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Two volunteers plant seedlings.Volunteers Continue to Make a Difference on Lost Fire Burn Recovery (BLM News.bytes Extra)
More than 8,000 tiny bitterbrush plants are dotting the landscape on a swath of burned public land, thanks to the efforts of 16 volunteers supporting the staff of the BLM Surprise Field Office.

A group of volunteers hold up banners.Volunteers Help Redding Field Office Improve Clear Creek Area (BLM News.bytes Extra)
A group of 30 volunteers donated their time and muscle power to help improve recreation areas along Lower Clear Creek, south of Redding. Projects were part of the annual National Public Lands Day observance.

Volunteers prepare to install kiosks and signs.West Side Trail Interpretive Kiosk and Sign Installation Project
(BLM News.bytes Extra)
BLM's Mother Lode Field Office worked with partners to create and install innovative new interpretive kiosks and signs along a popular recreational hiking trail and the abandoned route of the historic West Side logging railroad.


New push for Bodie Hills conservation underway (Mammoth Times, 11/21/13)
A push to gain national monument status for the Bodie Hills is underway, led by a 52-year-old veteran in environment and trails conservation. "The BLM is now administering national monuments and other national conservation lands as a system. The BLM, instead of being a land disposal agency, is becoming a land conservation agency for the 21st Century. The BLM doesn't build Visitor Centers. It provides opportunities for gateway communities - in this case, Bridgeport north and west of the Bodie Hills, and Lee Vining south of the Bodie Hills. Those are the two gateway communities."

9 Mindblowing Stargazing Sites in California's High Desert (KCDT, 11/20/13)
California's High Desert is a great place for stargazing: the cities tend to be small and far apart, and there are plenty of places where a casual sky watcher can just pull over to the side of the road and look up at amazingly dark skies. BLM's Afton Canyon and Amboy Crater in San Bernardino County both made the list.

Respect BLM's Public Resources ( KTAK/KVOW Radio, 11/22/13)
The Bureau of Land Management reminds the public that archaeological artifacts such as pottery fragments, homesteads, stone tools, arrowheads and so on are protected by federal law and must be preserved for everyone.

The curse of the stoled artifacts.Related: Funnybytes - The Curse of the Stolen Artifacts (Youtube Video)
Protectors of ancient artifacts reach across the centuries - to the dismay of modern-day plunderers. Based on a true story.


Grape leaves.BLM California Facebook Photo:
Enjoy the colors of Thanksgiving in these fall photos from Shelley Ellis, a Biologist out of the Ridgecrest Field Office. Grape leaves in Sand Canyon, CA.


Jagges mountains in the Rainbow Basin.My Public Lands Tumblr Post
Bob Wick, BLM-California Wilderness Program Lead, shares photos from Rainbow Basin Natural Area. Located just 8 miles from Barstow, Rainbow Basin is set a world apart. Travel here and you'll see an amazing array of colorful rock formations that have been twisted in time...angles and edges formed by faulting, folding, and erosion.


Two children hike near a river.What are YOU Thankful for on Public Lands
BLM California's Josh Hammari is thankful for family adventures on public lands. Read his story here:


Thumbnail from a photo by Michigan Department of Natural Resources

There may be a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving, but watch out for their wild cousins! A wild turkey just might:
(a.) Give you turkey flu
(b.) Bite you back
(c.) Transmit gobbler fever
(d.) Beat the stuffing out of you
(e.) Make you gain weight

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

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December 14 - Cadiz Dunes Wilderness to Celebrate Anniversary of Wilderness Act


Excess natural gas is burned off at well sites. Bill to quicken permit decisions on gas pipeline projects passes House (The Modesto Bee, 11/21/13)
The House voted 252-165 to approve the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, which will require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to meet a 12-month deadline for approving or rejecting proposed pipeline projects. All other federal agencies responsible for licensing pipelines would have to act within 90 days after FERC releases its final environmental report.

BLM okay's Ruby Pipeline again after new review (San Jose Mercury News, 11/21/13)
Federal land managers intend to reissue a right of way for a 678-mile mile natural gas pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon now that government scientists have completed a second environmental review they say corrects deficiencies in the first one struck down by a U.S. appeals court. The pipeline has been transporting natural gas from the Rocky Mountain area to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California since July 2011.

California Congresswoman Seeks Offshore Fracking Moratorium (Huffungton Post, 11/20/13)
Rep. Lois Capps called for a moratorium on offshore fracking in federal waters...requesting a comprehensive study of its environmental and public health impacts. In a related letter to the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency calling for the moratorium and study, Capps cited records detailing at least 15 incidents of fracking in federal waters off California over the last two decades.


Kiosk unveiled at south dunes ranger station (The Yuma Sun, 11/23/13) A new interpretive kiosk at the Buttercup Ranger Station in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) was unveiled Friday afternoon. The kiosk was made possible through more than $15,000 in combined grant money provided from Imperial County and Kawasaki Motors Corp. This will be the first interpretive kiosk to be installed at the relatively new ranger station in the south dunes. Also during the unveiling Friday, Kawasaki donated a brand new 2013 Teryx 750 4x4 off road vehicle to be used by the volunteers and BLM employees at Buttercup Ranger Station. The new off road vehicle replaces an older model Teryx. http://www.yumasun.com/articles/kiosk-90789-station-dunes.html

Two men sit in a vechile while one man hands over the keys.Related Photo: Kiosk unveiled at south dunes ranger station (The Yuma Sun, 11/23/13) Kawasaki rep. Scott Shaffstall hands over the keys of a 2013 Teryx 750 to BLM-El Centro Field Manager Tom Zale...Friday afternoon following the unveiling of the kiosk at Buttercup Ranger Station. For the past six years Kawasaki has donated such an off-road vehicle used in the south dunes by volunteers and BLM staff to increase medical services, pick up trash and hand out safety information. http://www.yumasun.com/sections/article/gallery/?pic=1&id=90789

Related Photo: Interpretive Kiosk (BLM Imperial Sand Dunes Facebook)
A new interpretive kiosk was unveiled at the Buttercup Ranger Station on Friday. Check it out!

BLM DUI Checkpoint in Effect on Public Lands Throughout Imperial County (BLM News, 11/26/13)
Law Enforcement Officers of the Bureau of Land Management are conducting a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint from November 26, 2013 through December 1, 2013, on public lands in the un-incorporated area of Imperial County, to include the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

BLM Opens OHV Training Course at El Mirage OHV Area (BLM News, 11/26/13)
The Barstow Field Office announces the opening of a new OHV Skills Development and Training Course at the El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The OHV development project, made possible through a grant from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division, will serve to teach safe and proper riding techniques and improve basic riding skills for visitors of all ages.



This Week at Interior, November 22, 2013 (DOI video)
Secretary Jewell joins National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis and other dignitaries to mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address; the Secretary travels to South Carolina's Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to talk about private/public conservation efforts, and investigate coastal erosion due to climate change; the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy pays big dividends, as Interior disburses $14.2 billion to local communities; and USGS locates the oldest seawater on Earth.


WILDLIFE TRIVIA answer and related websites

A wild turkey just might:
(b.) Bite you back

A Bay Area Problem: What To Do If You Are Attacked by a Wild Turkey (Videos) (KQED, 3/6/13)
Turkeys dislike water. So if they refuse to budge, give them a good spraying.

The Wild Turkey (The National Wild Turkey Federation website)
The comeback of wild turkeys in North America is arguably the greatest conservation success story in history. It is estimated that there are more than 7 million wild turkeys in the United States, Canada and Mexico primarily due to the success of state and provincial restoration programs, improved habitat management and increased conservation efforts focusing on population status assessment and harvest regulation.

Pheasant, wild turkey seasons open (Lake County Record-Bee, 11/6/13)
Two of the more popular hunting seasons open...pheasant and wild turkey. Despite the abundance of the birds, fall turkey hunting still hasn't caught on among California hunters. Many of the hunters are concentrating on waterfowl, quail or pheasants. However, for those few dedicated turkey hunters the fall season can be as exciting as the spring season.

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) (Michigan Department of Natural Resources)
In spite of its large size and rather awkward appearance, the wild turkey is a powerful flier, reaching speeds of up to 55 mph over short distances. Turkeys will most often fly hard and fast up through the treetops, then set their wings and glide back to the ground. Benjamin Franklin wanted wild turkeys to be our national symbol instead of the bald eagle. He felt that the stately, majestic qualities of the wild turkey would make it a fine symbol for the new country ... Wild turkeys are found in many areas across the U.S. and part of Ontario ... However, this is following a major re-introduction effort that was first successful after four failed attempts.

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