BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1017

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Pahrump Valley Wilderness

Pahrump Valley Wilderness, Barstow Field Office

ISSUE 1017 - September 16, 2022

National Wilderness Month

Slinkard Wilderness

California wilderness at your fingertips

Bureau of Land Management California manages 92 Wilderness Areas and 63 Wilderness Study Areas totaling over 1 million acres. These areas encompass dramatic landscapes ranging from chaparral clad mountains of the Coast Range to sagebrush mesas of the Modoc Plateau.

Visit our website to learn about all the designated Wilderness areas managed by BLM California.

Two people on a mountain top taking a photo.

Celebrating the wilderness with a hike

Friends of the Lost Coast hosted a hike guided by Park Ranger Adam Baron to the top of King Peak, the tallest in the King Range National Conservation Area. Participants climbed 1800 ft. to reach the 4088 ft. summit just in time to watch the sunset over the ocean to the west and the full moon rise from the southeast. (BLM CA Facebook)

Three people in a yellow tent.

Planning your wilderness camping trip

Camping in wilderness is a great way to enjoy the multiple benefits it has to offer - whether you're wanting to commune with friends or enjoy some solitude and a digital detox.

Learn about camping in wilderness by visiting Wilderness Connect.

Students on Public Lands

A kid holding up a fishing lure.

Know a fourth grader? This is for you!

The Every Kid Outdoors program provides all 4th grade students and their families with free admission to federally-managed lands and waters for a full year starting September 1st. 

Visit Every Kid Outdoors to learn how to get your 4th grader a pass.

Two woman standing for a photo on a top of a hillside.

From France to BLM California: One intern's journey

A chance meeting as a middle schooler led to a connection that has led one women to become an intern conducting research at the Pine Hill Preserve in the BLM Mother Lode Field Office. To read more about her story, visit our latest blog post.

Many children on a trail.

Ranger Tammy is on the trails again!

This time the BLM Interpretive Specialist guided 84 students, teachers and families from the Alisal School District in Salinas for a 3.4 mile hike at Fort Ord National Monument. She taught the hikers about interesting flora and fauna along the trail as well as teaching a bit of history about the monument. (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

A river in the desert.

Moving toward recovery of the Amargosa Vole

In the hottest and driest parts of the Mojave Desert lives the endangered Amargosa vole, a small mouse-like rodent. In 2012, the vole’s future looked bleak, but with hard work by dedicated partners and individuals, efforts are paying huge dividends. (BLM Blog)

A tractor working on a road.

Teaming up to maintain roadways and access

The BLM El Centro Field Office recently partnered up with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to repair roads to prevent further erosion from runoff and fires. BLM has a long history working with the National Park Service and sharing resources to get work done! (BLM CA Facebook)

Vandalism in a historic building.

Reward for information on vandalism

Up to $1,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the involved person(s) who vandalized the historic Davis Stamp Mill near Nevada City in February 2022.

Email the BLM Mother Lode Field Office or call 916-941-3101.

Fire and Fuels Management

If you fly, we can't.

If you fly, we can't

An unauthorized drone was sighted near the Georgetown, California Mobile Retardant Base at approximately on Thursday as crews were fighting the Mosquito Fire. Aerial operations in that area were put on hold until it was verified the drone had left. Drones restrict firefighters' ability to protect lives, property and natural resources.

Smoke billowing behind trees in a forest.

Fire activity increased across the state

The Bureau of Land Management California wants to remind people to pay attention to fire restrictions and follow fire updates for wildfires that may be affecting the public lands they plan to visit. 

Follow BLM California on social media: Facebook and Twitter

Firefighters walking near a wildfire.

Biden-Harris Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission charts path forward

The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission met in Salt Lake City to craft policy recommendations on ways to better manage wildfires. (DOI News Release)

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

Does a mountain lion roar?

Mountain lion.


Yes or No

Scroll down for answer!






Photo courtesy of NPS


Careers on Your Public Lands

A green hillside with brush and weeds.

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 Natural Resources Specialist (Weeds), GS-9, Permanent

Location: Marina, CA
Pay: $67,226 - $87,395 per year
Position closes Sept. 29th - Apply today!

Here's a few more open positions:

Realty Specialist - GS 12, Permanent (2 vacancies)

Fire Helicopter Crew Supervisor - GS 9, Permanent


DOI & BLM National News

A large red rock formation.

BLM publishes Tribal co-stewardship policy

The Bureau of Land Management released new guidance to improve stewardship of public lands, waters and wildlife by strengthening the role of Tribal governments in federal land management. (BLM News Release)

Secretary Deb Haaland holding up a proclamation.

This Week at Interior - September 16

Improving federal stewardship of public lands, waters and wildlife by strengthening the role of Tribal governments and Native entities; a new proposed rule would insure oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf are conducted with the highest safety and oversight standards; the Biden-Harris Administration is taking new steps to spur the offshore wind economy and create good-paying union jobs. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

Three woman cleaning up around rocks by the water.

Coastal Cleanup Day -  Sept 17

Wherever you are in California, we need your help this Saturday. Visit the Coastal Cleanup Day website to find out how to join your neighbors in caring for our communities, waterways, and the coast and ocean.

Can't make it to an organized event, you can still do a self-guided cleanup using these guidelines.

People picking up trash.

National Public Lands Day - Sept 24

Grab some gloves, trash bags and put on your sturdy shoes and head out with family and friends to make a difference on the public lands you love! Established in 1994, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

To find an event near you, visit the NEEF website, or plan your own event!

A wildflower field with a pretty blue sky.

Volunteer clean up in Modoc County - Sept 25

Join us for a National Public Lands Day clean-up project at Barnes Grade, a popular public land recreation area in Modoc County! The project will be held, Sunday, Sept. 25, from 9-11:30 a.m. at Barnes Grade, about 5 miles west of Alturas. For full details, read our news release.

Three people walking their dogs on a trail.

Happy Tails Dog Adventure - Oct 5

Fetch your leash and join us for a moderate hike with your furry friends October 5th in the Sand to Snow and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Learn about dog friendly trails and ethical guidelines for bringing your pups on the trails. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Question of the Week Answer

The correct answer is No!

A mountain lion walking.

Mountain lions don’t roar, but females have a loud scream, which is believed to attract males. In North America, mountain lions eat mainly deer, but they also eat smaller animals, such as mice and rabbits. These cats have a poor sense of smell, but have excellent vision and hearing that help them hunt in the early morning and evening hours.

Aside from humans, the mountain lion has the widest geographic range of any land mammal in the Western Hemisphere.

Source: National Geographic

Photo courtesy of CDFW