BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1018

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A night sky photo of Alabama Hills.

Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, Bishop Field Office

ISSUE 1018 - September 23, 2022

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

The green hills of Fort Ord National Monument.

Happy Trails at Fort Ord National Monument

BLM California and Fort Ord National Monument are pleased to announce that trail maps and leaflets are now available in Spanish. These products were made available through a partnership with Conservation Lands Foundation and FORT Friends. (BLM CA Facebook)

A man fishing in a scenic lake.

A path to public service

One of our newest BLM California employees shares his story about growing up in Mexico and finding his path to public service as an engineering technician. Read more about Armando's path to public service. (BLM CA Facebook)

A wall mural.

A proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic heritage holds an indelible place in the heart and soul of our Nation, and National Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that the American identity is a fabric of diverse traditions and stories woven together. (The White House)

Two Hispanic folks in front of mural.

Take a dive deeper into the world of Hispanic and Latinx heritage!

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Meet National Park Service and other Department of the Interior staff as we share our heritage and get just a small taste of the immense diversity of the Hispanic and Latinx experience. Take advantage of this time set aside to learn something new about the many flavors of Hispanic and Latinx Heritage! (NPS Video).

Headlines and Highlights

Solar panels with dirt in the foreground and mountains in the background.

Biden-Harris Administration announces full operation of California solar project that will power more than 145,000 homes

The Department of the Interior today announced that the Blythe Solar Power Project – a four-unit, 485-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic facility and 387 MW battery energy storage system in Riverside County, California – is now fully operational. The project, which will produce enough energy to power approximately 145,500 homes, represents another major step forward in the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to lower costs for families and create a clean energy, carbon-free future. (BLM Press Release)

Sand to Snow National monument.

The SoCal Explorer starts today!

The Agents of Discovery app lets users explore BLM California public lands right from their own backyard! Learn about the Sand to Snow National Monument and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument by taking part in a "mission"! (BLM CA Facebook)

Water fowls in a lake.

Weekend plans? We’ve got you covered!

On Saturday, September 24, admission is free across America’s public lands in honor of National Public Lands Day! We hope to see you this weekend to #volunteer on #YourPublicLands. Find an event near you. (BLM Facebook)

Panamint Valley Burros.

Climate change reducing water, increasing rescue of wild horses and burros

On the edge of the City of Ridgecrest sits the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Holding and Adoption Facility, where you’re never far from the clip-clopping of hoofs and a whinny in the distance. (


Fire and Fuels Management

Wildland firefighters stand in a line looking towards hills and a plane dropping retardant on a fire.

Interior Department invests over $7.5 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance wildfire resilience in California

Today the Department of the Interior announced that it has invested over $7.5 million in fiscal year 2022 funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance wildfire resilience work and support fuels management projects in California on 9,969 acres of land across the state. This is part of $103 million allocated by the Department earlier this year to reduce wildfire risk, mitigate impacts and rehabilitate burned areas. (DOI Press Release)

Cloverdale trail sign standing on grass with tall trees and a paved road in the background.

BLM hazardous fuels work at Cloverdale Trails temporarily limits access

The Bureau of Land Management will increase public safety, wildfire resilience and landscape health by conducting hazardous fuels work on sections of the Cloverdale Trails recreational site, from Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Nov. 2022. Public access will be temporarily restricted during this time.  (BLM CA Press Release)

A fire tornado.

10 tips to prevent wildfires

As we leave the summer behind, it’s a good reminder that wildfire season is something we battle all year long. Help protect your community with these helpful tips: (DOI 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

Finish this statement: The size of a cat, a barn owl weighs about ________.

A barn owl stands in rock crevasse looking out.


A. The same as two blocks of butter

B. The same as a loaf of bread

C. 32 ounces

D. One pound


Scroll down for answer!


Photo: Sterling White, BLM


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:

Forestry Technician (Fire Helicopter Crew Supervisor) - GS 9, Permanent

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


DOI & BLM National News

Headshots of Deb Haaland and Tracy Stone-Manning, placed on a field of flowers with graphic text of their names.

Celebrating Public Lands Day

Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland sat down with Director Tracy Stone-Manning to talk about National Public Lands Day and the amazing opportunities that the Bureau of Land Management provides for families and communities to enjoy nature not just on National Public Lands Day, but every day. (Instagram: @SecDebHaaland)

A female duck with five ducklings swim.

Interior Department Announces Nearly $105 Million in Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges

Interior today announced that more than $31 million in grants has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which will conserve or restore 116,305 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 18 states. (DOI Press Release)

Retired U.S. Navy Captain H. Thomas Workman.

Retired U.S. Navy Captain H. Thomas Workman named Director of BLM National Operations Center

Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning announced today that H. Thomas Workman has been selected as the director of the National Operations Center in Lakewood, Colorado. (BLM News Release)

Text graphic stating "Powering the Future, Blythe Solar Project Now Fully Operational" overlay on solar panel photo with a cloudy sky.

This Week at Interior - September 23

Secretary Haaland visits the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park; more than $36 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will go toward woodland fire prevention, mitigation and restoration in eight states; Interior announces over $90 million in federal and matching funds to conserve and restore the nation's wetlands; the Blythe Solar Power Project is now fully operational in California; Interior celebrates National Public Lands Day by waiving admission fees; and if it's not one thing it's an otter in our social media Picture of the Week! (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

Wildflowers on at Carrizo plains.

Join us this Saturday for a National Public Lands Day cleanup project at Carrizo Plains National Monument!

We'll be doing trail maintenance, tree trimming, invasive vegetation removal, fence repair and general cleanup in and around the education center. Meet at the Goodwin Education Center at 9:30 am, we hope to finish by 2 pm. Please RSVP. (BLM CA Facebook)

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

If you selected B or D - you are correct! 

A barn owl in flight.

Despite their size, a barn owl weighs about one pound or the same as the weight of a loaf of bread. 

Barn owls can be found throughout BLM California public lands, requiring large areas of open land over which to hunt. This can either be marsh, grasslands, or mixed agricultural fields. For nesting and roosting, they prefer quiet cavities, either in trees or man-made structures such as barns or silos.