BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1009

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A dry lakebed at sunset.

Soda Lake Overlook, Bakersfield Field Office

ISSUE 1009 - July 22, 2022

Celebrating Latino Conservation Week

Latino Conservation Week Logo 2022

About Latino Conservation Week

Through July 24th, community, non-profit, faith-based, government organizations, and agencies hold events throughout the country. From hiking and camping to community roundtables and film screenings, these activities promote conservation efforts in their community and provide an opportunity for Latinx to show their support for permanently protecting our land, water, and air. (BLM Twitter)

Tidal waters flowing over a rocky shore.

¡La celebración de #LCW2022 continúa!

Water is life! As we celebrate Latino Conservation Week 2022, we're also celebrating 50 years of ocean conservation and stewardship with the National Marine Sanctuaries Act! Our cultural ties to water extend beyond the ocean and include rivers, streams, lakes, and more. Learn more! (Latino Outdoors)

A woman holding a colorful frame while in uniform.

Find an event near you

This annual celebration provides activities at national wildlife refuges, national recreation areas and other public lands to engage the next generation of conservationists. To find an event, visit the Latino Conservation Week events list!

Summer Recreation

Three people walking on a trail.

Let's talk about social impact

Be considerate of others! Whether you're out on the trails or hanging back at camp, try thinking about what you desire to get out of your time outside and see what you can do to allow other visitors to have a similar experience. (Leave No Trace Twitter)

A tent at night under a starry sky.

Dark sky tourism is on the rise

A growing list of Dark Sky Preserves in the U.S., like the Alabama Hills pictured here, help travelers find places with the least amount of light pollution—and the best stargazing.(National Geographic)

Many people along a river bank.

Are you prepared for the heat?

This weekend will be HOT. Stay hydrated, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, and keep an eye out on your pets. Heat exhaustion can turn to heat stroke, and heat stroke can be deadly. (SYRCL Twitter)

Wild Horse and Burro Program

Twin Peaks HMA horses and mule peering over a ridge.

Wild horse gather in the Twin Peaks HMA

The Bureau of Land Management on Saturday, July 23, will begin gathering excess wild horses and burros from public lands to maintain herd and habitat viability in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area, along the California-Nevada border in Lassen County, Calif. and Washoe County, Nev. (BLM CA News Release)

Horses standing in a corral.

Top 5 things to know about wild horse and burro gathers

Gathering wild horses is an important tool to help reduce overpopulation, protect herd health and safeguard rangeland resources important to a variety of wildlife species. The BLM takes caution during all operations, especially when younger horses or foals are involved. (BLM Blog)

A woman and man in cowboy hats next to a horse.

How to adopt a wild horse or burro

If you have always dreamed of owning an iconic piece of the American West in the form of a wild horse or burro, there are a few things to consider prior to hooking up the truck and trailer and hitting the road to a wild horse or burro adoption or sales event! (Wild Horse and Burro Blog)

Headlines and Highlights

Trinity Wild and Scenic River (Jeff Fontana, BLM)

Public comments sought on wild and scenic river suitability in northwest California

The Bureau of Land Management is welcoming public comments on a Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Report, which identifies segments of northwest California rivers and streams that might be eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. (BLM CA News Release)


A video still of a glacier.

BLM celebrates 76 years!

This month we celebrate the 76th anniversary as a U.S. Department of the Interior agency! For over seven decades, the Bureau of Land Management has led the way in public land management. Today, the BLM proudly manages about 245 million acres of public landscapes for all Americans. (BLM Instagram)

Uniformed man practicing CPR on dummy.

Staff training to enhance safety at ISDRA

Safety First! To enhance public safety for recreators at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area the BLM's El Centro Field Office staff partnered with the Imperial County Sheriff's Office to provide six CPR and first aid training classes for about 100 deputies in preparation for the busy upcoming off-highway vehicle season. (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire and Fuels Management

An employee sitting in front of computer screens.

FireNet, where wildland fire agencies collaborate

With tens of thousands of wildland firefighting agencies spread throughout the U.S., achieving seamless information sharing and communication has historically been complex. FireNet provides a shared, secure single point of access to facilitate national wildland fire management across personnel from diverse organizations, regardless of affiliation. (DOI News Release)

A fire fighter with a fire in front of him.

Using the power of data to mitigate wildfire risk

As climate change propels more extreme fire activity, a powerful tool called IFTDSS is putting the power of data into the hands of fire and fuel specialists, enabling them to prioritize fuel treatments to better mitigate the risk from wildfires to communities and landscapes. (DOI News Release)

Wood Shingles.

Wood roofs are a $6 billion wildfire problem

Millions of Americans living in wildfire-prone areas have homes that are not constructed with wildfire in mind. Roofs are highly vulnerable to wildfire due to their large surface area and potential for embers to accumulate. Understanding how many vulnerable roofs exist in wildfire-prone areas can illuminate the scale and cost of home retrofits needed to help communities adapt to wildfires. (

A video still of firefighters walking in line.

Wildfire week in review July 20, 2022

This week’s Wildfire Week in Review video is now available – it includes images from wildfires across the country, and new videos will be coming weekly. (NIFC Facebook)

Two people in cowboy hats in western clothes.

#FireTipFriday - Target shooting

BLM California wants to remind you to recreate responsibly while target shooting this summer. Every year wildfires are ignited by target shooters. Be sure to clear around your targets and not shoot into flammable materials. Remember #SparkSafety, not wildfires. Check out the latest video!

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

How much water can the pouch on the bill of a brown pelican hold?

A pelican landing on the ocean.

A. 1 gallon

B. 3 gallons

C. 5 gallons

D. 1 quart

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: Safety & Occupational Health Manager - GS 12/13

Location: Sacramento, CA
Pay: $86,945 - $134,402 per year
Position closes July 29 - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Wildland Firefighter - GS 3/5, Permanent

Administrative Support Assistant - GS 6, Permanent

Criminal Investigator - GS 13, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

Buffalo on a range at sunrise.

A vision for the future

Since 1849, the Department of the Interior has been charged with important management and stewardship responsibilities. Despite the passage of time, the Department’s core missions remain intact. (DOI Blog)

DOI logo

Interior Department moves toward final steps to remove “Sq___” from federal lands

The Department of the Interior announced that the 13-member Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force has concluded its review of the more than 660 geographic features featuring the name sq__, a term that has historically been used as an offensive ethnic, racial and sexist slur, particularly for Indigenous women. (DOI News Release)

An abandoned mine.

Biden-Harris Administration releases final guidance on BIL Abandoned Mine Land Grant Program

The Biden-Harris administration today released final guidance for eligible states and the Navajo Nation on how to apply for the first $725 million in funding available for reclaiming abandoned mine lands (AMLs). (DOI News Release)

This week at Interior.

This Week at Interior - July 22

pending  (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

Camp Smokey Flag

Camp Smokey at the CA State Fair now through July 31

So much fun in one place! Pick up a passport at the command post, then visit five of Smokey’s Fire Safety stations and the puppet show and earn a collectible bandana. Have fun exploring fire engines, playing fire prevention corn hole, practicing being a wildland firefighter with a backpack pump race, and challenging yourself to use a fire extinguisher with our electronic demonstrator. You may even get a chance to meet Smokey himself! (CALFIRE Facebook Video)

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 guessed B - 3 gallons, then you are correct!

Many pelicans standing on a rock.

Brown pelicans have a large body and a long bill. They have a huge throat pouch attached to the bottom of their bill that can hold 3 gallons of water. This is 3 times more than their stomach can hold.

Source: BioKids