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


Issue date: 07/10/02

This week in News.bytes:

- CEMEX
- CRITICAL HABITAT DESIGNATION ORDERED FOR ENDANGERED/THREATENED PLANTS
- FREE OFFER - Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra
- KEY PROGRAM AND ISSUE UPDATES
- PLANT OF THE WEEK
- HEADWATERS FOREST RESERVE - GET INVOLVED
- CA COMMUNITIES RECEIVE FIRE ASSISTANCE GRANTS
- OTHER FIRE RELATED STORIES
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS



CEMEX

U.S. INTERVENES IN CEMEX VS. LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUIT ON SAND AND GRAVEL PROJECT (BLM California news release, 07/08/2002)
The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management, filed to intervene in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Central District, California, in Los Angeles, regarding Los Angeles County's recent denial of a state permit for a sand and gravel project involving federally owned minerals in Soledad Canyon, northeast of Los Angeles, California.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/07/nr/SOnews06_us_intervention_cemex.html

COURT DOCUMENTS
U.S. Motion to Intervene (1mb PDF file) (no longer online)
U.S. Complaint in Intervention (630k PDF file) (no longer online)

SOLEDAD CANYON SAND AND GRAVEL PROJECT (CEMEX-TRANSIT MIXED CONCRETE), LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA (BLM California briefing document)
This briefing provides information and status on the Soledad Canyon Sand and Gravel Project (CEMEX-Transit Mixed Concrete, Inc.) in Los Angeles County.
(no longer online)

"FEDS SIDE WITH PROPOSED MINE" (Santa Clarita Signal, 07/10/2002)
The federal government has issued what could be a major setback in the community's fight against a sand and gravel project in the eastern Santa Clarita Valley.
http://www.the-signal.com/News/ViewStory.asp?storyID=350

"BLM BACKS MINE IN SUIT" (LA Daily News, 07/10/2002)
The city of Santa Clarita and the county of Los Angeles will have to take on the federal government in their battle against a planned sand and gravel mine in Canyon Country.
http://www.dailynews.com/news/articles/0702/10/new23.asp


CRITIAL HABITAT DESIGNATION ORDERED FOR ENDANGERED/THREATENED PLANTS


"MILK-VETCH AMONG PLANTS TARGETED " (Imperial Valley Press, 07/10/2002)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was ordered by a federal judge in San Diego to designate critical habitat for eight endangered or threatened plants, including the much-debated Peirson's milk-vetch found in the Imperial Sand Dunes.
(no longer online)

"U.S. ORDERED TO RECONSIDER PLANTS' STATUS" (Los Angeles Times, 07/09/2002)
In response to a lawsuit by environmentalists, a federal judge here has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider within three years its decision not to set aside protected areas known as "critical habitat" for eight imperiled plant species.
http://www.latimes.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=la%2Dme%2Dplants9jul09

"MORE 'CRITICAL HABITAT' ORDERED" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 07/09/2002)
A judge ordered federal wildlife officials to consider additional protection for eight rare plants in Southern California, officials said Monday. Off-roaders are concerned that a critical-habitat designation could mean an even smaller play area in the Imperial Sand Dunes, an Imperial County off-roading haven partially closed because of one of the plants.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_NEWS_nplants09.563e3.html

"JUDGE: RECONSIDER DUNE PLANT'S HABITAT" (Yuma Sun, 07/09/2002)
A federal judge wasn't beating around the bush (the Pierson's milk vetch in this case) when she ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider providing a critical habitat for the threatened plant.
http://www.yumasun.com/artman/publish/story_677.shtml


FREE OFFER
Front Cover of the book Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra"MOTOR TOURING IN THE EASTERN SIERRA "
Discover roads less traveled, explore ghost towns, hot springs, and the world's oldest living trees. Send us your name and mailing address for a free 50-page motor touring guide featuring 18 historic routes in California's Eastern High Sierra and Death Valley. Information provided for each of the routes includes: What to expect; Length; Driving Time; Getting there; and Along the route. Supplies are limited to the first 200. http://www6.ca.blm.gov/newsbytes/issue67/index.php


KEY PROGRAM AND ISSUE UPDATES

CALIFORNIA DESERT DISTRICT WILD HORSE AND BURRO PROGRAM (BLM California briefing document)
There are 22 Wild Horse and Burro herd areas located within the California Desert District with an appropriate management level of 843 burros and 267 horses. This briefing document brings you up-to-date on the Wild Horse and Burro Program in Southern California.
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/newsbytes.nsf/siteurl/6341955?OpenDocument

REVISED STATUTE 2477 (BLM California briefing document)
This provides an update on the current status of R.S. 2477, a primary authority under which many state and county highways were constructed across federal lands in the West. Conflicts between the rights granted under R.S. 2477 and management under subsequent laws, regulations, and management objectives are highly controversial.
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/newsbytes.nsf/siteurl/58764020?OpenDocument


PLANT OF THE WEEK

"BRANDEGEE'S ERIASTRUM" (BLM California web page)
Annual herb, 2 to 12 inches tall, with woolly leaves and white to pale blue flowers. On public lands managed by the Redding Field Office,this species is found on the eastern edge of the Northern Coast Ranges and western edge of the Interior Coast Ranges. http://www.ca.blm.gov/redding/rederbr.html


 

 

HEADWATERS FOREST RESERVE - GET INVOLVED
Headwaters Forest Reserve logo"HEADWATERS MEETINGS SET FOR EUREKA, SACRAMENTO, SAN FRANCISCO" (BLM California news release, 07/01/2002)
A series of public meetings on a draft management plan for the Headwaters Forest Reserve will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about the plan's proposals, and to present formal comments on the document.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/07/nr/NCnews72_headwaters_meetings.html

"BLM SEEKS HEADWATERS FOREST COMMENTS" (Eureka Times-Standard, 07/09/2002)
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to know what you think about its proposal to manage the Headwaters Forest Reserve, and will hear you out at upcoming meetings in Eureka, Sacramento and San Francisco
http://www.times-standard.com/Stories/0,1413,127%257E2896%257E720893,00.html

HEADWATERS FOREST RESERVE (BLM California web page)
To view the plan, visit our web site at http://www.ca.blm.gov/arcata/headwaters.html


CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES RECEIVE FIRE ASSISTANCE GRANTS

"BLM GIVES FIRE GRANTS TO CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES" (BLM California news release, 07/03/2002)
With devastating fires already destroying thousands of acres of forest and wildlands in the Southwest, 25 rural California communities are receiving fire assistance grants from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to aid firefighting efforts. California BLM received $300,000 to distribute under the Rural Fire Assistance Program.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/07/nr/SOnews03_fire_assistance_grants.html

MORE ON FIRE --

"DEFYING OMB, HOUSE PANEL BOOSTS FIREFIGHTING FUNDS" (Government Executive Magazine, 07/09/2002)
In a defiant move toward the Office of Management and Budget, the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday approved an amendment to the fiscal 2003 Interior spending bill that would add $700 million in emergency spending for firefighting efforts.
http://www.govexec.com:80/news/index.cfm?mode=report&articleid=23339&printerfriendlyVers=1&

"HOUSE PANEL ADDS $700 MILLION FOR BATTLING WILDFIRES" (San Francisco Chronicle, 07/10/2002)
A House committee voted Tuesday to provide an extra $700 million for battling wildfires.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/07/09/national1242EDT0582.DTL

"FOLLOWING THE FLAMES AT A FOREST FIRE SITE" (New York Times, 07/04/2002)
BLM joins other agencies to consolidate GIS data for firefighting planners.
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/04/technology/circuits/04FIRE.html

BOOKSTORE FEATURE
Front Cover 4 Wheelers Guide to the Rubicon Trail4 WHEELER'S GUIDE TO THE RUBICON TRAIL
A guide to Plan and Remember Your trip. This guide has 19 full color pictures, 20 color maps, and 11 3-dimensional pictures. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=362


 

 

HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"FLAT CAR #8 - A BIT OF HISTORY RESTORED AT LAST" (Mammoth Times, 07/11/2002)
Friends of Bodie Railway and Lumber Company, Inc. and the Bureau of Land Management held a long-awaited dedication for Flat Car #8 on Saturday, June 29. The Bureau of Land Management gave the Friends of Bodie Railway and Lumber Company permission to remove the remains of the flat car from the Bodie Hills, way back in the spring of 1997.
http://www.mammothtimes.com:80/times2002/FlatCar807-11.html

"INVASIVE WEED AWARENESS WEEK TAKES PLACE JULY 14-20" (Southern Humboldt Life & Times, 07/02/2002)
A week of activities sponsored by a host of agencies intended to raise public awareness of the problems caused by invasive, non-native weeds.
(No longer online.)

"DESERT ADVISORY COUNCIL JUNE 28-29 MEETING SUMMARY "
Ron Kemper, renewable resource representative on the council, was elected Chairman of the Council replacing Ilene Anderson who will continue to serve as a renewable resource representative. http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/DACSumm062802.html

"THE RIGHT SPOT HELPS TELL THE 'HOLES' STORY" (The Hollywood Reporter, 07/03/2002)
Walden Media and Phoenix Pictures needed to dig 450 circular holes 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide at Cuddeback Dry Lake Bed in Ridgecrest, California, to re-create the camp for the film adaptation of Louis Sachar's book., Holes.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com:80/hollywoodreporter/columnists/onlocation_display.jsp

"BLM TO HOLD OIL & GAS LEASE SALE IN BAKERSFIELD" (BLM California news release, 07/09/2002)
A sale of oil and gas leases on federal land will be conducted by the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday, September 12, 2002. The lease sale will be held at the BLM-Bakersfield Office at 3801 Pegasus Drive in Bakersfield.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/07/nr/CCnews54_september_oilgas_sale.html

"HORSE, ATV AREAS DESIGNATED IN REGION" (Sun Advocate, 07/03/2002)
In the San Rafael Swell, hundreds of designated off-highway trails provide ATV riders with easy access to spectacular desert vistas, the sites of historic mining operations and rock art panels as well as long stretches of wide open spaces. http://www.sunad.com:80/index.php?id=1&special=recguide&year=2002&go=story10

"ENTHUSIASTS TRY TO STRIKE BALANCE WITH ENVIRONMENT" (Las Vegas Review Journal, 07/07/2002)
Southern Nevada's Mojave Desert is for all to enjoy, according to the Bureau of Land Management. But shared use can be as painful as falling into a cactus when the two groups are environmentalists wanting to preserve the desert's virgin beauty and off-roaders who want to race at speeds near 100 mph in desert buggies and professional race trucks.
http://www.lvrj.com:80/lvrj_home/2002/Jul-07-Sun-2002/news/19087505.html

"THE POLITICS OF DESERT RACING: Vroom for speed" (Las Vegas Review Journal, 07/07/2002)
Despite encroaching development and environmental concerns, desert racers continue to pursue their passion. More than 50 years ago, the popularity of racing surplus jeeps from World War II began in California and quickly spread to Arizona and Nevada because of their plentiful desert and desolate land- scapes.
http://www.lvrj.com:80/cgi-bin/printable.cgi?/lvrj_home/2002/Jul-07-Sun-2002/news/19087480.html

"CACHE CREEK MAY BE PART OF NATIONAL RIVER SYSTEM" (The Davis Enterprise, 07/07/2002)
By the end of the month, the U.S. Senate could adopt a bill that would designate Cache Creek Watershed as a Wilderness Study Area and part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. If the bill becomes law, the Bureau of Land Management would have to manage the creek in such a way that the river's recreational and historic values remain intact.
http://www.davisenterprise.com:80/display/inn_news/177NEW2.TXT

"NEW BOAT LAUNCH AND RIVER ACCESS SITE ON LOWER KERN RIVER " (BLM California news release, 07/08/2002)
The news media is invited to attend a "dedication ceremony" for the newly established Delonegha Boat Launch and River Access project. Delonegha is located along the Kern River off Highway 178 at the Democrat Bridge, approximately 35 miles northeast of Bakersfield. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/07/nr/CCnews56_delonegha_boatlaunch.html

"INLAND AEAS PART OF NEW WILDERNESS BILL" (The Press Enterprise, 07/03/2002)
About 400,000 acres in Riverside and San Bernardino counties would be designated as wilderness under federal legislation now being considered in the House and Senate. http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/items_2002/InlandareaspartofnewWildernessBill_PressEnterprise_070302.pd

SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS


07/10/2002 - Carrizo Plains National Monument planning meeting
Carrisa Plains Elementary School
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/75544519?OpenDocument

07/10/2002 - West Mojave scoping meeting
Yucca Valley Community Center
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/39883727?OpenDocument

07/11/2002 - Carrizo Plains National Monument planning meeting
San Luis Obispo City Library Conference Room
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/34464638?OpenDocument

07/11/2002 - Northeast California Advisory Council meeting
BLM Surprise Field Office
http://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/83836576?OpenDocument

07/11/2002 - Lower Kern River boat launch dedication
Delonegha Boat Launch
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/39729916?OpenDocument

07/16/2002 - Draft Headwaters Management Plan public meeting
Humboldt County Library
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/9279469?OpenDocument

07/17/2002 - Northwest California Advisory Council meeting
BLM Ukiah Field Office
http://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/36168918?OpenDocument

07/24/2002 - Draft Headwaters Management Plan public meeting
Scottish Rite Temple
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/45477226?OpenDocument

07/25/2002 - Draft Headwaters Management Plan public meeting
Marina Room, Fort Mason Center
http://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/35781644?OpenDocument

07/25/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/40114443?OpenDocument

07/29/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meetings
Desert Empire Fairgrounds, Mesquite Hall
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/89710232?OpenDocument

07/30/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
Doubletree Hotel
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/49550470?OpenDocument

07/31/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
Boulder Creek RV Resort Clubhouse
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/84509499?OpenDocument



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