A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 7/25/02
This week in News.bytes:
- BLM DIRECTOR CLARKE VISITS CALIFORNIA
- PLANNING FOR HEADWATERS
- PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS:
- MORE ON MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS: NATIONAL MONUMENTS
- BLM NEEDS YOU! Citizen advisory councils
- BE CAREFUL OUT THERE: DESERT HEAT GETS EVEN HOTTER
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
- WILDLIFE TRIVIA: What is the fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere?
- PLANT OF THE WEEK - Dwarf lousewort
- ENERGY ISSUE UPDATES
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE - Geology Underfoot in Southern California
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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DIRECTOR CLARKE VISITS CALIFORNIA
Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke toured a geothermal power
plant, discussed issues with partners at Cosumnes River Preserve, met with
off-road enthusiasts, and addressed BLM State Office employees during a
short but busy visit to California this past week.
PLANNING FOR HEADWATERS
of three public meetings on draft plan for Headwaters Forest Reserve is
tonight in San Francisco.
"GOVERNMENT, NEIGHBORS EXAMINE PLANS FOR HEADWATERS FOREST"
(Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 07/24/2002)
Public comments at meeting on draft management plan for Headwaters Forest
Reserve -- including how and to which areas public will have access. BLM
is still accepting comments on the draft plan.
Related: "HEADWATERS MEETINGS
SET" (BLM California news release)
Last of three public meetings is tonight in San Francisco: Fort Mason Center,
Marina Room, 6-8 p.m.
"HEADWATERS SHOULDN'T BE A CLOSED CATHEDRAL" (Eureka Times-Standard,
EDITORIAL: argues for greater access to Headwaters Forest Reserve.
Related: "HEADWATERS FOREST
RESERVE" (BLM California Web pages)
More information on Headwaters.
PUBLIC ACCESS TO OTHER PUBLIC LANDS
"GRAVEL COMPANY'S YUBA ACCESS ROAD DECLARED PUBLIC" (The
Court of Appeals in Sacramento rules that Hammonton Road is public, upholding
November 2000 decision by Yuba County Superior Court. BLM Folsom Field Office
has been involved for years in land exchange negotiation over road -- gravel
company says it is private road, others say it is public and needed for
access to Yuba River.
YUBA GOLDFIELDS (BLM California issue update)
A portion of the lower Yuba River from approximately ten miles east of Marysville
to the Parks Bar Bridge on Highway 20 is known as the Yuba Goldfields. There
have been three major public land issues in this area: Clouded land title;
restrictions on public access to the river for recreation uses; and maintenance
of the chinook salmon and steelhead habitat.
"PUBLIC VOICES DESIRE FOR OPEN LAND ACCESS" (Palm Springs
Desert Sun, 07/23/2002)
Public comments on BLM plan for Coachella Valley area and trails in Santa
Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument include: keep trails open for
off-roaders and equestrians, make it easier to film....
"NOT EVERYONE GETS INTO DEEP CREEK'S POOLS" (Los Angeles
To relax in Deep Creek's hot pools, visitors can either hike five miles
along the Pacific Crest Trail, or pay $4 toll to adjacent landowner. BLM
and Forest Service officials who share management of the undeveloped area
say landowner helps in law enforcement at what was once "an outlaw
MORE ON MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS: NATIONAL
"MONUMENTS DESIGNATED BY CLINTON SPARK USE DEBATE" (Associated
Press, in Contra Costa Times, 07/20/2002)
Utah's Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument raises similar questions
as other national monuments declared by former President Clinton: will new
tourism help economy, or bring low-wage jobs and hurt traditional uses like
ranching? Should Congress limit future power of Presidents to declare monuments
without their or local input? How to balance public and resource uses, with
preservation of resources?
Related: "SYSTEM FOR CARETAKING
TAKES SHAPE" (Associated Press, in Contra Costa Times, 07/20/2002)
BLM works on plans for national monuments created or expanded during former
President Clinton's terms, including three in California: Carrizo Plain,
California Coastal and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto.
NEEDS YOU! - CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCILS
Speaking of managing public lands (see stories above), BLM California
is seeking nominees for its California Desert Advisory Council, and has
information posted about each of its citizen advisory councils that together
cover all of California's public lands.
"NOMINATIONS FOR DESERT ADVISORY COUNCIL MUST BE MADE BY AUGUST
31" (Inyo Register, 07/23/2002)
Members advise BLM California Desert District on policies and programs
for public lands throughout Southern California.
"BLM SEEKS NOMINEES FOR CALIFORNIA DESERT DISTRICT ADVISORY COUNCIL"
(BLM California news release, 6/25/02)
"ADVISORY COUNCILS" (BLM California Web pages)
More information about BLM citizen advisory councils throughout California
-- including minutes of recent meetings, names of members, charters, upcoming
meetings and more.
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE: DESERT HEAT GETS
"PRECAUTIONS NEEDED FOR HEAT" (Barstow Desert Dispatch,
With temperatures over 110 this summer, visitors to the California deserts
need to take extra precautions while traveling, working or having fun
outdoors. (Note: users of some email software may have to cut and paste
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"DESERT SURVIVAL TIPS" (BLM California Web pages)
"DESERT CRITTERS HAVE IT TOUGH" (San Bernardino County
California desert drought is hard even on wildlife that reside and evolved
there. BLM California Field Offices are among those trying to help, where
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
WILDLIFE TRIVIA: "What is the fastest land animal in the Western
(See answer near the end of this newsletter)
OF THE WEEK - Dwarf lousewort
Low-growing perennial is found in loamy alluvial basins and flats in sagebrush
at 4,200 to 5,000 feet in elevation. Flowering May to June, the leaves are
lobed with fine teeth and taller than inflorescence.
Special status plants are those plants whose survival is of concern due
to 1) their limited distribution, 2) low number of individuals and/or populations,
and 3) potential threats to habitat.
SECRETARY NORTON TO SPEAK IN LAKE TAHOE JULY 26
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will address the Rocky Mountain Mineral
Law Institute Friday in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She will focus on the President's
national energy policy and development of alternative and renewable energy
"STATEMENT OF REBECCA W. WATSON BEFORE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
NATURAL GAS SUPPLY AND DEMAND IMBALANCE" (BLM California news release,
Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
testifies before Congress on role of federal lands and resources in meeting
national energy needs....
"COMPLICATIONS UNDERLY ENERGY CRISIS" (San Diego Union-Tribune,
California has "one of the world's biggest economies running on a 'Third
World' electric transmission system," says the author. One response
is North Baja Pipeline - sending natural gas to power new Mexicali power
plant. Pipeline needed right-of-way permits from several BLM Field Offices.
FEATURE - Geology Underfoot in Southern California
This book offers an inside view of the southland's active and sometimes
enigmatic landscape. Twenty vignettes each weave a geologic story of a particular
scene, relationship, or feature. These snapshots introduce readers to southern
California's rich, dynamic even flamboyant geology. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=449
"EDIBLE SOLUTION TO SCRUB" (San Gabriel Valley Tribune,
City of Monrovia plans to clear extreme brush fire hazard in rugged canyon,
by grazing with goats paid for with $45,000 BLM grant. Some residents
fear goats will graze too much and cause environmental damage.
"INTERIOR BILL HAS REGIONAL PROJECTS" (Victorville Daily
Interior Dept. appropriations bill approved by Congress and awaiting Senate
approval. Includes funds for California Desert rangers, planning, communications
satellite, among other items.
"SACRED LAND MAY OUTSHINE ANY GOLD MINE" (San Diego Union-Tribune,
Columnist reviews conflict between Glamis Gold, Inc. proposal for gold
mine near El Centro, and Quechan Tribe whose members say site is sacred
to them. Former Interior Secretary denied the project, current Secretary
is reconsidering it -- both without precedent for BLM, which is responsible
for reviewing mine operations on public lands.
"NORTH COUNTY; FIRES CONTAINED -- 9,866 ACRES CHARRED"
(Mammoth Times, 07/25/2002)
BLM one of many agencies who battled blazes in north Mono County.
"AMPLE CROP OF POT PULLED" (Union Democrat, 07/22/2002)
More than 4,800 marijuana plants pulled from garden hidden on BLM-managed
land in Tuolumne County.
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
07/25/2002 - Draft Headwaters Management Plan public meeting
07/25/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
08/03/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory
07/29/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meetings
07/30/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
07/31/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
08/05/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
08/06/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
ANSWER TO THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
WILDLIFE TRIVIA: "What is
the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere?"
Pronghorns are the fastest land animals in the Western Hemisphere. They can
travel at 70 miles per hour for three to four minutes at a time. They regularly
run at speeds of 30-45 miles per hour for up to 15 minutes.
For more about pronghorns, visit its entry in our wildlife database
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