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Issue date: 8/2/2002

This week in News.bytes:


- PROPOSED NECO (DESERT PLAN) AMENDMENT
- FALLEN FIREFIGHTER HAD WORKED FOR BLM CALIFORNIA
- PROGRESS IN WILDLAND FIRE PREVENTION
- WILDLIFE TRIVIA: How many Federally endangered, Federally threatened, and BLM sensitive animals occur on BLM California lands?
- CORRECTION to last week's trivia
- UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU!
- DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEWS
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE - Rock Art of Native California
- CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY - BLM and DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR:
- Bonds for mining, oil and gas on public lands
- Forest and rangeland health
- PILT (local tax payments)
- Outfitters on public lands
- WEED OF THE WEEK - HALOGETON
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS


PROPOSED NECO PLAN AMENDMENT

"NORTHERN AND EASTERN COLORADO DESERT PROPOSED PLAN AMENDMENT PUBLISHED" (BLM California news release, 07/29/2002)
The Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert (NECO) Proposed Coordinated Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been released for public review and comment. The planning area encompasses about 5.5 million acres in eastern San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties.

Related: "PROPOSED NECO PLAN, FINAL EIS"
Link directly to information about the plan.



FALLEN FIREFIGHTER HAD WORKED FOR BLM CALIFORNIA
A former BLM California firefighter (with the Surprise Field Office) was among three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed early Sunday when their fire engine plummeted 800 feet down a ravine while fighting the Stanza Fire in Siskiyou County.

"MEMORIAL SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS FOR LASSEN'S FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS" (Lassen National Forest news release, 08/02/2002)
http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/lassen/engine11/memorialservices/engine11_mm.htm

"FIRE TEAM CRASHES IN RAVINE; 3 KILLED" (Sacramento Bee, 07/29/2002)
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/3768416p-4793907c.html

"FOREST CREWS MOURN DEATHS" (Sacramento Bee, 07/30/2002)
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/3779869p-4805355c.html

"TRIO MOURNED AS BLAZE RAGES" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/31/2002)
http://www.redding.com/news/stories/20020731lo037.shtml

"FIRE ENGINE CRASH PROBED; Survivor offers condolences to victims' families" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/30/2002)
With photos and comments from a memorial service for three firefighters killed in rollover.
http://www.redding.com/news/past/20020730toplo002.shtml

"FALLEN FIREFIGHTER A 'REMARKABLE HUMAN'" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/30/2002)
Profile of former BLM California firefighter Heather Jane DePaolo, who was one of the three firefighters who died.
http://www.redding.com/news/past/20020730toplo015.shtml



PROGRESS IN PREVENTING WILDFIRES

firefighting goat
"SNAPSHOTS: Successes of BLM hazardous fuels projects (California)"

Successful projects to reduce fuels that feed raging wildfires include "prescribed burns" -- and a hungry alternative.
(PDF file, 880 kilobytes):
Snapshots, July 26, 2002


"ALLIANCE TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS WITH FIRE ASSISTANCE"

Leaders of the California Fire Alliance and local Fire Safe Councils reviewed accomplishments and roadblocks to implement the National Fire Plan, July 30 in Sacramento. One highly successful project supports fuels reduction around the homes of senior citizens who are unable to do the work themselves.
The Alliance is seeking community sponsors for this project. For information, call Michelle Phillips, the Executive Director, at 530-470-9193.
The Alliance -- a group of federal, state, local government, and private leaders -- focuses on protecting people, resources, and property from catastrophic wildland fire. It works to integrate pro-active fire management activities and preventive efforts in education and fuels reduction.
The Councils shared information about planning and on-the-ground fuel reduction projects funded by community assistance grants from the BLM and USDA Forest Service. Presentations by David Tenny, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, the statewide California Fire Safe Council, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and the High Sierra Resource Conservation and Development District highlighted the meeting.

"BLM ANNOUNCES FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA" (BLM California news release, 07/19/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management has announced that fire restrictions are now in effect for Northeastern California and Northwestern Nevada public lands. The restrictions apply to land managed by the BLM Eagle Lake (Susanville) , Alturas and Surprise (Cedarville) field offices.



question mark"WILDLIFE TRIVIA: How many Federally endangered Federally threatened, and BLM sensitive animal species occur on BLM California lands?"
a - 27
b - 53
c - 81


I Want You!UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU

"UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU -- TO VOLUNTEER AT FEDERAL SITES NATIONWIDE" (BLM news release, 07/30/2002)
President Bush unveils a new volunteer web page that offers one-stop access to citizens seeking volunteer opportunities.
http://www.doi.gov/news/020730d.htm



MORE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR - NATIONAL NEWS

"SECRETARY NORTON ANNOUNCES GEOTHERMAL LEASE SALE FOR NEVADA" (BLM news release, 07/22/2002)
http://www.doi.gov/news/020725.htm

"NORTON PROMOTES GEOTHERMAL ENERGY PRODUCTION; NO TAX BREAKS YET" (Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 07/25/2002)
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton tours geothermal plant near Lake Tahoe; expresses support for renewable energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. Says Bush administration want to cut royalty fees for access to renewable energy sources on public lands, has not yet taken position on tax credits for renewable energy.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/07/25/state2040EDT0181.DTL

"TREKKERS TO CROSS UNITED STATES ENTIRELY ON PUBLIC LANDS" (National Geographic, 08/01/2002)
Two teams plan to cross U.S. from Canada to Mexico -- entirely on public lands. Will hike, ride horses and use mountain bikes, all-terrain vehicles, canoes, and motorboats in 3,000-mile journey sponsored by partners including National Geographic Society, BLM and Department of Interior. Hikers will not enter California, but group does include a Californian.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/08/0801_020731_frontiers.html

"NATIONAL DIRECTOR SAYS AGENCY WON'T FIGHT NEVADA ON WATER RIGHTS" (Elko Daily Free Press, 08/02/2002)
After leaving visiting California last week, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke traveled to Nevada where she was interviewed on national issues as well as local -- including bonds for mining on public lands and managing wild horse herds.
http://www.elkodaily.com/display/inn_news/news1.txt
(Note: if this story does not appear on the newspaper's main Web page, it has been moved to the archives. Search for "Clarke" -- without the quotation marks -- at http://www.elkodaily.com/archives/)





BOOKSTORE FEATURE - Rock Art of Native California

A visitor's guide to the great basin style petroglyphs in California. Native California rock art provides the reader with a unique window into American Indian rituals, beliefs, and artistic abilities. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=1417



CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY - BLM and DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

Department of Interior logo"STATEMENT OF DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY: 'AVAILABILITY OF BONDS TO MEET FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINING, OIL & GAS PROJECTS'" (Department of Interior news sites, 07/23/2002)
Concern that stricter insurance company requirements since 9/11 would reduce availability of oil and gas and mining company cleanup bonds, that are required for operations on public lands. Statement of Tom Fulton to House subcommittee, on Department of Interior task force looking at the issue.
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/legislative/pages/2002/te020723.htm

"TESTIMONY OF SHERRY BARNETT, BLM DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND PLANNING ... OUTFITTERS POLICY ACT OF 2001" (BLM news release, 07/25/2002)
Current administration supports legislation's goal "to establish consistent terms and conditions for outfitter and guide services on public lands" and recognizes "the continuing need to enhance public opportunities for recreational use of Public Lands" -- but expresses concern with some specifics of the bill and looks forward to working with House committee to address those concerns.
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/legislative/pages/2002/te020725.htm

"STATEMENT OF BLM DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ON 'COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST AND PUBLIC LANDS RESTORATION ACT'" (Department of Interior news, 07/25/2002)
States that Department of Interior agrees with legislation's goal to add tools to help restore forest and range health. States concerns with practical impacts of implementing the legislation.
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/legislative/pages/2002/te020725B.htm

"STATEMENT OF DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES and related legislation" (BLM California news release, 07/25/2002)
States that the Bush Administration supports PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program, but opposes House bill making payments mandatory. PILT payments are intended to help pay counties for costs they incur on federal lands within their boundaries, since that land is not subject to property taxes.
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/legislative/pages/2002/te020725A.htm



WEED OF THE WEEK - HALOGETON
Native to Europe and Asia. Halogeton is typical in disturbed alkaline sites in salt-desert shrubland and surrounding big sagebrush steppe types, as well as in shadscale transition zones. Concentrated along roadsides, sheep trails, and areas where livestock congregate. Although not extremely competitive, it does produce toxic oxalates that are especially poisonous to sheep and cattle. http://www.ca.blm.gov/bishop/halogeton.html
(Invasive weeds are generally non-native plants introduced to North America from Europe and Asia. 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.)



HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF MINING GIANT" (The Signal, Santa Clarita, 07/30/2002)
Federal judge denies request by Los Angeles County, to dismiss case brought by Cemex S.A. de C.V -- company with BLM permits for sand and gravel mine in Soledad Canyon. Cemex's suit charges county denial of permits prevented it from exercising federal mining rights....
http://www.the-signal.com/News/ViewStory.asp?storyID=500

"HEADWATERS PLAN WOULD LIMIT ACCESS" (Associated Press in Contra Costa Times, 07/28/2002)
After the federal government bought land to create the Headwaters Forest Reserve in 1999, herds of visitors in cars have crowded a small street in Fortuna, a town nestled among redwoods near the south end of the parcel that's home to an endangered bird and ancient trees.
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/3751781.htm

"COUNCIL MEMBER TAKES ON MANY JOBS" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 08/01/2002)
Profile of Buford Crites, of BLM California's Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee -- and City of Palm Desert City Council member, among many other current and former positions. He chaired the Advisory Committee for the Santa Rosa Mountains National Scenic Area (1989 - 1994) and he served on BLM´s Desert Advisory Council from 1994 to 2000.
http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/local/1028156681.shtml

Related: "SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS" (BLM California news site, 07/30/2002)
Names and short bios of members of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee.

"NORTHWEST RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL INVESTIGATES ISSUES, TOURS CACHE CREEK" (BLM California Web site)
Members met at Yolo County Regional Park for a float trip down a stretch of Cache Creek, and discussed topics including management issues for the Cache Creek Natural Area, including a proposal to include the area in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Members also heard updates on a variety of items.
See a summary of meeting notes.

"BOARD WEIGHS WILDERNESS DESIGNATION" (Bakersfield Californian, 07/30/2002)
Kern County Board of Supervisors hears arguments on both sides of California wilderness bill proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer, that would affect land within their county and BLM-managed land statewide. Supervisors will wait until at least Sept. 10 to endorse or opposed the bill.
http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1508740p-1626285c.html

"TRIBES WAGER NEWFOUND CLOUT ON SACRED LAND; Bill gives power to veto projects proposed near spiritual ground" (San Francisco Chronicle, 07/29/2002)
Bill in California legislature would allow Native American tribes to stop permits for construction on public or private lands they consider sacred. Article mentions three projects on land managed by BLM California that could be impacted if the bill becomes law: Glamis Gold, Ltd. proposed open pit gold mine in Imperial Valley;
a proposed geothermal power plant near Medicine Lake; and a power line from Temecula to Riverside that might cross public lands.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/07/29/MN228857.DTL

"BLM IMPLEMENTS EMERGENCY MEASURES TO STOP PREDATION AT REGIONAL CORRAL FACILITY" (BLM California news release, 07/25/2002)
In an effort to control coyotes and feral dogs attacking and killing wild horses and burros at the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Regional Corral Facility near Ridgecrest, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Wildlife Service (formerly Animal Damage Control) take actions to protect the animals.


! ANSWER TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA: "How many Federally endangered animal species occur on BLM California lands?"
ANSWER: c - 81 (There are 20 species of fishes, 13 species of reptiles, 24 species of mammals, 17 species of birds, and 7 species of amphibians.)

CORRECTION
TO LAST WEEKS WILDLIFE TRIVIA: What is the fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere?"
Several of our readers last week pointed out that the Pronghorn is not the fastest animal, but rather the fastest land animal/mammal. Birds are animals too -- and the Peregrine Falcon has been clocked at over 250 mph in a dive. Thanks to all who responded for helping us to keep our facts straight!


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events Web site is now on a more secure server, and your browser may state that "You are about to view pages over a secure connection" and ask you to "Trust a Security Certificate" from the Department of Interior that hosts this site.)

08/22/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/82104830?OpenDocument

08/03/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee Meeting
Palm Desert City Hall Council Chambers
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/63184711?OpenDocument

08/05/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/31672694?OpenDocument

08/06/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/24455940?OpenDocument

08/16/2002 - Televised Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
Your Home
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/16217442?OpenDocument

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