BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1034

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North Fork of the American Wild and Scenic River

North Fork of the American Wild and Scenic River, Mother Load Field Office

ISSUE 1034 - February 3, 2023

Partnerships for Conservation

People standing around a sign in the desert

Volunteers partner to replace Historic sign

The BLM partnered with Tread Lightly! and Quadratec to reinstall a historical sign on the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, a 1,200-mile trail through BLM-managed lands in California and Arizona. (BLM CA Facebook)

Person observing something on the ground in the desert

Winter BioBlitz in Palm Desert 

Throughout last week January 22-29, BLM staff encouraged the public to head outdoors and record as many species as they could find at the Winter BioBlitz in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. 91,722 observations and 2,638 unique species were identified during this community science effort. (BLM CA Facebook)

People standing around with shovels planting seedlings.

Habitat stewardship project at Fort Ord National Monument

Fort Ord National Monument hosted the first native seedling planting event of the season in partnership with CSU Monterey Bay’s "Habitat Stewardship Project, Monterey Bay", formerly known as the “The Return of the Natives” program. (BLM CA Facebook)

Headlines and Highlights

Man standing in front of shrubs

BLM welcomes Marc Stamer as new Barstow Field Manager 

The Bureau of Land Management California Desert District welcomes Marc Stamer as the new field manager for the Barstow Field Office. Stamer brings over 25 years of experience to the position where he will oversee management of over 2.7 million acres of public land in San Bernardino and Inyo counties.(BLM News Release)

Woman standing at a costal cliff edge

New California Coastal National Monument Manager

The Bureau of Land Management is pleased to announce Leisyka Parrott as the new California Coastal National Monument manager. With nearly 20 years of public service, Leisyka brings a diversity of natural resource expertise to the position. (BLM News Release)

visitor center kiosk

Enjoy visiting National Monument visitor center in Palm Desert 5 days a week

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center is now open five days a week, Thurs through Mon, and closed on Tues and Weds, with hours remaining the same. (BLM CA Webpage)

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Ridgecrest Corrals reopen to the public

The BLM Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals is reopened to the public for appointments to view, adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro. (BLM CA Facebook

Fire and Fuels Management

Man standing in front of shrubs

Pile burning of small juniper trees in Siskiyou County

Fire crews from the Applegate Field Office began pile-burning small juniper trees and limbs in the Modoc Gulch area near Dorris, in Siskiyou County, CA. The prescribed burn will began Tuesday, January 31, and will continue through Friday, February 3.(BLM CA Facebook)

pile burns in the snow

Case Mountain prescribed burn

The prescribed burn at Case Mountain has been going well, with crews treating 10 acres of pile burns. Crews will continue to burn with a target of an additional 10 acres, weather conditions permitting (BLM CA Facebook)

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

Cache Creek Management Area. Photo by BLM.

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: Planning & Environmental Coordinator

Locations - Bakersfield, CA and Palm Springs, CA 
Salary: $80,015 - $124,677 per year
Positions close Feb 9


Other current open positions:

Natural Resource Specialist (Sage Grouse), GS-0401-7/9/11, Alturas or Cedarville CA - Closes 2/15

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!

This wildflower is commonly called a five spot or Nemophila maculata.The species name (maculata) comes from the Latin word for "spotted," in reference to the colorful purple dots on the petals. What does the Latin derived genus name (Nemophilia) mean?

wildflower on the ground


A: A favorite of Nemo the fish, because it reminds him of Dory

B: Woodland loving

C: Refers to the plant-parasitic eel worm or “nematode” that lives on it

D: Nitrogen loving


DOI & BLM National News

people walking outside

Mark Your Calendars! Fee Free Days in 2023

The Department of the Interior is committed to ensuring that everyone, no matter their zip code, can access and enjoy the benefits of green spaces and the outdoors. That’s why several of our bureaus offer fee free days each year. (DOI Blog)

People standing around an orphaned well

DOI releases draft guidance for $500 million in grants to address orphaned oil and gas wells

The Department of the Interior today released draft guidance to states on how to apply for $500 million in formula grant funding available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create jobs cleaning up polluted and unsafe orphaned oil and gas wells across the country. (DOI News Release)

Bumblebee on flower

This Week at Interior - February 3, 2023

Interior helps empower states to apply for grant funding to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells; OSMRE announces nearly $30 million to reclaim abandoned mine lands; a warming climate spells bad news for the western bumblebee; conservation efforts on San Clemente Island removes five species off the Endangered Species List; Interior moves to empower Tribal energy resource development on Indian land (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered B, you are correct! 

Five spot wildflowers (Nemophila maculata) are attractive, low-maintenance annuals. Native to California and are named for their distinct flowers tipped with a vivid, deep purple spot. These five spot wildflowers were in the Red Hills region, located near the intersection of State Highways 49 and 120, just south of the historic town of Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County. To discover more areas for wildflowers, explore the Mother Lode Field Office.

Source: BLM