BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1020

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Turtle Mountains Wilderness

Turtle Mountains Wilderness, Needles Field Office

ISSUE 1020 - October 7, 2022

Teachers, Trails, and Tails

Carine Schlesinger standing by the ocean.

Teachers on public lands

Bureau of Land Management California was happy to host teacher Carine Schlesinger at the Cosumnes River Preserve for the Teachers on the Public Lands program. While assigned there she developed a traveling trunk show for other teachers, providing lesson plans about the Preserve. (BLM CA Facebook)

Ranger Tammy stands with two children at a booth.

A lesson on Safe Passages

At the Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day event in Monterey County last weekend, Ranger Tammy from the Fort Ord National Monument gave children a lesson on Safe Passages, a trail etiquette and safety initiative, and had a fun coloring activity to keep them engaged! (BLM CA Facebook)

A man pets a dog on a leash in creek.

Ruff! Some happy pups hit the trails in SoCal

The Happy Tails program acquainted dog owners with trail safety practices while introducing them to the Sand to Snow National Monument. Participants met up at The Wildlands Conservancy’s Whitewater Preserve, where they went for a hike exploring California and learning about trial ethics when bringing your pets. (BLM Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

A river flowing through the foothills.

Join the Northern CA Resource Advisory Council!

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for the Northern California Resource Advisory Council to help improve public land management nationwide. These citizen-based committees assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues. (BLM CA News Release)

Landscape view of granite ridged mountains, a road runs through the foreground with a sign that says, "Welcome to the Alabama Hills."

The BLM Alabama Hills National Scenic Area now offers an improved camping experience for public land users

The BLM and its partners have completed improvements to the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. Signs have been installed to clearly mark 50 designated campsites and day-use-only areas throughout the Hills. Enhancements to this special place will help improve public access and create a more enjoyable recreation experience, while maintaining incredible views and preserving this remarkable landscape. (BLM CA News Release)

A dam with water flowing through the runoffs.

Higher flows near the Kerckhoff Dam

The San Joaquin River Gorge Recreation Area may still be enjoyed; however, please be safe and avoid entering the river channel to the high water mark. PG&E will be performing annual maintenance at the Kerckhoff Dam through October 30th and changes in flows can be dangerous. (BLM CA Twitter)

Salmon swimming underwater.

BLM and partners complete salmon habitat restoration

The lower Mattole River and estuary had become a barren channel, leaving habitats sparse and unfavorable for wildlife, including salmon and steelhead. Teams recently completed a decade-long effort to restore three miles of habitat. Read more on our blog.

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!

BLM Fire is hosting a nationwide hiring webinar to educate prospective applicants about wildland fire careers and how you can get started today. Join us via Teams Live on Tuesday, 10/18 from 10-11:30pm PST

A lone firefighter uses a drip torch to put fire on the ground in a grassy field with oak trees for a low burning prescribed fire with smoke rising.

The BLM plans prescribed fire in Sacramento River Bend area

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are planning a prescribed fire for Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Sacramento River Bend Area north of Red Bluff in Tehama County. Burning will take place only if weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning. (BLM CA News Release)

A trail leading through a wooded meadow.

Fire restrictions lifted in NW California

The Bureau of Land Management has eased some fire restrictions on public lands managed by its Arcata and Redding field offices in Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity, Shasta, Butte, Tehama and Siskiyou counties. (BLM CA News Release)

A prescribed fire burns underneath trees.

Prescribed fire continues near Eagle Lake

Together with our partners at CAL FIRE and Lassen National Forest, Bureau of Land Management fire and fuels crews from the Eagle Lake Field Office were able to successfully complete 35 acres of prescribed fire to improve habitat and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. (BLM Facebook)

Spark Safety, not wildfires. Don't park on dry grass.

Fire danger persists - Spark safety

As we head into the weekend, please remember to park in areas that are clear of grass and brush. Average temperatures from an exhaust system can reach between 900 - 1600 degrees, depending on how long you have been driving. We're not out of the woods yet when it comes to wildfire potential. (BLM Fire Twitter)

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!

Fire information dashboard

Know before you go

BLM California fire restrictions or temporary public land closures are used to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect the public. View all current fire restrictions and fire orders on our interactive maps or the BLM Fire Restriction webpage.

Fireworks are not allowed on BLM-managed public lands.

Question of the Week

Rattle snakes find their prey in the dark by________.

Rattlesnake ready to strike.
  1. Using their extremely long tongue and probing.
  2. By emitting sound and using echolocation to target them.
  3. By triangulating their prey’s position using their heat sensing organs.



Photo by Russ Namitz, BLM

Scroll down for answer!


Careers on Your Public Lands

A park ranger holing a fence post.

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: Park Ranger (Career Seasonal), GS-7, Permanent

Location: Ukiah, CA
Pay: $44,740 - $58,158 per year
Position closes October 21st - Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

An air tanker dropping water on a fire.

Interior invests $180 million through the BIL in 2022 for wildfire mitigation and resilience

As climate change increases the threat of wildfires, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding will accelerate efforts to address wildfires. These additional investments in the Department of Interior's wildland fire management will continue through 2026 and total $1.5 billion. (DOI News Release)


An oil platform in the ocean.

Interior Department moves forward with leasing provisions mandated in Inflation Reduction Act

The Department of the Interior today announced next steps that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Land Management will take to comply with congressional direction on oil and gas leasing through the Inflation Reduction Act. (DOI News release)

Three officers look at a map on the hood of a truck.

Interior bureaus and personnel are part of the federal response to Hurricane Ian; Interior announces a series of new policies to advance transparent, accountable and effective policing practices; Interior releases its Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan Progress Report. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

Hills Happening October 19.

Hills Happenings - Oct 19

At this virtual event you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and hear updates as the BLM and its partners implement the Alabama Hills Management Plan to preserve this phenomenal landscape and improve the recreational experience through changes to camping. We will also share ways you can help take care of the Alabama Hills. (Facebook)

The Pacific Crest Trail.

Hike at Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument - Oct 24

Come out to celebrate the Monument’s 22nd anniversary with a special hike at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Join us as we check out the spectacular Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and learn about some of the epic resources unique to the Monument! (Facebook)

Question of the Week Answer

A rattle snake eating a rat.

If you answered C, you are correct! 

Rattle snakes are part of the group of snakes called pit vipers. They have special heat sensing organs that allow them to "see" their prey in the dark - up to 2 feet away in complete darkness! Also, these two heat sensing pits are positioned in slightly different locations on the left and right side of the face so they can triangulate the exact location of their prey.