BLM California News.Bytes Issue 1038

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Chappie-Shasta OHV Area, Redding Field Office

ISSUE 1038 - March 3, 2023


Stewarding Your Public Lands

Water marsh area

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Action

A strong infrastructure is critical for BLM's stewardship of our public lands. Signed into law in November 2021, BIL is helping to address deferred maintenance backlogs and restoring our ecosystems, delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits. (BLM Webpage)

River in the forest

Eel River Fishery restoration through BIL

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Bureau of Land Management is supporting restoration efforts by the Wiyot Tribe and University of California, Berkeley by contributing $548,350 to improve the Eel River fishery. (BLM News Release)

Close up of a pond with lily pads on it

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to fund unique efforts across the nation

The Biden-Harris administration announced the release of the 2023 Request for Proposals for the America the Beautiful Challenge. In 2023, the program expects to award up to $116 million in grants. (DOI News Release)

Enjoy Your Public Lands

A picture of the America the Beautiful park pass

Annual Park Pass

The annual public lands pass provides free entrance to over 2,000 national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, including some BLM-managed public lands. The money from pass sales goes directly to improving visitor recreation services. with the ones you love most. Get the America the Beautiful pass today: (American the Beautiful Park Pass)

2 children holding up a passes

Calling all 4th graders!

Every Kid Outdoors (formerly Every Kid in a Park) is a federal public lands program created to spark a lifelong passion for America’s great outdoors. Fourth graders and their families can get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. (Every Kid Outdoors)

Military Pass flyer

Lifetime Pass Available for Military Veterans and Gold Star Families

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. (DOI News Release)

Headlines and Highlights

Solar panels in the desert

DRECP to be excluded in latest solar review

The public comment period for the Bureau of Land Management solar programmatic environmental impact statement has closed. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan will remain outside the scope of current review. (BLM News Release)

Lizard in the desert

Searching the sand for the flat-tailed horned lizard

El Centro Field Office staff are monitoring the flat-tailed horned lizard – a sand-colored, medium-sized, flat-bodied lizard with enlarged pointed scales and eight horns on the back of the head. (Read more on our BLM Blog)

Wild horses

Wild Horse and Burro adoption in Ferndale

The Bureau of Land Management will offer three halter-gentled wild horses and two untrained wild burros for adoption Saturday, March 18, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale, CA. (BLM News Release)

Wooden sign in the desert

BLM to reopen Calico Early Man site

The Bureau of Land Management is reopening the Calico Early Man Site, an archaeological site about 15 miles northeast of Barstow in San Bernardino County after completing remediation to eliminate public safety hazards. (BLM News Release)

Law enforcement truck in the desert

Public input for Law Enforcement OHV Grant due March 7

The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office wants to hear from the public on how to ensure off-highway vehicle trails are safe and well maintained on public lands by submitting comments to the Central Coast Field Office. (BLM News Release)

Fire and Fuels Management

Women in fire event flyer

Women in Fire, South America Event

US Agency for International Development and U.S. Forest Service, through the South America Regional Fire Program and Amazon Regional Environment Program, invite you to the 2nd edition of the virtual event "Women in Fire in South America". (NIFC 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

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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: Environment Protection Specialist

Locations - Ukiah, CA 
Salary: $57,118 - $89,835 per year
Positions close March 17



Other current open positions:

Outdoor Recreation Planner, Palm Springs, CA - Closes 3/8

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

Forestry Technician (Senior IHC Member), Placerville, CA - Closes 3/14

Forestry Technician (Fire) (Lead Firefighter - Helitack), Susanville - Closes 3/6

Question of the Week

What unique way does the California Newt (Taricha torosa) have defending off predators?

Newt being held by someone


A: Having a pin sharp screech 

B: Neurotoxin causing paralysis 

C: A poisonous tail

D: Sharp teeth 


DOI & BLM National News

Close up Secretary Deb Halland

Celebrating Interior Women in Leadership

Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on women who have built, shaped and improved upon our nation. Let's take a moment to celebrate some of the female role models who are shaping our future at the Department of the Interior. (DOI News Release)



Significant action to restore bison populations as part of new restoration and resilience framework

The Department of the Interior announced several new steps to restore wild and healthy populations of American bison and the prairie grassland ecosystem. (DOI News Release)

River with rocks running through it

This Week at Interior - March 3

Secretary Haaland marks World Wildlife Day with a Secretary’s Order aimed at restoring bison and their habitat; the America the Beautiful Challenge offers over $116 million in grants to fund locally-led conservation; a half-million dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is on the way to improve a California fishery; a new report on visitation at America’s national parks shows a rebound toward pre-pandemic levels. (DOI YouTube)

Question of the Week Answer

If you answered B, you are correct! 

Although small in size, the adult California Newt is typically 12.5-20 cm (4.9-7.8 inches) in total length, has a very unique way of fending off predators. First they raise their head and point their tail straight out to expose their bright under exterior color to warn off predators. If the predator attacks, the California Newt excretes a neurotoxin through its warty skin and can cause paralysis and or death to its attacker. Occasionally if it is disturbed it will make a clicking and sometimes a yelping sound. The California Newt males spend more time in the water than the females do, especially during breeding season. Taricha torosa has been observed walking through low smoldering flames and exiting with no ill effects. Apparently the secrections on their skin foam up and help dissipate the heat from the flames, perhaps giving them some safety during forest fires

The California Newt is primarily located on the Coastal Range of California from Humboldt County to the Mexican border. Other isolated populations are also located in California, along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.


Source: BLMAnimal Diversity