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Issue date: 9/5/2002

This week in News.bytes:


- LEGISLATION AIMS AT NATIVE AMERICAN SACRED SITES
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
     - WILDLIFE TRIVIA: How many animals occur on BLM California lands?
     - CLARIFICATION OF LAST WEEK'S WILDLIFE TRIVIA
- FIGHTING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA JUNIPER THREAT
- PLANT OF THE WEEK - BODIE HILLS ROCK CRESS
- CADIZ PROJECT STILL FACES OPPOSITION
- WILDLAND FIRE DANGER REMAINS HIGH
- ALONG THE COAST
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS, including:
     - New Field Office manager coming to Bishop
     - Christian Science Monitor Breakfast with Secretary Norton
     - Assaults increase on public lands workers
     - Horse training next week
     - Conservation, wilderness
     - Ward Valley
     -... and more
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS


LEGISLATION AIMS AT NATIVE AMERICAN SACRED SITES

"NATIVE TRIBES SEEK CLOUT ON NONTRIBAL LANDS" (Christian Science Monitor, 09/04/2002)
"Specifically, native Americans are pushing for new laws that would give them what could amount to veto power over certain development projects (mining, housing, shopping malls, etc.) impacting what are considered historically sacred sites. A bill is close to passage in California, and support is growing for a similar law in Congress."
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0904/p03s01-usgn.html

"IS NOTHING SACRED? ASKS TRIBE" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 08/31/2002)
Quechan Indian tribe opposes gold mine planned by Glamis Gold, Ltd.
http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/local/1030764029.shtml

"COOPERATION COULD DIM EFFECT OF BILL DEFENDING INDIAN SITES (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 08/31/2002)
Some worry that state bill aimed at protecting sites sacred to Indian tribes, could stifle growth of wind energy and other projects.
http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/local/1030763825.shtml

"BILL HELPS INDIANS PROTECT SACRED SITES" (Imperial Valley Press, 08/30/2002)
Local impacts of Senate Bill 1828, which would require additional conditions and approvals of a proposed mining site if it is a Native American sacred site. Quechan Tribe opposing Glamis company plan for cyanide heap-leach gold mine near one of their sacred sites.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/August/30-1466-news09.txt

"EASY OK FOR SACRED LAND BILL; INDIANS GIVEN POWER OVER DEVELOPMENTS" (San Francisco Chronicle, 8/29/02)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/08/29/BA12510.DTL


NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:

Plant of the Week - Bodie Hills rock cress
PLANT OF THE WEEK - BODIE HILLS ROCK CRESS

Found in Mono County, California, and West Nevada, the Bodie Hills rock cress is found on rolling to steep topography in andesitic soils at elevations of 7,500 to 9,500 feet. (Special status plants are those plants found on public lands administered by the BLM whose survival is of concern.)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/bishop/bodiehillsrockcress.html


question mark: wildlife triviaWILDLIFE TRIVIA: How many animals occur on BLM California lands?
a) 359
b) 563
c) 824
(Answer near end of this newsletter)
See the BLM California Wildlife Database online at:
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmcawildlife.nsf
(Note: Following the above link will may cause your browser to display a message, "You are about to view pages over a secure connection." and ask you to accept a certificate from the Department of Interior. You must say "Yes" to both items to view these pages on the secure Web Server that hosts the wildlife database.)


CLARIFICATION OF LAST WEEK'S WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER:

Golden trout - courtesy State of CaliforniaSeveral people e-mailed the News.bytes Team to ask if the California state fish was in fact the Garibaldi, rather than the golden trout. Well, yes and no: the Garibaldi is the "State Marine Fish." (This was not intended as a trick question.)
According to the California State Library Web site, "The golden trout (Salmo agua-bonita) is native only to California and was named the official state fish by act of the State Legislature in 1947. Originally the species was found only in a few streams in the icy headwaters of the Kern River, south of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the United States outside of Alaska. Stocking of wild and hatchery-reared fish has extended its range to many waters at high elevation in the Sierra Nevada from El Dorado and Alpine Counties southward. It has also been planted in other states."
http://www.library.ca.gov/history/cahinsig.html#Heading6


FIGHTING JUNIPER THREAT ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RANGELAND

Leading Biodiversity Council tour"NATURAL RESOURCE LEADERS LEARN MORE ABOUT MANAGING JUNIPERS"
The California Biodiversity Council learned more about the issue of juniper management, during a recent Modoc County tour led by members of BLM's Northeast California Resource Advisory Council.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/temp_issues/75_junipermanage.html

"BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL GETS LOCAL VIEW" (Modoc Record, 9/5/02)
http://www.modocrecord.com/NEWS.html#Biodiversity

Related: "MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNOR'S BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL (PHOTO)" (Modoc Record, 9/5/02)
Please note: this link does not appear to work with Netscape browsers. You may also see the photo by following the link to the story above, and scrolling up the page.
http://www.modocrecord.com/NEWS.html#MEMBERS

"JUNIPER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY" (BLM California Web site)
More information on this issue from our Alturas Field Office: "Western juniper covers about 2.5 million acres of rangeland in northeastern California -- a ten-fold increase in the past 130 years. "Rangeland health, productivity and diversity are now at serious risk due to juniper encroachment."
http://www.ca.blm.gov/alturas/juniper_concept_paper1.htm


WILDLAND FIRE DANGER REMAINS HIGH

"USDA AND DOI DELIVER LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT PRESIDENT'S HEALTHY FORESTS INITIATIVE" (Department of the Interior news release, 9/5/02)
http://www.doi.gov/news/020905.htm

Related: "SENATORS TACKLE DROUGHT, WILDFIRES" (Associated Press in Sacramento Bee, 9/4/02)
Budget calls for more money to fight wildfires; $636 million would go to the Forest Service and $189 million to the Bureau of Land Management.
http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/politics/story/523358p-4150623c.html

Related: "SECRETARY NORTON STRONGLY ENDORSES PRESIDENT BUSH'S CALL FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO FIGHT WILDFIRES" (Department of Interior news release, 8/29/02)
http://www.doi.gov/news/020829b.htm

"HUNTERS REMINDED OF FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN BACK COUNTRY" (Red Bluff Daily News, 09/03/2002)
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/September/03-3075-news51.txt

"RESIDENTS GET TIPS ON FIRE PREVENTION" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 08/29/2002)
BLM and other agencies help homeowners and county government prepare against wildfire danger. Meeting arranged by couple whose home survived a major fire this summer -- then was badly burned by an arson fire.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20020829-9999_1mi29julian.html

"WILDLAND FIRE UPDATE" (National Interagency Fire Center)
News on wildland fires nationally, including California. From the National Interagency Fire Center.
http://www.nifc.gov/fireinfo/nfn.html


CADIZ UNDERGROUND WATER STORAGE PROGRAM
Cadiz, Inc. receives BLM/Department of Interior right-of-way approval, with conditions, for its plan to pump stored Colorado River Water and groundwater from under the Mojave Desert -- still faces local opposition. News stories and editorial offer various perspectives on the plan.

"PLAN TO STORE WATER BENEATH DESERT GAINS" (Los Angeles Times, 08/29/2002)
Note: the Los Angeles Times requires registration to view stories -- but offers free access to this story for a limited time.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cadiz30aug30.story

"MOJAVE WATER PIPELINE GETS FEDERAL APPROVAL" (Sacramento Bee, 08/30/2002)
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/environment/story/4192373p-5214695c.html

"WATER PUMPING PLAN OK'd" (San Bernardino County Sun, 08/30/2002)
http://www.sbsun.com/news/articles/0802/30/new14.asp

"WATER PROJECT PASSES REVIEW" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 08/30/2002)
http://www.pe.com/localnews/sanbernardino/stories/PE_NEWS_nbcadiz30.a1a27.html

"U.S APPROVES WATER PLAN IN CALIFORNIA, BUT ENVIRONMENTAL OPPOSITION REMAINS" (New York Times, 08/31/2002)
Note: the New York Times requires registration to view stories -- but offers free access to this story for a limited time.
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/31/politics/31WATE.html?tntemail0

"MOJAVE WATER PIPELINE GETS FEDERAL APPROVAL" (Sacramento Bee, 08/30/2002)
http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/ca/story/4192375p-5214695c.html

"FEDS GIVE OK TO PLAN TO PULL WATER FROM MOJAVE DESERT" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 08/29/2002)
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20020829-1752-wst-desertwaterdeal.html

"STORAGE PLAN: MWD-Cadiz project has too many holes" (San Bernardino County Sun, 09/03/2002)
EDITORIAL: "Despite the conditional nod given to a plan that would pump groundwater from the desert, Cadiz and MWD should leave the water where it is."
http://www.sbsun.com/opinions/articles/0902/03/edit.asp

"OPPONENTS CLAIM WATER PLAN ALL WET" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 08/30/2002)
http://www.desertdispatch.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1030726028,73699,

"LEWIS URGES BOARD" (Victorville Daily Press, 09/04/2002)
Regarding Cadiz plan: "I am convinced that this plan endangers the water supply for Mojave Desert residents and the Mojave National Preserve - and I believe it may not be in the best interest for MWD's customers to be dependent on desert ground water," says Congressman, who says he would consider plan if it were merely to store excess Colorado River water during wet years.
http://www.vvdailypress.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1031153922,61254,

"INTERIOR APPROVES CADIZ PROJECT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA" (BLM California news release, 08/29/2002)
Links to information on approval of the Cadiz, Inc. right-of-way permit across public lands.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/08/nr/SOnews07_Cadiz_ROD.html


ALONG THE COAST

"AGENCY STUDIES HOW TO PROTECT SMALL ISLANDS AND OUTCROPPINGS" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 08/29/2002)
One of several public meetings on California Coastal National Monument - managed by BLM California -- draws "about a dozen people." Suggestions included not increasing bureaucratic burdens on people, and involving the military.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20020829-9999_1m29coastal.html

Related: "CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT" (BLM California Web site)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/hollister/coastal_monument.html

"CELEBRATION AND DEBATE: Controversy marks marine refuge's anniversary" (San Luis Obispo Tribune, 09/04/2002)
BLM California one of 20 groups celebrating 10th anniversary of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary -- the largest marine sanctuary in the country. Controversy centers on efforts to extend it further south....
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/3999434.htm


HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"DUNKELBERGER SELECTED AS NEW BLM BISHOP FIELD OFFICE MANAGER" (BLM California news release, 9/5/02)
Bill Dunkelberger, currently the assistant district ranger for the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado, is the new field office manager for BLM California's Bishop Field Office.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/09/nr/SOnews08_dunkelberger_selected/Conv.htm

"MONITOR BREAKFAST: Selected quotations from a Monitor breakfast with Interior Secretary Gale Norton" (Christian Science Monitor, 9/5/02)
"For more than 30 years, the Monitor has been hosting weekly breakfasts in Washington where newsmakers dine and discuss issues, politics, and policy with reporters."
http://www.csmonitor.com/search_content/0905/p25s01-usmb.html

"CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD PROHIBIT WARD VALLEY NUKE DUMP" (Needles Desert Star, 09/04/2002)
"Supporters and critics agree that two bills on their way to the governor's desk could profoundly impact a seemingly-forgotten proposal to bury radioactive waste near Needles" -- on land managed by BLM California.
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?show=localnews&pnpID=638&NewsID=354891&CategoryID=4635&on=0

"FREE HORSE TRAINING DEMONSTRATIONS COMING TO ROSEVILLE" (BLM California news release, 9/4/02)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/09/nr/NCnews83_rosevilleadoption_training.html

"CONSERVATION AREA IN THE WORKS NEAR RED BLUFF" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 09/03/2002)
http://www.chicoer.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/September/03-489-news5.txt

"MIXED REACTIONS ON WILDERNESS PLAN" (David Enterprise, 09/01/2002)
Local reaction to proposed "California Wild Heritage Act of 2002" and its potential impact on sections of the Cache Creek watershed, including lands now managed by BLM California. Some areas would be studied for possible wild and scenic river status and protections as wilderness....
http://www.davisenterprise.com/display/inn_news/122NEW0.TXT

"ASSAULTS INCREASE ON PARKS WORKERS" (Washington Post, 08/30/2002)
Group reports that assaults on federal employees working on public lands increased last year. Attacks against BLM employees increased 4 percent, said Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13637-2002Aug29.html

"MERCHANTS ANTICIPATE DOVE SEASON" (Imperial Valley Press, 08/30/2002)
Area near Brawley and El Centro has become a prime spot for dove hunters. One reason is work of volunteer group Desert Wildlife Unlimited in planting fields of dove feed, says BLM's El Centro Field Office recreation chief.
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/August/30-1460-news03.txt

"NEW DESERT TOWN NO HOME TO THE FRINGE-TOED LIZARD" (High Country News, 08/19/2002)
Some say development -- with 7,000 homes, 12 golf courses, three hotels, a World Trade Center University, grade schools, shopping centers and 3 million square feet of office and industrial space" -- would destroy Coachella Valley Preserve. But developer now plans a "self-contained green community" with "a network of paths and trails to discourage short automobile trips, lighting designed to preserve night skies, a fleet of electric cars for use by residents, and a system of shuttles linking neighboring communities."
http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=11347

Related: "COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE - Watchable Wildlife Site"
(BLM California Web pages) BLM California is one of several partners in managing the Preserve. The Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard depends on this unusual blowsand desert for survival, and "swims" through the sand to escape predators or summer heat of the desert surface.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/caso/wf-coachella.html


ANSWER TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA:

How many animals occur on BLM California lands?
Answer: c) 824
There are 824 different animals that occur on BLM California lands: 174 mammals, 91 reptiles, 36 amphibians, 87 fishes, and 436 birds. (Naturally, this is an approximate and dynamic number -- as news species are confirmed, or determined to be outside of land managed by BLM.)
See our BLM California wildlife database online at: https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmcawildlife.nsf


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

09/12/2002 - Oil and Gas Lease Sale
Bakersfield
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/58967270?OpenDocument

09/05/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
San Francisco
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/70682994?OpenDocument

09/13/2002 - Central California Advisory Council meeting
Bishop
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/70303960?OpenDocument

09/14/2002 - Desert District Advisory Council meeting
Baker
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/47165027?OpenDocument

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