BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1032

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Rangeland and mountains covered in snow

Bald Mountain, Eagle Lake Field Office

ISSUE 1032 - January 20, 2023

Expanding Your Public Lands

Creek running through rangeland

BLM acquires lands for habitat conservation, recreation opportunities through LWCF

The Bureau of Land Management has acquired over 800 acres of land in five areas of northern California and northwest Nevada to improve opportunities for wildlife habitat conservation and public access for recreation. These acquisitions were funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund and state grants. (BLM News Release)

Meadow with green pastures

Eagle Lake Field Office acquires Biscar, Reynolds and Swasey parcels

Learn more about these areas and what they have to offer, such as enhanced OHV opportunities, expanded mountain biking, hiking trails, and important habitats for wildlife. (BLM CA YouTube)

View of rangeland and mountains

BLM expands public lands to enjoy in Lassen and Washoe Counties

We are fortunate to expand public access to such beautiful lands, including these parcels at Upper Smoke Creek in northeast California and Divine Springs in northwest Nevada. Learn more (BLM CA YouTube)

Headlines and Highlights

Rolling hills with wildflowers

Carrizo Plains National Monument turns 22!

Happy Anniversary to the beautiful Carrizo Plains National Monument! This National Monument is one of the best-kept secrets in California. The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species and is an area culturally important to Native Americans. (BLM CA Webpage)

River with raft boats to the side with mountains in the distance

Wild and Scenic Rivers anniversary

Happy 42nd Anniversary to the Eel, Klamath and Trinity Wild and Scenic Rivers. In addition to protecting and enhancing free-flow, water quality, and outstandingly remarkable values, wild and scenic rivers help protect biodiversity and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. (BLM CA Webpage)

Hiker overlooking a mountain on a trail

Recreating responsibly this winter

Winter recreation like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding can be a great way to explore your public lands. Before you go, it is important to check that the area is open. Have the proper safety gear for your winter adventures, which may include extra layers, and an avalanche beacon depending on the nature of your trip. (

Fire and Fuels Management

Firefighter burning a pile in the forest

BLM to oversee Trinity County pile burn operations

The Redding Field Office crews are scheduled for a prescribed burn through Friday, January 27, near the Trinity County community of Douglas City, as conditions allow. (BLM News Release)

Drone in fire picture

Know before you fly

Flying a drone near a wildfire is dangerous and can cost lives. When the public fly drones near wildfires, fire response agencies often ground their aircraft to avoid the potential for a midair collision. (

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.

Careers on Your Public Lands

Fort Ord National Monument

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: Rangeland Management Specialist

Locations - Alturas, CA, Bakersfield, CA and Susanville, CA 
Salary: $46,696 - $85,971 per year
Positions close Feb 17


Other current open positions:

Natural Resource Specialist (Sage Grouse), GS-0401-7/9/11, Alturas or Cedarville CA - Closes 2/15
Management & Program Analyst GS-0343-9, Sacramento, CA. (limited to 50 applicants), Closes 2/1

Question of the Week

We have expanded our question of the week to topics beyond wildlife, including geology, botany, etc. Have an idea? Email us!

The Western fence lizard, a member of the genus Sceloporus (the spiny lizards), have a distinct feature. What is it?

Lizard on a rock
  1. Muscular limbs to do more push-ups than other lizards.
  2. A very distinct squeak.
  3. A blue belly.
  4. Ability to hold its breath for long periods.


DOI & BLM National News

Power lines in the desert

Biden-Harris Administration celebrates groundbreaking of new and affordable transmission line

Biden-Harris Administration celebrated the groundbreaking of Ten West Link, a 500kV high voltage transmission line that will connect Southern California and Central Arizona. (DOI News Release)

Wind farm in ocean

Interior Department finalizes offshore wind safety and environmental responsibilities

The Department of the Interior announced the transfer of regulations governing offshore renewable energy activities – including workplace safety and environmental compliance. (DOI News Release)

Sunset on solar wind farm in the desert

This Week at Interior - January 20

Secretary Haaland takes part in a groundbreaking event for Ten West Link, a new high voltage transmission line connecting Southern California and Central Arizona; responsibilities governing offshore renewable energy activities transfer from BOEM to BSEE; Interior leaders highlight investments in drought reduction; Joshua Tree National Park announces a new agreement to share resources with the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of of Mission Indians. (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered 3, you are correct! 

They are brown to black in color (the brown may be sandy or greenish) and have black stripes on their backs, but their most distinguishing characteristic is their bright blue coloration on their ventral or belly side. This bright coloration is faint or absent in both females and juveniles. In some populations the males also have iridescent, bright turquoise blue spots on their backs.

Although California is the heart of the range of this lizard, it is also found in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Baja California and Arizona. The western fence lizard occupies a variety of habitats, including grassland, broken chaparral, sagebrush, woodland, coniferous forest, and farmland, at elevations from sea level to 10,800 ft.

You can find much more of this interesting wildlife by exploring Your Public Lands!

Source: California Herps