OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO FREE POSTCARD OFFER
have received more than 1,000 requests for the free postcards offered
in last week's News.bytes. The set of postcards, "The BLM in Pictures:
Images from the Public Lands" were offered free to the first 200
people who requested them. Because of the overwhelming demand, we are
planning to honor all requests that we have received so far. Please be
patient as we work with the printer to obtain them for you.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ADVISORY COUNCILS
"We need council members who will provide the BLM with insight and
sound advice on the management of BLM-administered public lands and natural
resources," says BLM California State Director Mike Pool:
"BLM CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS TO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ADVISORY COUNCIL"
(BLM California news release, 03/13/2002)
Five positions need to be filled on the Central California Council. Nominations
may be submitted for yourself or on behalf of another person. Each position
represents a specific constituency, and nominations must be accompanied
by at least two letters of support from the group which is to be represented.
"BLM SEEKING MEMBERS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ADVISORY COUNCILS"
(BLM California news release, 03/11/2002)
There are four vacancies on the Northwest California RAC, and five vacancies
on the Northeast California council. Nominations for the three-year terms
on the citizen advisory boards must be received by April 22.
"ADVISORY COUNCILS" (BLM California Web pages)
More information on BLM California's citizen advisory councils, including
meeting notes, upcoming meetings, information on current council members,
and information and materials to nominate new members.
THE "GROWING" MENACE OF NOXIOUS
began with a handful of non-native plants in the 19th century now number
in the hundreds of millions. These noxious weeds are destroying wildlife
habitat and forage, threatening endangered species and native plants,
increasing soil erosion and groundwater loss, and blocking recreational
NOXIOUS WEEDS BROCHURES"
Receive four Noxious Weed brochures free! Just send your name and
mailing address to CA_News.firstname.lastname@example.org
AND WE WILL SEND YOU YOUR FREE SET OF BROCHURES TODAY! When noxious weeds
spread, they reduce native plant communities, and displace other plants
that provide habitat for wildlife and food for people.
"WEED OF THE WEEK: Canada Thistle"
With stems 1 to 4 feet high, this perennial form deep creeping underground
root systems can penetrate the soil as deep as 10 feet and grow laterally
12 to 15 feet a year. Randomly spaced root buds can develop new shoots
under the right environmental conditions. Canada Thistle invades cropland,
meadows, pastures, roadsides, clearcuts, and waste areas, and flowers
from July to August.
"THE WAY OF THE WEED WARRIOR" (Coast Weekly, 03/07/2002)
"Weed Warriors from one of many organizations that work with BLM
California and volunteers to attack noxious weeds -- in this case, ice
plant that chokes out native plants and prevents diverse ecosystems on
the Central Coast.
CADIZ GROUNDWATER STORAGE PROPOSAL
"BABBIT WILL JOIN WATER-USE DEVELOPER" (Sacramento Bee,
Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt will join Cadiz, Inc. Cadiz plans
to store Colorado River water under the Mojave Desert in dry years, and
pump it and groundwater to sell to the Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California during dry years. The project would include a 34.6-mile
pipeline across BLM public lands from MWD's aqueduct to the Cadiz, Inc.
"Cadiz Groundwater Storage and Dry-Year Supply Program"
(BLM California issue update)
The Cadiz Groundwater Storage and Dry-Year Supply Program involves a cooperative
effort between Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and
Cadiz Inc. to use the groundwater basin underlying part of the Cadiz and
Fenner Valleys in San Bernardino County for storage of water from the
Colorado River to help supply southern California water needs.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: The San Andreas
The San Andreas fault, with a length of more than 800 miles (1,200 kilometers),
is the longest fault in California, and one of the longest in North America.
For photos and additional information on this geologic resource, see http://www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield/geology.html
US: in Central California
Visiting Central California this spring? Take a look at our Top 10 Points
of Interest managed by our Bakersfield Field Office.
PHOTOS FROM CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
See more photos from BLM California's Bakersfield Field Office, from
our photo database:
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: Scenic Backcountry Roads
Traveled by a Vehicle
complete guide to the West's most scenic backroads. BLM has designated
thirty-eight Back Country Byways which traverse 1,900 miles through eleven
western states. This book gives a wealth of information about each of
the routes. Each description includes natural history, geology, history,
location, travel season, and outdoor recreation, plus detailed maps and
scenic photos. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=2
SELECTED BLM NATIONAL NEWS
"NEW BLM DIRECTOR VISITS ELY" (Ely Daily News, 03/13/2002)
BLM Director Kathleen Clarke speaks of her vision for BLM and the public
lands it manages, in a visit to a conservation project near Ely, Nevada.
Clarke says she would like to see BLM adopt as a model, the "citizen-based
stewardship" of the Great Basin Restoration Initiative.
"PROPOSAL WOULD EASE WAY FOR ROADS IN WILDS" (USA Today,
Proposal would make it easier for Western states and local governments
to claim rights-of-way across federal lands. BLM official says that would
just offer another way to settle rights-of-way claims. Environmentalists
say it could open millions of pristine acres to development.
"BLM HOSTS ENERGY OUTREACH MEETING" (BLM California news
Meeting in Denver will update the BLM's role in the implementation of
the President's National Energy Policy and discuss the specific tasks
the BLM has developed in relationship to Coal, Oil, and Gas issues.
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"SURVEYS GETTING UNDERWAY ON SOME BLM LANDS" (Ridgecrest
Daily Independent, 03/01/2002)
Survey teams from BLM and other agencies will be active in the Jawbone
Canyon area, monitoring rare and endangered plants, wildlife, and visitor
"EL CENTRO, COUNTY SUING COMMISSION OVER PIPELINE EIR"
(Imperial Valley Press, 03/07/2002)
Local governments sue California State Lands Commission over its approval
of the North Baja natural gas pipeline that will run through part of Imperial
County. Plaintiffs say the line will fuel two Mexicali power plants that
will endanger the health of their residents. BLM California is involved
because the pipeline would cross public lands managed by three BLM field
"BLM HAS COPCO MEETING TO DISCUSS KLAMATH RIVER" (Siskiyou
Daily News, 03/11/2002)
Public meeting tonight at Copco Lake Community Center, to discuss draft
plan for 19 miles of the Klamath River, including areas in Siskiyou County.
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
March 19 and 20 -- Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting
March 28 -- Ridgecrest Steering Committee Meeting
Monthly meeting of the citizen committee to share information on issues
pertaining to federal public lands managed by the Ridgecrest Field Office.
April 15 and 16 - Public meetings on wild horse gather plans
4/15 - Susanville
4/16 - Cedarville
April (various dates) -- Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management
Plan Public Hearings
Various locations in and near southern California
April (various dates and locations)
Advisory Council meetings
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