BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1019

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A person riding a bike on a trail next to a river with yellow flowers lining it.

Sacramento River Bend Area, Redding Field Office

ISSUE 1019 - September 30, 2022

Fall Into Your Public Lands

Sandhill cranes.

Happy Fall from Cosumnes River Preserve

Did you know that the Sandhill cranes have started arriving in small numbers? We encourage you to enjoy the birds, but please do so from a distance by staying on the designated trails and off of the preserve's levees and roads! (BLM Website)

A lighthouse on the coast.

Visit the historic Trinidad Light Station

Autumn, the perfect time to enjoy your BLM California public lands at Trinidad’s “lovely, lonely coast.” The first Saturday of each month, the Trinidad Head Lighthouse is open to visitors, plan your visit today! (BLM Website)

Black Sands beach at the King Range.

Planning a visit to the King Range this fall?

Starting October 1, hikers will be able to obtain a permit for the Lost Coast Trail online through or download the app today!

For more about the Lost Coast Trail, visit our website.

Sunset over a mountain range.

The beauty of California's Carrizo Plain National Monument

Only a few hours from Los Angeles, the Carrizo Plain offers visitors a rare chance to be alone with nature. Some visitors say you can "hear the silence." The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species including several listed as threatened or endangered and is an area culturally important to Native Americans. (BLM Instagram)

Headlines and Highlights

People standing next to a sign that reads Sand to Snow National Monument

We 💚 our volunteers!

This year's National Public Lands Day was a huge success! Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that worked together to help make your BLM public lands better for all to enjoy. If you missed this year's event, don't worry - there are a few events in October that we'll be announcing soon!(BLM Facebook)

Several people hike along a trail encroached on by large ferns and old-growth redwoods.

BLM offers guided hikes at Headwaters Forest Reserve

The Bureau of Land Management is offering guided public hikes every Sunday in the southern portion of the Headwaters Forest Reserve during October. Come enjoy a fall hike through the old-growth redwood forest on the Salmon Pass trail joined by a docent from the BLM’s partner group, Friends of Headwaters. (BLM CA News Release)

A scorpion with babies on its back.

New species discovered at Carrizo Plain

Two new species of playa scorpions were recently found in the dry, isolated grassland of California - and a couple of teenagers are behind the groundbreaking discovery. Read more at SFGATE.

Two desert tortoise's walking in dirt.

Fourth annual Desert Tortoise Week

Desert Tortoise Week starts October 1. Experience educational events and conservation activities throughout range of threatened Mojave desert tortoise. Check out the news release from our friends at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see how you can get involved! 

Fire and Fuels Management

Wildland Fire Hiring Event

Know someone looking for a career in wildland fire? We are having two hiring events in November where hiring officials will be available to answer questions, review resumes, and help applicants navigate the application process. Job offers may be made on-the-spot! Learn more on our website!

An American flag next to a park sign.

BLM lifts fire restrictions on public lands in NE California, NW Nevada.

Rescinded fire restrictions apply to lands managed by Applegate and Eagle Lake field offices in Lassen, Modoc and Plumas; parts of Shasta, Siskiyou, Washoe and Humboldt counties. (BLM CA News Release)

A bird poking his head out of a hole in a tree.

Birds & Burns: Research about
fire effects to birds

A new RMRS study confirmed that prescribed fires limited wildfire burn severity, but the reduction in burn severity didn’t change patterns of bird responses to wildfire. Results suggest managers can employ prescribed fire to reduce fire severity without necessarily altering the ecological importance of wildfire to birds. (USDA Forest Service)

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:  _________ is the chemical in leaves that breaks down, resulting in the fall color changes, appearing yellow and orange.

Trees showing their fall colors.

A. Autumnalpropanoids

B. Polyketides

C. Chlorophyll

D. Phosphorfallides




Scroll down for answer!


Photo: Bob Wick, 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 October 6th - Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

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

Secretary Haaland op-ed on the removal of Sq___ from public lands

In a new op-ed for the Washington Post, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland discusses the removal of a hateful and derogatory term for Indigenous women from nearly 650 federal land units. (DOI News Release

Three men walk next to a mud damaged road.

BLM assists Hurricane recovery efforts

Bureau of Land Management law enforcement, in coordination with partner agencies, proudly supported hurricane preparation and recovery efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico. Our team, including 25 representatives from across the country, helped with site/security evaluation, search and rescue and peacekeeping. (BLM Facebook)


Secretary Deb Haaland at a podium.

Interior leaders visit public lands across America to celebrate National Public Lands Day and President Biden’s America the Beautiful initiative; Interior’s first-ever Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee holds its kick-off meeting; a new report details the strategic actions necessary to reduce the nation’s risk from landslide hazards. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

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

A barn owl in flight.

If you answered C, you are correct! The answer is chlorophyll.

Forests become a veritable garden in the fall, presenting a riot of color on public lands and near our homes.

But what exactly is going on in those leaves? How – and why – do leaves change color, and why is there so much variety? It boils down to chemistry.

Pigments are the chemicals in leaves that produce the colors we see. Some of these pigments, like chlorophylls that appear green, and carotenoids that appear yellow, are a natural component of healthy leaves during the growing season. Chlorophyll is instrumental in photosynthesis, the process by which energy from sunlight combines with water and carbon dioxide to make sugars that fuel plant growth and protection. During the summer months, when the tree is growing, chlorophyll is continually replaced but it begins to break down over time.

Source: USDA Forest Service