OTHER OFF-ROAD ISSUES
"OFF-ROADERS PUSH FOR REOPENING OF RAIL TRAIL" (Redding
Because post-Sept. 11 security has closed their access route past Shasta
Dam to a 44,000-acre OHV park, off-roaders want to start using the Sacramento
River Rail Trail. BLM and county officials agreed to the OHV ban last
year to protect hikers.
"OFF-ROADERS WIN BOARD'S SUPPORT FOR RE-OPENING TRAIL"
(Redding Record-Searchlight, 04/10/2002)
" Shasta County supervisors will urge two federal agencies to temporarily
reopen a portion of the Sacramento River Rail Trail to motorized off-road
vehicles, but with a 10 mph speed limit."
OHV AREA" (BLM California Web pages)
US: Northern California
Traveling the northern most portion of Interstate 5 this summer? Take
a look at the Top 10 Points of Interest managed by our Redding Field Office.
DRILLING: "They'd like to be in hot water"
"GEOTHERMAL DRILLING -- THEY'D LIKE TO BE IN HOT WATER"
(Mammoth Times, 03/28/2002)
Company drilling test holes on Inyo National Forest, for hot water to
heat nearby town. BLM was involved as federal agency overseeing underground
"NEW GEOTHERMAL EXPLORATION AUTHORIZED" (Mammoth Times,
Exploring for underground heating source.
"GEOTHERMAL DRILLING IN MAMMOTH LAKES AREA APPROVED"
(BLM California news release, 02/22/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management, with concurrence from the Forest Service,
has approved two plans of operation, submitted by Mammoth Pacific Limited
Partnership (MPLP), to conduct exploration drilling on Federal Geothermal
Leases CA-11667 and CA-14408.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Species Accounts - Plants
A "species account" has been prepared for each plant 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 BLM. Each account was authored by a biologist recognized by his or
her peers as having specialized knowledge of the species. The account
describes 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 nearly 35 plants, see:
WEED OF THE WEEK - European beachgrass
If you have a photo of this plant we can use on our website, please let
A course, perennial, European beachgrass spreads by deep, tough, buried
stems and forms a dense, continuous stand. The leaf blades are relatively
narrow, tough, fibrous, and inrolled with a sharp point. The outer surface
is smooth and grayish-green, without distinct ribs. The Latin name Ammophila
means "sand-loving", as the grass thrives on being buried. European
beachgrass inhabits coastal sand dunes; cultivated and spread for dune
stabilization, baskets, and brooms.
CADIZ WATER PROJECT
"CADIZ WATER PROJECT MOVES AHEAD" (Barstow Desert Dispatch,
Company reacts to 27-page U.S. Fish and Wildlife opinion on its plan to
pump and store water under the Mojave Desert, to help supply Los Angeles
"TORTOISE CAN ENDURE PROJECT, AGENCY SAYS" (Los Angeles
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on impact of Cadiz, Inc.'s plan
to store Colorado River water and pump it back out along with groundwater
under Mojave Desert, to serve Metropolitan Water District customers.
"DESERT WATER PROJECT WINS FEDERAL AGENCY'S APPROVAL"
(San Bernardino County Sun, 04/09/2002)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues report on project's likely impact
on desert tortoises. Company awaits BLM decision also.
NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN CALIFORNIA
"THEIR HOMES IN YOUR
PARK" (Los Angeles Times, 04/08/2002)
Editorial: Urges preservation of inholdings within Santa Rosa San Jacinto
National Monument, national parks and other public lands.
"BLM AND USFS
SCHEDULE PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS FOR THE SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS
NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California news release, 04/08/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service
(USFS) have scheduled five public scoping meetings to gather public comment
and recommendations regarding the preparation of a management plan for
the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
"SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT"
(BLM California Web site)
"COASTAL MONUMENT HEADQUARTERED
IN MONTEREY" (Monterey Herald, 04/07/2002)
New office for California Coastal National Monument, managed by BLM California.
"CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: California Coastal National
Monument Lapel Pin
Speaking of national monuments in California ...
A colorful lapel pin illustrating the wonders of the California Coastal
National Monument. This pin also comes with a quick information card which
summarizes the area's history and geography.
NEW NATIONWIDE WILDFIRE COUNCIL
"ADMINISTRATION FORMS WILDFIRE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL" (Associated
Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 04/10/2002)
U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture form council to coordinate
wildland firefighting efforts nationwide.
"BUSH ADMINISTRATION CREATES NEW INTERAGENCY WILDLAND FIRE LEADERSHIP
COUNCIL" (Department of Interior news release, 04/10/2002)
Departments of Interior and Agriculture form interagency council to help
create "seamless management" of federal wildland firefighting