BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1024

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Oak trees in a wet, green valley near a stream.

Indian Valley Management Area, Blue Oak Campground, Ukiah Field Office

ISSUE 1024 - November 4, 2022

Your Public Lands

Several people stand in front of the "Cove Trailhead" sign, mountains in the background. Each person has their dog on a leash.

Happy tails on the trails again

Once again, there were some happy tails on the trails for an outdoor lesson on pet trail etiquette and safety practices. Dog owners explored the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monuments, getting some great exercise! (BLM CA Facebook)

A large pile of old tires sits in front of two shipping containers and a large garage, mountains in the background.

Tire Amnesty Week benefits public lands

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Tire Amnesty Week in Nevada County! Over 6,000 tires were collected for recycling, keeping them out of our public lands or elsewhere they don't belong. With our partners at Waste Management, Tahoe National Forest and County of Nevada this annual event has collected over 64,000 tires since 2013. (BLM CA Facebook)

People with flashlights on a hike at night.

Night hikes with bats

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center celebrated Bat Week with special events and an evening bat walk! BLM biologists educated the public on bat species and native plant options for landscaping to promote bat habitats. (BLM CA Facebook)

A Bureau of Land Management sign that reads, "Reading Island Recreation Area" sits on green grass with trees in the background.

National Family Literacy Day

From outdoor ethics and the BLM library's digitized collection, to kids embarking on a Junior Ranger mission through a free educational and interactive app - BLM California offers diverse and interesting reads before, during and after visiting your public lands! Enjoy reading a favorite book outdoors, including at BLM's Reading Island Recreation Area! (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

A Bureau of Land Management site sign reads, "Steel Bridge Campground" sits on a grass slope with trees surrounding it.

The BLM Trinity River campgrounds to close for winter

The BLM is reducing services at Trinity River campgrounds in preparation for a winter closure later this month. The Steel Bridge and Junction City campgrounds will remain open into late November, weather permitting, however services at the Junction City campgrounds have been reduced and no water is being provided. The Douglas City Campground is now closed for the season. (BLM CA News Release)

A small cabin with its windows boarded up sits in front of a hill and is surrounded by oaks.

Great American Outdoors Act at work to restore an important part of local history

Thanks to the #GreatAmericanOutdoorsAct, the BLM has begun the process of restoring the historic Walker Cabin. The Walker Cabin was originally built in 1866 in Keysville, California in association with gold mining activity that brought an influx of miners to the Kern River Valley as part of the California Gold Rush. (BLM CA Facebook)

A dozen people stand around and sit in front of the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area sign, situated in front of a large boulder with brown hills.

Alabama Hills National Scenic Area dispersed camping improvements

Twelve volunteers joined forces with personnel from ESIA, BLM and USFS to restore and enhance 20 dispersed camping sites throughout the Alabama Hills National Scenic area in California. Each of these sites were furnished with a fire ring, while existing fire rings were cleared of ash buildup and refurbished for use when campfires are allowed. (Tread Lightly Impact Report)

Graphic of a TV with a big red X across it and text, "A TV is not a target".

Recreate Responsibly when target shooting 

A TV is not a target. If you’re target shooting on public lands, only use targets you bring with you, and take your targets home when you leave. It’s prohibited to shoot glass objects, electronic waste, and items that may contain hazardous materials. (BLM Arizona Twitter) Read more at BLM's California hunting, fishing and recreational shooting webpage

Fire and Fuels Management

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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!

Fireworks are not allowed on BLM-managed public lands.

A camp site with table and fire ring sit on a high desert valley floor with tall mountains in the background.

BLM Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest lift seasonal fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office, in coordination with the Inyo National Forest, lifted fire restrictions under their jurisdiction effective Monday, October 31. (BLM CA News Release)

A wildland firefighter is working a small pile fire with low flames and smoke in front of him and green brush and grass around him.

The BLM seeks public input on Butte County fuels reduction projects

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on proposals to use prescribed fire and mechanized equipment to reduce hazardous vegetation and improve wildfire resilience on 170 acres of BLM-managed public lands in Butte County. Deadline for comments is December 1, 2022. (BLM CA News Release)

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Prevent wildfires this hunting season

Just a few #WildfireSafety tips to think about this hunting season. Respecting others and #publiclands this fall helps to keep your favorite ‘hunting spots’ around for many years! #RecreateResponsibly (BLM Fire Twitter)

Careers on Your Public Lands

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Join us this weekend to apply for one of over two-hundred wildland fire positions available!


Saturday, Nov. 5th & Sunday, Nov. 6th

9 am to 4 pm

Red Lion Hotel
1830 Hilltop Drive
Redding, CA 

Bring two forms of government ID, your resume, any training documentation, military DD214, or other applicable documents.

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!

If you can't make the Redding event this weekend, we will be holding another hiring event in two weeks in Northridge, CA.


Question of the Week

How long does the bald eagle live?

A large bald eagle in flight across a blue sky, wings spread.

A. 3 to 5 years 

B. 5 to 7 years

C. 10 to 15 years

D. 20 to 30 years

DOI & BLM National News

Two Native American women holding a photo in a forest.

Happy Native American Heritage Month!

At Interior, we’re working to revitalize Indigenous connections and join in celebrating the traditions, languages and stories of Native communities every day to ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each generation. (DOI Facebook)

A large cut is made in the landscape, a v shape that allows views of mountains lined with trees in the background.

Interior Department announces $122.5 million for Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Grants

The DOI announced that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is making $122.5 million in fiscal year 2022 funding for Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) grants available to eligible states and Tribes. These funds will support local investment opportunities that create good-paying union jobs and provide for the sustainable long-term rehabilitation of abandoned mine lands. (DOI News Release)

Secretary Haaland stands with a mic in her hand and a purple dance shawl on while others stand in the background in traditional regalia looking on.

This week marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month; the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law helps support a $45 million investment in Tribal communities to address the impacts of climate change; more than $122 million is now available to eligible states and Tribes to address legacy pollution on abandoned mine lands; the Bureau of Land Management does its part to get all Americans access to fast internet service. (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered D, you are correct! Typically in the wild they live between 20 to 30 years. 

Three Bald Eagles spread their wings with one hovering just off the ground .

Hundreds of migratory bald eagles from nesting areas in northwestern states and provinces spend the winter in California and can be seen on your BLM California managed public lands, arriving during fall and early winter. These wintering birds may remain until February or March, or even into April. In late winter, some adult bald eagles in California have already started nesting, while other eagles have not yet returned to their more nesting territories north or northeast. Some of the adults that winter here have been tracked to their nesting territories in north-central Canada 2,000 miles away.

Source: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Photo: USGS, Estelle Shuttleworth