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A small historic building at the Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area along the central California coast. BLM photo Two young women with the WildCorp Crew at Fort Ord National Monument sit on a woody branch structure. SCA photo A young girl with the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe learns how to use an atlatl dart tool. BLM photo Jason Williams works to rescue animals during the Sand Fire. BLM photo 2014 Folsom Lake Verternas Fire Crew pose in front of their new station. BLM photo

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:

- Free Poster Offer
- Discover the Coast
- Energy Resources
- Fire Management

- Headlines and Highlights
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events

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FREE OFFER! Discover the Coast @ Piedras Blancas Poster

Piedras Blancas Light Station and rugged central California coast landscape with the text graphic "Discover the Coast". BLM photoThis 11"x14" poster features a stunning photograph of the Piedras Blancas Light Station and information on the back about Discover the Coast and Piedras Blancas. (while supplies last). http://ow.ly/A1S5Y



DISCOVER THE COAST

Two BLM volunteers dressed in historical costumes perform lighthouse tasks during interpretive lighthouse tours at Piedras Blancas. Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Plans Historical Tribute
(The Cambrian, 07/24/14) People who take the Piedras Blancas Light Station tour Aug. 9 will get special Peek at the Past glimpses of period-costumed volunteers portraying life at the scenic site during the early 1900s. http://ow.ly/zYThd


VIDEO: Voices of the Coast @ Piedras Blancas (BLM YouTube)
Local communities share their thoughts about the coast and invite you to Discover the Coast @ Piedras Blancas. http://youtu.be/s0d2IH6jP-w


Shrubs and flowers on the hillside next to the ocean with a Piedras Blancas Light Station building. BLM photoHappy National Lighthouse Day! (BLM Tumblr) Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area is currently managed by the BLM as a historic park and wildlife sanctuary. The waters off Piedras Blancas boast an incredible number of marine mammals. http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1Nc-nTs



Two young women with the WildCorp Crew at Fort National Monument sit on a wood branch structure created into the form of a couch. The Wild50 2014 Crew at Fort Ord National Monument

(BLM Facebook) A Student Conservation Association WildCorp Crew ends their season with project work at BLM's Fort Ord National Monument near Monterey, California. http://ow.ly/zZwXi



Trinidad School Thank You Video for BLM's California Coastal National Monument Partnership
(BLM Facebook) Working with the BLM in developing place based curriculum has been a dream come true. My love of the ocean and marine sciences has been a perfect match for the BLM Teachers on Public Lands program. http://ow.ly/zZyxl


Text graphic for Discover the Coast. Visit Our Discover The Coast Website
(BLM website)
Learn more about our Discover the Coast initiative, partnerships, and events. http://ow.ly/voNJ2




ENERGY RESOURCES

Blythe solar facility and panels. Our Voice: Big Steps Toward Our Renewable Energy Goals
(The Desert Sun, 08/06/14) The approval of NextEra Resources' Blythe solar project by the U.S. Department of the Interior is another boost in California's campaign to generate a third of its power from renewable sources by 2020. http://ow.ly/A4vjM


Interior Department Approves Amendment for the Blythe Solar Power Project in California
(BLM News Release) Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management Janice M. Schneider signed a Record of Decision approving a change in technology for the Blythe Solar Power Project... http://ow.ly/A2qYs


BLM Initiates Environmental Review of Major Transmission Line in California Desert
(BLM News Release) The BLM published a Notice of Intent to conduct an environmental review for the Coolwater to Lugo Transmission Line Project in San Bernardino County. Public scoping ends September 3, 2014. During this period, the BLM and the CPUC will solicit public comments on planning issues... http://ow.ly/A2q8B




FIRE MANAGEMENT

A firefighter walks through a fire area. Humidity Helps Crews Fighting California Wildfires
(SF Gate, 08/05/14) Thunderstorms that brought light rain and increased humidity to Northern California helped crews make progress Tuesday against two large wildfires that threatened hundreds of homes but also raised the possibility of new lightning-sparked blazes in the region. http://ow.ly/A4MMG



Wildfires Across NorCal Prompt State of Emergency (News10, 08/03/14)
Wildfires across Northern California have prompted the governor to take immediate action. http://ow.ly/A4N65



Jason Williams, BLM Wild Hores and Burro Program, helps with animal rescue during the Sand Fire. BLM photoBLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Employee Helps with Animal Rescue During the Sand Fire (BLM Facebook) Jason Williams, BLM's northern California Wild Horse and Burro Compliance Officer helped the El Dorado County Animal Control evacuate stranded horses and other large animals from neighborhoods in the path of the Sand Fire. http://ow.ly/zZxkS


2014 Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew pose in front of their new work quarters. BLM photoThe BLM Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew in New Quarters

(BLM Facebook) The BLM Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew has moved into new quarters on Gold Hill Road near Coloma. The crew, made up of military veterans, is housed at the former El Dorado County Fire Department station... http://ow.ly/zZz1E




WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK

Verdin perched on a shrub in the California desert.

Verdins are among the most characteristic birds of the desert. They are year-round residents and, in the Mojave Desert, must withstand both searing heat and bone-chilling cold. Which of the following statements about the Verdin is false?

(a.) They are identified by their light green back and tail feathers.

(b.) Verdins share nest building between males and females (male builds outer layer, female build the inner lining).

(c.) They build nests for both breeding and roosting.

(d.) Nests built in summer open toward prevailing winds, perhaps to aid in cooling.

(e.) They eat mostly insects, but also take nectar from flowers and feeders.

------> See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.



OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

A young girl from the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation uses an atlatl dart device. BLM photoLone Pine Tribal Youth Environmental Camp (BLM Facebook)
Students from the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation learned about the environment, their culture, and their past. For the second year running, archaeologists from the BLM Bishop Field Office were invited to the Lone Pine Tribal Youth Environmental Camp to talk about the science of archaeology and to the importance of protecting cultural resources. http://ow.ly/zZt8K


BLM Seeks Organization to Administer Wetland Waterfowl Hunts
(BLM News Release) The BLM is seeking a qualified organization to administer waterfowl hunting for youth, women and disabled hunters on its Cougar Wetland at the Cosumnes River Preserve during the 2014-15 hunting season. Submit a detailed, written proposal by Aug. 21. http://ow.ly/A4DoV


 

BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR Highlights

Sage grouse. BLM photoLAST WEEK AT THE BLM, July 28-August 1, 2014 (BLM Tumblr)
BLM Director Neil Kornze testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would increase the efficiency of oil and gas permitting on public lands and coordination among agencies; BLM's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands; BLM conducted the first auction of federal helium on July 31, 2014, under the terms of the recently enacted Helium Stewardship Act. http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1NL5Y0Y


Bald eagle. DOI video. VIDEO- This Week at Interior: August 1, 2014 (DOI YouTube)
Interior joins forces with the AFL-CIO's Union Sportsmen Alliance on projects to renew, rebuild, and restore the nation's public lands; a new report shows up to a quarter of National Park land could be vulnerable to vegetation shifts due to climate change and habitat loss and more. http://ow.ly/zYKos


Silhouette of a Native American. Feds Will Spend $450K to Help Native Americans Adapt to 'Climate Change'
(CNS News, 08/05/14) The BLM plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region "climate adaptation plans" for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities. http://ow.ly/A23aQ


Man with a gun stands with his back to the viewer. BLM, Local Law Enforcement Tensions Near Breaking Point in the West
(LA Times, 08/04/14) Perkins is the sheriff of Garfield County, a rural bastion the size of Connecticut with only 5,500 residents, where 90% of the land is maintained by the BLM. The relationship between local law enforcement and often heavily armed federal officers has always been tense, and now threatens to reach a breaking point. http://ow.ly/zYQuc




SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Verdin perched on a shrub in the desert. Verdins are among the most characteristic birds of the desert. They are year-round residents and, in the Mojave Desert, must withstand both searing heat and bone-chilling cold. Which of the following statements about the Verdin is false?


ANSWER: (a.) They are identified by their light green back and tail feathers...is False.


SOURCE: All About Birds- Verdin
(Cornell Lab of Ornithology Website) http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/verdin/lifehistory


RELATED: Drab and Inconspicuous, Verdins Liven Up the Desert Anyway
(KCET, 06/27/14) Verdins are desert birds. They don't migrate with the seasons, which means that at least in the Mojave, these tiny little things have to be able to withstand both searing heat and bone-chilling cold. http://ow.ly/zYDUG



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