BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1026

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Corn springs Campground

Corn springs Campground, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office

ISSUE 1025 - November 18, 2022

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Headlines and Highlights

Goodwin Education Center at Carrizo Plain National Monument

Goodwin Education Center reopens to the public at Carrizo Plain National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management will host an open house to celebrate the reopening of the Guy L. Goodwin Education Center on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The open house begins at 10:30 a.m. and the special ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Tours of Painted Rock will be offered following the ceremony, and festivities will conclude at 2 p.m. (BLM CA News Release)

A vast desert landscape filled with off-highway vehicles and people.

The BLM plans public safety measures for 2023 King of the Hammers race

The Bureau of Land Management will implement a temporary closure of public lands from Feb. 2 – Feb. 12, 2023, in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area during the annual 2023 King of the Hammers desert race event. The temporary closure is necessary to facilitate public safety and provide an enhanced recreation experience for event participants and spectators. (BLM CA News Release)

A dirt road in the desert with a parallel transmission line.

BLM invites public input on proposed transmission line improvements in southern California

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input and holding virtual public scoping meetings on the Ivanpah-Control transmission line project, a proposal to upgrade existing transmission lines in portions of Inyo, Kern, and San Bernardino counties. (BLM CA News Release)

Black Phoeb bird.

Do you know this dapper flycatcher?

The Black Phoebe is a dapper flycatcher of the western U.S. with a sooty black body and crisp white belly. You can often find them perched in low places scanning for insects while making a ton of shrill chirps. While you are out exploring the Cosumnes River Preserve keep an eye out for these little birds. (BLM CA CRP Facebook)


Mojave Desert Tortious.

Avantus partners with state and federal agencies to protect 215,000 acres of critical California habitat and wildlife

Avantus announces the Onyx Conservation Project in partnership with  BLM California, California DFW & USFWS to balance clean energy development & habitat conservation to protect habitat for endangered Mojave Desert species. (BLM CA Twitter)

Trinity River

BLM Trinity River campgrounds closing soon for the winter

With winter weather setting in, it's time for our seasonal closures of our Junction City and Steel Bridge campgrounds on Thursday, Dec 1. Campers will have until 11 a.m. to check out on that day. We look forward to reopening these Trinity River campgrounds in the spring! (BLM CA Facebook)

Lower Clear Creek near Redding, Calif.

The BLM welcomes public input on proposal to restore former target shooting area

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to restore an unused target shooting area along Clear Creek Road near Redding. (BLM CA News Release)

Mining pit.

The BLM welcomes public comments on proposed mineral exploration project in Imperial County

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on mineral exploration for gold within the Picacho Area of Critical Environmental Concern at the Oro Cruz Pit Area, in the Cargo Muchacho Mountains, Imperial County. The Project would result in minor surface disturbance and measures would be taken to prevent unnecessary or undue degradation during project operations. (BLM CA News Release)

Fire and Fuels Management

Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

The BLM lifts seasonal fire and target shooting restrictions in California Desert District

The California Desert District has lifted seasonal fire restrictions, effective immediately, to allow campfires and target shooting on BLM-managed public lands in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, southern Inyo, eastern Mono, San Diego, and eastern Kern counties. (BLM CA News Release)

A fire fighter burning a pile of brush.

The BLM plans pile burning near Chimney Peak Extensive Resource Management Area

The Bakersfield Field Office plans to conduct pile burning operations of up to 250 piles of downed hazard trees, branches and understory brush in the Chimney Peak Extensive Recreation Management Area south of Kennedy Meadows in Tulare County. Pile burning operations will be focused near the Chimney Peak Fire Station, Chimney Creek Campground, and Long Valley Campground today through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (BLM CA News Release)

Canebrake Road/Chimney Creek Road bordering on Owens Peak Wilderness and Domeland Wilderness

The BLM Bakersfield Field Office lifts fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office is lifting fire restrictions today for approximately 650,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Tulare counties due to reduced wildland fire conditions. (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

Roadrunners X shaped feet are called zygodactyl. Other birds that have this foot shape include: 

A roadrunner

a) Hummingbirds and songbirds

b) Owls and woodpeckers

c) Vultures and condors

d) Perplexing Scrubwren


Photo: Tracy Albrecht, BLM

DOI & BLM National News

An informational panel.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than $109 Million to Create Good-Paying Union Jobs, Catalyze Economic Revitalization

The administration today announced $109.48 million to catalyze economic opportunity by reclaiming abandoned mine lands in Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and New Mexico. (DOI News Release)

virgin islands

Secretary Haaland Visit Highlights Climate Resilience Investments in US Territories

Secretary Haaland and Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Cantor visited the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to highlight the Department's efforts to bolster climate resilience in the U.S. territories. (DOI News Release)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered b, you are correct! Owls and woodpeckers, as well as roadrunners, have zygodactyl feet!

Close up of a roadrunner.

The roadrunner is famous for many reasons, including its speed and its clever behavior. Two toes point forward and two toes are backward, forming a track on desert sandy trails that resemble an X. Another clever thing - It’s hard to tell which direction a roadrunner is traveling based on its footprint.


Source: Tracy Albrecht, BLM

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service