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Kids ride bikes down a wooden bridge on the Bizz Johnson trail near Susanville, CA. BLM photo A Desert Restoration Corps crew pose for a photo. BLM photo A mule pulls a wagon with BLM employees and local dignitaries down main street in Bishop for Mule Days. BLM photo A man rows his small boat out off the California Coastal National Monument near Trindiad, CA. BLM photo Point Arena Lighthouse stands off in the distance from BLM's Point Arena-Stornetta Unit in northern CA.

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:

- Wilderness
- Renewable Energy
- Discover the Coast
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Headlines and Highlights
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events

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WILDERNESS

California map with color wilderness area boundaries. FREE OFFER! California Wilderness Wall Map (BLM Webpage)
Complete the form below to receive a FREE wall map of Federal Wilderness Lands in California. http://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/offers/index.php?issueReq=627







A crew of the Desert Restoration Corps pose for a photo in front of a BLM sign. Desert Restoration Corps Celebrates End of Season with One More Project
(News.Bytes Extra) This past week the Desert Restoration Corps celebrated the end of their eight month season in the desert with one last hurrah -- a three-day restoration project in the Rand Mountain Management Area in the California desert. http://ow.ly/xD4IC


A BLM wagon with employees and local dignitaries pulled by a mule during Bishop's Mule Days. BLM photoCelebrating Bishop's Mule Days and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
(News.Bytes Extra) Memorial Day weekend marked a double anniversary event in Bishop this year, with the 45th annual Mule Days event and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
http://ow.ly/xDj7T



Partial log design of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.RELATED: Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness
(Wilderness 50 Website) http://www.wilderness50th.org/



RENEWABLE ENERGY

Blythe solar panels.485 MW Blythe Solar PV Project Moves Forward with Completion of Environmental Review (Solar Server, 05/02/14) The U.S. federal government has issued its final environmental impact statement for NextEra Energy Resources LLC's 485 MW Blythe solar photovoltaic project in Southern California. http://ow.ly/xAxCL


RELATED: BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Blythe Solar Power Project Right-of-Way Amendment (BLM News Release) The BLM released a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed right-of-way amendment for the Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County.
http://ow.ly/xDtQ1



DISCOVER THE COAST

Point Arena lighthouse and the BLM Point Arena-Stornetta lands.Mendocino County: A monument of Redwood Trees, Nature, Wine and Hot Springs (The Examiner, 05/25/14) Mendocino County made headlines in March when President Barack Obama declared more than 1,600 acres of its southern coastline part of a federally protected national monument. http://ow.ly/xAiUK


RELATED: Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument (BLM Website) The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a unique and spectacular area that includes access to 12 coastal miles of undeveloped federal and state-managed public lands, coastal bluffs, the estuary of the Garcia River, sandy beaches and dunes, and adjacent small islands accessible during low tide. http://ow.ly/xDyyh



Sea star with wasting syndrome. BLM photoFree Outing Focuses on Tidepools and Sea Star Wasting Syndrome
(BLM News Release) The fascinating life in tidepools will be featured in a free interpretive outing Tuesday, June 17, at Mal Coombs Park in Shelter Cove. The outing is part of a summer hikes series offered by the BLM and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association. http://ow.ly/xDtn2


U.S. Army Considering Additional Munitions Removals at BLM's Fort Ord National Monument (BLM News Release) The U.S. Army is accepting comments until July 3 on a Draft Final Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study that calls for additional cleanup actions on BLM-managed lands within the Fort Ord National Monument. http://ow.ly/xDveM


BLM California's Discover the Coast text graphic. Visit Our Discover The Coast Website
(BLM website)
Learn more about our Discover the Coast campaign, partnerships, and events. http://ow.ly/voNJ2

 

WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK

Brown pelican. Photo by USFWS

The Brown pelican can be found in coastal areas and occasionally along lakes and river, including the lower Colorado River at the California-Arizona border. Which of the following are true statements about the Brown pelican?

(a) Brown Pelicans mostly eat small fish that form schools near the surface of the water

(b) The Brown pelican is one of only two species of pelicans that plunge-dive for their food.

(c) During a dive, the Brown Pelican tucks its head and rotates its body to the left.

(d) Pelicans incubate their eggs with the skin of their feet.

(e) Brown Pelicans were nearly wiped out in North America in the 1960s and 1970s from the use of the pesticide DDT.

(f) All of the above

(g) a, c, d and e

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




OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

School kids ride bikes across a wooden bridge on the Bizz Johnson Trail near Susanville, CA. BLM photoStudents Get a Jump on National Trails Day (BLM Facebook) Fifth graders from Richmond School near Susanville got a jump on National Trails Day (Saturday, June 7), when they spent Monday morning riding seven miles on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. http://ow.ly/xDwn5


Bus Service, Group Reservations Available for Bizz Johnson Trail Visitors
(BLM News Release) The BLM and Lassen Land and Trails Trust are encouraging trail users to take advantage of the Lassen Rural Bus west county commuter service that operates Monday through Saturday. Bike rack-equipped buses leave various stops in Susanville and can drop cyclists, hikers and runners at Devil's Corral, Fredonyer Summit... http://ow.ly/xDuQK



Volunteers talk in a group during the Travertine Cleanup Day event. BLM photoTravertine Volunteer Cleanup Day
(BLM Facebook) We'd like to thank our partners for their support in the Travertine Volunteer Cleanup Day near Bridgeport, CA. Over 30 people came to pick up trash and debris in an old target shooting area next to the Travertine Hot Springs Area of Critical Environmental Concern. http://ow.ly/xDwYV


RELATED: Travertine Volunteer Cleanup Day a Success
(BLM News Release) A recent volunteer cleanup day near Bridgeport was described by participants as a "huge success." The cleanup was organized by the BLM Bishop Field Office in partnership with the Bridgeport Indian Colony, Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, Friends of the Inyo, and employees from Patagonia in Reno, Nev. http://ow.ly/xDuyI


A man rows out in a small boat just off the Trindiad Head in northern CA. BLM photoHow Will You Celebrate National Fishing & Boating Week, June 1-8? (BLM Facebook) It's also Great Outdoors Month and a fantastic time to explore your water recreation opportunities and public lands. http://ow.ly/xDvVC



 

BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR Highlights

A lone woman sits on a rocky cliff looking out at the sunset. BLM photoBLM Last Week: May 26-30, 2014 (BLM Tumblr) The BLM presented its prestigious "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards; BLM hosts a competitive auction for public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada; an "adventure crew" from BLM Utah set out last week on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. http://ow.ly/xApgB



Photo clip from DOI weekly vidoe. VIDEO- This Week at Interior: May 30, 2014
(DOI YouTube) Secretary Jewell announces the launch of a National Park Service theme study on LGBT historic sites; Secretary Jewell joins panel on 21st century workplaces; USGS launches a new app that shows coastal erosion; and new images of the celebration last week at the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. http://youtu.be/-GvZMbOGQqc


Secretary Jewell Statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Proposal
(DOI News Release) Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency issued the Clean Power Plan proposal: The President understands that we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave our land, water, and wildlife better than we found it.
http://ow.ly/xDxyr


Kids run down a path at Fort Ord National Monument. BLM photoRELATED: Act On Climate (BLM Facebook) Find out how the rules will make our communities healthier, and learn more about the President's plan to cut carbon pollution in America. Let's #ActOnClimate because our kids and grandkids should be able to enjoy beautiful places like this. http://ow.ly/xDxKP



SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

BLM Extends Nomination Deadline for Northern Calif. Advisory Council
(BLM News Release) The BLM has extended the nomination deadline for membership on the Northern California Advisory Council, a citizen group that advises the agency on management of public lands. There are 15 vacancies for terms of one, two and three years.
http://ow.ly/xlX8Q


June 9-13: Volunteers Welcome for Archaeology Week Projects
Anyone interested in archaeology of the Great Basin along the California-Nevada border is welcome to join the Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office for its inaugural Archaeology Volunteer Week. Join BLM archaeologists in archaeological survey and recording work in the high desert northeast of Susanville. http://ow.ly/wQWqQ



Jun. 17: Free Outing Focuses on Tidepools and Sea Star Wasting Syndrome
(BLM News Release) The fascinating life in tidepools will be featured in a free interpretive outing Tuesday, June 17, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Mal Coombs Park in Shelter Cove. The outing is part of a summer hikes series offered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association.
http://ow.ly/xDtn2


Jul 3: Comments Due for U.S. Army Considering Additional Munitions Removals at BLM's Fort Ord National Monument (BLM News Release) The U.S. Army is accepting comments until July 3 on a Draft Final Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study that calls for additional cleanup actions on BLM-managed lands within the Fort Ord National Monument. http://ow.ly/xDveM


Apr-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



WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and Related Information

Brown pelican. Photo by US Fish and Wildlife ServiceWhich of the following are true statements about the Brown pelican?

ANSWER: (f) All of the above


SOURCE: All About Birds: Brown Pelican
(Cornell Lab of Ornithology Website)
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/brown_pelican/lifehistory


SOURCE: BLM Wildlife Database: Brown Pelican (BLM Website) http://ow.ly/xFttV


Brown pelican art design by Steven Vander Meer.RELATED: 10th Annual Ocean Day event in Humboldt County!
(BLM Facebook) BLM and Friends of the Dunes will be working with local schools at BLM's Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay, cleaning and restoring dunes. As part of the day's events participants line up in the sand to create a picture captured through aerial photography. This year the group will create a brown pelican design using the amazing artwork of Steven Vander Meer. http://ow.ly/xFsLl


Brown pelican.RELATED: Pink the Pelican Scheduled for Release
(International Bird Rescue, 05/31/14) " Pink," a California Brown Pelican who made national headlines after being found with a near severed throat pouch caused by an unknown assailant, has made a truly remarkable recovery... http://ow.ly/xFtK8



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