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Issue date: 5/30/02

This week in News.bytes:


- NEW FILM STAR INSPIRED BY BLM WILD HORSE:
     - New film "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"
     - Upcoming wild horse and burro adoptions: Red Bluff, Woodland Hills
- WEED OF THE WEEK - Himalayan blackberry
     - Related: Will goats mow down weeds?
- VISIT US: Northeastern California/Oregon Border
- DIGNITARIES JOIN BLM BRIDGE DEDICATION
- LIGHTHOUSE GETS A NEW BEACON: Piedras Blancas dedication
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE: LAPEL PIN: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS, including:
     - Arcata BLM volunteer honored
     - Wilderness bill
     - Fort Ord commemoration
     - Gypsum plant concerns neighbors
     - Rare butterfly raises residents' concerns
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

WILD HORSES - FILM STAR AND ADOPTIONS

"RODAS UNDERSTAND NEW FILM'S SPIRIT" (Mount Shasta News, 05/24/2002)
Mount Shasta couple adopted "Spirit", a Kiger mustang, at a BLM adoption years ago. Animated film "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" that opens Friday is also about a Kiger mustang -- a breed of wild horse discovered during a BLM roundup in Oregon. Kigers are believed to be direct descendants of horses brought by Spanish explorers in the 1600's. Their escaped horses were the origin of today's "wild" horses. Filmmakers used a Kiger from a BLM adoption as model and inspiration for the film.
http://mtshastanews.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/May/24-10754-news03.txt

"HORSE FANCIERS CAN GET FREE TRAINING TIPS AT RED BLUFF WILD HORSE ADOPTION" (BLM California news release, 5/22/02)
When Lesley Neuman speaks, wild horses -- and horse enthusiasts -- listen. Neuman, an accomplished trainer with a special emphasis on working with wild horses, will share advice and techniques for gentling mustangs, when the BLM brings its Adopt-a-Horse or Burro program to the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/NCnews57_redbluff_adoption_training.html

"ADOPT-A-HORSE PROGRAM TO VISIT WOODLAND HILLS" (BLM California news release, 05/28/2002)
They're young, timid and just a tad shy . . . all the qualities you would expect in potential adoptees. On June 22-23 the BLM will offer approximately 100 wild horses and burros to qualified adopters through the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/CDDnews55_woodlandhills_adoption1.html


WEED OF THE WEEK - Himalayan Blackberry
Noxious weed: Himalayan BlackberryThis perennial import from Eurasia is an aggressive exotic, which spreads rapidly by extending long runners that can reach 10 feet or more in height before bending over to a new place to put down roots.
Noxious weeds are destroying wildlife habitat and forage, threatening endangered species and native plants, increasing soil erosion and groundwater loss, and blocking recreation activities. BLM's challenge is to prevent the spread of noxious weeds before the situation gets more serious and requires more resources to contain or control it.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/weeds/redrudi.html

Related:
"GOATS WILL MOW DOWN WEEDS" (Redding Record Searchlight, 05/24/2002)
BLM enlists 600 goats for 10-day test near Redding: can they reduce dangers of catastrophic wildfire and help protect homes -- by grazing on brush and weeds along fire breaks? "They will eat just about anything, poison oak included."
http://www.redding.com/news/past/20020524toplo028.shtml


Thumbnail: Alturas Field Office area mapVISIT US: Northeastern California/Oregon Border
Visiting Northeastern California/Oregon Border this summer?
Take a look at the Top 10 Points of Interest managed by our Alturas Field Office.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/alturas/topten.html


Walking across new South Lassen Street BridgeDIGNITARIES JOIN BLM FOR BRIDGE DEDICATION
Local dignitaries and BLM staff from as far away as Denver officially opened and dedicated the South Lassen Street Bridge on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. The 225-foot steel span carries trail users over South Lassen Street and the Susan River at the west edge of Susanville. Festivities included a stroll across the bridge, new interpretive exhibits and a community mixer.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/temp_issues/61_extra_lassen.html


PIEDRAS BLANCAS dedication
BLM California state directory addresses crowd at Piedras Blancas dedicationElephant seals barked in the distance and pelicans flew above in V-shaped formation, as 300 federal, state, and local guests celebrated transfer of Piedras Blancas Light Station to BLM from the U.S. Coast Guard. Highlight of the ceremony was U.S. Coast Guard honor guard lowering their flag and BLM honor guard from the National Interagency Fire Center raising BLM flag. The station -- built in 1875 - will soon be open to limited public tours for the first time in almost 128 years.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/temp_issues/61_extra_piedras.html
Related:
"LIGHTHOUSE GETS A NEW BEACON" (Los Angeles Times, 05/26/2002)
BLM and partners plan to restore some of the historical Piedras Blancas lighthouse.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000037093may26.story


BOOKSTORE FEATURE: LAPEL PIN - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
A bright and colorful pin illustrating the beauty of Santa Rosa and San JacintoMountains National Monument. A bookmark comes with the pin, which provides a quick overview of the monuments historyand geography. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=1461


HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"ARCATA BLM VOLUNTEER HONORED" (Eureka Times-Standard, 05/29/2002)
Randy Paiment of Arcata is one of nine BLM volunteers and three employees nationwide to receive "Make A Difference Award". He has donated thousands of hours toward improving Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.
http://www.times-standard.com/Stories/0,1413,127%257E2896%257E640854,00.html
Related:
"ARCATA RESIDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER HONOR" (BLM California news release, 05/24/2002)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/NCnews58_paiment_award.html
Related:
"VOLUNTEER PROGRAM" (BLM California Web page)
Information on BLM California's volunteer program.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/res/volunteers.html

"DAVIS ADVISOR'S INFLUENCE SHOWS WATER AND MONEY CAN MIX" (Associated Press in San Francisco Chronicle, 5/30/02)
BLM California is involved in permits for Cadiz, Inc.'s plan to pump and store groundwater under Mojave Desert, for Los Angeles' Metropolitan Water District customers.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/05/30/state1918EDT0160.DTL

"TRIBE BALKS AT TALKS" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 05/30/2002)
Pechanga Tribe refuses to negotiate with San Diego Power and Electric over high-voltage power line that would cross an area just made part of their reservation. The 31-mile power line would also cross land managed by BLM California, requiring right-of-way permit.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/southwest/stories/PE_NEWS_nslines30.a1679.html

"GYPSUM PLANT EXPANSION RAISES NEIGHBORS' CONCERNS" (Imperial Valley Press, 05/23/2002)
Residents and desert conservationists speak at public meeting held by BLM and county officials. Plant expansion was approved and construction almost finished, before lawsuit led to court order requiring environmental impact study.
http://www.ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/May/23-1658-news04.txt

"BLM AND CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY SAY THANKS TO FORT ORD VOLUNTEERS" (BLM California news release, 05/23/2002)
Commemoration of six years of partnership and innovative habitat restoration projects on Fort Ord Public Lands.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/CCnews48_fortord_volunteer_apreciation_advisory.html

"RARE BUTTERFLY STIRS LASSEN LAND-USE FEARS" (Sacramento Bee, 05/24/2002)
Ranchers fear they could be shut down if Carson wandering skipper is declared endangered.
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/environment/story/2867210p-3678832c.html
Related:
"IMPACTS OF CARSON WANDERING SKIPPER ON BLM LANDS" (Lassen County Times, 05/21/2002)
Op-Ed item by BLM California ecologist, noting that some people worry an endangered species may affect their use of public land in BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office area. He aims to clear up some of the confusion. (Repeated from last week's News.bytes, to accompany news story above.)
PDF file, 80 kilobytes: http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/items_2002/carsonskipper_lassen_052102.pdf

"WILDERNESS AS LEGACY" (Los Angeles Times , 05/25/2002)
Editorial: Another projected local effect of Sen. Boxer's California Wilderness Bill.
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-000036713may25.story
Related:
"BOXER LAUNCHES BILL TO PROTECT 2.5 MILLION ACRES OF WILDERNESS" (Contra Costa Times, 05/28/2002)
Impact of Sen. Boxer's wilderness bill, specifically on BLM-managed Cache Creek area.
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/3350303.htm

SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

06/01/2002 - Fort Ord Habitat Restoration Commmemoration
Fort Ord, California
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/05/nr/CCnews48_fortord_volunteer_apreciation_advisory.html

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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