A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
- NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY = HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS
- LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF BLM'S CUSTOMER SERVICE!
- GLAMIS MINE, SACRED SITES
- COACHELLA VALLEY MULTI-SPECIES PLAN
- RECREATION: WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, ISSUES ON PUBLIC LANDS
- WILDERNESS BILL IN THE NEWS: WOULD AFFECT BLM CALIFORNIA
- NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
- WEED OF THE WEEK - Ripgut brome
- WILDLIFE TRIVIA OF THE WEEK
- WILD HORSES AND BURROS
- BLM HOSTS MEETINGS OF CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCILS, OTHERS
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS, including:
- Wildfires still with us
- Oil and gas conference
- Landfill controversy
- BLM executives rated
- It's b-a-a-ck!
- Hydro plant proposed
- Ward Valley
- Fort Ord
- Issues with public land parcels
- Water issues
- Pot farm on public land
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
HOSTS PUBLIC LANDS DAY VOLUNTEER EVENTS: volunteers come out by the hundreds
turned out at sites throughout the state to help BLM celebrate National
Public Lands Day (NPLD), September 28:
- In its first NPLD event, the El Centro field office hosted volunteers
who collected trash and debris at Table Mountain Area of Critical Environmental
Concern in Eastern San Diego County.
- The Ridgecrest field office had a successful project improving the historic
Mingus-Meade Cabin and surrounding public land in the El Paso Mountains.
- In the Sierra, Bishop field office volunteers spent the day cleaning
up Lone Ranger Canyon in the Alabama Hills in preparation for the annual
Lone Pine Film Festival.
- A few hard-working volunteers helped clean-up Dead Indian Canyon, a
popular hiking area in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National
- Nearly 200 volunteers turned out for the Mitchell Range Improvement
Project NPLD event for the Barstow field office, constructing a segment
of new trail, improving a portion of existing trail, cleaning debris and
painting picnic tables and shade structures.
- Taking advantage of cooler temperatures in late October, the city of
Needles will join BLM to host a related NPLD cleanup project along a six-mile
segment of the East Mojave Heritage Trail - see item below.
Related: "BLM VOLUNTEERS
CLEAR TRAIL" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 09/30/2002)
"A popular outdoor recreation area now has trail markers to guide
hikers and a lot less trash than it had last week." Fourth annual
National Public Lands Day volunteer effort organized by BLM California's
Barstow Field Office. Projects included removing trash, erecting a fence,
and putting up markers on the mountain to delineate what will be known
as the Mojave Skyline Trail."
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Related: "National Public
Lands Day 2002" (BLM California Web site)
BLM California's Needles Field Office will hold their Public Lands Day
event Oct. 19, so that volunteers will have less hot weather to cope with.
Visit their newly-updated Web pages to learn more -- and to learn how
to become a Nationally Known Photographer!
"TRASH MECCA GETS CLEANUP" (The Union, 10/01/2002)
Not a Public Lands Day event, but volunteers turn out to clean up trash
at site in Nevada County, CA: "...many residents near Deadmans Flat
... are tired of the beer-drinking rowdies, the trespassing all-terrain
vehicles and people who treat the rugged, dusty terrain as a dump....Many
trespassers mistakenly believe the land is owned by the federal Bureau
of Land Management. It isn't, but BLM does have neighboring property."
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF BLM'S
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WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, ISSUES ON PUBLIC LANDS
"ARMY TO RESUME BURNING" (Monterey County Herald, 09/28/2002)
Army to resume burning of vegetation at Fort Ord, to help crews see ground
clearer while removing thousands of unexploded shells and grenades. Most
land to be turned over to BLM for public recreation, some to surrounding
cities. Army planned burn for October so rare offshore winds would take
smoke away from populated areas. Environmental groups and nearby residents
Related: "FORT ORD PUBLIC
LANDS" (BLM California Web site)
BLM California's Hollister Field Office manages this area. Learn about recreation,
habitat, wildlife, volunteer opportunities and more.
PILOTS GETTING BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF EL MIRAGE DRY LAKE" (Victorville
Daily Press, 09/28/2002)
"They come from across the country, sometimes the world, to fly their
gyrocopters at El Mirage Dry Lake." Freedom Fly-in this weekend will
bring in more pilots of "mini helicopter with an open-air cockpit"
to area managed by BLM California's Barstow Field Office.
"EL MIRAGE DRY LAKE OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RECREATION AREA"
(BLM California Web pages)
Often a site of gyrocopter flights -- as well as other assorted recreational
"BLM TO RECOVER COSTS
RELATING TO RECREATION PERMITS" (BLM California news release,
"Additional Proposed Regulations Would Provide Greater Continuity
for Recreation Service Providers and Facilitate Law Enforcement"
"RIDERS SEEK TO SAVE OLD TRAILS" (Antelope Valley Press,
"Five horse-riding groups asked Palmdale and Los Angeles County "to
help protect trail highway-crossing sites, obtain property easements and
fight legislation intended to restrict public use of public lands ....
The groups also asked for help enforcing Revised Statute 2477, a 110-year-old
federal law that prohibits settlers from ownership claims that closed
off any of the mining paths and trails that were carved from the wilderness
during the development of the Old West."
"MORE GOLDFIELDS ACCESS URGED" (Marysville Appeal-Democrat,
California Waterfowl Association asks U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to
open its land in the Yuba Goldfields near the Yuba River to the public.
Group spokesperson says the Army Corps land, when combined with BLM-managed
parcel, "would be a good area that folks could get out there and
recreate on and hunt and fish and provide significant recreational opportunities."
BLM is awaiting final court decision -- state Supreme Court is considering
review -- on whether Hammonton Road access to the area is public, or privately
owned by gravel company.
"BLM SPENDING OFF-TRACK?
Lawmakers question use of off-road funds" (San Bernardino County
"Contrary to concerns voiced by a congressional delegation, a series
of land-use plans for the California desert designates routes for off-road
vehicles, a federal land management spokesman said Thursday."
"ROLLBACKS SOUGHT ON DUNES PROTECTION" (Palm Springs
Desert Sun, 09/28/2002)
Nineteen Congressional Republicans ask Interior Secretary Gale Norton
to reconsider protections for endangered species that now limit off-highway
vehicles to a smaller area of the Imperial Sand Dunes. Signers call closures
"excessive" and say science behind dunes closing was flawed.
Head of OHV group says he drafted letter, signed by officials after slight
BILL IN THE NEWS: WOULD AFFECT BLM CALIFORNIA
"MOUNTAIN BIKERS UP AGAINST CALIF. CONSERVATIONISTS" (Washington
"Battle Is Sign of Conflict Across the West Over Recreation" --
brings in BLM's new national mountain biking plan, biker opposition to and
support of California wilderness bill proposed this year by U.S. Senator
"WILDERNESS ADDITIONS UP FOR GRABS" (San Francisco Chronicle,
Outdoors writer: "Some real estate cliches apply amazingly well to
wilderness... 'It's valuable because they're not making it anymore.'...
'Three important factors to consider are location, location and location.'
... Sen. Barbara Boxer's current California wilderness bill may not be a
last chance to pick more wild preserves. However, it could well be a last
Related: "REMOTE BLUE RIDGE
IN LINE FOR WILDERNESS STATUS" (San Francisco Chronicle, 10/3/02)
Area around Cache Creek that has long been in BLM and private hands, is
"a rare reach of pristine, interior Coast Range habitat." Senator's
California Wild Heritage Act seeks to preserve wilderness quality of the
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
OF THE WEEK - Ripgut brome
Occurs throughout California to British Columbia. Within the public lands
administered by the Arcata Field Office ripgut brome occurs as a problem
weed on the Samoa Peninsula -- where past noxious weeds have changed the
soil characteristics, making it hospitable to annual grasses. Annual grasses
and their seeds are difficult to remove and their presence inhibits colonization
by native and endangered plants.
Related (more weeds on public lands):
"IT'S B-A-A-C-K! WEED MAKES UNWANTED APPEARANCE" (Yuma Sun,
The "world's worst aquatic weed" infests lower Colorado River,
a popular waterway running through California and Arizona recreation areas
managed by BLM. Late-summer temperatures increase the growth rate of the
giant, free-floating fern known as salvinia.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How far can a kangaroo rat jump?"
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
HORSES AND BURROS
MUSTANG AND BURRO ADOPTION HEADED TO RAMONA FAIRGROUNDS" (BLM
California news release, 10/1/02)
Oct. 5-6: BLM will offer 80 mustangs and 20 burros to qualified adopters
through its Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program at the Ramona Fairgrounds.
The mustangs (yearlings, geldings and mares up to five years old) and
burros were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada, to ensure
rangelands will remain healthy for remaining wild horses and burros, native
wildlife, and permitted livestock. The animals have been wormed and vaccinated
and are in excellent health
"WILD BURROS OFFERED
FOR ADOPTION IN ORLAND" (BLM California news release, 9/13/02)
BLM will offer 15 burros on a first come basis, during the third annual
"Longears Cele'bray'tion" in Orland, a show and competition
event for donkey and mule owners. The adoption fee is $125 for females
(Jennies) and $25 for males, also called "Jacks."
"FREE HORSE TRAINING
DEMONSTRATIONS COMING TO EUREKA" (BLM California news release,
Oct. 19-20: Horse fanciers can get free tips on horse gentling and training
techniques during this two-day event -- and 80 wild horses and 20 wild
burros will be available for public adoption for a fee of $125 each. The
BLM recently gathered the animals from California and Nevada rangelands
to keep wild populations in balance with other range users. Preview look
when the animals arrive -- about 2 p.m. Friday.
GLAMIS GOLD MINE
"INTERIOR RULES MINE CLAIMS VALID" (Imperial Valley Press,
"The U.S. Department of Interior ruled Friday that the claims on
a proposed gold mine in eastern Imperial County are valid, bringing development
of the mine one step closer despite earlier arguments that it would be
harmful to tribal lands."
"INTERIOR DEPT. REVIVES PLAN FOR MINE ON CALIFORNIA INDIAN SITE"
(Los Angeles Times, 09/29/2002)
Glamis Gold, Ltd. mining plan in Imperial County.
"BLM DETERMINES GLAMIS-IMPERIAL
MINING CLAIMS ARE VALID"
(BLM news release, 9/27/02)
Related: SACRED SITES BILL
Gov. Gray Davis vetoes bill addressing American Indians' ability to protect
sacred land. Developers had said bill was too broad, could give tribes
veto power over private and public land statewide. Davis reiterated opposition
to Glamis Gold, Ltd. proposal for gold mine near sacred site in Imperial
County, and signed a second bill related to that.
"BILL TO PROTECT SACRED
INDIAN SITES IS VETOED" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/01/2002)
Copley News Service story.
"GOVERNOR VETOES SACRED SITES BILL" (North County Times,
"DAVIS KILLS INDIAN
SITES BILL, SIGNS TWO OTHERS" (Associated Press, in Bakersfield
"GOVERNOR'S VETO FRUSTRATES TRIBES AND LAWMAKERS" (Riverside
"Response: Indians are unsure of their next step in protecting sacred
sites near their reservations. "
VALLEY PLAN: 10-PART SERIES
"MORE ABOUT THE COACHELLA VALLEY MULTI-SPECIES PLAN"
(Palm Springs Desert Sun, 09/29/2002)
to a series of 10 stories, plus photos, on complex Coachella Valley Habitat
Plan involving BLM, local and state governments and other groups. Newspaper
"decided to present the plan visually, with pictures of the plants
and animals that will be protected, symbols that show where they live
and a map that shows which land will be protected and which land will
be made available for development."
HOSTS MEETINGS OF CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCILS, OTHERS
"BLM ADVISORY GROUP
TO MEET IN EASTERN SIERRA" (BLM California news release, 10/1/02)
The Resource Advisory Council for Central California will tour the Lone
Pine Film Festival on Friday, October 11, and meet in the Patio Room at
the fairgrounds in Bishop on Saturday, October 12.
"BLM RESOURCE ADVISORY
COUNCIL MEETS OCT. 23-24 IN WEAVERVILLE" (BLM California news
BLM's Northwest California Resource Advisory Council will: tour fire and
fuels projects and a proposed land exchange; hear update on off-highway
vehicle management, hear status report on management plan for South Spit
area of Humboldt County, and hear status report on proposal for a Weaverville
community forest. Other agenda items: land use planning in the Horseshoe
Ranch area of Siskiyou County, Oregon Mountain fire salvage, report on
public meetings for draft management plan for Cache Creek Natural Area.
Time for public comments reserved at 1 p.m. Saturday.
"PUBLIC MEETINGS SET
FOR CACHE CREEK MANAGEMENT PLAN" (BLM California news release,
Series of public meetings in early October provide a forum for public
comments on the BLM's draft management plan and environmental assessment
for the Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties.
"BLM WILL HOST PUBLIC
MEETING ON FORT SAGE BIRD STUDY" (BLM California news release,
BLM presents information on bird nesting and demographic study underway
in Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Area -- Oct. 10 in Susanville. The bird
study is part of the BLM's development of a Wildlife Habitat Protection
Plan for the Fort Sage OHV Area east of Doyle.
"WIND DRIVES FIRE NEAR RUMSEY" (Davis Enterprise, 10/02/2002)
More than 500 firefighters from many agencies -- including BLM -- fight
fire in Yolo County's Capay Valley. Complications include high winds and
Related update: "BLAZE
NEARS CONTAINMENT" (Davis Enterprise, 10/03/2002)
"WATER AS BUSINESS TAPS INTO FEARS" (Los Angeles Times,
"The apparent breakdown of a deal between private Cadiz Inc. and
the public Metropolitan Water District to build a $150-million water storage
facility in the Mojave Desert raises an issue that may become more relevant
to the state's water future: What role is there for private enterprise
in supplying water to the California public?"
"LANDFILL OPPONENTS STEP UP EFFORTS" (Palm Springs Desert
Opponents of proposed Eagle Mountain landfill in eastern Riverside County
plan lawsuit. "They say the harm that would befall the endangered
desert tortoise should the dump open outweighs the benefits of having
a repository for Los Angeles County trash for the next 100 years."
"SECRETARY NORTON ANNOUNCES NEXT 20 LIGHTHOUSES AVAILABLE UNDER
NATIONAL PRESERVATION PLAN" (Department of Interior news release,
The 20 lighthouses under consideration to be transferred at no cost from
the Coast Guard to new owners -- federal agencies, state and local governments,
nonprofit corporations and community development organizations -- include
two in California. "This program has proven to be one of the most
popular ones ever at the Interior Department, " Norton said. "Lighthouses
seem to capture our imagination and many people are devoted to their preservation."
If no qualified steward is found, the lighthouses could be sold through
competitive public sale.
Related: "PIEDRAS BLANCAS
LIGHT STATION" (BLM California Web site)
Web site for lighthouse just north of San Simeon, now administered by
BLM California with cooperation of community groups that wish to restore
"MARIJUANA FARM YIELDS THOUSANDS OF MATURE PLANTS" (Modoc
BLM joins U.S. Forest Service and local and state law enforcement agencies,
to help uproot an estimated 6,400 pot plants discovered during routine
"OIL AND GAS CONFERENCE
COMING TO TOWN" (Bakersfield Californian, 10/01/2002)
BLM is one of the sponsors and BLM California's State Director Mike Poole
is a scheduled speaker, at the ninth annual Oil and Gas Conference in
Bakersfield. "American Oil From California Soil" conference
agenda includes operations, regulatory issues and environmental issues.
"IN SEARCH OF A BETTER WAY TO MEASURE EXECUTIVE PERFORMANCE"
(Washington Post, 10/01/2002)
"Is it possible to accurately measure the job performance of federal
senior executives? The General Accounting Office has looked at approaches
used at four agencies [including] the Bureau of Land Management... and
found a glimmer of hope."
"AGENCIES LOWER EXECUTIVES' RATINGS, LIMIT BONUSES" (GovExec.com,
Percentage of BLM executives with bonuses remained same as year before,
at 47 percent, Government Accounting Office says.
"WARD VALLEY ISSUE DEAD" (NEEDLES DESERT STAR, 10/02/2002)
California Governor signs legislation prohibiting previously planned low-level
radioactive waste dump west of Needles, at site currently on BLM-managed
TRIVIA ANSWER: ("How far can a kangaroo rat jump?")
rats can often cover a distance of 6 feet with one leap!
California kangaroo rats are an exception. They tend to scurry away when
threatened, instead of leaping.
Learn more about the California kangaroo rat, at the BLM California online
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10/04/2002 - Rails to Trails Festival 2002
10/05/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory
10/10/2002 - Fort Sage Bird Study Public Meeting
10/11/2002 - Central California Advisory Council public meeting
10/11/2002 - Cache Creek Management Plan Public Meeting
10/15/2002 - Cache Creek Management Plan Public Meetings
10/16/2002 - Cache Creek Management Plan Public Meeting
10/17/2002 - Northeast California Advisory Council meeting
10/18/2002 - Wild Horses Arrive at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds
10/19/2002 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
10/19/2002 - Historic Falk Town Hike - Headwaters Forest Reserve
10/19/2002 - Needles - Eagle Pass Road clean-up
East Mojave Heritage Trail
10/23/2002 - Northwest California Resource Advisory Council meeting
10/24/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
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