A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 3/29/02
This week in News.bytes:
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: "Virtual Herbarium" -- plants of Fort Ord
- MORE ON FORT ORD:
----- Spring's in bloom on Central Coast
----- Crazy for Cycling: Fort Ord
- VISIT US: California/Nevada/Arizona Borders
- DESERT ISSUES:
----- Desert Scimitar military training exercise
----- Western Rand Mountains ACEC route closure
----- Imperial Dunes Recreation Area Plan, Draft EIS
- AFTON CANYON:
----- A visit through time
----- Afton Canyon Natural Area
----- Watchable Wildlife site
- SERPENTINE DANGERS ON CALIFORNIA'S SERENGETI
-----...and more on the Carrizo Plain
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE: The Californian Wildlife Region, 3rd edition
- WEED OF THE WEEK - Dyer's woad or Marlahan mustard
- OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS, including:
----- BLM using Activity-Based Accounting
----- Snapshots: BLM hazardous fuels projects
----- Valley Rainbow power line project
----- Department of Interior outsourcing plan
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENT
NOT FOR EDUCATORS
ONLY: "Virtual Herbarium" -- plants of Fort Ord
A 6 1/2-page list of plants at Fort Ord -- plus more than 30 photos of plants found on public lands managed by BLM California's Hollister Field Office. Some rare plants grow only in a small area between Carmel and Prunedale -- and Fort Ord supplies 50 to 90 percent of their habitat. Besides wildflowers, "on a single visit to Fort Ord you can enjoy quiet and majestic coast live oak woodland, aromatic maritime chaparral, wide open grasslands, and freshwater marshes or vernal pools busy with bird and other animal life."
MORE ON FORT ORD...
"SPRING'S IN BLOOM ON CENTRAL COAST" (Monterey Herald, 03/27/2002)
"The first shy blossoms of the Central Coast's annual wildflower extravaganza are showing, just in time for spring." Best viewing spots for early Monterey-area wildflower viewing include Fort Ord, much of which is public lands managed by BLM California's Hollister Field Office. The area's wildflower season probably will peak in April.
"CRAZY FOR CYCLING: Fort Ord" (Monterey Herald, 03/24/2002)
"The most strenuous, muscle-cramping mountain-bike ride in Monterey County may be 'hurl hill,' a 5-mile trail that loops through Fort Ord." But cyclists can find plenty of less strenuous workouts among the 80 miles of trails in and near Fort Ord.
"FORT ORD TRAIL MAP" (BLM California Web pages)
VISIT US: California/Nevada/Arizona Borders
Visiting the southern portion of the California/Nevada/Arizona borders this summer? See the Top 10 Points of Interest managed by our Needles Field Office. http://www.ca.blm.gov/needles/topten.html
- DESERT ISSUES -
MILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE
"BLM ANALYZES MILITARY DESERT TRAINING EXERCISE" (BLM California news release, 03/21/2002)
To assist the United States Marine Corps in testing command and communication capabilities in desert terrain similar to the Middle East, the BLM has analyzed the use of BLM-managed public lands in southern California and western Arizona to allow the1st Marine Division to conduct "Desert Scimitar 02."
More related stories:
"MILITARY EXERCISE OPPOSED" (San Bernardino County Sun, 03/28/2002)
"MARINE CONVOY HAS BIOLOGISTS WORRIED" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 03/27/2002)
WESTERN RAND MOUNTAINS ACEC ROUTE CLOSURE
"BLM IMPLEMENTS EMERGENCY INTERIM VEHICLE CLOSURE IN PORTION OF RAND MOUNTAINS" (BLM California news release, 3/29/02)
"WESTERN RAND ACEC CLOSURE"
Briefing document summarizing issues related to Western Rand Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). This ACEC is one the subjects of the lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sierra Club, and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The BLM has entered into negotiations to amend the Lawsuit Settlement.
"WEST RAND MOUNTAIN ROUTE PHOTOS" (BLM California Web page)
Photos of areas damaged by travel off designated route, and of areas rehabilitated by off-road groups, in the Rand Mountains
IMPERIAL SAND DUNES RECREATION AREA MANAGEMENT PLAN
"DUEL IN THE DESERT: Plan to reopen Imperial County dunes kicks up dust on both sides" (San Diego Union Tribune, 3/29/02)
"LAND MAY BE RE-OPENED FOR
OFF-ROADING" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 3/29/02)
"U.S SEEKS TO RE-OPEN AREA
TO OFF-ROADERS" (Los Angeles Times, 03/28/2002)
Management plan for Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
"CALIFORNIA DUNES MAY BE
REOPENED TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLES" (New York Times, 3/29/02)
(New York Times requires free registration to view recent articles.)
"Notice of Availability of
a Draft Recreation Area Management Plan (DRAMP) for the Imperial Sand Dunes
Recreation Area (ISDRA) and Associated Draft Amendment to the California Desert
Conservation Area Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement" (Federal
"DOWN INTO TIME: A trip into Afton Canyon..." (Victorville Daily Press, 03/16/2002)
Historical tour of Afton Canyon area, "that famous secret" near Barstow.
(PDF file, 3 pages, 340 kilobytes):
"AFTON CANYON NATURAL AREA" (BLM California Web page)
"AFTON CANYON - WATCHABLE WILDLIFE SITE" (BLM California Web pages)
"SERPENTINE DANGERS ON CALIFORNIA'S SERENGETI" (Los Angeles Times, 03/24/2002)
"It has no drinking water. No gas stations. No food. And you might as well leave the cell phone at home. It doesn't work out here." Add rattlesnakes, and this national monument is "not for everyone," notes the author of this travel piece -- but adds that "naturalists were thrilled" when the Carrizo Plain National Monument was created.
"CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California Web page)
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: The Californian Wildlife Region - 3rd edition
Complete Guidebook to California Wildlife - Although the book is purposely written in non-technical language, and includes many interesting detials about an animals behavior or a plant's use; it is equally useful for a college course. The plants and animals are arranged scientifically by order and family, and a short introduction to the family group notes their unique characteristic. Illustrations of each plant or animal appear on the page facing its description.
WEED OF THE WEEK - Dyer's woad or Marlahan mustard
Native to Europe, this noxious weed infests rangelands, grain fields, pastures, alfalfa, waste areas, roadsides, railroad right-of-ways, and fence lines. It's extensive root system contains large nutrient reserves which make this weed difficult to control. Contaminated hay is one of the major causes of this weed's expansion. Plant photo and description:
OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE
"BLM TO HOLD OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE, MAY 8" (BLM California news release, 03/21/2002)
A sale of oil and gas leases on federal land will be held in Bakersfield on Wednesday, May 8, 2002. The BLM will accept competitive bids on 25 parcels in two counties -- Kern and San Luis Obispo -- totaling 19,827.02 acres.
"COMPETITIVE OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE"
Bids for 25 parcels covering more than 19,000 acres will be accepted at a May 8 sale in Bakersfield. Follow the link from this page, to the "May 8, 2002 Sale Notice" -- the notice is in PDF format, 240 kilobytes.
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"SNAPSHOTS: Successes of BLM hazardous fuels projects"
(PDF file, 193 kilobytes) BLM California activities to reduce the threat of wildfires..
"A FIGHT TO PROTECT HOME ON THE RANGE" (Washinton Post, 03/24/2002)
Ranchers and environmentalists spar over dangers that cattle grazing on public lands post to the endangered desert tortoise.
"STATEWIDE GIS WORKSHOP"
GIS Specialists from all around the State met for a GIS Workshop last week to discuss BLM-California's GIS objectives and priorities. The three-day workshop emphasized technical, resources, and management issues, with sessions on standard operating procedures, map accuracy standards, application development, Enterprise GIS, ArcGIS v. 8 development strategy, and others. The workshop was followed by the Field Users Groups meeting where FY 2002 GIS proposals were considered and projects prioritized.
"INTERIOR DEPARTMENT STEPS UP ACTIVITY-BASED ACCOUNTING" (GovExec.com, 03/20/2002)
Interior Department wants to know exactly how much it costs for each thing it does. BLM is the first Interior agency to adopt activity-based costing (ABC), to break down in detail the costs of all of an organization's activities.
"AT INTERIOR AND ENERGY,
GETTING READY FOR OUTSOURCING REVIEWS"
(Washington Post, 3/29/02)
Will conduct reviews to determine if some jobs can be turned over to private sector.
"COUNTY OPPOSES BLM PLAN TO CLOSE SOME DESERT ROADS" (Imperial Valley Press, 03/27/2002)
Imperial County supervisors pass resolution citing 1866 law they say preserves their access to county roads, even if an upcoming BLM management plan calls for closing them.
"U.S. MOVE THREATENS POWER LINE PROJECT" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 03/28/2002)
Bureau of Indians Affairs approves expansion of Pechanga Indian Reservation. Southern California Edison says that will complicate proposed Valley Rainbow Interconnect project.
"SAN DIEGO GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY (SDG&E) VALLEY-RAINBOW 500KV INTERCONNECT PROJECT" (BLM California briefing document)
PDF file: http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/reports_docs/2002/brief_valleyrainbow_mar02.pdf
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
"PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED TRANSFER OF BLM LANDS NEAR HIGHLAND PARK SPRINGS AREA" (BLM California news release, 03/28/2002)
A proposed 720-acre land transfer, and development of hiking, equestrian and mountain bike trails in Lakeport, will be discussed in a public meeting Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m., in the Lakeport Fire Department meeting room.
"MODOC/WASHOE EXPERIMENTAL STEWARDSHIP STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS APRIL 18" (BLM California news release, 03/27/2002)
Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will discuss a wide range of issues, when they meet Thursday, April 18, at 8 a.m., at the Cedarville Community Church Hall, Center at Bonner Streets, in Cedarville. The meeting is open to the public.
April 19 and 20
"BLM NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETS APRIL 19 AND 20" (BLM California news release, 03/25/2002)
Members of BLM's Northeast California Resource Advisory Council will discuss a strategy for Western juniper management, when they meet Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, in Susanville.
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