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View of Eight Mile Valley
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Description - The Ukiah Field Office is located in Ukiah, California managing approximately 300,000 acres of public lands. The area's rugged terrain is comprised of Douglas fir forest, chaparral-covered slopes, scattered stands of pine and oak, miles of rush streams, dozens of lakes and elevations topping 4,000 feet. A variety of unique wildlife and plant life make their home in the region including the spotted owl, tule elk, Indian Valley Brodiaea, and Adobe Lily.

Attractions - The Ukiah Field Office maintains land for a variety of functions including outdoor recreation. Most public lands administered by BLM are available for "primitive" camping, which means you may set up camp outside of a developed campground. The campgrounds of Blue Oaks Camp, Wintun Camp and Kowalski Camp offer limited amenities at no cost and no reservation. Some sites are boat-in or hike-in. The area is known for year-round bird watching offering wonderful opportunities at several waterside sites including the heart of Cache Creek, which is recognized for its winter bald eagle populations. Hunting is allowed on the public lands; popular harvests are deer, tule elk, black bear, grey squirrel, jackrabbits, brush rabbits, valley quail, mourning doves, band-tailed pigeon, and wild turkey. The Little Darby Environmental Education Area is ideally suited for individuals or small groups who wish to observe some of nature's ecological communities. A short self-guided trail winds through a broad spectrum of ecosystems, from creekside riparian to fir forest to chaparral brushland. Due to Ukiah's close proximity to the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area regions, and because of it's varied terrain, OHV riding is one of the BLM's most popular pastimes.

Recreation - Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, off-highway vehicle riding, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, or wildlife / bird viewing, you will find it at Ukiah resource area. 

Climate - Climate in the area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - The area of responsibility for the Ukiah Field Office is located north of San Francisco along the coast and inland to the Central Valley.


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Filed By: ....Richard N. Bloom (Brooks,, C.)
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Report: My wife & I are in our late 60's, we spend most of our spring & summer riding our mules in Wilderness area. The Payne Ranch, Cowboy Camp' has been one of our favorite places, as we could ride back to our trailer everynight & be comfortable. Our mules were safe in the old by useable Cowboy corral there. We are wondering now, since the new plans have been established if this type of camping will be allowed upon the plan's completed remodel? There certainly is plenty of room, plus ,horse & mule people keep a clean camp. Camping out in the wilderness is not for 'old people' plus the chance of sharing a bed with a rattlesnake is not appealing. Richard N. Bloom


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Contact Information:
Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North State Street , Ukiah, CA, 95482, Phone: 707-468-4000, Fax: 707-468-4027

Additional Information:
California BLM Areas - The Bureau of Land Management manages 14.5 million acres of public land in California. The area includes sagebrush plains, old-growth forests, Pacific coastline, lush riparian areas, and arid high deserts.
Central Valley Region - California's breadbasket, the great Central Valley, stretches for 450 miles down the center of the state, from Willows to Bakersfield. This region includes culturally diverse communities, historic sites, exceptional outdoor recreation, abundant wildlife and the California Delta.

Links:
Bureau of Land Management in California - Official agency website.
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument - Official agency website.
Ukiah BLM Field Office - Official agency website.

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