OF IMPERIAL SAND DUNES MAY BE REOPENED TO OHVs
"U.S CLOSES 18,000
ACRES IN DESERT TO OFF-ROADERS"
(Los Angeles Times, 4/3/02)
"BLM BANS OFF-ROADERS
FROM 17,000 ACRES IN KERN DESERT" (Bakersfield Californian, 04/02/2002)
"RESTORING LAND ALONG
TUOLUMNE IN WORKS" (Modesto Bee, 04/03/2002)
PURCHASES ALONG RIVER ANNOUNCED" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 04/02/2002)
(BLM California Web pages)
"BLM ASKS INDUSTRY
FOR COMMENTS ON NEXT OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE" (BLM California
news release, 04/02/2002)
"COUNTY GRANTS NEWMONT
MINING A PERMIT TO EXPAND MESQUITE MINE OPERATIONS" (Imperial
Valley Press, 03/28/2002)
"STATE WILL GET THE
SHAFT FROM MINING" (Los Angeles Times, 4/4/02)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"WAR ON THE FRONTIER" (The Union, 04/01/2002)
First of two stories on problems between property owners and people who use adjacent public lands in Nevada County. Part 1: property owner complaints.
"NO EASY FIXES" (The Union, 04/02/2002)
Second of two stories on problems between property owners and people who use adjacent public lands in Nevada County. Part 2: Public officials discuss solutions.
"INTERIOR'S INTERNET SERVICE REMAINS INTERRUPTED FOUR MONTHS AFTER COURT-ORDERED SHUTDOWN" (Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 04/03/2002)
About 85 percent of Department of Interior's Internet access has been restored -- but Secretary of the Interior still can not send e-mail.
"BISHOP PAIUTES WILL CONSTRUCT BUILDING FOR LEASE-BACK TO FEDERAL AGENCIES" (Indian Country Today, 04/03/2002)
Indian tribe awarded contract for building that will house BLM and Forest Service offices. May be first partnership of its type....
"SHAKEUP MAY BE COMING FOR INTERIOR DEPARTMENT POLICE" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 04/01/2002)
Those who patrol public lands could see overhaul, partly due to "the state of disarray they found themselves in after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks." Harsh report from Department's Inspector General calls for centralizing command of rangers, officers and agents in BLM and other bureaus.
"COUNTY BACK TRAILS STATUTE" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 04/03/2002)
Riverside County supervisors pass resolution citing 1866 federal law, stating that the county --not state or federal governments --should decide if trails on public lands should be open or closed. Supporters of horse trails and others spoke before the vote.
"P-I FOCUS: SECURING THE LAND BENEATH US" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 03/31/2002)
Opinion piece by former Acting Director of the BLM.
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
April 4 - Public meeting on land transfer
April 6 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
April 9 (and five later dates) - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan public meetings
El Centro (and five other locations for later meetings)
April 18 - Modoc/Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee meeting
April 20-21 (but sign up early!) - Volunteer project
Cache Creek Natural Area
April 19-20 - Northeast California Resource Advisory Council meeting
April 24-25 - Northwest California Resource Advisory Council meeting