BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1035

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Valley with mountains in the distance

Mosquito Valley, Applegate Field Office

ISSUE 1035 - February 10, 2023

Clean Energy on Public Lands

Solar panels in the desert

Desert Quartzite Solar Project approved for construction

The Bureau of Land Management announces the start of construction of the Desert Quartzite solar project near Blythe in eastern Riverside County, advancing the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to combat the climate crisis by supporting the development of renewable energy. (BLM News Release)

Desert panels in the desert

BLM adds virtual meeting for public input on potential changes to solar energy program

Due to substantial public interest, the Bureau of Land Management has added one more virtual session to its series of public scoping meetings seeking input on potential changes to its solar energy program. (BLM News Release)

Solar farm in the desert

Clean energy for all

The Inflation Reduction Act lowers energy costs for consumers and small businesses while creating good-paying jobs as America’s clean energy economy and manufacturing sectors grow. Learn more below on how you or your family can save on utility bills, get support to purchase electric vehicles and energy-saving appliances, and access the economic opportunities of the clean energy future. (White House Webpage)

Welcoming Your Input on OHV Recreation

Motorcyclist riding in a snowy trail

Public meetings scheduled to discuss OHV grants and funds in Northern California

The Bureau of Land Management welcomes anyone interested in off highway vehicle recreation on public lands to share ideas about the use of grant funding, when the BLM Northern California District hosts a virtual public meeting via Zoom, Wednesday, February. 15. (BLM News Release)

Off road vehicle in the desert

Barstow: 2023 Off-highway Vehicle grant proposal meeting

The Barstow's Field Office stakeholder meeting will be held on February 15. Meeting will be held by phone using the dial-in information. (BLM News Release)

Off road vehicle driving through rough terrain

Ukiah Field Office seeks public input for OHV grants

The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office wants to hear ideas from the public on how to improve off-highway vehicle trail safety and maintenance on public lands throughout Central California at a virtual public meeting on Thursday, February 16.(BLM News Release)

Off road vehicle in the desert

Ridgecrest stakeholders grant proposal meeting

Ridgecrest Field Office public input meeting will be held February 23, in person and virtually. (BLM News Release)

Headlines and Highlights

Multiple off road vehicles in the desert

Youth off-highway vehicle activity day

Join the BLM for a youth OHV activity day. Visit the OHV information booth to learn about OHV safety and more, hear a presentation from a wildlife biologist and create a desert animal track at our footprint mold station. (BLM CA Webpage)

BLM employee trimming trees from storm damage.

South Cow Mountain reopens 

South Cow Mountain is open once again! But after the recent storms, off-road vehicle riders need to be careful and prepared for downed trees as there is still much work to do.(BLM CA Webpage)


Litchfield Corrals reopen for adoptions

The Bureau of Land Management’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corral near Susanville has reopened for animal adoptions and purchases after a closure due to weather-related issues. (BLM News Release)

Desert landscape with a walkway

National Monument center and parking lot closed for event 

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center will be temporarily closed to the public on Feb. 16 from 8:30-11 a.m. and Feb. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. for a private event. (BLM CA Webpage)

Fire and Fuels Management

Firefighter working on pile burn in the forest

Prescribed burn success in Redding

Fire crews from our Redding Field Office made great progress in pile-burning operations in recreation areas on the west side of Redding, CA. (BLM CA Facebook)

Firefighters working on burn piles in the forest

Hazardous fuels removed at Cloverdale Trails

Fire crews who are burning piles of brush and tree limbs in the Cloverdale Trails recreation area in west Redding.(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

Firefighter working on fire

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: Forestry Technician (Fire) (IHC Superintendent)

Locations - Placerville, CA 
Salary: $57,118 - $74,250 per year
Positions close Feb 20



Other current open positions:

Forestry Technician (Fire) (Assistant IHC Superintendent), Bakersfield, CA,  Placerville, CA or Susanville, CA - Closes 2/20

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!

Although often mistaken as an antelope, Pronghorns are related to:

Multiple prong horned animals


A: Wildhorses

B: Rhinoceros 

C: Goats

D: Bisons


DOI & BLM National News

lake sturgeon

Interior Department takes action to strengthen Endangered Species Act

The Department of the Interior announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a new rule to strengthen voluntary conservation opportunities under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed rule would revise permitting under Section 10 of the Act to promote species conservation through voluntary agreements. (DOI News Release)

DOI Logo over landscape view of snow peaked mountains, green hills dotted with trees and a river in the foreground

DOI welcomes new Biden-Harris appointees

The Department of the Interior today announced additional Biden-Harris administration appointees who will join agency leadership to help create jobs in the clean energy economy, steward America’s public lands and waters, pursue environmental justice and honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes. (DOI News Release)


President Biden in the chambers giving a speech

This Week at Interior - February 10, 2023

President Biden highlights his administration's accomplishments in his State of the Union address; Secretary Haaland travels to Pennsylvania to highlight historic investments to cap orphaned oil and gas wells; Interior announces over $24.6 million to reclaim abandoned mine lands in Indiana; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes a new rule to strengthen conservation under the Endangered Species Act; construction gets underway at the Desert Quartzite solar project in California (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered C, you are correct! 

Pronghorn galloping in the plains

Pronghorns are one of North America’s most impressive mammals. They are ungulates (hoofed animals) and related to goats and antelope. They have white stripes on their necks and additional white markings on the face, stomach, and rump. The rump has extra-long white hairs that the pronghorn can stick up when scared. The most noticeable characteristic is also the source of their common name. Both males and females have a pair of short horns on the top of the head.

Not only do pronghorns have the longest land migration in the continental United States, they also are the fastest land animal in North America. Pronghorns can run at speeds close to 60 miles an hour. Although pronghorns are not as fast as cheetahs, they can maintain a fast speed for longer than cheetahs.

Today pronghorns are mainly found in the United States in the Great Plains, Wyoming, Montana, northeast California, southeast Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

This Pronghorn was spotted in the Applegate Field Office area.