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High school students pose for a group photo after weed project work at Fort Ord National Monument. BLM photo Two backpackers stand on a coastal trail looking out over the ocean. BLM photo A BLM Ravendale firefighter hooks up a long line to a helicopter during a training exercise. BLM photo A wild horse trots in a corral. BLM photo Rolling desert sand dunes in southern California with the Old Woman Wilderness Mountains in the background. BLM photo

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:

- Discover the Coast
- Renewable Energy
- Fire Management
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Wild Horse and Burro
- Headlines and Highlights
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events

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DISCOVER THE COAST

High school students pose for a group photo after a weed removal project at Fort Ord National Monument. BLM photoSeaside High School Horehound Project at Fort Ord National Monument (News.Bytes Extra) A group of students from Seaside High School experienced 360 degree views of the Monterey Bay area and important hands-on-learning about invasive weeds at the BLM's Fort Ord National Monument. http://ow.ly/yuiN1



Large bear print in the mud. BLM photoCalifornia's Lost Coast Walk- Animal Scat, Tracks & Signs
(BLM News Release) A free hike focused on identifying wildlife by what they leave behind, Saturday, June 28, in the King Range National Conservation Area. More information at:
http://ow.ly/ylIG5



An historic photo and new photo comparison of Trinidad Head Lighthouse. Trinidad Head Lighthouse Get's a Facelift
(BLM Facebook)
It's #ThrowbackThursday and we're taking the Trinidad Head Lighthouse back to its glory days...with thanks to the Eureka Yacht Club for the new paint job. The club made this one of their volunteer projects early this June. http://ow.ly/ysd6t




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



RENEWABLE ENERGY

BLM Releases Environmental Study and Announces Public Meeting for Blythe Mesa Solar Project in Eastern Riverside County (BLM News Release)
BLM released a joint environmental analysis with Riverside County for the proposed Blythe Mesa Solar Project in eastern Riverside County, Calif. for a 45-day public review. http://ow.ly/yewwM


BLM Seeks Public Comment on Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County
(BLM News Release) On Friday, July 11, 2014, the BLM will conduct a public meeting to solicit comments about their concerns and interests on the proposed Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County. The meeting will be held at the Hummell Community Building, Room 1, 2500 20th St West, Rosamond, Calif. from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
http://ow.ly/ysdEp


A group of BLM employees stand inside a renewable energy facility. BLM photoBLM California Renewable Energy Tour
(BLM Facebook)
A group of BLM employees from national, state and local offices toured one of the wind turbines outside of Palm Springs and a solar project site north of Desert Center, CA. http://ow.ly/ys9vd



FIRE MANAGEMENT

BLM firefighter works to hook a line to a helicopter during a training. BLM photoBLM Ravendale Firefighters Hone Their Skills (BLM Facebook)
Our firefighters at the Ravendale Station in Lassen County have been honing their skills in helicopter use as fire season intensifies. Here, crew members work on hooking a long line to the belly of BLM Helicopter 553. http://ow.ly/ysaz8




BLM Fire Mitigation Education Specialist Clay Howe poses with a US Forest Service employee and Fire Safe Council rep for an award. BLM Employee Awarded Outstanding Advocate of the Year from the California Fire Safe Council (BLM Facebook)
Another key part of fire season readiness is working with our fire safe councils, communities, and partners to plan and prepare for more fire resilient landscapes. http://ow.ly/ysa6S



Now that the Shirley Fire is Contained, the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation Begins (ABC 23, 06/21/14) Now that the Shirley Fire is 100% contained, the US Forest Service and the BLM will work together to mitigate post-fire threats to people and the ecosystem. The system in use will be the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation program to manage post-fire response actions after a wildfire is contained.. http://ow.ly/yrCGx



Fire Officials Stress Caution over July Fourth Holiday
(BLM News Release)
Northeast California fire officials are reminding area residents and visitors to be careful with fire and fireworks when they celebrate Independence Day. Possession, Use of Fireworks Illegal on BLM Public Lands, National Parks, National Forests. http://ow.ly/yselY


BLM Bishop Field Office & Inyo National Forest Announce Fire Restrictions
(BLM News Release) Effective Friday, June 27, the BLM Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions. http://ow.ly/yseGP



WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK

Black bear.

In some areas, bears have become a problem. This is most often because:
(a.) They leave the remains of their prey lying around and breeding flies.
(b.) They make dens in abandoned houses and empty garages.
(c.) They knock over trees and destroy other vegetation while chasing prey.
(d.) They find food in campsites or garbage cans.
(e.) Someone starts a wildfire and bear with pants shows up with an attitude.
(f.) Of resentment over decades of lost teddy bear royalties.


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



WILD HORSE AND BURRO

Large art display of a wild horse. BLM photoWild Horses are Again Inspiring the Lassen County Arts Council in Susanville (BLM Facebook) Now in its second year, the Arts Council's "Art of Wild Horses" encourages local businesses and organizations to buy a blank wild horse cutout and decorate it for the Lassen County Fair and parade. http://ow.ly/ysckF




BLM Removing Wild Horses from Private Lands in Eastern Siskiyou County
(BLM News Release) The Bureau of Land Management has begun capturing and removing wild horses from private lands in eastern Siskiyou County under provisions of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act that calls for removal of animals from private lands when requested by the landowner. http://ow.ly/yse4P


Wild horse trotting in a corral. BLM photoBLM-California Wild Horse and Burro Internet Adoption

(BLM Website) Complete an adoption application; Preview the animal profiles online and select which you would like; Call the BLM at 530-310-3674 to adopt your animal from June 16 to 27; Arrange to pick up your animal at one of the locations mentioned above. http://ow.ly/xTM0U



OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

BLM southern California desert sand dunes with the old woman mountains in the background. BLM photoGroup to Facilitate Connections to Desert (Daily Press, 06/21/14)
The public is invited to the July meeting of a newly formed advisory panel that will offer suggestions on desert land use and how to readily connect people with desert offerings. http://ow.ly/yrDGg




USDA, BLM Accelerating Sage-Grouse Protection in California, Nevada to Head Off Listing
(Star Tribune, 06/20/14) The Obama administration is launching an effort to accelerate protection of sage grouse along the California-Nevada line with $31 million in spending through 2024 to help ranchers and others improve habitat. ...The BLM also is committing $6.5 million over 10 years to finance a wide range of improvements for the bistate population. http://ow.ly/ysi24


Marijuana leaves.Man Arrested for Having Secret Marijuana Garden

(ABC 23, 06/20/14) The Kern County Sheriff's Office Major Violator Unit and SWAT served a search warrant on a secret marijuana garden located on the BLM property off of Old Ox Court Road near Breckenridge Mountain... http://ow.ly/yrEvN



Rolling grassy hills with sheep grazing. Feds Shell Out Money to Counties with National Lands
(The Californian, 06/18/14) California counties with vast tracts of federal land will receive a total of $45.3 million from Uncle Sam this year. The state's share is the biggest in the U.S. under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, or PILT, according to the Interior Department. http://ow.ly/ysjMA



Graphic image of a map of western states.BLM Ranger Shot Near Lake Tahoe
(Nevada Public Radio, 06/18/14)
Brent Douglas Cole allegedly shot a ranger from the BLM and an officer with the California Highway Patrol. The suspect posted a large number of anti-government posts on Facebook and other sites, and appears to belong to the Sovereign Citizens Movement. http://ow.ly/ysiu9



Two backpackers stand on a coastal trail looking out at the ocean. BLM photoJune is Great Outdoors Month
(BLM Facebook) We have some fantastic recreational opportunities on BLM public lands in California. http://ow.ly/ys9f0


 

BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR Highlights

A river with rapids and mountains in the background. LAST WEEK AT THE BLM, JUNE 16-20, 2014 (BLM Tumblr)
BLM xtended its deadline to nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for the 2014 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards; BLM published FY 2015 Budget brochure... http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1JVOsNM



Image clip from beginning scene of the DOI weekly video.VIDEO- This Week at Interior: June 20, 2014
(DOI YouTube)

President Obama in Indian Country, The Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Energy Area, Secretary Jewell announces $102 million in coastal resilience grants aimed at helping communities protect themselves from severe storms... http://youtu.be/_8BOGv9ko4Y



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


Jul 1: BLM Announces Desert Advisory Council Subcommittee Meeting

(BLM News Release) The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan subcommittee to the Desert Advisory Council has scheduled a public meeting for July 1, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the BLM California Desert District Office. http://ow.ly/yew4a


Suicide rock viewed from a trail in the San Jacinto Mountains. BLM photoJul 2: Find Yourself in the Forest
(BLM Facebook)
Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains, enjoy views of Lily and Suicide Rocks from the Devil's Slide Trail. Discover the many connections you have with this mountain, in the San Jacinto Wilderness near Idyllwild. http://ow.ly/ysb1o



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


Jul 8: BLM Announces Connecting People to the Desert Subgroup Meeting
(BLM News Release) The Connecting People to the Desert Subgroup to the Desert Advisory Council has scheduled a public meeting for July 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the BLM Barstow Field Office. http://ow.ly/yewl4


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

Black bearIn some areas, bears have become a problem. This is most often because:
ANSWER: (d.) They find food in campsites or garbage cans.





SOURCE: "Black Bear - Ursus americanus" (BLM California wildlife database)
As they find food in urban areas they lose their fear of humans and could become quite aggressive. People who live in areas where bears are present should make their garbage cans bear-proof and keep their land clean. When camping, food should be stored in lockers that are specially designed to keep bears out. If the lockers aren't available the food should be kept in the trunks of cars. http://ow.ly/yshkt


Smokey Bear meme that says "Burned Down For What".Sometimes you have to speak a kid's language to get their attention (Smokey Bear Facebook) http://ow.ly/ysgUP



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