BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1023

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A coastal hill with blue flowers.

King Range National Conservation Area, Arcata Field Office

ISSUE 1023 - October 28, 2022

Find Your Next Adventure

A starry night sky.

Stargazing at its finest

Did you know the Amboy Crater is a cinder cone volcano? We're now entering the best time of year to visit - DO NOT hike it in the summer! It has some of the best wildflower displays in the Mojave Desert when conditions are right and it's 1.5 miles from the parking lot to the top, yes you can summit a volcano! Perfect for stargazing! (NRT Website)

A duck in a marsh.

Birding at Cosumnes River Preserve

Birdwatching is a must at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Please stay on the designated trails while viewing the birds! When we scare birds and make them fly, they expend energy that they could otherwise use for migration and breeding. The more you scare, the fewer there will be next year. (Cosumnes RP Twitter)

Two elephant seals in the ocean.

Young elephant seals arriving daily at Piedras Blancas

Elephant seals are arriving daily on the beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery north of San Simeon for the fall haul-out. The seals are young but not yet breeding age. They’ll continue arriving through October, so plan a visit soon! (SLO Tribune)

International Bat Week

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Bats: A critical part of our ecosystem

They’ve been called creepy, scary and spooky, but bats are an important species that impact our daily lives in ways we might not even realize. From pollinating our favorite fruits to eating pesky insects and inspiring medical marvels, bats are heroes of the night! Here's 13 awesome facts about bats.

A bat house is mounted on top of a wood pole and sits in front of large oak trees.

Bat conservation starts at home

Mounting a bat house on your property is the perfect way to help bats who are in need of a safe place to live while protecting your yard from pesky night-flying insects. (BLM CA Facebook)

Question of the Week

How fast can a bat fly?

A sky filled with flying bats.

A. Over 10 miles per hour

B. Over 20 miles per hour

C. Over 50 miles per hour

D. Over 100 miles per hour

Headlines and Highlights

A gravel parking lot on a hill.

Seeking input on public access at Cotoni-Coast Dairies

The BLM is seeking public input on a proposal for a parking area and northern trailhead at the Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County. Interested parties may submit written comments during the 30-day public input period ending on Nov. 28. (BLM CA News Release)

View of tunnel entrance with dirt trail leading to it, fall foliage on trees on either side.

Temporary closure on part of Bizz Johnson Trail

The Bureau of Land Management will temporarily close a two-mile section of the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail to protect public safety while crews remove trees that were damaged in the Hog Fire of 2020. The access restriction is expected to begin Monday, October 31, and will continue until November 26. (BLM CA News Release)


Trinity River, National Wild & Scenic River Sign in front of shrubs and trees

Trinity River trash cleanup

More than 900 pounds of trash, metal, and recycling along the roads and river accesses were removed over the weekend at the Fall 2022 Trinity River Cleanup! (Trinity County Resource Conservation District Facebook)

A man holding a fish.

365-day fishing licenses now available

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will begin selling 365-day fishing licenses far sooner than expected. Beginning November 15, California anglers will be able to purchase a 2023 fishing license that will take effect on January 1, 2023, and last the entire year. (CDFW News)

Fire and Fuels Management

Wildland Fire Hiring Event

Attend one of our hiring events this November 5-6 in Redding, or November 19-20 in Northridge, California.

Know someone looking for a career in wildland fire? We are having two hiring events 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!

A BLM fire engine.

Looking for the perfect fire job with the Bureau of Land Management? Is your resume ready but you need to know how to get started? Federal agencies advertise fire positions on USAJOBS; watch these videos to learn how to navigate the website.

A campfire in a rock ring.

Recreate Responsibly to prevent wildfires 

Although we have had some cooler weather and precipitation in parts of the state, stay vigilant and #RecreateResponsibly to prevent wildfires!

Learn more by watching this video from the BLM Fire program!

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.

Careers on Your Public Lands

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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: Administrative Officer, GS-11, Permanent

Location: Arcata, CA
Pay: $66,214 - $86,074 per year
Position closes November 9th - Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

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Interior Department Welcomes New Biden-Harris Administration Appointees

The Department of the Interior announced new Biden-Harris administration appointees who will work to fulfill the agency’s mission to steward America’s public lands and waters, pursue environmental justice and honor nation-to-nation relationships with Tribes. (DOI News Release)

A helicopter in the sky.

Secretary Haaland visits Chicago, paying tribute to the lives of Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley; Interior announces more than $300 million in investments to create good-paying union jobs and advance economic opportunity by reclaiming abandoned mine lands. (DOI YouTube)

Upcoming Events

People walking dogs on a trail.

Happy Tails Dog Adventure - Nov 2

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

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered D, you are correct!

 A Mexican free-tailed bat smiles for the camera while lying on a grey rock.

Bats may be small, but they’re fast little creatures. How fast a bat flies depends on the species, but they can reach speeds over 100 miles per hour according to new research. The fastest bat in the world can be found on your BLM-managed public lands in southeastern California. The Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) is not only the fastest bat, but also the fastest mammal! While the cheetah is famous for its speed, sprinting at speeds up to 75 mph, the Mexican Free-tailed Bat has been recorded flying in short bursts at speeds up to 100 mph!

Source: BATCON

Photo: Ann Froschaur, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service