News.bytes
News.bytes
A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue date: 5/16/02


This week in News.bytes:

- PROPOSED CALIFORNIA WILDERNESS BILL WOULD IMPACT BLM
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE: Location and Patenting of Mining Claims and Mill Sites
- WILDFIRE, including:
--- Season starts in southern California
--- Now hiring: firefighters
--- Public can reduce fire risk
- VISIT US: Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains
- OTHER BLM RECREATION AREAS IN THE NEWS, including:
--- Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
--- Sacramento River
--- OHV areas
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Leave No Trace
- WEED OF THE WEEK - Scotch broom
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS, including:
--- BLM seeks Desert District manager
--- California strikes it rich in volunteers
--- Transit Mixed gravel mine
--- Former BLM California desert district manager becomes Alaska director
--- Former BLM California assistant director retires
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

PROPOSED WILDERNESS BILL WOULD INCLUDE BLM-MANAGED LANDS

"BOXER WANTS FAR MORE WILDERNESS" (San Francisco Chronicle, 05/11/2002)
Cache CreekSen. Boxer's proposal to designate 77 California areas as wilderness, and place portions of 22 rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, would include several areas managed by BLM California.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/11/BA106854.DTL&type=news

"BOXER USHERS IN WILDERNESS LEGISLATION" (Sacramento Bee, 05/11/2002)
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/environment/story/2632277p-3253539c.html

"BOXER PROPOSES 2.5 MILLION ACRES AS WILDERNESS" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 05/11/2002)
http://www.uniontrib.com/news/uniontrib/sat/news/news_1n11wild.html

"WILDERNESS BILL PROPOSED" (Los Angeles Times, 05/11/2002)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000033339may11.story

"LETTING TRAILS RIDE" (Orange County Register, 05/11/2002)
Local view of Sen. Boxer's California wilderness bill.
http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/5/11/local/wilderness00511cci1.shtml

"SENATE TO INTRODUCE BILL CREATING BUTTE COUNTY WILDERNESS PARK" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 05/14/2002)
Local effect of Sen. Boxer's proposed wilderness bill.
http://www.msnbc.com/local/cer/m14825.asp

"BOXER FORMALLY ANNOUNCES CALIFORNIA WILDERNESS BILL" (Mountain Democrat, 05/15/2002)
El Dorado County view of wilderness bill.
http://www.mtdemocrat.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/May/15-2974-1N_01.txt

"BOXER UNVEILS WILDERNESS LEGISLATION" (Mammoth Times, 05/16/2002)
Effect of Senator Boxer's proposed wilderness bill on the Eastern Sierra.
http://www.mammothtimes.com/times2002/BoxerBill05-16.html#TopOfPage

"EASTERN SIERRA WILDERNESS PROPOSALS - MAMBO proposes a moderate wilderness designation" (Mammoth Times, 05/16/2002)
Mountain bike organization proposes wilderness designations in Eastern Sierra, in response to Senator Boxer's proposed legislation and other wilderness proposals.
http://www.mammothtimes.com/times2002/MtnBikersWildProp05-16.html

 

BOOKSTORE FEATURE: Location and Patenting of Mining Claims Featured book: Location and Patenting of Mining Claims and Mill Sitesand Mill Sites

A guide to locating and patenting mining claims in California. Written by the Bureau of Land Management's, this book shows locations, monuments and claim maps. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=37


WILDFIRES

"FIRE SEASON IGNITES IN HELENDALE" (Victorville Daily Press, 05/10/2002)
BLM firefighters among 100 people battling fire along Mojave River fueled by high winds and dry brush.
http://www.vvdailypress.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1021048645,30740,

"NOW HIRING: FIREFIGHTERS" (BLM California Web site, 5/16/02)
Firefighter silhouetted by flamesThese are permanent, full-time positions announced by BLM California's Bakersfield Field Office.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/temp_issues/59extra_hr.html

"SEASONAL FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN WORK SOON" (Bakersfield Californian, 05/15/2002)
http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1105787p-1212977c.html

"PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN REDUCING FIRE RISK" (Bakersfield Californian, 05/14/2002)
BLM California joins Kern County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service in announcing start of the area's wildfire season, expected to worsen with hot dry weather. Public can help reduce the risks.
http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1100891p-1207571c.html

"FIREFIGHTING A HOT MARKET, ESPECIALLY NOW" (Bakersfield Californian, 05/11/2002)
Firefigher employment from the Bakersfield newspaper, includes BLM positions....
http://www.bakersfield.com/employment/story/1083698p-1189899c.html


Top 10 map thumbnail: BLM Bishop Field OfficeVISIT US: Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

Visiting the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains this summer? Take a look at the Top 10 Points of Interest managed by our Bishop Field Office.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bishop/topten.html


OTHER BLM CALIFORNIA RECREATION AREAS IN THE NEWS

BIG MORONGO CANYON:

"FOR THE BIRDS" (Hi-Desert Star, 05/15/2002)
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
http://www.hidesertstar.com/display/inn_features/feature1.txt

Related: "BIG MORONGO PRESERVE IS HOME TO NATURE" Visitors to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve(Hi-Desert Star, 05/15/2002)
Big Morongo Preserve, managed by BLM California. The many species of birds recorded there attract birdwatchers from far away.
http://www.hidesertstar.com/display/inn_features/feature2.txt

Related: "BIRDS OF THE BIG MORONGO PRESERVE" (BLM California Web page)
List of more than 240 native species of birds recorded in Morongo Valley, as of the time this list was compiled. (this link updated 1/14/09 to Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve website)
http://www.bigmorongo.org/a3Birds.htm


SACRAMENTO RIVER :

"RIVER HABITAT OFFICIALS EXPLAIN PLANS TO LOCAL SPORTSMEN" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 05/08/2002)
Sacramento River view - BLM CaliforniaSacramento River Conservation Area Forum helps hunters and fishermen figure out puzzle of "what is public land, which land they can access and which land they can avoid." Public lands include areas managed by BLM California's Redding Field Office:
http://www.msnbc.com/local/cer/m19551.asp

Related: "SACRAMENTO RIVER" (BLM California Web pages)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/redding/sacramento.html


OHV AREA:

"OFF-HIGHWAY ADVENTURE A GAS" (Los Angeles Daily News, 05/16/2002)
Off-highway vehicle tour through areas including BLM-managed lands -- but not an off-road tour. Group tries to be "ecologically compatible" by staying on established roads, hauling their trash out and showing respect for nature.
http://www.dailynews.com/sports/articles/0502/16/spo10.asp

 

NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace logoAs cities grow and populations encroach upon wildlands and recreation areas, we must do more than just pick up litter and extinguish campfires; we must learn how to maintain the integrity and character of the outdoors for all living things. Leave No Trace is a national outdoor skills and ethics education program that promotes land stewardship, minimum-impact skills, and wilderness ethics. Here are some tips to help you "Leave No Trace."
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wilderness/leavenotrace.html


WEED OF THE WEEK - Scotch Broom

Stamp out noxious weeds!Noxious weed: Scotch broomWhen mature, seed pods split noisily, ejecting the seeds some distance from the plant. Commonly found by roadsides, this noxious weed can move into shrub and woodland areas. Native to south Europe and northern Africa, Scotch Broom is a branched perennial that grows up to eight feet tall. Branches are slender and dark green with small leaves. Flowers are abundant and yellow in color, and are pea-like.
Noxious weeds are destroying wildlife habitat and forage, threatening endangered species and native plants, increasing soil erosion and groundwater loss, and blocking recreation activities.

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/weeds/redcysc.html

Related: "THE BATTLE OF THE WEEDS" (You Grow Girl, 05/14/2002)
Author attacks Scotch Broom that is a fire danger to her home, and a noxious weed that crowds out other plants.
http://www.yougrowgirl.com/journals/bonnie/

Related: "SPECIES PROFILE: SCOTCH BROOM" (invasivespecies.gov, 05/16/2002)
http://www.invasivespecies.gov/profiles/scotchbrm.shtml


HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"BLM SEEKS CALIFORNIA DESERT DISTRICT MANAGER" (BLM California Web page, 5/16/02)
Vacancy Announcement Open May 16 to June17 -- Promotion Potential to GS-15 -- duty location in Riverside.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/temp_issues/59extra_hr.html#distmgr

"BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES VOLUNTEER AWARD WINNERS FOR 2002" (BLM California news release, 05/17/2002)
California strikes it rich this year: Out of nine outstanding BLM volunteers (individuals, couples and one organization) and three exceptional BLM employees selected to receive BLM's 2002 "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards -- three of the volunteers and one employee were from California.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/WOnews_MakingADiffAwards.html

"BLM NAMES HENRI BISSON ALASKA STATE DIRECTOR" (BLM California news release, 05/14/2002)
Bission is former director of the BLM California Desert District....
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/releases/pages/2002/pr020515_bisson.htm

"BLM STATE DIRECTOR DENISE MERIDITH RETIRES" (BLM California news release, 05/15/2002)
Former Associate State Director of BLM California, Meridith to retire from State Director position with BLM Arizona.
http://www.az.blm.gov/newsrels/2002news/meridith.htm

"WILL WATER PLAN SINK OR SWIM? EXPERTS AT ODDS" (San Bernardino County Sun, 05/10/2002)
Cadiz, Inc. plan to pump Colorado River water and groundwater stored under the Mojave Desert, to serve Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District customers. Scientists disagree: would it be environmentally sensitive way to supply more water to L.A.? or "disaster for the desert by drying up springs and causing dust storms"?
http://www.sbsun.com/news/articles/0502/11/new02.asp

"IS GOLD MORE SACRED THAN RELIGION?" (Casper Star-Tribune, 05/05/2002)
Editorial on proposed Glamis Imperial Gold Mine in the California desert.
http://w3.trib.com/FACT/1st.lev.goldvsreligion.html

"CEMEX APPEALS TO STATE BOARD" (The Signal, 05/11/2002)
Transit Mixed Concrete Co. appeals L.A. County rejection of county permit for sand and gravel mining in Soledad Canyon, for which they have BLM permit. Appeal is to State Mines and Geology Board.
http://www.the-signal.com/main/0502/051102b.html

"CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT PRESENTS A FARMING HISTORY TOUR" (BLM California news release, 05/14/2002)
For a unique opportunity to explore a part of the Carrizo's past, make a reservation by calling 805-475-2131.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/CCnews45_carrizo_farmtour.html

SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

05/18/2002 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/04/nr/NCnews47_stockton_WHB_adoption.html

05/18/2002 - Carrizo Plain National Monument Farming History Tour
Travers Ranch - Carrizo Plain National Monument
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/CCnews45_carrizo_farmtour.html

05/23/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office

06/01/2002 - 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

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