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Lunar Eclipse or Blood Moon. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM Pastoral grasslands looking out toward the ocean at Coast Dairies. BLM photo Niel Kornze. Tammy Jakl, BLM poses with student visiting the BLM booth. BLM photo Yellow wildflowers at the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:

- Discover the Coast Campaign and Events
- Headlines and Highlights

- Alabama Hills
- Trivia Question of the Week
- BLM and Department of Interior News
- Upcoming BLM California Events

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DISCOVER THE COAST

Pastoral grassland looking out over the ocean at Coast Dairies land. BLM photoCoast Dairies: A Landmark for Conservation on the California Coast (News.Bytes Extra) Almost 6,000 acres of rolling green meadows, redwood forests, and dramatic vistas of Pacific Ocean, just north of Santa Cruz will be permanently protected following the donation of the Coast Dairies property to the BLM by The Trust for Public Land. http://ow.ly/vTzk0


Man stands looking out at the Coast Dairies land. California Scenic Coastal Expanse Preserved Near Santa Cruz
(San Jose Mercury News, 04/14/14) Cementing protection for one of the largest privately owned pieces of land on California's 1,100-mile coastline, a San Francisco environmental group on Monday donated to the public the Coast Dairies property in Santa Cruz County.
http://ow.ly/vUgpz


Tammy Jakl, BLM, poses with a student visiting the booth during the Sea Otter Classic. BLM photo2014 Sea Otter Classic at Fort Ord National Monument
(News.Bytes Extra) How does the BLM Fort Ord National Monument provide person-to-person outreach and information to a potential audience base of 65,000 people? They do it by providing skilled interpretive staff and by working with partners to support a booth at the four-day Sea Otter Classic.http://ow.ly/vUgEQ


VIDEO: Voices of the Coast @ Fort Ord
(BLM YouTube) Local community members share their thoughts about Fort Ord and invite you to Discover the Coast at the Fort Ord National Monument.
http://youtu.be/EkLxbIUXbtw


RELATED: BLM's Fort Ord National Monument
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmDg4

 

Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds Workshop
(CA Coastal Commission Website)
Join the BLM, California Coastal Commission, and others for a free educator's workshop on Earth Day, April 22nd, at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. Review the science activity guide and practice activities. http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/events.html

 

HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Lizard. FWS photoApproval of Ocotillo Sol Solar Facility Includes Measures to Protect Lizard Habitat
(BLM News Release) The BLM announced the approval of a solar energy project in Imperial County, California, that is expected to supply a peak output of 20 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 6,000 homes, and support up to 120 construction jobs.http://ow.ly/vMNQ6



Wildflowers at Carrizo Plain National Monument. BLM photoLook Longer, Appreciate More at Remote Carrizo Plain National Monument
(Sacramento Bee, 04/14/14)
At 250,000 acres Carrizo Plain might be the largest preserve most Californians haven't heard of, though it boasts remarkable geologic features of its own. http://ow.ly/vMtCQ


RELATED: BLM's Carrizo Plain National Monument
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vUf6z



Sacramento River corridro. Sacramento River Trail Stands Alone
(ReddingRecord.net, 04/09/14) A spring walk on the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail unveils an exquisite outdoor tapestry that so fulfills the senses it is difficult to take in all the mighty vistas and the more subtle jewels that only nature can provide. http://ow.ly/vMwwF


RELATED: Trails- Redding Field Office Area
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vUfg0



Pick-up truck with materials in the back.Eel River Recovery Project Aids BLM in Cleaning Up Grow Site
(Redwood Times, 04/08/14)
Fourteen Eel River Recovery Project volunteers, with support from the BLM Arcata field office staff and the Mendocino County sheriff's office, cleaned up trash and other trespass marijuana grow materials from the headwaters of Big Dann Creek. http://ow.ly/vMxWk





ALABAMA HILLS

People stand next to rock formation. BLM photo2014 Alabama Hills Day- An Inspirational and Outdoor Learning Opportunity (News.Bytes Extra)
The third annual Alabama Hills Day was a great success! The event was fun-filled and educational and the perfect opportunity for people to celebrate the scenic Alabama Hills. http://ow.ly/vTUAH



Kids stand on top of rocks in the Happy Boulders area. BLM photoHappy Boulders Supported at Adopt a Crag Event
(News.Bytes Extra) BLM staff joined local residents and rock climbers from as far away as Switzerland to improve recreation trails, restore impacted areas, and remove trash at the Adopt a Crag event in the Happy Boulders area near Bishop. http://ow.ly/vTUnY



 

TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK

Blood moon during lunar eclipse. Bob Wick photo

If you were looking up into the night sky on April 14th, you may have seen what is often called a "blood moon". Which of the following statements about the blood moon is false?

(a) During the eclipse, the moon is in shadow yet some light from the sun shines through the Earth's atmosphere and creates a red or "bloody" looking moon.

(b) This is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will occur over the next 18 months.

(c) The series of eclipses called a tetrad should be visible for all or parts of the United States.

(d) The last time a lunar eclipse tetrad occurred was 2003 to 2004.

(e) The next time an eclipse tetrad will occur is from 2032 to 2033.

(f) Tetrads have been a frequent occurrence in each century.

See answer - and more information near the end of this News.bytes.



BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR NEWS

Neil Kornze holds his hand up while Secretary Jewell swears him in to office. BLM Last Week: APRIL 7-11, 2014
(BLM Tumblr) Neil Kornze was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the BLM Director; Defenders of Wildlife Endangered Species Act Policy White Paper Series recognized the BLM's Recovery Fund Initiative; BLM celebrated National Volunteer Week...http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1D01ArD



Image clip from DOI youtube video. VIDEO- DOI Last Week: April 11, 2014
(DOI YouTube)
The 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial; Secretary Jewell releases Interior's Mitigation Strategy to balance the needs of conservation and development; with the 2014 wildfire season approaching the strategy to battle fire and protect property is unveiled...http://youtu.be/g8x0i25_ksg



Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation
(Sierra Sun Times,04/11/14)
To advance landscape-scale, science-based management of America's public lands and wildlife, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a strategy to implement mitigation policies and practices at the Department that can more effectively encourage infrastructure development while protecting natural and cultural resources. http://ow.ly/vVuv8


Everything You Need to Know About the Long Fight Between Cliven Bundy and the Federal Government
(Washington Post, 04/15/14)
This most- recent skirmish is only the latest in a decades-long fight between the federal government and Cliven Bundy, however. Here's a timeline that proves just how complicated this case is... http://ow.ly/vTAld



SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

Apr. 26: BLM Pit River Campground Reopens
(BLM News Release)
The BLM's Pit River Campground and river access area will reopen for the season Saturday, April 26, coinciding with the opening of the California stream fishing season.
http://ow.ly/vE9tw


Apr. 28-Oct. 23: Webcasts Scheduled to Solicit Comments on Route 66 Management Plan
(BLM News Release)
The California Historic Route 66 Association and BLM California Desert District have scheduled four webcasts to continue soliciting public comments on the preparation of a corridor management plan for the segment of historic Route 66.
http://ow.ly/vUesE


Apr-Jun. 1: Clear Creek (near Redding) Outings

(BLM Facebook)
We are offering everyone a chance to learn more about our natural world in a series of free outings near Clear Creek south of Redding. Topics on these free guided hikes include fire ecology and more.
http://ow.ly/vmsyG


May 3: Agencies Teaming Up to Provide Fire Prevention Information
(News.Bytes Extra)
Staff members from the BLM Ukiah Field Office are part of the team including the Lake County Fire Safe Council and Lake County Fire Chiefs Association holding the annual Wildfire Safety Expo, Saturday, May 3, in Lakeport. Admission is free.
http://ow.ly/vEao6



May 4-10: The King Range Needs a Few Volunteers!
(BLM Facebook)
The King Range National Conservation Area will host a volunteer vacation with American Hiking Society.
http://ow.ly/uZMbK



May 12: Comments Due on Proposed Closure of Shooting Area in San Diego County

(BLM News Release)
The BLM El Centro Field Office is seeking public comment on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Assessment and an Associated Land Use Plan Amendment to Close the Airport Mesa Target Shooting Area in eastern San Diego County, California.
http://ow.ly/vMJLU


Apr-May 24 (Saturdays): Soda Lake and Painted Rock Guided Tours at Carrizo Plain National Monument
(BLM Facebook)
Come join us for our Soda Lake/Painted Rock Guided Tour. Reservations are required and can be made at: http://www.recreation.gov/ and
http://ow.ly/twOiX


May 28: BLM Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Solar Project in San Bernardino County
(BLM News Release)
The public comment period for the proposed Silurian Valley solar project has been extended. Public comments are now due by May 28, 2014. http://ow.ly/vUeTG



TRIVIA ANSWER and related information

Blood moon during lunar eclipse. Photo by Bob Wick, BLMIf you were looking up into the night sky on April 14th, you may have seen what is often called a "blood moon". Which of the following statements about the blood moon is false?



(f) Tetrads have been a frequent occurrence in each century.
FALSE.

According to an article written by Denise Chow,Live Science and her interview with NASA specialists... During this century, there will be nine sets of tetrads, so experts would describe tetrads as a frequent occurrence in the current pattern of lunar eclipses. But this has not always been the case. During the 300-year interval from 1600 to 1990, for instance, there were no tetrads at all.
http://www.space.com/25496-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon.html



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