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Volunteer and BLM employees pose at Whale of  Day. BLM photo Flowers at Fort Ord National Monument. BLM photo Quad rider at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. BLM photoNeil Kornze, BLM Director. Fire prevention trailer and display at fire education event. BLM photo


- Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in the News
- Discover the Coast Campaign and Events
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- BLM and Department of Interior News Items
- Upcoming BLM California Events

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Quad rider on sand dunes. BLM photoImperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Set to Change Closures this Fall (BLM News Release) A recent court decision paved the way for the BLM to implement the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan, allowing for increased OHV riding opportunities...

OHV vehicles on sand dunes. GLAMIS: Judge Rejects Lawsuit, Opening New Areas to Vehicles

(Riverside Press-Enterprise, 04/07/14) Ending a 14-year closure, about 40,000 acres of the popular Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area will be opened to off-road vehicles... http://ow.ly/vzfh8

RELATED: Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Set to Change Closures This Fall (BLM Facebook) http://ow.ly/vCx21


Graphic of the Fort Ord BLM poster. FREE OFFER! Discover the Coast @Fort Ord Poster
(BLM Website) To celebrate our "discover the coast" campaign we are giving away this 11"x14" framable poster. http://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/offers/index.php?issueReq=619

Fort Ord National Monument wildflowers. BLM photoVIDEO: Voices of the Coast @ Fort Ord
(BLM YouTube) Local community members share their thoughts about Fort Ord and invite you to Discover the Coast at the Fort Ord National Monument. http://youtu.be/EkLxbIUXbtw

Tammy and Chris set up a BLM booth. BLM photoBLM Fort Ord National Monument Booth Set-up at the Sea Otter Classic
(BLM Facebook) Tammy Jakl and Chris Vega from BLM's Fort Ord National Monument are setting up a booth for the Sea Otter Classic this weekend. The bike race is expected to bring in some 10,000 athletes and around 65,000 fans and festival goers. http://ow.ly/vCDkH

RELATED: BLM's Fort Ord National Monument
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmDg4

A group of volunteers and BLM employees pose for a photo at a Whale of a Day event. BLM photoWhale of a Day Celebration 2014
(News.Bytes Extra) A picture perfect southern California day provided a dramatic backdrop for the annual Whale of a Day celebration held at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Graphic for video intro to Whale of a Day. VIDEO: Discover the Coast @ Point Vicente - Whale of a Day (BLM YouTube) Join the community of Point Vicente in the 30th Annual "Whale of a Day" celebration.

Melissa Estrada. BLM photoMelissa Estrada, BLM Pathways Student, Helps at Whale of a Day
(BLM Facebook) http://ow.ly/vCEI4

RELATED: Student Employment Programs with the BLM
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vCEAJ


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

RELATED: BLM's California Coastal National Monument
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmCre



Pond Turtle. US Fish and Wildlife Service photo


One animal you may see at Fort Ord National Monument is the Western pond turtle. Where in California are Western pond turtles NOT found?
(a.) The desert
(b.) Underground
(c.) North of San Luis Obispo County
(d.) Above 6,000 feet elevation
(e.) Under water
(f.) Below sea level
(g.) In ponds

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


Secretary Jewell Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Neil Kornze as Director of the Bureau of Land Management
(DOI Website) http://ow.ly/vE0EP

Photo of Neil Kornze, BLM Director. Nevadan Confirmed to Head BLM
(Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/08/14) The U.S. Senate voted to approve Kornze, who had been leading the agency as principal deputy director since March 2013. http://ow.ly/vCzqe

BLM Budget Focuses on Wild Horses, Sage Grouse
(San Jose Mercury News, 04/06/14)
Wild-horse fertility control and sage-grouse habitat conservation are among top priorities in the proposed $1.1 billion budget for the BLM. http://ow.ly/vCjXH

BLM Lays out Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Priorities
(BLM News Release) http://ow.ly/vE1sO

Rancher standing out on desert range land.The Federal Government Moved Some Cows and Nevada's Governor Isn't Happy about it
(The Washington Post, 04/09/14)
For more than 20 years, Bundy, a Nevada farmer, has allowed his cattle to graze on federal land, and his main contention is that the government doesn't really own the land. http://ow.ly/vF0lx

BLM Last Week: MARCH 31-APRIL 4, 2014

(BLM Tumblr) BLM celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009; BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze testified at a congressional hearing before the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and; other stories at http://ow.ly/vClGU

DOI Last Week: April 4, 2014
(DOI YouTube) The Island Night Lizard has successfully recovered and will be removed from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act; details of Secretary Jewell's recent visit on board a U.S. Navy submarine under the polar ice cap, and; other stories at


Apr. 10-11: Creek Freaks Community and Volunteer Educators Workshop
(Creek Freaks Eventbrite Page) BLM offices in California have been collaborating with the Izaak Walton League to host Creek Freaks workshops where community educators and volunteers can learn how to present hands-on, riparian-focused outdoor classes to young people. http://ow.ly/uZNp7

Volunteers work at the Alabama Hills. BLM photoApr. 12: Alabama Hills Day

(BLM Facebook) Come celebrate the 3rd Annual "Alabama Hills Day" in Lone Pine, CA. This is an adventure packed event and BLM is one of 35 different exhibitors located at the Convention Center at 325 South Main Street, Lone Pine, CA. http://ow.ly/vCwbp

Apr. 12-June 1: Clear Creek Outings
(BLM Facebook) We are offering everyone a chance to learn more about our natural world in a series of free outings near Clear Creek south of Redding. Topics on these free guided hikes include fire ecology and more. http://ow.ly/vmsyG

Apr. 14-15: BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
(BLM News Release) The BLM's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for two days in April in Sacramento, California, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. http://ow.ly/vmFyC

Apr. 15-16: Cronan Ranch Area to be Closed during Weed Control Project
(BLM News Release)The BLM's Mother Lode Field Office will close the Cronan Ranch and Greenwood Creek parcels to public access on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16, when herbicides will be applied for invasive weed control. http://ow.ly/vE8QT

Tribal village demonstration site. BLM photoApr. 16: Project Archaeology- Teacher Workshop at the San Joaquin River Gorge
(BLM Facebook) The workshop includes everything you will need to teach archaeology in grades 3-5.

Apr. 26: BLM Pit River Campground Reopens

(BLM News Release) The BLM's Pit River Campground and river access area will reopen for the season Saturday, April 26, coinciding with the opening of the California stream fishing season. http://ow.ly/vE9tw

Fire prevention trailer parked at a fire education event. BLM photoMay 3: Agencies Teaming Up to Provide Fire Prevention Information
(News.Bytes Extra) Staff members from the BLM Ukiah Field Office are part of the team including the Lake County Fire Safe Council and Lake County Fire Chiefs Association holding the annual Wildfire Safety Expo, Saturday, May 3, in Lakeport. Admission is free. http://ow.ly/vEao6

May 4-10: The King Range Needs a Few Volunteers!
(BLM Facebook) The King Range National Conservation Area will host a volunteer vacation with American Hiking Society. http://ow.ly/uZMbK

Soda Lake with mountains in the background. BLM photoApr-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/ and http://ow.ly/twOiX

WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and related information

Pond Turtle. US Fish and Wildlife Service photoOne animal you may see at Fort Ord National Monument is the Western pond turtle. Where in California are Western pond turtles NOT found?

(d.) Above 6,000 feet elevation

SOURCE: Western Pond Turtle - Clemmys marmorata
(BLM California wildlife database) Western pond turtles occur from the northern tip of California to the southern tip below 6000 feet....These turtles are found in almost any habitat type that provides a permanent source of water. In the Mojave Desert, they are found only along the Mojave River and its tributaries.

Pond turtle rescued by Fort Ord National Monument manager. BLM photoRELATED: Western Pond Turtle- The APCs of Fort Ord's Past and Present (BLM Facebook) This western pond turtle was likely in search of water along a Highway 1 on-ramp when he was rescued by Fort Ord National Monument Manger, Eric Morgan. "APC" (Armored Personnel Carrier), nicknamed by Monument staff... http://ow.ly/vEbxo

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