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News.bytes
A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue date: 3/21/02

This week in News.bytes:
- OHVs in the DUNES
- FREE: "RIGHT RIDER" BROCHURE
- NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATES
- PLANT OF THE WEEK - Green's Mariposa-Lily
- MORE ON PLANTS:
     - National attention for Lassen weed eradication effort
     - BLM issues decision on California Curly Top Virus Control Program
- VISIT US: Palm Springs area
- ENERGY ISSUES
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
     - Species Accounts - Birds
     - Environmental Education in the desert
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
 

OHVs IN THE DUNES

"A BRIDGE LEADING TO MEMORIES" (Imperial Valley Press, 03/16/2002)
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.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/16-551-news08.txt

Related story:
"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.
http://www.yumasun.com/artman/publish/story_472.shtml

"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."
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/15-1311-news11.txt

"Rght Rider" brochure
FREE "RIGHT RIDER" BROCHURE
Receive a free brochure on smart and responsible ways to off-highway riding, produced by nine partnering agencies and organizations. Just submit your name and mailing address through the Web page at the following link, AND WE WILL SEND YOU YOUR FREE RIGHT RIDER BROCHURE!
http://www6.ca.blm.gov/newsbytes/issue51/index.htm



NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATES


"BOARD OPPOSES SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATION" (Red Bluff Daily News, 03/20/2002)
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.
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/20-3281-news2.txt

Related story:
"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.
http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/18-2830-news1.txt
Sacramento River scene
Related:

"SACRAMENTO RIVER" (BLM California Web site)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/redding/sacramento.html


"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/NCnews34_kingrange_trail_project.html

"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/NCnews32_old_shasta_burns.html

"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/NR/NCnews33_cedarville_schedules_burns.html

"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 dry out.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/NR/NCnews31_woodcutting_closure.html


PLANT OF THE WEEK - Green's Mariposa-lily
Green's Mariposa LilyFound 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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/redding/redcagr.html


MORE ON PLANTS

"LASSEN WEED ERADICATION EFFORT GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION" (BLM California news release, 03/05/2002)
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 efforts.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/NR/NCnews29_weedaward_march02.html

"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/NR/curlytopvirusrod.html


VISIT US: Palm Springs area
Top 10 sites map thumbnail - Palm SpringsVisiting 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

Related:
"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/NR/SRSJMNMnews01_MAC_meeting_sched.html

Related:
Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
http://www.ca.blm.gov/palmsprings/santa_rosa_national_monument.html


ENERGY ISSUES

"BLM: ENERGY STREAMLINE, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, BOTH POSSIBLE" (San Francisco Chronicle, 03/18/2002)
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/03/18/state1857EST7385.DTL

"BLM HOSTS ENERGY OUTREACH MEETING" (BLM California news release, 03/13/2002)
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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/NR/energymeet_0302.html


NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Species Accounts - Birds
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
http://www.ca.blm.gov/cdd/wemo_species_birds.html


...AND: Environmental Education in the desert


"EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM IS IN GOOD HANDS" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 03/19/2002)
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.
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/beta_2/index.php3?id=738

Related story:
"WATER BOARD GIVES CASH TO KIDS"
Tenth partner joins SEEP.
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/beta_2/index.php3?id=757

Related:
"HANDS 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 lands.
http://www.handsontheland.org/


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.
http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1002,1295%257E476253%257E81%257E%257E,00.html

"MANY INTERIOR EMPLOYEES STILL STUCK OFFLINE" (GovExec.com, 03/18/2002)
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.
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0302/031802b1.htm

"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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/03/20/state1447EST0086.DTL


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENT

3/28/02 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee meeting
Ridgecrest
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
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