BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1014

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A desert tundra with strange plants and a mountain range in the distance.

Corn Springs Campground, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office

ISSUE 1014 - August 26, 2022

Groundbreaking Women in History

Four women surveyors from the early 1900's.

In honor of Women's Equality Day, BLM California offers gratitude for the women who paved the way for female professionals to have equal opportunity to contribute to public lands management such as this all-female survey crew photographed in 1918. One such inspiring woman, Alice Fletcher, was a pioneer anthropologist, ethnologist and social scientist who established herself in the history books as the first American female surveyor opening the doors for women to pursue a career in the land surveying profession. Thank you Alice, and all the women in history who have fought for equality. 

To learn more about Alice Fletcher, visit the Library of Congress website.

Photo courtesy of Department of Interior - All female survey crew, Minidoka Project, Idaho 1918

Learn More About Your Public Lands

An ultralight aircraft on a dry lakebed.

Ride the wind!

Did you know that BLM California has a few sites where you can catch that perfect breeze? The El Mirage OHV Area has a unique flat lakebed perfect for ultralight and other aircraft, as well as other OHV recreation. (BLM CA Website)

A dog sitting next to a trail marker sign.

Think twice about taking them on the trail 🐾

It seems natural—you and your dog in the great outdoors. So, it can be frustrating when you find a trail access closed, limited to leash-only hiking, or signs saying pets are not allowed. Why does this happen? Read more on our blog!

A burned area on a mountain.

Responsible recreation in restoration areas

Climate change, catastrophic wildfire, bark beetle infestation, invasive species, record droughts, and other stressors threaten the health of our forest and watersheds, and the people that rely on them. As areas affected by such stressors undergo natural or agency-led restoration efforts, following these recommendations can help protect you and the land.(Leave No Trace)

Headlines and Highlights

A metal bridge crossing a creek in a forest.

Cleanup project at Bizz Johnson Trail

Join us at the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail for a National Public Lands Day cleanup project, Saturday, Sept. 10, on the trail and at the Susanville Railroad Depot Visitor Center in Susanville. To learn more or to sign up, read our news release.

A large rock formation on a tundra.

Night motorcycle race at Fort Sage OHV Area

Motorcycle racers will converge on the BLM’s Fort Sage #OHV Recreation Area in Lassen Co. for a night race, Saturday, Aug. 27. Trails in the racecourse beginning and ending at the Raptor Trailhead will be limited to competitors only. (BLM CA News)

A kid riding a bike over a wooden bridge.

Hitch a ride with your bike

Lassen Rural Bus offers a shuttle service for you and your bike from Susanville to the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. The service is available on weekdays and Saturdays! Check out their schedule for details, space is limited. (Lassen Rural Bus)

Improving Your Public Lands

A pile of logs in a river.

Fish habitats installed at the Garcia River 

To improve habitat conditions for salmonid species in the lower Garcia River and estuary, the BLM has partnered with the Nature Conservancy, NOAA and others to install engineered log jams which will mimic natural, in-channel wood habitats for various salmonid species. (BLM CA Facebook)

A lighthouse under renovations with a fence around it.

Lighthouse repairs funded by GAOA

The rehabilitation work on the Punta Gorda lighthouse is nearing completion! Work included metal fabrication of the circular staircase and railings and the lighthouse was painted. These updates were funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. (BLM CA Facebook)

A forest that has had the underbrush removed.

Wildfire prevention work completed in South Fork Mokelumne watershed

After the 2015 Butte Fire destroyed nearly 500 residences nearby, the South Fork Mokelumne River watershed became a top priority for fuels reduction in order to protect communities from future wildfires. (Sierra Nevada Conservancy)

Fire and Fuels Management

Firefighters receiving a training outdoors.

Helping seasoned wildland fire professionals train the next generation

One of the greatest challenges in wildland fire education is that individual instructors also have day jobs, and opportunities to learn how to be better teachers have been limited. (DOI Wildland Fire)

A man motions to a forest.

Once-ignored Indigenous knowledge of nature now shaping science

In many Indigenous communities, people have long made careful use of burns to promote forest health. But the Western view saw fire as inherently bad. Nowadays, Tribes are reclaiming traditional ecological knowledge they were prohibited from using in the past. (MPR News)

Two firefighters checking the ground for heat.

#FireTipFriday: What is mop up?

After a wildfire goes through an area, firefighting resources “hold, patrol and mop up;” but what does that mean exactly?

Mop up is a term used to describe extinguishing residual fire to make sure it doesn’t continue to spread outside of an established containment area. Learn more by visiting BLM Fire's 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

True or False: The coyote is a carnivore.

A coyote in a field.

Scroll down for answer!










Careers on Your Public Lands

A telecommunications tower.

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: Telecommunications Specialist - GS-9/11, Permanent

Location: Susanville, CA
Pay: $54,727 - $86,074 per year
Position closes Sept. 5th - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

General Supply Specialist - GS 9, Permanent

Instructional Systems Specialist - GS 9/11, Permanent

Renewable Energy Program Coordinator - GS 13, Permanent

DOI & BLM National News

DOI Logo over landscape view of snow peaked mountains, green hills dotted with trees and a river in the foreground

Interior Department outlines roadmap to achieving a diverse workforce

The Strategic Plan outlines ongoing and future plans to root the agency’s work in equity and justice, address barriers to access to the outdoors, and increase equal employment opportunities throughout our bureaus and offices. (DOI News Release)

An oil derek on the side of a mountain.

Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 24 states set to begin plugging over 10,000 orphaned wells

The Department of the Interior announced it has awarded an initial $560 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 24 states to begin work to plug, cap and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells. (DOI News Release)

A bridge over the Colorado River.

This Week at Interior - August 26

Secretary Haaland travels to New Mexico to talk clean energy and legacy pollution; more than $309 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help plan, design and build water reuse projects across the country; Interior announces urgent action to improve and protect the long-term sustainability of the Colorado River system. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

People standing around the base of a lighthouse.

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)

A man planting a shrub along a trail.

National Public Lands Day events

September 24 is National Public Lands Day, but dont worry - events are planned throughout the fall! Check out the NEEF calendar to find an event in your area. And stay tuned as we announce Bureau of Land Management volunteer events over the next few weeks!

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed False, you'd be correct!

A coyote in a grassy field.

Coyotes are omnivores! These adaptable animals will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, and even deer. They also happily dine on insects, snakes, fruit, grass, and carrion. Because they sometimes kill lambs, calves, or other livestock, as well as pets, many ranchers and farmers regard them as destructive pests.

Source: National Geographic

Photo courtesy of USFWS