BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1037

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Hills with flowers on the ground

Williams Hill, Central Coast Field Office

ISSUE 1037 - February 24, 2023 

Invasive Species Week

Flowers in a meadow

What is an invasive species?

Invasive species are non-native organisms whose introduction to a particular ecosystem can cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human, animal or plant health. (BLM Blog)

Up-close picture of a flower

Combating invasive plants in the foothills

Mother Lode Field Office uses various methods to fight this & other invasive weeds at Magnolia and Cronan ranches, including alternative environmentally responsible remedies, like the yellow starthistle rosette weevil. (BLM CA Facebook)


Headlines and Highlights

Close up picture of a lizard

BLM takes measures to protect endangered species at Panoche Hills

The Bureau of Land Management is taking measures to protect habitat for the endangered blunt-nose leopard lizard by temporarily limiting vehicle access to the Panoche Hills Recreation Area in Fresno and San Benito counties. (BLM News Release)

Desert land scaping

Public input requested on exploratory drilling projects

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a proposed exploratory drilling project on BLM-managed lands north of Johannesburg, in Kern and San Bernardino counties. (BLM News Release)

River running through forest

Join us as campground hosts in NorCal

The Bureau of Land Management is offering opportunities to live and work in beautiful public land settings in four Northern California volunteer camp host positions. (BLM News Release)

Snowy mountain area

Weather closures at South Cow OHV Management Area

Due to adverse weather and poor road and trail conditions, the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area is temporarily closed  (BLM CA Facebook)


Desert blooms

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

The annual festival will be taking place on Saturday, March 4. The free, family-friendly festival celebrates the arrival of wildflower season in the California desert. (Friend of the Desert Mountains)

Fire and Fuels Management

Firefighters working on burning piles of brush

Pile burning in Redding through March 3

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management will be burning piles of branches and brush on public lands in the Cloverdale area of west Redding beginning Thursday, February 23, and continuing through Friday, March 3. (BLM News Release)

Firefighter on a boat over a marsh putting out wetland fires

Prescribed wetlands burn with partners

Regular fire in wetlands is vital to promote healthy habitat conditions for wildlife, and conducting prescribed fire ensures that the chance of catastrophic wildfires is diminished. (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

BLM fire truck with firefighters standing around

Now hiring for BLM California

The 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) (Lead Firefighter - Helitack)

Locations - Susanville, CA 
Salary: $42,022 - $54,625 per year
Positions close March 6



Other current open positions:

Forestry Technician (Fire) (Senior Firefighter), Susanville, CA - Closes 3/6

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!

The invasive Ice Plant (delosperma cooperi), originated from which country?

Close up of an ice plant


A: Iceland

B: United States

C: Canada

D: South Africa


DOI & BLM National News

Two women facing and talking to each other.

Enduring international collaboration a focus of Secretary Haaland’s New Zealand visit

Secretary of the Interior visited Aotearoa New Zealand to highlight the United States’ role as a Pacific nation and the importance of international cooperation on addressing climate change and honoring Indigenous communities. (DOI News Release)

Off shore wind farm in the ocean

Interior Department proposes first ever offshore wind sale in Gulf of Mexico

In another step by the Biden-Harris administration to grow America’s clean energy economy, Interior is proposing the first ever offshore wind lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. (DOI News Release)


Two children with an adult outside looking at maps

Increasing Access

Ensuring every American, regardless of income or background, has access to America’s vast public lands network. (DOI Blog)

Spotted owl

This Week at Interior - February 24

Secretary Haaland spotlights international collaboration and celebrates Indigenous communities during her visit to New Zealand; the Biden-Harris administration convenes a floating wind energy summit; BLM announces next stage for a proposed southwest power transmission line; USFWS proposes more protection for spotted owls in California; and we'll take you to the Golden State for our social media Picture of the Week! (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered D, you are correct! 

Ice plant along the coast

Ice plants were first collected by Thomas Cooper (1815 – 1913), a plant collector sent to South Africa in 1859 by a wealthy English insurance broker and succulent collector W. W. Saunders. The plants are a group of about 180 species of mostly southeastern African succulent perennials belonging to the interesting Aizoaceae family. Species are found in the summer rainfall areas of the continent from the seacoast to the tops of forested mountains.

The plants are easy to grow in a sunny rock garden site, but keeping them alive over winter is another matter. They are perfectly winter hardy, surviving winter temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but winter-wet conditions are not to their liking. In cold, but low rainfall areas such as Denver, ice plant thrives in a normally well-drained rock garden site. However, in Arkansas it is hard to keep them through the winter. Constructing a super lean, fast draining soil should work to keep the plants alive during the winter, but to get the plants to grow in our summer heat more water may be needed than you would think necessary for this drought tolerant species.


Source: BLMUniversity of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture