OF THE WEEK - ASH VALLEY MILKVETCH
BLM "Sensitive" plant is known from only one large occurrence
in Ash Valley. This perennial herb has hairs on lower stems and leaves
that are 3/4 - 2 inches long with notched leaflets. Numerous purple striped
with white winged flowers bloom May through June.
EARTH DAY EVENTS CO-SPONSORED BY BLM FIELD OFFICE
"YOU CAN GET DOWN TO EARTH IN A VARIETY OF WAYS SATURDAY"
(San Bernardino County Sun, 04/18/2002)
Celebrate Earth Day in Barstow or Victorville with events co-sponsored
by BLM California's Barstow Field Office.
"IT'S A GARDEN PARTY" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 04/16/2002)
More on Earth Day celebration in Barstow, with BLM California's Barstow
Field Office as a partner. Description of events.
"A HEALTHY PLANET NEEDS
HEALTHY PEOPLE" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 4/18/02)
"This Saturday you can learn how to clean up your health and then
clean up the environment, all in one stop at the Health Fair Expo and
then at the Earth Day Garden Party next door."
OTHER VOLUNTEER PROJECTS THIS WEEKEND:
"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.
"VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TRAIL DAYS PROJECT" (BLM California
news release, 03/29/2002)
The BLM, Yolo County Parks and Facilities Dept., and the Yolo Hikers need
volunteers to help clear and maintain hiking, equestrian and mountain
bike trails. Workers can also help clean up the recently acquired public
lands along Cache Creek and Bear Creek on the former Payne Ranch. This
year's volunteer projects are planned for Saturday and Sunday, April 20
and 21, in the southern portion of the Cache Creek Natural Area in Yolo
VOLUNTEERS PICK UP TRASH - AND MORE
CLEAR DESERT DUMPING GROUNDS" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 04/14/2002)
Fifty volunteers joined BLM and other partners to clean up illegal dump
sites in Long Canyon, near Joshua Tree National Park. "Vehicles and
appliances containing toxic fluids, tires that take 10,000 years to decompose,
asphalt shingles and other items in various degrees of breakdown are not
just eyesores -- they pose a real threat to the valley's groundwater.
"SOME VIEWS OF LONG
CANYON BEFORE VOLUNTEER CLEANUP"
(BLM California Web page)
"CUB SCOUTS FIND BOMBS DURING CLEAN-UP ACTIVITY" (Palm
Springs Desert Sun, 04/16/2002)
Cub Scouts discovered five pipe bombs during a BLM-volunteer cleanup in
Long Canyon, just south of Joshua Tree National Park. Bomb squad member
praises scouts for keeping people out of the area until the squad arrived.
The devices were moved to another area and detonated.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Rangelands in the Eastern
Rangelands are generally defined as uncultivated lands that
provide the necessities of life for browsing and grazing animals.
Browsing animals, such as mule deer, will often consume the edible twigs
and leaves of woody plants, while, grazing animals, such as cattle, will
select the grasses and forbs. Rangelands are the dominate ecosystem found
on all continents compared to woodlands, farmlands, or urbanized/ industrialized
lands. (BLM California Web pages)
MORE ON THE EASTERN SIERRAS
"HILLS OFFER TASTE OF OLD WEST" (Bakersfield Californian,
Horseback tour of "Old West" landmarks in cowboy movies. Film
backdrops in the Eastern Sierra include many from BLM-managed lands.
"ALABAMA HILLS: SCENIC AND BACK-COUNTRY BYWAYS" (BLM
California Web pages)
More about the area's history and movies filmed there.
"A NEAR AND DEER STORY" (Mammoth Times, 04/18/2002)
Information about deer management in the Eastern Sierra. Studies spurred
by declines in deer population and amount of information available.
"WATCHABLE WILDLIFE SITE: HAIWEE DEER WINTER RANGE" (BLM
California Web page)
WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADOPTIONS - TWO THIS WEEKEND!
"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.
"AMERICA'S WILD HORSES AND BURROS NEED YOU" (BLM California
news release, 04/11/2002)
On April 20-21, approximately 150 animals hope to find a good home at
Lake Perris Fairgrounds when they will be offered to qualified adopters
through the BLM's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.
"WILD HORSES AND BURROS HEADED FOR STOCKTON" (BLM California
news release, 04/17/2002)
Wild horses and burros from the public rangelands of California and Nevada
are headed for the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, where they
will be available for public adoption.
US: North of the San Francisco Bay/Delta
Visiting the San Francisco Bay/Delta area this summer? Take a look at
the Top 10 Points of Interest managed by our Ukiah Field Office.
"STARK, BITTER DEBATE PLAYS OUT OVER DUNES" (Los Angeles
Imperial Sand Dunes.: Off-roaders, environmental groups at odds over their
"SAND ASSOCIATION OPENING CHAPTER IN EL CENTRO" (Imperial
Valley Press, 04/12/2002)
Chapter of American Sand Association will press for open access to public
lands. One focus is BLM's current effort with Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation
Area draft management plan.
"IMPERIAL DUNES DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT"
(BLM California news release, 3/29/02)
Background to two stories above.
"SHUT OUT OF RAND MOUNTAINS, OFF-ROADERS SEETHING" (Bakersfield
Interim route closure in eastern Rand Mountains.
"RESTRICTED OFF-ROAD AREAS" (Bakersfield Californian,
SIDEBAR to related article: "Shut out of Rand Mountains."
"BLM IMPLEMENTS EMERGENCY INTERIM VEHICLE CLOSURE IN PORTION OF
RAND MOUNTAINS" (BLM California news release, 3/29/02)
Background to story and sidebar above.
"SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN OHV AREA TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR PUBLIC
SAFETY" (BLM California news release, 04/01/2002)
BLM will 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.
AVOID CONTACT WITH DESERT TORTOISES" (Palm Springs Desert Sun,
It is illegal to take desert tortoises from the wild. People should not
even touch them, unless they are in imminent danger, like on a road. And
watch out for them under you parked car -- as they look for shade -- or
on roads, as they are on the move for food and water. Related: BLM Web
"DESERT TORTOISE DO's AND DON'Ts"
More on protecting the desert tortoise, from our Ridgecrest Field Office.
"DESERT TORTOISE NATURAL AREA - Watchable Wildlife Area"
(BLM California Web pages)
More on the desert tortoise.
MINERALS: Searles Lake
"LAHONTON GIVES OK TO IMC OFFER" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent,
Saying IMC Chemical Company of Trona has made extensive progress in cleaning
up discharge from its plants, California's regional water quality board
accepted an agreement to pay for environmental projects and fines. Community
members and BLM representative spoke in support of the agreement. IMC
extracts minerals from Searles Lake, where BLM California is responsible
for collecting royalties minerals taken from public lands.
"SOLID LEASABLE MINERALS IN CALIFORNIA" (BLM California
Some unfamiliar -- but important -- minerals come from BLM-managed lands
such as those at Searles Lake.
SEARLES LAKE ROYALTY RELIEF APPLICATION AND POSSIBLE EFFECTS ON THE
IMC Chemicals (IMCC), the lessee for Searles Lake mining operations, is
applying for a temporary royalty rate reduction from five percent of the
gross value of sodium and potassium compounds to two percent of the gross
value which is the minimum royalty rate allowed by regulation. BLM is
expecting to receive a complete application from IMCC this month.