A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 8/8/2002
This week in News.bytes:
- CONTROVERSIES ON MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
- WILDLIFE TRIVIA: What is the State bird of California?
- PLANT OF THE WEEK - Ornate dalea
- FIGHTING -- and PREVENTING WILDFIRES
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE - Elephant in a can!
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
ON MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS
"BLM DOZERS MAKE PATH TO OFF-ROAD AREA" (Redding Record-Searchlight,
Post-Sept. 11 security meant a harder time for off-roaders to reach100
miles of trails on BLM's Gene Chappie-Shasta Off Highway Vehicle Area.
Permit to cross Shasta Dam had to be obtained in advance. BLM has been
working two weeks on road expected to open in September or October. Critics
say trail now limited to hikers, bikers and equestrians should be re-opened
"ISSA, FOREST OFFICIALS DIFFER ON POWER LINE ROUTE" (North
Country Times, 08/04/2002)
U.S. Forest Service officials propose power line route to San Diego through
a designated wilderness area in the Cleveland National Forest, east of
the Pechanga Indian Reservation. Congressman proposes avoiding wilderness
and tribe's ancestral lands. BLM was selected as federal lead on environmental
review, with a few miles of one proposed route crossing BLM-managed lands.
"PLAN CALLS FOR HAVEN
FOR TORTOISES" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 08/03/2002)
BLM California's Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Proposed Plan Amendment:
off-roaders say it would close too much land; environmentalists say not
enough. Protest period ends Sept. 3, 2002.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
WILDLIFE TRIVIA: "What is the State bird of California?"
(See answer near the end of this newsletter)
OF THE WEEK - Ornate dalea
Perennial herb 12 - 24 inches high with dried stems present from previous
year. Leaves and stems dotted with tiny glands. Leaves 1-3/16 - 2 inches
long with 5-7 ovate leaflets 3/8 - 3/4 inches long. Inflorescence a wooly
looking spike 3/4 - 2-3/8 inches long with many rose-purple flowers that
don't appear pea-like. http://www.ca.blm.gov/eaglelake/eldaor.html
-- and PREVENTING WILDFIRES
"RIDGE FUEL BREAK COMPLETION ON HOLD WHILE EFFORTS FOCUS ON POA"
(Chico Enterprise-Record, 08/06/2002)
Homeowners association will put $100,000 BLM "fuel reduction"
grant to work, creating fire break around their homes.
"PINES FIRE 60% CONTAINED
- BUT A CDF COMMANDER WARNS, 'THIS IS NOT OVER'" (San Diego Union
One of the largest wildfires in California this year has destroyed more
than 30 homes and 100 vehicles. Also spreads into uninhabited land managed
by BLM California.
"CURRENT WILDLAND FIRE
INFORMATION" (National Interagency Fire Site Web pages)
Information on wildland fires updated at least daily, including current
fires listed by state.
"BLM IMPOSES STRICTER
FIRE RULES IN KERN AND TULARE COUNTIES" (BLM California news
Facing the worst fire danger in years with thousands of acres already
burned, the BLM has followed the Forest Service in imposing even tougher
"FIREFIGHTING HAS ANOTHER TOOL: THE METEOROLOGIST" (San
Diego Union-Tribune, 08/07/2002)
"You're responsible for predicting the weather as accurately as possible,
and lives depend on it." Forecasting for firefighters puts BLM meteorologist
"on the hot seat."
FEATURE - Elephant in a can!
Soft stuffed Elephant contained in a can. Just open and see. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=325
"RIDE FORT ORD" (Coast Weekly, 8/8/02)
"There are many good reasons not to mountain bike alone....That said,
the loneliness of Fort Ord is the very thing that makes it so good for
mountain biking." Feature story on land managed by BLM California's
Hollister Field Office.
"TRAIL MAP - FORT ORD PUBLIC LANDS" (BLM California Web
"BLM OFFERING REWARD
FOR KAWEAH VANDALS" (BLM California news release, 08/06/2002)
A serious vandalism problem is marring the natural beauty of the BLM recreation
sites along the south fork of the Kaweah River near the community of Three
"BOXER'S BILL STILL SITTING" (Inyo Register, 8/5/02)
Sen. Barbara Boxer's wilderness bill sits in committee after two months.
Two companion bills in the House seem to be progressing farther. The bills
would affect some BLM-California lands.
" DISTRICT WINNING WAR AGAINST 'WICKED WEED' " (Bakersfield
"Yellow starthistle is toxic to horses, destroying a part of their
brain that allows them to chew and swallow, and they slowly starve to
death." Rancher notices a 10-foot-square patch yellow starthistle.
"In three years, it took over every pasture in my place," she
says. Tehachapi Resource Conservation District fights this noxious weed
that also threatens much BLM-managed land.
Related: "YELLOW STARTHISTLE"
(BLM California Web pages)
"MINE SITE FOES FACE NEW FIGHT" (Santa Clarita Daily
News , 08/04/2002)
Describes City of Santa Clarita's fight against planned sand and gravel
operation in Soledad Canyon, and their recent legal setbacks.
"BLM WILL INCREASE VISITOR CONTACTS AT KNOXVILLE RECREATION AREA"
(BLM California news release, 08/02/2002)
Visitors to the Knoxville Recreation Area along the Lake-Napa county line
can expect to see more staff from the Bureau of Land Management during
the weekend of August 10 and 11 and the Labor Day weekend.
"PUBLIC MEETINGS SET FOR NORTHERN COASTAL COMMUNITIES TO DISCUSS
CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California news release,
Residents of northern California coastal communities can get involved
in management of offshore rocks, islands and pinnacles, in a series of
public meetings later this month. In the sessions, participants will suggest
issues that should be addressed in a management plan for the California
Coastal National Monument.
"PUBLIC MEETINGS SET FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES
TO DISCUSS CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California
news release, 08/02/2002)
Residents of central and southern California coastal communities
can get involved in management of offshore rocks, islands and pinnacles,
in a series of public meetings in late August and early September. In
the sessions, participants will suggest issues that should be addressed
in a management plan for the California Coastal National Monument.
"COUNTY COULD RECOUP LOST TAXES" (Victorville Daily Press,
Bill introduced in Congress would require lump-sum payments to counties
if federal government annexes land in a county already receiving its maximum
"Payment in Lieu of Taxes" (PILT).
"BLM DISTRIBUTES PILT PAYMENTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS"
(BLM California news release, 6/26/02)
Amounts of Payments in Lieu of Taxes that BLM has paid to California counties
SPARKS FEUD" (Oroville Mercury Register, 08/06/2002)
"A political dogfight erupted last week between area lawmakers over
legislation aimed at protecting what preservationists say is one of California's
most vulnerable ecological treasures." Departing lawmaker's bill
would create an open-space conservancy to protect the Sierra Nevada, governed
by a 15-member board and three ex-officio, non-voting representatives
from BLM, National Park Service and the Forest Service.
"BILL HAVERT: ENVIROMENTALIST KEEPS WILDLIFE, GROWTH IN SYNC"
(Palm Springs Desert Sun, 08/05/2002)
Profile of a member of BLM California's Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
National Monument Advisory Committee.
Related: "SANTA ROSA AND
SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE"
"SHEEP RELEASED INTO MOUNTAINS" (Palm Springs Desert
Five bighorn sheep released onto BLM-managed land in San Jacinto Mountains
- meant to give "a struggling herd of sheep that lives in the mountain
range a better chance at long-term survival."
TO THIS WEEK'S WILDLIFE TRIVIA: "What is the State bird of California?"
California quail is the State bird of California. They are found in all
of BLM California's Field Office areas except Alturas, El Centro, and
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
08/16/2002 - Televised Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
Your Home - on satellite TV
08/20/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/21/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/22/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/27/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/28/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
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