BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1025

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Veterans Day Honoring Those Who Served.

ISSUE 1025 - November 10, 2022

Honoring Our Veterans

An image of an access pass for military veterans.

New lifetime public lands pass available for Veterans and Gold Star Families

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can now obtain a free lifetime pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. (DOI News)

A group of firefighters sitting on a hillside with cacti.

Meet Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew 

Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew, was established in 2012 and based out of Placerville, CA. This hand crew is comprised of military Veterans teamed up with seasoned wildland firefighters. The crew’s diverse background allows them to assist other firefighting personnel including hotshots and smokejumpers. (BLM CA Facebook)

Firefighters lined up in a circle in a forest for a briefing.

One in four BLM firefighters are Veterans

This Veterans Day, we recognize and honor the Veterans who comprise a significant share of our workforce. These women and men have sacrificed much to preserve our freedom, security and prosperity, and to help keep the peace. Thank you for your service. (BLM Fire Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

A sign for South Yuba Recreation Area,

BLM welcomes input on amenity fees at South Yuba Campground

The Mother Lode Field Office is seeking input on a draft business plan to expand amenity fees for recreation and services at the South Yuba Campground in Nevada County. Public comments are welcome through Dec. 10 and will be used to shape the final plan. (BLM CA News Release)

Four people working on repairing a fence.

Boy scouts lend a hand at Mojave Trails

Last month, the Bureau of Land Management and the Boy Scouts of America came together for a National Public Lands Day event to camp, hike, and participate in a fencing and restoration project in the Sheephole Valley Wilderness and Mojave Trails National Monument. Thanks for your service on public lands! (BLM CA Facebook)

A condor in a large cage.

Two more California condors set to fly free

If all goes as planned, two more California condors will be taking a first flight into the wild, bringing to eight the number of the endangered birds now flying free over the North Coast as part of a Yurok Tribe-led effort to bring back the bird they know as prey-go-neesh to its former territory. (North Coast Journal)

A picnic table with a shade structure above it in a gravel parking lot.

New shade structure completed at Fort Sage

Fort Sage OHV Area has a new shade area at the Widowmaker Trailhead thanks to CA State Parks OHV grant funding! This trail has an awesome hill climb experience - use caution as riders go both up and down the trail. Don't start an illegal hill climb, it takes years to repair the damage. (BLM CA Facebook)

Fire and Fuels Management

A large oak tree with low fire on the ground beneath.

Prescribed burns planned in Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou and Butte counties

The Redding Field Office is planning prescribed fire projects for the fall and winter months on public lands in Shasta, Butte, Siskiyou and Trinity counties. Crews will ignite only when weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful burning. (BLM CA News Release)

A sign that reads Swasey Recreation Area.

Hazard reduction work at Swasey begins

The BLM is beginning work to remove dead trees and brush this fall and winter in the Swasey Recreation Area to improve public safety and fire resiliency. Mountain bikers and hikers may find some trail access restrictions as crews work in the area. (BLM CA News Release)

Piles of wood in a forest.

BLM to oversee prescribed fire in the ‘Inimim Forest

Prescribed fire operations in the ‘Inimim Forest in Nevada County are scheduled to start this week and continue periodically throughout the spring. Timing will depend on weather conditions, air quality, resource availability and onsite observations. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire restriction dashboard with a map.

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.

Sunrise over rolling hills.

Additional fire restrictions lifted due to reduced fire danger

Ukiah Field Office eases fire restrictions

Central Coast Field Office lifts fire restrictions

Mother Lode Field Office eases seasonal fire restrictions

Careers on Your Public Lands

A gold coin that reads Best for Vets Employers 2022 Military Times

Join us at our next

wildland fire hiring event

in Northridge, CA on November 19-20

DOI was included in the 2022 Best For Vets Employers list!

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!

Question of the Week

How many quills does a porcupine have?

A porcupine on the ground.

A. 1,500

B. 3,000

C. 10,000

D. 30,000





Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Zoo

DOI & BLM National News

A river flowing over rocks.

Biden-Harris Administration joins National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, private partners to announce $91 million in America the Beautiful Challenge grants

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support broad range of conservation efforts
across the nation. (DOI News Release)

An oil derek at sunset.

BLM Requests Public Input on Revised Greenhouse Gas Leasing Analysis

To ensure consistency in responding to court challenges to greenhouse gas emissions analysis in its leasing program, the Bureau of Land Management has released an updated environmental assessment for public comment. (BLM News Release)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered D, you are correct! 30,000 quills!

A porcupine in a tree.

The porcupine's most famous feature—the quill—is hollow, 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 centimeters) in length, and lightly attached to the porcupine's skin. Porcupines are covered in about 30,000 quills.

Quills are not thrown or shot, as popularly believed. Because quills are so lightly attached, they come off easily when a predator encounters them. When the quills enter the skin of a predator, they work their way further into the skin at a rate of 1 mm an hour. Porcupines are more likely to flee predators, but if cornered, it will erect its quills, turn its back to the attacker and lash its barbed tail.

Source: Smithsonian National Zoo

Photo by Kennith King, USFWS