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Up close Pacific Fisher. Motion sensor camera A close up of a horse and owner from Ferndale Adoption. BLM photo Hand holding a heart-shaped rock at the beach. BLM photo OHV race at King of the Hammers Two cougars rub faces


- OHV Recreation
- Headlines and Highlights
- Valentine Themed Social Media
- Renewable Energy
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Upcoming Events
- Department of Interior Video

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BLM Releases Record of Decision for Clear Creek Management Area
(BLM News Release)
The BLM Hollister Field Office has released the Record of Decision for the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) Resource Management Plan. This marks the beginning of a 30-day appeal period for the public to challenge implementation decisions in the document.

RELATED: Clear Creek Management Area Record of Decision & Approved Resource Management Plan
(BLM Website)
We are pleased to announce after several years of collaborative effort, the Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Clear Creek Management Area are complete.

RELATED: Clear Creek Management Area
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/tz0Rn

BLM Reopens Clear Creek Management Area
(The Ultimate Motorcycling, 2/13/14)
Reports that the BLM has "announced the reopening of the 31,000-acre Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern in California's San Benito and Fresno counties to limited street-licensed vehicle use."

Two students use plant guide to help identify plants. BLM photoThe Southside Trail: Hike, Bike, Learn
(News.Bytes Extra)
The new Southside Trail near Susanville has been receiving rave reviews from mountain bikers for its twists, turns, climbs and breathtaking scenery. Now, new raves are coming in about its contribution to youth and learning.

OHV race at King of the Hammers.King of the Hammers Photo Album
(The Press-Enterprise, 01/2014)
Photos and stories from the King of the Hammers Off-Highway Vehicle Event in early February.

Photo of large King of the Hammers. CA State Parks photoKing of the Hammers Photo Album
(California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division Facebook)
A set of photos taken by staff supporting the King of the Hammers OHV event. http://ow.ly/tz4al

RELATED: Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area
(BLM Website)
Johnson Valley is a varied landscape for the off-highway vehicle driver. It is punctuated by steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes. Elevations range from 4,600 feet at Hartwell Hills to 2,300 feet at Melville Dry Lake. Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, annual grasses, wild flowers and Joshua Trees.

Dirt bike riding across a dune at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. BLM photoFeb. 3: Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office Announces Public Comment Period for OHV Grant Proposals
(BLM News Release)
An open house was scheduled on Feb. 13 and others may make comments by appointment up until April 7th.

Feb. 10: BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office Announces Public Comment Period for OHV Grant Requests
(BLM News Release)
Public open house to discuss grants will be held Feb. 20.

Feb. 10: BLM's Ukiah Field Office Announces Public Comment Period for OHV Grant Applications
(BLM News Release)
Public comments due by April 7. Public Workshop on Feb 26.

Mar 4- Apr 7: Public Invited to Provide Input for OHV Grant Proposals
(BLM Website)
The BLM's Barstow Field Office, along with the Friends of Juniper Flats, have scheduled an open house meeting on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. to allow the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of several off-highway vehicle grant and Juniper Flats restoration grant proposals.


A woman and her horse pose. Photo by BLMBLM Wild Horse and Wilderness Programs Meet the Public in Ferndale
(News.Bytes Extra)
An annual pack clinic hosted by the Back Country Horsemen of California provided a great venue for the BLM to present information on two programs that often share an audience -- wilderness and wild horses.

A BLM wrangler leads a young mustang through a challenge course. BLM photoFerndale Adoption Story
(BLM Facebook)
Demonstrating trust and calmness in the face of new obstacles, this yearling filly found a new North Coast home during a wild horse and burro adoption event in Ferndale last weekend. Leading her is Thad Waltman, a BLM wild horse wrangler, who trained her to halter especially for the Ferndale adoption.

The Redwood Quest- A Youth Scavenger Hunt
(BLM Facebook)
Students from Willow Creek's Creekside Arts and Education Learning Center joined the "Quest". The setting was Six Rivers National Forest and the guides were BLM Park Ranger, Julie Clark, and California State Parks Interpreter, Anicia Williams. Their smiles and cheers say it all. The youth scavenger hunt was an adventure.

Close up of a Pacific Fisher. Photo from motion sensor camera at BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve. Fisher Surveys in BLM's Headwaters Forest Reserve
(BLM Facebook)
This past summer, BLM Headwaters Wildlife Biologist, David Anthon, setup bait stations and motion sensor cameras to inventory the Pacific fisher population in Headwaters Forest Reserve, with assistance from undergraduate wildlife biology students from Humboldt State University.

Close up of a tick.Ticks and Endangered Voles Linked by Migrating Birds
(LA Times, 01/30/14)
A disease-carrying tick only found in the southeastern United States has colonized a federally endangered rodent population in an extremely isolated patch of Mojave Desert wetlands.

RELATED: Amargosa River Area of Critical Environmental Concern
(BLM Website) http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/amargosa_acec_.html

RELATED: Renewable Energy in the California Desert
(University of Michigan Website)
Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR) are whole rivers or segments of rivers that 'possess outstanding remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values" and are designated to be "preserved in free-flowing condition" and "protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations."


A deer and her fawn in the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Photo from motion sensor camera.We're Celebrating "Love in Nature"
(BLM Facebook)
Do you have photos of pets or wildlife that fit this theme? Share photos and stories of your favorite romantic locations and occasions on BLM public lands? Post using #loveinnature. http://ow.ly/twqMB

Sand Hill Cranes dancing in a wetland at the Cosumnes River Preserve. BLM photo#LoveInNature With Sandhill Cranes at the Cosumnes River Preserve
(BLM Facebook)
You could call them a romantic bird. They mate for life and choose their partner based on their dancing displays. http://ow.ly/twlRN

Historic photo of Piedras Blancas light station. A Romantic and Interesting Activity for Valentine's Day Weekend
(BLM Facebook)
Think about joining one of our living history tours at the Piedras Blancas Light Station on Saturday the 15th! A gateway to the California Coastal National Monument and back through time. http://ow.ly/twqst

Young girl helps plant native grasses at Fort Ord National Monument. BLM photoStudents Show Their Love for Fort Ord
(BLM Facebook)
Students from Toro Park Elementary School showed their love for Fort Ord National Monument by planting native perennial grasses and shrubs along El Toro Creek in Monterey County. http://ow.ly/twPl2

A closeup of a hand holding a heart-shaped rock on the beach. BLM photoOde to Our California Coastal National Monument Gateway Partners
(BLM Facebook)
Click "Like" if you are feeling the love for our California Coastal National Monument. http://ow.ly/twqzj

A dirt bike rides across a dune at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. BLM photoImperial Sand Dunes is Celebrating "Love in Nature"
(BLM Facebook)
Do you have any dune Valentine themed photos and stories? Share them using #Valentine and #LoveInNature "http://ow.ly/twPII

A heart-shape drawn on the sand at the beach with a sunset. BLM photoIn the Spirit of Valentine's Day
(BLM Facebook)
Justin Robbins, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at the King Range National Conservation Area, wanted to share some signs of love on our public lands. http://ow.ly/twJDz

Western Snowy Plover at the beach. BLM photoAre You A Plover Lover?
(BLM Facebook)
Western snowy plovers are making their way to beaches on the north coast to nest. http://ow.ly/twLLb

Two mountain lions rub faces. Photo from motion sensor cameraPurrnuggling, Also Known As Cougar Kisses
(BLM Facebook)
Hope this #LoveInNature post makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Purrnuggles, also known as cougar kisses. This affectionate mother mountain lion and her cub are "scent marking"... http://ow.ly/tyydW

RELATED: Cougar Kisses Video
(BLM YouTube) http://youtu.be/WRWlGOXqq8k


Interior Releases First National Interactive Map of Onshore Wind Turbines
(DOI News Release)
As part of the President's Climate Action Plan to move the economy toward clean energy sources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle today joined the U.S. Geological Survey to release the first publicly available interactive map and geo-dataset showing more than 47,000 onshore wind turbine locations and related information across the entire United States.

RELATED: BLM California Wind Energy
(BLM Website) http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/energy/wind.html

Desert landscape in the Soda Mountain Solar Project Area. Public Comments Due for the Proposed Soda Mountain Solar Project
(BLM Facebook)
This is part of the 90-day public comment period for the project. The BLM is seeking comments on planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. Send comments to: Soda Mountain Solar Project Manager, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553 or to the e-mail address sodamtnsolar@blm.gov. Comments due March 3.

RELATED: Soda Mountain Solar
(BLM Website)

Public Comments Due for Draft Environmental Review of Blythe Solar Power Project

(BLM News Release)
The publication by the Environmental Protection Agency Federal Register initiates a 45-day public review and comment period. The BLM will soon publish a more detailed Federal Register Notice for the Draft EIS. Comments are due March 9, 2014.

RELATED: BLM Blythe Solar Power Project
(BLM Webpage) http://ow.ly/twD5H


Western Snowy Plover on the beach. BLM photo

What does the Western snowy plover eat?
(a) small crustaceans
(b) mollusks
(c) marine worms
(d) insects
(e) All of the above

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


Feb. 10: BLM Announces Nomination Period for Resource Advisory Councils, Including Central California
(BLM News Releas)
The BLM announced that it is seeking public nominations for open positions on its 29 Resource Advisory Councils, which advise the BLM on public land issues, including the Central California RAC. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for next 45 days.

Feb. 10: BLM Announces Nomination Period for Members of Northern California District Resource Advisory Council
(BLM News Release)
Deadline for nominations is March 27.

Feb. 15: Piedras Blancas Birthday Celebration Living History Tour
(BLM Website)
The Piedras Blancas Light Station was first illuminated on February 14, 1875. In celebration of the 139th birthday of the lighthouse there will be a living history tour on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Guides and assistants will be dressed in period attire. Enactors will bring light station history to life.

a girl sits with her dog on a hike along Indian Pass. BLM photoFeb. 15: Indian Pass Arches-Dog Hike
(BLM Facebook)
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by taking a hike over President's Day Weekend! Join a BLM park ranger for a moderate hike in mostly sandy/cobble wash, with slight elevation gain/loss, approx. 3.5 miles roundtrip. Granitic boulders and volcanic spires dominate the scenery, and everywhere geology speaks.

Feb. 15: Striking It Rich- Fan Hill Hike

(BLM CA Facebook)
The Fan Hill hike is
near Sky Valley and the Joshua Tree National Park Wilderness. This is the first of seve hikes that are planned for 2014 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Feb. 25 and 27: Public Meetings to Solicit Comments on Route 66 Management Plan

(BLM News Release)
The BLM, in coordination with the California Historic Route 66 Association, will prepare a corridor management plan for the segment of the historic Route 66 within the BLM California Desert District that extends from the western city limits of Barstow, California to the Colorado River.

Feb. 26: BLM Public Workshop for the Keyesville Area Recreation

(BLM News Relase)
The Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will host a public workshop Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Lake Isabella to solicit community input on management of public lands in the Keyesville area.

View across the Carrizo Plain National Monument with a glimpse of Soda Lake in the distance. BLM photoMar. 15- 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/


Photo clip from DOI video. Hand holding a small fish.DOI Weekly Video: Feb 7, 2014
(DOI YouTube)
This week: climate change in an icy national park, wind power in the west, and the little fish that could.

WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and related information

Western Snowy Plover on the Beach. BLM photoWhat does the Western snowy plover eat?
(e) Snowy Plovers typically forage by pausing, running, and pecking at the ground. Their diet consists of small crustaceans, mollusks, marine worms, and insects.

SOURCE: Western Snowy Plover (BLM Website)

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