moth is a beautiful, butterfly-like 🦋 moth of the Giant Silk Moth Family with small eyespots on its forewings and very large eyespots on its hindwings. #FunFact polyphemus is named after the giant one-eyed 👁️ (cyclops) monster of Homer’s Odyssey, for the big eyespots on each hindwing. Of the over 11,000 moth species native to America, the polyphemus moth is one of the largest of the silk moths. Visit #YourPublicLands to take nature photos 📸 of epic wildlife, like this polyphemus moth at Fort Ord National Monument. #Respectwildlife

Source: BLM CA Facebook