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- Public Lands Light Show
- Fire Management
- Headlines and Highlights
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
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Photo collage of a range of night sky scenes and sunsets. BLM photosLooking for a Light Show on Your July 4th Weekend? (BLM Facebook) Here's what you'll find on BLM public lands. When you're packing for the trip to the lake, mountains or desert, please leave the fireworks at home. It's dry out there, so be careful with any use of fire. http://ow.ly/yHQvD

Milkway stars over desert background. Bob Wick photoEnjoy Some of the Stars and Stripes Displayed in BLM California Desert Areas
(BLM Facebook) http://ow.ly/yHWT6

Ocean waves with a line of birds flying in the distance. BLM photoShowing Our Stars and Stripes
(BLM Facebook) We hope this inspires you to get outdoors this holiday weekend. http://ow.ly/yHRsp

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


Graphic with firefighter, purple ribbon, and text saying a Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn. A Week to Remember, Reflect, and Learn (BLM Facebook) One year ago today, the wildland fire community suffered the tragic loss of 19 firefighters on the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. The purpose of this week is to honor our fallen firefighters by making a commitment that we will apply the lessons we have learned every day, on every fireline we walk, and with every decision we make. http://ow.ly/yHOoP

Butts Fire Evacuees Face Another Night Away from Home
(Press Democrat, 07/01/14) Dorothy Hurst sat in the shade Wednesday outside an evacuation center set up for more than 200 households threatened by the steadily marching wildfire in the rugged hills of the Napa-Lake county border. http://ow.ly/yKcmH

BLM Initiates Emergency Fire Prevention Closure in Whitewater Canyon

(BLM News Release) Effective June 30, 2014, the BLM has temporary closed public lands in and near Whitewater Canyon, in Riverside County, Calif., due to hazardous fire conditions.

Topaz Interagency Fire Crew, Student Conservation Association and BLM employees in a group photo. BLM photo Walker Public Land Clean Up
(BLM Facebook) We'd like to give a big shout-out to the Topaz Interagency Fire Crew and the Student Conservation Association for working with our BLM Bishop Field Office Recreation Program last Wednesday to pick up nearly 3,000 pounds of garbage from the Walker area illegal dump site in Mono County. http://ow.ly/yIitB

Redding Field Office firefighter walking in a July 4th Parade. BLM photoHelp Us Spread the Message...Fire Danger is High this 4th of July!
(BLM Facebook) Follow established fire restrictions guidance and wildfire prevention measures in your area. BLM's Redding Field Office will be sharing the wildfire prevention message at the annual Weaverville Community 4th of July Parade. http://ow.ly/yHNlK

RELATED: BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for Lands Managed by Redding Field Office (BLM News Release) http://ow.ly/yHNUz

RELATED: Fire Officials Stress Caution over July Fourth Holiday
(BLM News Release) http://ow.ly/yselY

A BLM employee posts a fire restrictions sign in the King Range. BLM photoThink It's Safe this July 4th Weekend to Have an Illegal Campfire on the Beach?
(BLM Facebook) BLM posts fire restrictions in the King Range and shares photos of a burned area caused by careless beach campers last year. http://ow.ly/yHLsL

RELATED: BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for Lands Managed by Arcata Field Office
(BLM News Release) The BLM is implementing fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Arcata Field Office in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Mendocino counties. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. http://ow.ly/yHMyF


Close up of Lynda Roush with a colorful umbrella. BLM photoBLM's Lynda Roush Retiring After 40-Year Career
(Redwood Times, 06/28/14) Lynda J. Roush, manager of the BLM's Arcata Field Office, is retiring after a 40-year career in government service. http://ow.ly/yHZPl

RELATED: BLM's Lynda Roush Retiring After 40-year Career

(BLM News Release) Roush has had a distinguished career, serving in posts across California before coming to the North Coast where she plans to reside in retirement. http://ow.ly/yHKaR

Ocean waves crash over rocks on the northern California coast. Bob Wick photoQuaker Valley Grad Uses Hobby to Help Federal Agency
(TribLive Neighborhoods, 06/25/14) Bob Wick's photos help to document federally protected property. The federal land that the BLM oversees is very vast and very unknown. It's kind of the last frontier of photography in the United States. http://ow.ly/yI9BM

A metal statue in the form of a human stand against a desert landscape. Land of Extremes: A Long Road Nears Its End, as Museum Comes to Life (Imperial Valley Press, 06/28/14) Over the next year, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum will be fabricating and installing a permanent exhibit called the Land of Extremes. It will be an exhibit on the human adaptation to the desert environment. http://ow.ly/yI0uy

The 2014 Sacramento Generation Green Crew pose for a group photo just near a creek. BLM photoFirst Day of Work for the Sacramento Generation Green Crew
(BLM Facebook) The program exposes high school students to careers in natural resources. The Sacramento Gen. Green Crew is working in partnership with U.S. Forest Service and BLM's Mother Lode Field Office. http://ow.ly/yHPsF

Agents Serve Search Warrant, Take Indian Artifacts (Sierra Wave, 06/29/14)
Rangers and special agents of the BLM served a federal search warrant on a home in Lone Pine as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged theft and destruction of ancient Native American burial artifacts. http://ow.ly/yHZsY

Nevada County Shooting Suspect has Ties to Extremist Group
(ABC News 10, 06/27/14) The man accused of shooting and injuring a BLM Officer and a California Highway Patrol officer was arraigned Thursday morning in Nevada County Superior Court. http://ow.ly/yIa46

BLM Initiates Environmental Review of Major Transmission Line in California Desert
(BLM News Release) The BLM today published a Notice of Intent to conduct an environmental review on the impacts of the West of Devers Upgrade Project in Riverside and San Bernardino County. http://ow.ly/yHKDX


Antelope squirrel

What distinction does the White-tailed antelope squirrel hold?
a. it is the rarest of antelope squirrels
b. it is the most widespread of antelope squirrels in North America
c. it is the largest of antelope squirrels
d. it is the smallest of antelope squirrels
e. it is the most easily sunburned antelope squirrel

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


BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR Highlights

Sage grouseLAST WEEK AT THE BLM, JUNE 23-27, 2014 (BLM Tumblr) BLM Director Neil Kornze and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead announced the final approval of a comprehensive management plan for public lands in central Wyoming and more... http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1K8_weR

Image clip from DOI video with wood storks in the background. VIDEO- This Week at Interior: June 27, 2014
(DOI YouTube)

A 30-year recovery effort brings the wood stork back from the brink of extinction; Secretary Jewell releases the results of a USGS assessment of carbon sequestration by natural ecosystems; and some special needs children get a chance to enjoy fishing in the great outdoors.

BLM Auction Yields $5.8 Million in Competitive Bids for Nevada's Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone
(BLM News Release) As part of the Obama Administration's comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources, and cut carbon pollution, the BLM held a competitive auction for renewable energy on public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada. http://ow.ly/yHYL1

A wide open grassland with two horseback riders in the distance.BLM Finalizes Lander Resource Management Plan
(K2 Radio, 06/26/14) Director of the BLM Neil Kornze and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead today announced the final approval of a comprehensive management plan for public lands in central Wyoming. http://ow.ly/yI8wU

Presidential Memorandum -- Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
(White House News Release) Pollinator losses have been severe. The continued loss of commercial honey bee colonies poses a threat to the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination operations in the United States... http://ow.ly/yHXQb


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

Jul. 11: Public Meeting to Solicit Comments 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.

Jul 17-18: BLM Advisory Council Plans Meeting at Mother Lode Field Office
(BLM News Release) Management issues for Central California will be on the agenda when the Bureau of Land Management's Central California Resource Advisory Council meets July 17-18 in El Dorado Hills. http://ow.ly/yHJLz

Jul. 19: Discover the Coast @ Point Arena
(BLM Website) Celebrate with the community of Point Arena with guided hikes/walks, kids crafts, lighthouse activities, food, and lots of fun!

Aug. 1: End of Public Review Period for Environmental Study 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

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

Antelope squirrelWhat distinction does the White-tailed antelope squirrel hold?

ANWER: b. it is the most widespread of antelope squirrels

RELATED: "Ammospermophilus leucurus (White-tailed antelope squirrel)" (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Animal Diversity Web)
More information, plus photos. http://ow.ly/yIcAC

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