IN THE DUNES
"A BRIDGE LEADING TO MEMORIES" (Imperial Valley Press,
Bridge to safely take OHV riders over Interstate highway, is dedicated
to off-road volunteer who worked for the bridge and helped OHV community
and the BLM but died before the bridge was completed.
"DUNES USERS TO DEDICATE NEW BRIDGE THIS WEEKEND"
More about the volunteer in whose memory the OHV bridge was dedicated.
Also, a new generation of volunteers continues the tradition.
"LAWLESSNESS AT THE DUNES: BLM NEEDS TO GET ITS MESSAGE OUT"
(Imperial Valley Press, 03/15/2002)
"The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is going to have to find more
ways to get the word out that lawlessness in the Imperial Sand Dunes will
not be tolerated, state officials said."
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATES
"BOARD OPPOSES SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATION" (Red Bluff Daily
Tehama County supervisors vote to oppose designation of Sacramento River
in National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Opponents cite desire for management
by local community.
"COPCO COMMUNITY CENTER FILLED FOR MEETING" (Siskiyou
Daily News, 03/18/2002)
Capacity crowd discusses proposed management plan for five miles of the
Klamath River south of the California-Oregon border.
"SACRAMENTO RIVER" (BLM California Web site)
"VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR KING RANGE TRAIL CLEANUP PROJECT"
(BLM California news release, 03/18/2002)
Outdoor enthusiasts can help spruce up the King Range National Conservation
Area (NCA) on California's "Lost Coast," in a volunteer project
Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. The Bureau of Land Management will
offer free camping for participants.
"BLM PLANS BURN PROJECTS NEAR OLD SHASTA" (BLM California
news release, 03/15/2002)
Crews from the U. S. Bureau of Land Management will continue a series
of slash pile burning projects beginning Tuesday, March 19 near the community
of Old Shasta. Work should be completed by Thursday, March 21.
"BLM SURPRISE FIELD OFFICE PLANS PRESCRIBED FIRE PROJECTS"
(BLM California news release, 03/18/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management's Surprise Field Office in Cedarville is
planning several prescribed fire projects for the spring months, with
the first ignitions scheduled next week.
"BLM CLOSES WOOD CUTTING AREAS BECAUSE OF MUDDY CONDITIONS"
(BLM California news release, 03/15/2002)
Muddy back country conditions have prompted the Bureau of Land Management's
Eagle Lake Field Office to close firewood cutting areas until conditions
PLANT OF THE WEEK - Green's Mariposa-lily
in Siskiyou County, this plant prefers soils ranging from clay to light
loam which are generally cobbley or stony and often associated with rock
outcrops. Green's Mariposa-Lily grows from 4 to 12 inches tall with lilac
petals 1-1/4 inches long with yellow and deeper lilac bands at its exterior
base. Inner surface of petals are covered with dense white hairs, changing
to yellow toward the base.
MORE ON PLANTS
"LASSEN WEED ERADICATION
EFFORT GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION" (BLM California news release,
Northeastern California's coordinated battle against invasive, noxious
weeds received national attention during an exhibit at the U. S. Botanical
Gardens in Washington, D. C. Carolyn Gibbs, BLM's representative on the
Lassen County Special Weed Action Team (SWAT), represented California
in accepting a "Public-Private Partnership Award" for their
"BLM ISSUES DECISION ON THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA'S CURLY TOP VIRUS
CONTROL PROGRAM" (BLM California news release, 03/11/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a decision authorizing the
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to continue its efforts
to control curly top virus for five more years on public lands administered
by BLM in California, mostly in the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys.
VISIT US: Palm Springs area
the Palm Springs area this spring? Take a look at the Top 10 Points of
Interest managed by our Palm Springs Field Office. http://www.ca.blm.gov/palmsprings/topten.html
"SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE SCHEDULES MEETINGS" (BLM California news release, 03/15/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service (USFS)
have scheduled meetings for the Advisory Committee to the Santa Rosa and
San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
"BLM: ENERGY STREAMLINE,
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, BOTH POSSIBLE" (San Francisco Chronicle,
The head of the government's National Energy Office said Monday he believes
the BLM can streamline development of energy resources on public land
while protecting the environment. Pete Culp, BLM's Assistant Director
for Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, opened a two-day energy
outreach meeting hosted by the BLM in Denver.
"BLM HOSTS ENERGY OUTREACH MEETING" (BLM California news
Meeting in Denver updates 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.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Species Accounts
A species account has been prepared for each bird being considered by
the West Mojave Plan, a 9.4 million-acre planning area encompasses most
of California's western Mojave Desert. About one third of the planning
area is private land, another third is within military bases, and the
final third consists of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Each account was authored by a biologist recognized by his or her peers
as having specialized knowledge of the species in question. The account
describes the species' distribution, natural history, habitat requirements,
population status, threats to the species, recommended measures to address
threats, and a detailed bibliography of relevant literature. To view species
accounts of over 25 birds, visit
...AND: Environmental Education in the desert
"EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM IS IN GOOD HANDS" (Ridgecrest Daily
Thousands of students plus teachers and parent have learned more about
the desert through the Sand Canyon Environmental Education Program. Partners
including BLM California can concentrate even more on teaching now, with
recent extra funding.
GIVES CASH TO KIDS"
Tenth partner joins SEEP.
ON THE LAND"
Sand Canyon Environmental Education program is part of this national network
of field classrooms linking students, teachers and parents to their public
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"GROUP ASKS OFFICIALS TO DISAVOW PROJECT" (San Bernardino
County Sun, 03/21/2002)
Environmental group asks two Democrats who recently joined Cadiz, Inc.
-- former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and former California Assembly
Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa -- to come out against the company's proposed
underground water storage and pumping facility under the Mojave Desert.
"MANY INTERIOR EMPLOYEES STILL STUCK OFFLINE" (GovExec.com,
Most BLM California computers and Web sites are back online, but some
links to Department of Interior sites may not work. Security for each
computer system must satisfy Court Master appointed in lawsuit.
"LEGAL BARRIERS REIN IN WILD HORSE EXPORTS" (Associated
Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 03/20/2002)
Legal requirements and cost of monitoring wild horses adopted from public
lands stand in the way of adoptions to foreign countries, says program
manager at meeting of BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENT
3/28/02 - 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.
Contacts: Loretta Pedersen, Hector Villalobos -- (760) 384-5410