BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1010

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Large rocks along the coastal waters.

Trinidad Head of the California Coastal National Monument, Arcata Field Office

ISSUE 1010 - July 29, 2022

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Projects

Colorful flowers in a desert.

BIL funds for restoration and enhancement

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, BLM California was awarded over $8 million for work in five restoration areas, with more projects moving forward with BIL funding than any other state! Some of those projects include native seed restoration, abandoned mine clean-ups, recreation restoration, biodiversity enhancements and Good Neighbor Agreement restoration. (BLM Website)

Many people lined up in front of a rail over looking the ocean.

Trinidad Head project to improve ADA access

Bureau of Land Management California was awarded $55K under the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve ADA access at California Coastal National Monument's Trinidad Head. BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning recently visited to view the project focused on recreation restoration. (BLM Twitter)

Six people standing in a grassy field listening to one speak.

BIL funded fire restoration efforts in NorCal

While visiting Swasey Recreation Area this week, BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning announced historic investments in California. Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, $275K will be used to improve the popular recreation site by addressing the destructive impacts of the 2018 Carr Fire. (BLM Facebook)

Partnerships for Public Lands

Two people loading a wagon with plants next to a river.

Invasive plants removed from Cosumnes River Preserve 

Last week a team from the Bureau of Land Management, Sacramento County Regional Parks and the The Nature Conservancy spent a day removing invasive aquatic plants from the Cosumnes River Preserve. This will improve water quality and habitats, and make more of the waterway available for recreation! (BLM CA Facebook)

A desert campground.

Partnership with Yosemite National Park improves BLM campgrounds

Thanks to our partners at Yosemite National Park, the BLM Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest will have more food storage lockers to keep bears and humans safe. Over 100 lockers will be installed at campgrounds and trailheads throughout the eastern Sierra, such as at Crowley Lake campground. (BLM CA Facebook)

Dirt road in a desert mountain.

Fort Sage OHV Area restoration work

The Land of David at Fort Sage OHV Area received some restoration work through our partners at California State Parks. This project restored land within the SRMA where unauthorized motor vehicle use had damaged an area off-limits to OHV recreation. (CA State Parks Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

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Great American Outdoor Day - Aug 4

Celebrate the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act with a fee-free day on August 4th! All standard amenity recreation fees will be waived for visitors on federal public lands, including day-use area fees. Other amenity fees still apply. Call your local field office for details. (DOI News Release)

A person in a BLM kayak giving a peace sign.

Clean up crews travel by kayak

Volunteers grabbed their rafts, kayaks and tubes to set afloat on the Trinity River with one mission in mind - to clean up trash from the the river and its banks. Over 1 ton of debris was removed by 50 volunteers from the river, various river access points, and campgrounds. Thank you!! (BLM CA Facebook)

Night sky with people glowing from flashlights.

Latino Conservation Week night hike

BLM staff guided a group on a stargazing hike through the Mecca Hills Wilderness to wrap up Latino Conservation Week. They offered hikers interpretive education as they weaved their way through the beautiful Painted Canyon. (MDLT Twitter)

America the Beautiful Access Pass.

America the Beautiful Access Pass

Did you know U.S. citizens or permanent residents that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability may get a free, lifetime pass that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites on your public lands? To learn more about the America the Beautiful Access Pass, visit the National Park Service website.

Fire and Fuels Management

A grassy field in a valley.

Fire restrictions for NE California and NW Nevada are in effect

Seasonal fire restrictions will go into effect August 1 to prevent wildfire risk on public lands managed by the Eagle Lake and Applegate field offices in Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, Shasta and Siskiyou counties in CA, and in Washoe County, NV. (BLM CA News Release)

A smoke filled sky above a forest.

Protect yourself from wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning trees, plants, buildings, and other material. The smoke can make anyone sick, but people with asthma, COPD, or heart disease, children, pregnant women, and responders are especially at risk. Be ready to protect yourself against smoke and ash before, during, and after a wildfire. (CDC)

Fire Danger Today sign showing the current conditions as High.

#FireTipFriday - Fire danger rating system

What is a National Fire Danger Rating System? As the summer heats up and fire danger increases, what does it really mean when it says "High" fire danger? It means fires can start easily from most causes and small fuels (such as grasses and needles) will ignite readily. 

Learn more about the ratings from our partners at the Forest Service.

Wildfire Matters #WeareBLMFire

New episode - Wildfire Matters podcast

In this 8th episode of the Wildfire Matters podcast, Boise District Fuels Specialist Courtney Wyatt talks about her experience working in wildland fire suppression and transitioning to fuels management.

Listen on Apple, Spotify or Amazon!

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

What is the average gestation period for a long-tailed weasel?

A long-tailed weasel in some brush.

A. 25 days

B. 3 months

C. 6 weeks

D. 280 days

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: Assistant GACC Manager - GS 12

Location: March AFB, CA
Pay: $91,254 - $118,6356 per year
Position closes July 29 - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Wildland Firefighter - GS 3-5, Permanent

Outdoor Recreation Planner - GS 5-9, Permanent

Natural Resource Specialist - GS 12, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

Cherry trees in bloom over a sidewalk.

Interior Department announces $192 million to create public parks, expand recreation opportunities in urban areas

New changes to the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program will expand opportunities to create close-to-home outdoor recreation areas. (DOI Blog)

Two people in wheelchairs outdoors.

Access to adventure

Across BLM-managed public lands, we are working to increase accessibility to nature. Read more from a couple of travel experts who share a love of visiting public lands, photography and being disability advocates. (DOI Blog)

Four people playing music in a band.

That's a wrap on the 2022 Painted Mountains Artist-In-Residence tour!

A big thank you to Native American Jazz Fusion musicians Delbert Anderson and his ensemble DDAT for the amazing performances in celebration of your public lands. (BLM StoryMap)

This week at Interior, July 29, 2022

This Week at Interior - July 29

Secretary Haaland helps launch the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation; investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law help Lake Tahoe fight invasive species; it's the return of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon eggs to the McCloud River upstream of California's Shasta Reservoir (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

Smokey Bear next to a golden bear.

There's still time to visit Camp Smokey at the CA State Fair 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! (BLM CA Facebook)

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.

A lighthouse surrounded by pink flowers.

Piedras Blancas Hike-In August 31

Come out and visit the beautiful Piedras Blancas Light Station along the California Coastal National Monument! Learn about the history of the lighthouse and local ecology from docents and BLM staff while hiking at your own pace. (BLM CA Facebook)

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed D - 280 days, you'd be correct!

A weasel with a rat in its mouth.

After mating, implantation of the weasel embryo is delayed and the egg does not begin to develop until March, making the total time that the female is pregnant around 280 days. Birth occurs from late April to early May, and the average size of the litter is six. Females mate in their first summer, but males wait until the following spring.

Source: BioKids

Photo by Ryan Cooper, BLM