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Issue date: 5/23/02

This week in News.bytes:


- NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATE, including:
      --- Wild horses and burros available
      --- Addressing concerns over endangered species
      --- Headwaters tours, with reservations
- VISIT US: North California Coast
- NEW WEB PAGES: Piedras Blancas Lighthouse
- PHOTO DATABASE FEATURE: California Coastal National Monument ceremony
- WILDFIRE SEASON 2002 MAY BE ROUGH
- WEED OF THE WEEK - Yellow Starthistle
      --- and more on last week's Weed of the Week
- TRANSIT MIXED : Latest news
- OTHER MINING ISSUES, including:
      --- Redding gravel miner seeks land trade with BLM
      --- Oregon-California area reopening to prospectors
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: The Desert Tortoise - Do's and Don'ts
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE: TOPO! San Francisco Bay Area on CD ROM
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS, including:
      --- National award for several BLM California volunteers
      --- Model trail system in Poway started with BLM land
      --- Concern over Cadiz water project
      --- Wilderness issues
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATE

"WILD HORSES AND BURROS HEADED FOR RED BLUFF" (BLM California news release, 05/14/2002)
Wild horses and burros from the public rangelands of California and Nevada are headed for the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff. The BLM will bring its popular Adopt a Horse or Burro Program to the area Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. Anyone interested can preview the animals when they arrive during the day Friday, June 7.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/NCnews54_redbluff_whb_adoption.html

"IMPACTS OF CARSON WANDERING SKIPPER ON BLM LANDS" (Lassen County Times, 05/21/2002)
Op-Ed item by BLM California ecologist clears up some confusion over worries over how an endangered species may affect use of public lands in the Eagle Lake Field Office area.
PDF file, 80 kilobytes: http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/items_2002/carsonskipper_lassen_052102.pdf

"BLM OFFERS GUIDED HIKES INTO SOUTH PART OF HEADWATERS FOREST RESERVE" (BLM California news release, 05/16/2002)
The BLM's Arcata Field Office leads guided hikes into the southern end of Headwaters Forest Reserve east of Fortuna. Started Saturday, May 18, hikes continue Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 15, weather permitting.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/NCnews55_headwaters_forest_hikes.html

"BLM OPENS NEW FIREWOOD CUTTING AREA" (BLM California news release, 05/17/2002)
Beginning Monday, May 20, downed juniper may be removed from the Beaver Creek Juniper Reduction Project Area just east of the Pittville Highway (Lassen County Road 111), approximately two miles south of the Cinder Cone Road.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/NCnews56_Alturas_firewodd_cutting_area.html


Top 10 sites - Arcata Field Office
VISIT US: North California Coast
Visiting the North California Coast this summer? Take a look at the Top 10 Points of Interest managed by our Arcata Field Office.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/topten.html


NEW BLM CALIFORNIA WEB PAGES: Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

Piedras Blancas in the 1930sFormer Coast Guard station -- source of community pride for 125 years -- has always been closed to the public. BLM and California State Parks will collaborate to ready the site for public visits, while protecting its historical resources.
Part of the effort to increase public access is this new Web site hosted by BLM California and a companion site hosted by state parks' Hearst Castle. A dedication ceremony will take place Saturday, May 25.
http://www.piedrasblancas.gov/

Town crier at coastal celebrationPHOTO DATABASE FEATURE: BLM and partners dedicate
California Coastal National Monument

See photos -- from our online photo database -- of the celebration held recently at
Monterey Bay Aquarium.
http://www6.ca.blm.gov/picportal/index.jsp?folderOpen=Public%20Folders%2FNewsbytes%2Fmay%2Fdedication

Related: "BLM AND PARTNERS DEDICATE CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California news release, 5/11/02)http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/CCNMnews01_dedication_event.html

Offshore rock, California Coastal National MonumentRelated: "OFF-SHORE ROCKS GET NEW PROTECTIONS" (San Luis Obispo Tribune, 5/18/02)
A short newspaper article on the coastal monument.http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/living/3291184.htm

Related: "CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California Web site)
http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/ca/en/prog/blm_special_areas/nm/ccnm.html


WILDFIRE SEASON 2002 MAY BE ROUGH
Californian firefighters -- including BLM's -- are bracing for what they expect will be an especially bad wildfire season in some areas.

"AGENCIES WILL OPEN FIRE SEASON SUNDAY, JUNE 2" (BLM California news release, 05/21/2002)
Officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center have announced that fire season officially begins Sunday, June 2, in northeastern California. The announcement serves as a reminder that fire dangers are increasing with warming and drying weather conditions.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/SIFCnews02_fireseason_opening_2002.html

"FIRE DANGER CALLED 'EXTREME'" (Needles Desert Star, 05/22/2002)
With 2002 expected to be an extremely bad wildfire season, BLM places fire restrictions on 2.5 million acres of public land along Colorado River, in California and Arizona. fires in the area so far this year were result of human carelessness.
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=638&NewsID=305872&CategoryID=1393&show=localnews&om=1

"FIRE SEASON 2002 COULD BE A ROUGH ONE" (Bakersfield Channel, 05/15/2002)
" Conditions are perfect for a hot and fiery summer in Kern County and the Western United States."
http://www.thebakersfieldchannel.com/news/1462865/detail.html

"TINDERBOX SUMMER AHEAD" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 05/23/2002)
Fire and water officials on alert after National Weather Service predictions for especially hot and dry summer this year in Southern California.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_NEWS_nadry23.a095c.html

"FOREST SERVICE REOPENS" (Victorville Daily Press, 5/23/02)
Still recovering from wildfire almost three years ago: Willow Fire ravaged 64,000 BLM- and Forest Service-managed acres this week, more roads and trails open for Memorial Day weekend. Volunteers helped recovery efforts -- but public must stay on designated routes to protect sensitive recovering areas.
http://www.vvdailypress.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1022171570,98045,

 

WEED OF THE WEEK - Yellow starthistle
Weed of the Week: Yellow starthistleStamp out noxious weeds! graphicNative to southern Europe. Invades various soil types on waste areas, roadsides, pastures and dry rangelands. Toxic to horses as it causes "chewing disease." Once a plant invades a site it may sit without increasing for several years. It becomes genetically adapted to that site and then the population explodes; it spreads rapidly.
It becomes genetically adapted to that site and then the population explodes; it spreads rapidly.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/surprise/weeds/starthis.html

 
Related: Update on last week's Weed of the Week:

"SCOTCH BROOM WARRIOR DOING BATTLE WITH THE BUSHY YELLOW BEAST" (Eureka Times-Standard, 05/20/2002)
Last week's News.bytes "Weed of the Week" back in the news: Dentist, 70, attacks weed that pushes out native plants -- ripping it not only out of his yard, but yards of cooperative neighbors and along roadsides.
http://www.times-standard.com/framework/0%2C1918%2C127%257E2896%257E623404%2C00.html

Related: Last week's Weed of the Week, Scotch Broom:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/weeds/redcysc.html


TRANSIT MIXED SAND AND GRAVEL PLANS

"STATE DEALS CEMEX A SETBACK" (The Signal, Santa Clarita, 05/23/2002)
Transit Mixed Concrete Co.'s proposed sand and gravel mine in Soledad Canyon: state agency says it can not consider appeal of Los Angeles County's vote to reject company's permit.
http://www.the-signal.com/main/0502/052302a.html

"MINE APPEAL WON'T BE HEARD" (Los Angeles Daily News, Santa Clarita Edition, 05/23/2002)
Transit Mixed Concrete Co.'s proposed sand and gravel mine in Soledad Canyon: State agency says it can not consider appeal of Los Angeles County's vote to reject company's permit, despite evidence of county's "delay and indecision."
http://www.santaclarita.dailynews.com/news/articles/0502/23/sac05.asp

"MINE PROJECT MOVES INTO PRETRIAL PHASE" (Antelope Valley Press, 05/21/2002)
City of Santa Clarita continues opposition to Transit Mixed Concrete Co.'s proposed sand and gravel mine.
http://www.avpress.com/n/tusty7.hts


OTHER MINING ISSUES

"BUSINESSMAN SEEKS BLM LAND" (Redding Record Searchlight, 05/23/2002)
Redding businessman wants to trade 40 acres of his land near Clear Creek for 792 acres where he can expand his sand and gravel operation. Neighboring residents oppose expansion of his operation.
http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20020523toplo012.shtml

"FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE: Cancellation of Proposed Withdrawal, and Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for a Public Meeting; California and Oregon" (BLM California news release, 05/21/2002)
Mining on BLM and Siskiyou National Forest Lands, Oregon and California.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/fr/siskiyou_withdrawal_cancelation.html

Related: "FEDS WILL LIFT NEW MINING CLAIMS BAN" (Medford Mail Tribune, 05/19/2002)
Related: BLM CALIFORNIA FED REG NOTICE. Canceling two-year moratorium will allow prospectors to file new mining claims on about one million acres of public lands managed by U.S. Forest Service and BLM, crossing Oregon-California border. About 115,000 acres identified as particularly sensitive would still be closed to mining.
http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2002/may/052102n7.htm

Related: "WHITE HOUSE OKs NEW MINING IN SENSITIVE ORE. HABITAT" (Los Angeles Times, 05/22/2002)
Related: BLM CALIFORNIA FED REG NOTICE. Canceling two-year moratorium will allow prospectors to file new mining claims on about one million acres of public lands managed by U.S. Forest Service and BLM, crossing Oregon-California border. About 115,000 acres identified as particularly sensitive would still be closed to miners.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000036078may22.story

NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: The Desert Tortoise - Do's and Don'ts
Desert tortoiseLike other reptiles, the desert tortoise is cold-blooded. To survive in the desert, the tortoise estivates (remains underground in its burrow) during the hottest times of the day during the summer and hibernates (sleeps underground in its burrow) during the cold of winter. Tortoises come out in the spring to eat grasses and wildflowers and drink water from the spring rains (although they obtain most of their water from the plants they eat). Also in spring, they socialize and look for mates. At other times of the year, they are less active above ground.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/tortoise.html


BOOKSTORE FEATURE: TOPO! San Francisco Bay Area on CD ROM
Interactive Maps on CD-ROM for Windows 3.1, 95 & NT. This version covers San Francisco Bay, Wine Country, and Big Sur areas. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=225


HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"CRITICS RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT CADIZ WATER PROJECT" (Los Angeles Times, 05/19/2002)
Metropolitan Water District agreement with Cadiz, Inc. to supply Los Angeles area with stored and existing water from beneath the Mojave Desert: critics question financial part of the agreement.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-000035236may19.story

"TRAILS SYSTEM IN POWAY BECOMING A REALITY" (North County Times, 05/19/2002)
Others cities now call City of Poway in southern California to learn how they developed their trail system -- used by hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and others -- serves as a model for other areas. Poway got a "jump start" on the trails two decades ago, when BLM turned over 1,850 acres, on condition the city built trails on the land.
http://www.nctimes.net/news/2002/20020519/62211.html

"FEDS MAY PROTECT HUGE NAPA WILDERNESS" (Napa Valley register, 05/19/2002)
"Bill authored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, would give [more than 10,000 acres of] federally owned land around Lake Berryessa additional protection from motorized vehicles, roads and development." Includes BLM-managed lands. Related to wilderness bill proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer.
http://www.napanews.com/templates/index.cfm?template=story_full&id=C015D29D-A92B-4070-B7D2-33EBFE6337B7

Related: "RCRC TACKLES SOME INYO ISSUES" (Inyo Register, 05/19/2002)
Sen. Barbara Boxer's wilderness bill among top agenda items at Regional Council of Rural Counties monthly meeting -- and will be at June meeting, also. Five rural counties reported to oppose it.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=4197913&BRD=2270&PAG=461&dept_id=468891&rfi=6

"LIZARD KEY PLAYER IN QUECHAN CREATION STORY" (Imperial Valley Press, 05/20/2002)
One of the voices in debate over uses of BLM California's management of Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation area: Tribal singer tells of importance of lizards to his people, and need to protect them in the dunes.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/May/20-1506-news01.txt

"BLM NAMES NEW MEMBERS OF MANAGEMENT TEAM" (BLM National news release, 5/23/02)
Moves include Elaine Marquis-Brong, former Deputy State Director for Support Services in the California State Office selected state director of BLM Oregon, and Elena Daly, former field office manager in California selected Assistant Director for the National Landscape Conservation System.
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/releases/pages/2002/pr020523_management.htm

"LOCAL BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERS AMONG NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS" (BLM California news release, 05/17/2002)
Pete Fish of the BLM Ridgecrest, California Field Office, and Leon Lesicka, of the El Centro, California Field Office, are among the nine national volunteer award winners. Rose Foster, Volunteer Coordinator for the BLM Barstow, California Field Office, was one of three BLM employees selected for recognition for outstanding leadership in the BLM Volunteer program.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/CDDnews53_volunteer_awards_localized.html

Related: "VOLUNTEER PROGRAM" (BLM California Web page)
Information on BLM California's volunteer program.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/caso/volunteers.html


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

5/23/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office

6/01/2002 - 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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