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A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue date: 4/4/02

This week in News.bytes:

- WILD HORSES AND BURROS - Coming soon to a location near you
- FREE! BROCHURE: Famous horse trainer Monty Roberts offers tips for working with your wild horse or burro
OHV ISSUES:
     - PART OF IMPERIAL SAND DUNES MAY BE REOPENED TO OHVs
     - LAW ENFORCEMENT ON BUSY HOLIDAY AT IMPERIAL DUNES
     - SOME ROUTES CLOSED TO PROTECT RAND MOUNTAIN AREAS
     - UPCOMING OHV EVENTS ON PUBLIC LANDS
     - ENVIRONMENTALISTS, OFF-ROADERS WORKING TOGETHER
- GUIDED WILDFLOWER HIKES - Cache Creek
- PLANT OF THE WEEK - SILVER MILKVETCH
- VISIT US: Sierra Foothills
- CONSERVING NATURAL AREAS:
     - Sacramento River area
     - Tuolumne River area
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE: Rockhounding California
- WILDERNESS:
     - Eastern Sierra wilderness primer
     - Sen. Boxer California wilderness bill
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Species Accounts - Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish
- MINERALS: Oil and gas, mining
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS, including:
     - Landowner-recreationist disputes in Nevada County
     - Shakeup for Interior law enforcement?
     - Interior Internet still disrupted
     - Pauites to build BLM, Forest Service office
     - and more ...
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS


WILD HORSES AND BURROS - COMING SOON TO A LOCATION NEAR YOU!

Wild horse at BLM adoptionApril 20-21 at Lake Perris Fairgrounds
April 27-28 in Yuba City
May 18-19 in Stockton

"WILD HORSES AND BURROS SEEK NEW HOME - LAKE PERRIS FAIRGROUNDS" (BLM California news release)http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/CDDnews30_lake_perris_whb_adoption.html

"WILD HORSES AND BURROS HEADED FOR YUBA CITY" (BLM California news release, 04/02/2002)
Wild horses and burros from the public rangelands of California and Nevada are headed for the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City, where they will be available for public adoption.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/04/nr/NCnews44_yuba_city_whb_adoption.html

"AMERICA'S LIVING LEGEND - Photo/Interview Opportunity" (BLM California news release, 03/22/2002)
America's wild horse and burros need your help! Besides routine gathers to control overpopulation, BLM conducted many emergency gathers to save as many animals as possible as severe drought and wildfires destroyed thousands of acres of their habitat. The adoption program is BLM's only means to find these animals a good home in the private sector. There are many people with the skills and compassion that will give one of these animals a good home, if they learn of this opportunity.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/CDDnews29_lake_perris_whb_advisory.html


Monty Roberts works with horseFREE! BROCHURE: "Tips for Working with your Wild Horse or Burro"
Receive a free four-page brochure containing tips from famous horse trainer Monty Roberts, for working with your wild horse or burro.
http://www6.ca.blm.gov/newsbytes/issue53/index.php


OHV ISSUES:

PART OF IMPERIAL SAND DUNES MAY BE REOPENED TO OHVs
IMPERIAL SAND DUNES RECREATION AREA
"IMPERIAL DUNES DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT" (BLM California news release, 3/29/02)
Six public meetings scheduled to gather public comment.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/CDDnews33_Imperial_dunes_draft_management_plan.html

"CALIFORNIA OFF-ROAD DUNE PROPOSAL REVIVES BITTER FEUD" (Associated Press, in The Arizona Republic, 03/29/2002)
Imperial Sand DunesThe Bureau of Land Management released a series of recommendations Friday that include a "preferred alternative" to allow off-road vehicles to use 49,000 acres of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, about 150 miles east of San Diego.
http://www.azcentral.com:80/news/articles/0329dunebuggies-ON.html

"NO ONE PLEASED WITH NEW DUNES PLAN" (The Yuma Sun, 03/30/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management's new plan for the Imperial Sand Dunes will likely create more tension between the two groups battling over public uses of the area.
http://www.yumasun.com/artman/publish/story_758.shtml

"SIMPLE PLANT AT CENTER OF SAND DUNES BATTLE" (Imperial Valley Press, 03/31/2002)
Endangered plant at issue in off-road recreation at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/31-501-news02.txt

"OUR OPINION: TO A BETTER DUNES EXPERIENCE" (Imperial Valley Press, 04/02/2002)
Newspaper Editorial: Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/April/02-1429-ed02.txt

"SANDY MIDDLE GROUND" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 04/02/2002)
Editorial: call for "functional compromise" between environmentalists and off-roaders in the Imperial Sand Dunes.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/editorials/PE.OP.ED.2002.0402.a.492c2.html

"DUNES: WEEKEND WARRIORS VS. WILDLIFE" (News Talk Radio 810 WGY, 04/01/2002)
Opposing views on proposed reopening of 50,000 acres of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to off-roaders: "We drove three hours to get here to do this [ride dune buggies] and to take it away because of some silly weeds or a turtle is wrong." vs. "We are perfectly willing to go back to court to protect this land. We will win."
http://www.wgy.com:80/script/headline_newsmanager.php?id=14952&pagecontent=national1

"BLM PROPOSES REOPENING CALIFORNIA DUNES TO OFF-ROADERS" (Outside Magazine, 04/02/2002)
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
http://www.outsidemag.com/news/headlines/20020402_1.html

"NATURE OVERRUN" (New York Times, 04/04/2002)
EDITORIAL: OHVs on public lands, including reopening of 50,000 acres in the Imperial Sand Dunes. (Note: The New York Times requires free registration to view recent articles.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/04/opinion/_04THU1.html


LAW ENFORCEMENT AT CROWDED IMPERIAL DUNES

"DUNES HOLIDAY WEEKEND SEES CONTINUED DECREASE IN LAWLESSNESS" (BLM California news release, 04/01/2002)
A continuing decrease in overall lawlessness was observed at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area this past Easter holiday weekend as the "Zero Tolerance" and "Break The Law—Go To Jail" policies continue in effect.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/04/nr/CDDnews36_post_holiday_dunes.html

"EASTER BRINGS QUIET CLOSE TO OFF-ROADING SEASON" (Imperial Valley Press, 04/01/2002)
Easter holiday weekend brought to a quiet end the major holiday season for crowds in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/April/01-1167-news03.txt

"ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES DESCEND ON DUNES" (Imperial Valley Press, 03/31/2002)
Law enforcement officers patrol Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, over the busy Easter Holiday weekend.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/31-499-news01.txt

RAND MOUNTAIN INTERIM ROUTE CLOSURES

"BLM IMPLEMENTS EMERGENCY INTERIM VEHICLE CLOSURE IN PORTION OF RAND MOUNTAINS" (BLM California news release, 3/29/02)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/CDDnews34_Rand_ACEC_emergency_closure.html

"U.S CLOSES 18,000 ACRES IN DESERT TO OFF-ROADERS" (Los Angeles Times, 4/3/02)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000023845apr03.story

"BLM BANS OFF-ROADERS FROM 17,000 ACRES IN KERN DESERT" (Bakersfield Californian, 04/02/2002)
http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/872846p-958687c.html

"BLM ANNOUNCES ROAD CLOSURES IN RAND AREA" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 04/01/2002)
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/beta_2/index.php3?id=777

More information on Rand (repeated from last week's News.bytes):
"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/temp_issues/briefing_westrandacecrouteclosure_03-02.pdf

"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
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/reports_docs/2002/randphotos.html


OHV EVENTS ON BLM-MANAGED LANDS

"FORT SAGE OHV AREA WILL BE CLOSED DURING MOTORCYCLE RACE" (BLM California news release, 04/01/2002)
The Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Area near Doyle will be closed to public use Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, during the "Diamond Back Hare Scrambles" motorcycle race.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/04/nr/NCnews43_fort_sage_OHV_temp_closure.html

"SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN OHV AREA TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY" (BLM California news release, 04/01/2002)
BLM to close South Cow Mountain Off-HighwayVehicle Area to general recreation use and through traffic Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, for public safety during the Sonoma County Sport Cycle Association's"Outlaw Hare Scrambles" motorcycle race.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/04/nr/NCnews42_cow_mountain_OOHV_temp_closure.html


MORE ON OHVs

"ENVIRONMENTALISTS, OFF-ROADERS FINALLY WORKING TOGETHER" (Ventura County Star, 03/17/2002)
Stakeholders Roundtable works toward a truce in battle over OHVs. Mediated by official from California OHV agency, 50 members try to "hash out its differences in a civil, organized fashion." Jump in number of off-roaders, combined with decreases in space for OHVs, has created problem they hope to help solve.
http://www.msnbc.com/local/vcs/m160395.asp

 

GUIDED WILDFLOWER HIKES

"BLM TO OFFER FREE GUIDED WILDFLOWER HIKES AT CACHE CREEK" (BLM California news release, 04/01/2002)
Nature's spring wildflower displays will be an attraction later this month, when the BLM offers a series of guided wildflower hikes in the Cache Creek area, Lake County. Volunteer docents will lead the free hikes on Saturdays, April 13, 20, and 27, and May 4, on the Redbud Trail west of Clearlake Oaks.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/04/nr/NCnews40_flowerhikes_April02.html

Related:
"CACHE CREEK NATURAL AREA" (BLM California Web pages)
Find out more about the type of wildlife you might encounter on the Redbud Trail. http://www.ca.blm.gov/ukiah/cachecreek.html


PLANT OF THE WEEK - Silver milkvetch
Heavy rooted perennial with several stems, leaflets are silvery-silky, with lavender to violet flowers blooming May - June. This special status plant grows in moist alkaline meadows or seeps in sagebrush scrub at 4,500 to 7,650 feet in elevation.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/eaglelake/elasara.html


VISIT US: Sierra Foothills
Visiting the Sierra Foothills this summer? Take a look at the Top 10 Points of Interest managed by our Folsom Field Office.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/folsom/topten.html


CONSERVING NATURAL AREAS

"RESTORING LAND ALONG TUOLUMNE IN WORKS" (Modesto Bee, 04/03/2002)
Nonprofit group bought one of last remaining flood plains along Tuolumne River, is planning to restore the land and turn it over to BLM California.
http://www.modbee.com/local/story/2038495p-2300424c.html

"CONSERVATION LAND PURCHASES ALONG RIVER ANNOUNCED" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 04/02/2002)
The Nature Conservancy plans to buy four parcels totaling 261 acres along the Sacramento River, eventually turning them over to public agencies.
http://www.chicoer.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/April/02-366-news1.txt

Related:
"SACRAMENTO RIVER" (BLM California Web pages)
BLM California's Redding Field Office manages public lands along the river.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/redding/sacramento.html


BOOKSTORE FEATURE: Rockhounding California
Seventy-five of the state's best rockhounding sites -- covers the popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. This handy guide describes how to collect specimens, includes maps and directions to each site, and lists rockhound clubs around the state. "Rockhounding California" offers a complete introduction to this many-faceted hobby and is an outstanding guide and source book. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=1402&p


WILDERNESS

"ALL THE SIDES - A WILDERNESS PRIMER FOR THE EASTERN SIERRA" (Mammoth Times, 04/04/2002)
Citizen proposal to expand wilderness areas includes designation of lands managed by BLM California's Bishop Field Office.
http://www.mammothtimes.com/times2002/WildProps04-04.html

"SEN. BOXER WANTS CAPLES CREEK WILDERNESS" (Mountain Democrat, 03/28/2002)
Plans to introduce legislation to designate additional California areas as wilderness could affect BLM lands.
http://www.mtdemocrat.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/28-2153-T0327_N.txt

"WILDERNESS" (BLM California Web pages)
BLM California wilderness areas.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wilderness.html


NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Species Accounts - Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish
Coachella Valley  fringe-toed lizard - not Mojave lizardA species account has been prepared for each reptile, amphibian, and fish 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, see http://www.ca.blm.gov/cdd/wemo_species_rept_amph_fish.html


MINERALS

"BLM ASKS INDUSTRY FOR COMMENTS ON NEXT OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE" (BLM California news release, 04/02/2002)
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is planning its next oil and gas lease sale, and would like to include parcels in which there is an interest. The industry is being asked to identify federal lands in California it believes has potential for development. BLM calls this an "expression of interest"....
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/04/nr/CCnews36_O%26Ginterests.html

"COUNTY GRANTS NEWMONT MINING A PERMIT TO EXPAND MESQUITE MINE OPERATIONS" (Imperial Valley Press, 03/28/2002)
Imperial County Planning Commission issues permit for mine about four miles northeast of Glamis. Expansion still needs approval from county supervisors and State Lands Commission. Speaker at meeting also wants to see BLM's final record of decision on the mine.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/March/28-1431-news08.txt

"STATE WILL GET THE SHAFT FROM MINING" (Los Angeles Times, 4/4/02)
Guest commentary: Glamis Imperial project.
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-000024009apr04.story

 
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.
http://www.theunion.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=TU&Date=20020401&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=104010012&Ref=AR

"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.
http://www.theunion.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=TU&Date=20020402&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=104020006&Ref=AR

"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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/04/03/national1951EST0767.DTL

"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....
http://www.indiancountry.com/?1017766821

"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.
http://www.chicoer.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/April/01-301-news7.txt

"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.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/riverside/stories/PE_NEWS_nrtrails03.39cc881c.html

"P-I FOCUS: SECURING THE LAND BENEATH US" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 03/31/2002)
Opinion piece by former Acting Director of the BLM.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/64563_focusmarch31.shtml


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

April 4 - Public meeting on land transfer
Lakeport
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/NCnews37_highland_springs-ufo_032802.html

April 6 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
Palm Desert
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/SRSJMNMnews01_MAC_meeting_sched.html

April 9 (and five later dates) - Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan public meetings
El Centro (and five other locations for later meetings)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro/isdradates.html

April 18 - Modoc/Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee meeting
Cedarville
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/esp_meeting_041802.html

April 20-21 (but sign up early!) - Volunteer project
Cache Creek Natural Area
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/NCnews39_ukiah_trails_day_project.html

April 19-20 - Northeast California Resource Advisory Council meeting
Susanville
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/NCnews36_nerac_meeting_april02.html

April 24-25 - Northwest California Resource Advisory Council meeting
Arcata
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/03/nr/NCnews38_nwrac_april02_meeting.html

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