Happy #StPatricksDay ☘️ from your California public lands! We’re sharing the green from Headwaters Forest Reserve. Spectacular in its beauty, Headwaters is also a vital ally in conservation efforts to protect the most iconic forest species in the Pacific Northwest. Located 6 miles southeast of Eureka, these 7,542 acres of public lands feature magnificent stands of old-growth redwood trees that provide nesting habitat for the marbled murrelet (a small Pacific seabird) and the northern spotted owl. Both species are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as are the coho salmon, chinook salmon and steelhead trout that have important habitat in the reserve’s stream systems. Photo by Courtney Boyd, BLM. #California101 #PNW
Our Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, has scheduled a public scoping meeting for the proposed Crimson Solar Project in eastern Riverside County on April 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Photo by Tom Brewster Photography. Details: goo.gl/ByY58i
The Bureau of Land Management has made available for public review a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and draft Land Use Plan Amendment that aim to manage dispersed recreation visitation over an extensive area in the Mojave Desert. The draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement evaluates existing routes in the planning area and proposes a comprehensive route network that balances access with the protection of sensitive resources. Today’s announcement commences a 90-day public comment period. Photo by Steve Razo, BLM. Read full news release: goo.gl/owh28b
ICYMI: Our friends at the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System turned 115 this week! Founded in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the system now includes more than 560 national wildlife refuges across the country. With at least one national wildlife refuge in every state and a refuge within an hour’s drive of most major cities, there’s no reason you shouldn’t explore America’s best kept secret.
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Want to camp at Joshua Tree National Park but don’t have a reservation? Consider dispersed camping on BLM-managed public lands outside the park. This site, located on the south side of Joshua Tree off I-10 provides access to Joshua Tree and the Mecca Hills Wilderness. In fact, you might want to consider exploring slot canyons and washes of Mecca Hills! You'll still need to plan ahead - dispersed camping on BLM land means there aren't any facilities (like bathrooms or picnic tables), so bring extra water, sunscreen and please remember, if you pack it in, pack it out. #California101
Effective immediately, all BLM-managed public lands within the California Desert District are under Stage I restrictions and year-round fire restrictions. Recreational shooting restrictions applicable to the California Desert District, issued on May 26, 2017, have been terminated as of March 13, 2018. Photo by Steve Razo, BLM. Read more: goo.gl/Dbxch5
The Stage I Fire Prevention Order and year-round fire restrictions can be viewed at: blm.gov/…/fire-a…/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions
Join us at Bass Pond in the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area off Bend Ferry Road. The pond will be stocked with trout and volunteers will be available to help with questions about fishing. Free bait and limited loaner tackle will also be available.
Registration: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm
Fishing: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
*Participants must be 16 years or younger and able to hold a rod and reel.
For additional information call Monty Currier, CDFW at (530) 225-2368 or Eric Coulter, BLM at (530) 224-2100.
Huge thank you to sponsors and participants from My Outdoor Buddy, Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers, Kokanee Power, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sportsman's Warehouse, Tehama County Fish and Game Commission and more.
Wild horses and burros from western public rangelands will be available for public adoption, Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, at the Salinas Valley Fair, 625 Division St., in King City. 15 wild horses, all under 5-years-old, 10 gelding burros and 10 female burros will be available: goo.gl/HW6Wtz
Photo by BLM.
This just in for #TravelTuesday! The flowers are starting to come out at Amboy Crater. It's not going to be the #superbloom from last year, however, we are starting to see some wildflowers bloom, including the desert lily pictured here! Come out and #discoverthedesert on your public lands!
If you are in need of a #StPatricksDay adventure, our partners from Mojave Desert Land Trust will be hosting an open house at Amboy Crater this Saturday, March 17. The California Historic ...Route 66 Association will be on hand with classic cars and the Lomeli Family will share photos and stories from growing up in Amboy. Along a hike to the crater, there will be kiosks with information on volcanoes, flowers, critters and Mojave Trails National Monument maps. Come out, make some new friends and learn about Mojave Trails National Monument. Please RSVP for more information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mdlt.org/events/. Photo by Kyle Sullivan, BLM. #findyourway #California101
#TravelTuesday from Cronan Ranch -- 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, birdwatching and more near Pilot Hill, California. Part of the South Fork American River corridor, the area is one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the United States.
"Flylighting" Cronan Ranch this #TravelTuesday!
Cronan Ranch contains 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching and more ...near Pilot Hill, California.
Part of the South Fork American River corridor, it was once home to riches with the discovery of gold just upstream at Sutter's Mill, which started the famed California Gold Rush. The area is now one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the United States with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy the class 3+ rapids. Aerial drone video by John Ciccarelli, BLM.
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From the Field: The Bureau of Land Management El Centro Field Office and the United States Marine Corps Air Station Yuma have partnered together to help provide medical and search and rescue coverage in the remote deserts near the County of Imperial. Through this cooperative agreement, BLM emergency medicine search and rescue park rangers have been working with the Marines Search and Rescue aircrews in training and in real world operations providing necessary emergency medica...l and evacuation capabilities to public land visitors when other transportation resources were unavailable. Both agencies fall under the National Search and Rescue Plan, and per the agreement, BLM will help the onboard corpsman provide advanced medical care inflight for evacuation of injured civilians from public lands.
Through training together, crews from both agencies have become familiar with each other’s operations and abilities. Training was conducted periodically throughout this past year which covered Marines aircraft and flight operations including hoist and short haul operations, and the BLM’s ground based search and rescue and medical capabilities. This helped prepare crews from both agencies for emergency situations in the field. BLM providing advanced pre-hospital trauma care training to the corpsmen, and search and rescue crews provided BLM with in-flight medical care training.
Recently, aircrews from the Marines were able to assist with a medevac of a critically injured trauma patient from the BLM’s Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Due to high off-highway vehicle recreation use across the deserts of southern California over #PresidentsDay weekend, and the resource commitment of aircraft on other calls, the nearest private air ambulance was 106 minutes away. The call was placed requesting assistance from the Marines, and within 40 minutes, the search and rescue helicopter was overhead. BLM paramedic park rangers were on scene working with EMT’s from the US Border Patrol providing stabilizing care to the injured rider. A BLM paramedic joined the Marines aircrew on the flight to the hospital and helped the onboard corpsman provide continued advanced life support to the injured rider. The rider was delivered to the hospital in an improved condition for more diagnostics and stabilizing care before being transferred out later to a trauma center. The care provided in the field, the continuation of that care in flight, and getting to a hospital quickly helped provide this patient with a positive outcome.
We are proud to share this success story of interagency cooperation and coming together for the collective good and providing better public service.
The Kim Nicol Trail is one of three trails completed after a multi-year, multi-partner effort to establish Coachella Valley trails. This is the first to be completely built and open to the public for recreation.
Doug Herrema, BLM's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office Manager joined partners this weekend to celebrate the opening of this trail and the life and work of public servant Kim Nichol.
This trail was originally called the Corkill Trail, but was re-named in honor of... the late Kim Nicol, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Program Manager for the Inland Desert Region. Kim was instrumental in working with the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office to develop the Coachella Valley Plan Amendment and the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan with several partners, including the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission, Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, Friends of the Desert Mountains and the Center for Natural Lands Management, as well as private land owners. Naming this trail after Kim is a fitting tribute to her years of service to the public and precious natural resources: it's the only designated trail in the Coachella Valley where the public can hike and see threatened and endangered species in their native sand dune habitat, including Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard and Coachella Valley milk-vetch.
This trail also offers visitors the opportunity to experience the serenity and awe of the Coachella Valley desert surrounded by public lands, from the lowlands where we stand to the tallest mountains in Southern California. To paraphrase John Muir, on this trail, you can see a milkvetch flower and how it's hitched to the rest of the universe. #WomensHistoryMonth
BLMer Carrie Woods caught this sleepy little fox on a game camera near its den right outside the Ridgecrest city limits on public lands. Kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis arsipus) are the smallest of all the North American foxes and the desert kit fox is a State of California fully protected species. They are nocturnal, form long-term pair bonds and coyotes are their most common predator.