UPDATED: BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1036

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Field of flowers with a sunset in the background

Needles Field Office

ISSUE 1036 - February 17, 2023 - UPDATED

Love for Your Public Lands

People standing out in the forest holding trash bags

Partnership clean up in Weaverville

For the love of public lands, more than a ton of trash was removed from the Weaverville Community Forest by the Redding Field Office in partnership with the Trinity Country Resource Conservation District last week. Jointly managed with the U.S. Forest, the 15,000-acre forest provides recreation, conservation, and timber, and is a community source for firewood. (BLM CA Facebook)

Sand dunes in the desert

Line in the sand

In the shifting world of the dunes, one thing remains – sand. Sand is what brings thousands of visitors to two of the busiest recreation areas the BLM manages in California - Imperial Sand Dunes and Dumont Dunes off-highway vehicle recreation areas - enticed by the recreation opportunities of the dunes. (BLM CA Blog)


Two mountains, one has snow on it

Celebrating California Desert Monuments

Designated by President Obama on Feb. 12, 2016 to forever protect these important lands for their natural, cultural, and historic resources, these monuments are preserved for future generations to enjoy and experience. (BLM CA Facebook)

Multiple people working on a trail in the forest.

Volunteers needed to build new trail 

This Saturday, BLM California and The Watershed Research and Training Center in Hayfork invite you to help break ground on a new trail system at Ewing Reservoir. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 530-648-4206 or contact jack@thewatershedcenter.com. (BLM CA Facebook


Headlines and Highlights

Woman standing facing to the side

New Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Manager

The Bureau of Land Management California and the Mendocino National Forest announce the selection of Melissa Hovey as the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Manager. Her career in public service and natural resources spans over 30 years. (BLM News Release)

River with rocks and pine trees and both sides of it.

BLM to host Central California Resource Advisory Counsel Meeting

The Bureau of Land Management Central California Resource Advisory Council will meet virtually on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, from 1 to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to participate but must register in advance.(BLM News Release)

Motorcycle rider on a rock.

Bakersfield Field Office seeks public input for off-highway vehicle grants

The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office wants to hear your ideas on how to ensure off-highway vehicle trails are safe and well maintained on public lands throughout Central California at a virtual public meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.(BLM CA News Release)


Fire and Fuels Management

Pile of trees and brush burning

BLM plans pile burning projects in Trinity County

Fire crews from the Redding Field Office began burning piles of brush and tree limbs near the Trinity County communities of Douglas City and Lewiston continuing through Friday, February. 24. (BLM News Release)

Woman fire pilot standing next to another woman

Woman fire pilot at SheTech Explorer Day

Lisa Allen, a pilot for the Bureau of Land Management Fire program, recently paved the way for the next generation of women pilots at the SheTech Explorer Day. (BLM Fire 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
Salary: $57,118 - $74,250 per year
Positions close Feb 20



Other current open positions:

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

Forestry Technician (Fire Helicopter Supervisor),  Susanville Closes 2/28

Forestry Technician (Fire) (Helitack Squad Boss)Ravendale - Closes 2/27

Forestry Technician (Fire) (Hotshot Squad Boss)Susanville - Closes 2/27

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!

Driving on the famous Route 66, you will go through 8 states. How many miles do you cover from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Route 66 sign mark on the road in the desert


A: 1,975

B: 2,056

C: 2,448

D: 3,023


DOI & BLM National News

Firefighting helicopter in the air

Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission releases strategy to meet aerial firefighter equipment needs

The Biden-Harris administration’s Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission released a report outlining a strategy to meet aerial firefighting equipment needs through 2030. As climate change fuels longer and more intense wildfire seasons, aerial assets bring unique response capabilities to wildland fire suppression. (DOI News Release)

Watershed with hills in the background

Administration delivers $728 million to address Western drought, improve climate resilience

Critical infrastructure investments under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to provide clean, reliable drinking water to communities and support water conservation in the Upper Colorado River Basin(DOI News Release)


This Week at Interior

This Week at Interior - February 17

Secretary Haaland visits Australia to showcase the interconnectedness of Interior’s mission with those of our international counterparts; Deputy Secretary Beaudreau highlights the progress made to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples crisis; the Biden-Harris administration outlines its strategy to meet aerial firefighting equipment needs. (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered C, you are correct! 

As one of the oldest and most famous highways in America, U.S. Route 66 begins in Chicago and terminates at the Santa Monica Pier, covering a distance of 2,448 miles and was completed in 1926.

Coined as “America’s Main Street,” the route passes through small towns such as Amboy, where you can experience the famous 1938 Roy’s Cafe. The gas station and cafe have been preserved, making it an ideal backdrop for photographers and filmmakers. Head east and visit the Goffs Railway Depot and the 1914 Goffs Schoolhouse, a museum specializing in the area’s mining history. Continue east, visit the town of Needles, and see the newly painted Route 66 murals and stop by the Needles Regional Museum to learn more about the town’s early history.

For more information on Route 66 and the Needless Field Office, visit the BLM’s website: https://www.blm.gov/visit/search?field_location=100003&field_activities=All&search_api_fulltext=route+66

Source: BLMRoute 66 Road Trip Website