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Several high school student interns tour the Cosumnes River Preserve. BLM photo Several people hang a banner at the gate of the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands that says Welcome Sally Jewell. A green forested hillsdie coming down to the ocean shore at the King Range. BLM photo Sand dunes in the Mojave wilderness. BLM photo A canoe sits along a Sacramento River shoreline.


- Discover the Coast

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

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Several people work to hang a banner at Point Arena-Stornetta public lands unit that says "Welcome Sally Jewell"Point Arena to Celebrate Expansion of National Monument
(Press Democract, 07/16/14) A coming-out party of sorts is planned Saturday for the southern Mendocino Coast community of Point Arena and a breathtaking section of coastal land that was recently added to the California Coastal National Monument. http://ow.ly/zgZfq

Purple wildflowers growing in a grassy area looking out over the ocean at the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands unit. BLM photoPoint Arena-Stornetta Public Lands Free Guided Plant Walk

(BLM Facebook) Join our guided plant walk on Saturday July 19, at Point Arena City Hall. The walk is part of a full day of Discover the Coast activities on the public lands that are part of the California Coastal National Monument. http://ow.ly/zeYBG

Point Arena Lighthouse. BLM photoThe Point Arena Lighthouse Tour (BLM Facebook)
The Point Arena Lighthouse, seen here from the BLM's Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, is the tallest on the west coast. You can tour it free from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Saturday, July 19. http://ow.ly/zh2rd

VIDEO: Voices of the Coast @ Point Arena (BLM YouTube)
Local communities share their thoughts about the coast and invite you to Discover the Coast. http://youtu.be/pprvgMysbwU

VIDEO: Protecting the Coast @ Point Arena (BLM YouTube)
The community of Point Arena comes together to support adding Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the California Coastal National Monument. http://youtu.be/H63AFi5g-jg

View of a grassy and forested hillside coming down to the ocean shore of the King Range. BLM photoGuided Outings in the King Range Wilderness and Kayaking the Lost Coast
(BLM Facebook) Join our guided outings this month that focus on "Leave No Trace" in the King Range Wilderness and Kayaking the Lost Coast. Saturday, July 19, Black Sands Beach to Horse Mountain Creek and Saturday, July 26, Kayaking the Lost Coast. http://ow.ly/zf4n9

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


Several bicyclists stop along a Sacramento River trail and look out at the water. NorCal Has Something For Everyone To Enjoy
(Stockton Record.net, 07/16/14) For families on a budget, or with little time for vacation, our state provides the most exquisite natural venues found anywhere on the planet. Best river walk -- The Sacramento River Trail, which extends from Turtle Bay Exploratorium in Redding to Shasta Dam, is touted as the "finest river trail in the entire U.S." http://ow.ly/zeGUp

A kayak sits along a brushy shoreline along the Sacramento river. The Northern Sacramento River: A Riparian Adventure

(Sacramento Bee, 07/14/14) Many possibilities are available, since the Sacramento is like our state's Mississippi. This riparian behemoth extends over 400 miles from the Oregon border to San Francisco Bay... http://ow.ly/zc0Yg

RELATED: Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area
(BLM Website) The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area is a valuable historic and natural resource that presents many recreational and educational opportunities. From the lush riparian areas surrounding the Sacramento River and it's tributaries to the expanse of the rolling hills of blue oak savannah, the Sacramento River Bend ONA offers diverse habitat for bald eagles, osprey, migratory and song birds, deer, and salmon. http://ow.ly/zeHdE


Remnants of a historic stone building in the desert. BLM photoBLM Turns 68 Years Old (BLM Facebook)
On July 16, 1946, the General Land Office and the Grazing Service merged and became the Bureau of Land Management within the Department of Interior. http://ow.ly/zf3i2

Several high school students stand in a grassy field at Cosumnes River Preserve as experts talk about the habitat. BLM photoHigh School Interns Join the BLM California State Office for the Summer
(News.Bytes Extra) This summer, the BLM California State Office has hired nine students from Grant Union High School's GEO Environmental and Design Academy as part of an eight week internship program. http://ow.ly/zeFqP

A small group of people walk through a rocky landscape with BLM archaeologist in the Bodie Hills area. Bodie Hills Archaeology Outing
(BLM Facebook)
Archaeologist Greg Haverstock led an outing to the Dry Lakes Plateau region of the Bodie Hills that introduced members of the public to the varied archaeological resources found in the Bodie Hills and explained BLM cultural resource management. http://ow.ly/zeLGk

Six Sites Yield $96 Million in Pot in Tulare County Forest Bust
(Fresno Bee, 07/11/14) More than $96 million worth of marijuana was seized in Tulare County forests this week during a coordinated operation by multiple law-enforcement agencies. The marijuana was planted at six different hidden marijuana cultivation sites, including BLM lands. http://ow.ly/zfl0j

BLM to Remove Fewer Mustangs Across West
(Associated Press, 07/13/14)
The BLM says it will remove fewer wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens. Under its roundup schedule announced this week, the bureau plans to gather 2,400 of the animals through the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. All but 215 of them will be horses... http://ow.ly/zflyb

Rolling sand dunes of the Mojave desert. BLM photoHappy Wilderness Wednesday From the Mojave Wilderness!

(BLM Tumblr) This spring, the BLM completed the purchase of seven parcels within two Wilderness Areas in California - Sheephold Valley Wilderness and Old Woman Mountains Wilderness... http://ow.ly/zeZXC

A group of children pose with a BLM ranger at the Desert Discovery Center. Desert Discovery Center
(Desert Discovery Center Facebook)
Follow the ongoing summer camp activities at the Desert Discovery Center. http://ow.ly/zhARz

Fire Restrictions Start July 21 on BLM-managed Public Lands
(BLM News Release) Seasonal restrictions on the outdoor use of fire and firewood cutting begin Wednesday, July 21, on public lands managed by the BLM in northeast California and far northwest Nevada. http://ow.ly/zeKoS


California red-legged frog.

Which fictional anthropomorphized character would California red-legged frogs most identify with? (Choose two answers)

(a.) Clifford the Big Red Dog -- because they are notably large and have red legs
(b.) Quentin Quail -- because like the California Quail they are a state symbol...California's State Amphibian.
(c.) Bambi's friend Thumper -- because they thump their back feet to signal danger
(d.) Toto -- because they originally came from Kansas
(e.) Lassie -- because they both rescue people from water hazards such as wells

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


BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR Highlights

Rolling sand dunes of the Mojave desert. BLM photoLAST WEEK AT THE BLM, July 7-14, 2014 (BLM Tumblr)
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that $43.38 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects and more. http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1LR_o1-

BLM's National Magazine cover with a graphi illustration of a bighorn sheep. Download Your Free Electronic Copy of the My Public Lands Magazine (BLM Website): http://ow.ly/z0KwH

Image clip from the DOI weekly video.VIDEO- This Week at Interior: July 11, 2014 (DOI YouTube)
Strong support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and more. http://youtu.be/nn6fwh1hzWo

BLM Director Puts Focus on Oil and Gas Inspections
(BLM News Release)
Citing a shortage of inspectors, declining budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands, BLM Director Neil Kornze highlighted the importance of the BLM's budget request for a fee system to increase the agency's oil and gas inspection capacity. http://ow.ly/zgZPT


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!

July 19 and 26: Free Interpretive Outings
(BLM News Release) "Leave No Trace in the Wilderness" Outings Focus on Leave No Trace in the King Range Wilderness and Kayaking the Lost Coast. http://ow.ly/zeIFU

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

California red-legged frog.Which fictional anthropomorphized character would California red-legged frogs most identify with? (Choose two answers)

ANSWER: (a.) Clifford the Big Red Dog -- because they are notably large and have red legs
and (b.) Quentin Quail -- because like the California Quail they are a state symbol...California's State Amphibian.

RELATED: California Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian
(Sacramento Bee, 07/17/14) The frog made famous in a tale by Mark Twain is now California's official state amphibian. http://ow.ly/zh5wV

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