A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 10/31/2002
This week in News.bytes:
- Not for Educators only:
- Weed of the Week - Rush Skeletonweed
- Wildlife Trivia of the Week:
How high can I jump?
- Oil and gas under public lands:
- Upcoming California oil and gas
- More? or...
- Trashing the public's lands:
- Pot growers
- But volunteers help clean up
- Danger: abandoned mine lands
- Public lands disputes:
- Power line right-of-way
- Public access
- Fire fighters
- In the dunes
- Headlines and highlights:
- Wild horses in Paso Robles
- New members for BLM advisory
- California Desert District upcoming
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FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
OF THE WEEK - Rush skeletonweed
Native to southern Europe, it generally grows in well-drained, light-textured
soils along roadsides, rangelands, grain fields, pastures and vineyards.
Easily invades disturbed sites. Extensive, deep root system makes Rush
skeletonweed difficult to control.
Noxious weeds are destroying wildlife habitat and forage, threatening
endangered species and native plants, increasing soil erosion and groundwater
loss, and blocking recreation activities.
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
"How high and far can a black-tailed jackrabbit leap?"
(See answer near end of this issue of News.bytes)
AND GAS ON PUBLIC LANDS: MORE? or LESS?
"DECEMBER OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE" (BLM California news
The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a sale of oil and gas leases
on federal land on Thursday, December 5, 2002. The lease sale will be
held at the Holiday Inn Select in Bakersfield.
"BLM ASKS INDUSTRY FOR COMMENTS ON NEXT OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE"
(BLM California news release, 10/24/2002)
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is planning its next oil and gas lease
sale, and would like to include parcels in which there is an interest.
"OILMEN WANT MORE ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS" (Washington
"The leader of the nation's independent oil and gas producers said
Monday it would be in the nation's interest to allow more exploration
and drilling on federal lands where most of the undiscovered U.S. oil
and gas lies."
"GAS, OIL ESTIMATES IN WEST TOO HIGH - GREEN GROUP" (ABC
"The Bush administration's push to open more federal lands in the
West to oil and gas drilling would produce a relatively small amount of
extra energy for the nation, the Wilderness Society said..."
THE PUBLIC'S LANDS
"STATE OFFICIALS REPORT RECORD POT SEIZURES" (Sacramento
"It used to be an industry controlled by hippies with small gardens,"
official says. Seizures this fall from large gardens of marijuana signal
"a dangerous shift toward large and sophisticated growing operations"
by Mexican drug cartels.
"MARIJUANA GARDENS SCAR WHISKEYTOWN" (Redding Record-Searchlight,
"Illegal cultivation drains creeks, damages land" -- leaves
behind uprooted native plants, poisons, carcasses of animals that tried
to eat the crop and more environmental damage. Article focuses on one
area, but quotes others including BLM California law enforcement on the
impact to northern California public lands.
"STATE'S POT HAUL A
RECORD THIS YEAR" (Modesto Bee, 10/30/02)
Local perspective - from Tuolumne and Merced counties - on statewide report.
Local officials say most seizures there are from public lands.
OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION ABOUT VANDALIZED KIOSK" (BLM California
news release, 10/29/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a $500 reward for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for
vandalizing the BLM Eagle Pass Road information kiosk on October 18/19.
"EAST MOJAVE TRAIL CLEANUP A SUCCESS" (Needles Desert
About 60 volunteers remove tons of trash from Mojave trail, donating 420
hours on local observance of National Public Lands Day, Oct. 19. (Needles'
delayed work on its project to take advantage of cooler weather in October.)
Related: "NPLD 2002 - NEEDLES FIELD OFFICE" (BLM
California Web pages)
Photos from the public lands cleanup, BLM Needles Field Office National
Public Lands Day observance.
DANGER: ABANDONED MINE LANDS
"STATE SAYS 'NO' TO STREAM CLEANUP" (The Pinnacle, 10/24/2002)
California gives "mercury-riddled, rust-colored San Carlos Creek"
low priority among 800 sites - for cleanup "sometime after 2015."
County discusses lawsuit to get higher priority. BLM targets nearby abandoned
mines on public land for cleanup - New Idria is on private land.
"MERCURY MINE/MILL SITE REMEDIATION PROJECTS Within The Pajaro
and Panoche-San Luis Reservoir Watersheds, Central California"
(BLM California Web pages)
Public lands around New Idria Mine site that also need cleanup. One of
many sites around the state -- on public lands and elsewhere -- contaminated
by gold mines, mercury mines, or other relics of the Gold Rush.
"REPORT: GRAZING IS COSTING TAXPAYERS" (San Jose Mercury
"American taxpayers lose at least $128 million a year -- and potentially
up to $1 billion -- subsidizing cattle grazing on millions of acres of
public lands across the West, according to a new study commissioned by
"POWER-LINE FOES CLAIM VICTORY" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
"Residents and politicians fighting a San Diego utility's plan to
run a high-voltage power line through the Temecula Valley said they were
on the edge of victory Wednesday at a community meeting." Some proposed
routes for the proposed high-power line would cross public lands, where
BLM California would be responsible for determining rights-of-way permits.
"THIS LAND AIN'T YOUR LAND" (Sacramento News & Review,
Subtitled: "Much of the Yuba Goldfields are supposed to be public
property, but the mining industry is treating the moon-like landscape
as personal property. That's not sitting well with the locals." Describes
disputes over this area, where BLM administers public lands with significant
"MAP OF GOLDFIELDS RECREATION AREAS AVAILABLE" (BLM California
news release, 10/31/02)
Today: BLM Folsom Field Office and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announce
federal map of Yuba Goldfields, showing areas open for recreation. BLM
Field Manager Deane Swickard said recent court decisions that opened Hammonton
Road to public use also provided legal access to some of public lands
within the Goldfields area -- but not all have legal public access. Private
property owners have the right to forbid the use of their lands as a means
of access to public lands.
Related: "YUBA GOLDFIELDS"
(BLM California Issue Update, 10/29/02)
A portion of the lower Yuba River from about 10 miles east of Marysville
to the Parks Bar Bridge on Highway 20 is known as the Yuba Goldfields.
Issue Update summarizes the 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 trout habitat
in the river.
FIRES AND FIREFIGHTERS
"LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST FIRE CURBS EASED" (Red Bluff
Daily News, 10/28/2002)
Some - but not all - fire restrictions are being eased on public lands
in northeastern California, including BLM-managed and national forest
"REPORT SHOWS FIREFIGHTER LACKED REST, EXPERIENCE" (Redding
"A Redding firefighter had not had enough rest when the fire engine
she was driving tumbled off a narrow dirt road this summer, killing her
and two others aboard," states an report partially released this
week. Heather DePaolo, a former BLM California firefighter (with the Surprise
Field Office), was among three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed
when their fire engine plummeted 800 feet down a ravine while fighting
the Stanza Fire in Siskiyou County.
"BLM PLANS PRESCRIBED
BURN IN NORTHWEST LASSEN COUNTY" (BLM California news release,
The 1,545-acre project is designed to improve wildlife habitat by improving
the variety of plants. Brush will be burned to leave a mosaic pattern
of plant species
"BLM SURPRISE FIELD
OFFICE PLANS PRESCRIBED FIRE PROJECTS" (BLM California news release,
The BLM's Surprise Field Office in Cedarville is planning several prescribed
fire projects for this fall, with the first burns tentatively scheduled
for the week of October 28.
"SAFETY IS PRIMARY FOCUS AS DUNES SEASON GETS UNDERWAY"
(BLM California news release, 10/28/2002)
The BLM and Imperial County sheriff will emphasize safety and maintain
a "zero tolerance" policy on serious offenses at the Imperial
Sand Dunes as the upcoming Halloween weekend kicks-off the 2003 dunes
"DYNAMICS CHANGING IN BATTLE FOR DESERT" (Los Angeles
Subtitled: "Conservationists lose ground as the Bush administration
seeks to satisfy users who say they've been locked out." Describes
polarization of opinions of public land users, in BLM's California Desert
planning efforts now underway. One perspective: resource use vs. resource
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"WILD HORSES IN PASO ROBLES" (BLM California news release,
"It was such a success in February that the BLM decided to come back."
Wild horses and burros will be at the Mid-State Fairgrounds in Paso Robles
this weekend, with wild horses and burros looking for homes through the
BLM's adoption program.
"DOWNTOWN CIVIC CENTER GROWING" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
Growing city of Moreno Valley lacks a downtown, but is starting to see
a traditional civic center grow around its town hall. Several government
offices -- including BLM's California Desert District -- are preparing
moves to that area.
"NEW MEMBERS JOIN BLM
NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL" BLM California
news release, 10/31/02)
"NEW MEMBER JOINS BLM
NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL" BLM California
news release, 10/31/02)
TRIVIA ANSWER TO: "How high and far can a black-tailed
Black-tailed jackrabbits can make leaps that are twenty feet long and
six feet high.
For more information on this mammal, follow this link:
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11/02/2002 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
11/06/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
11/07/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
11/12/2002 - WECO Routes of Travel designation public meeting
11/12/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
11/13/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
11/14/2002 - WECO routes of travel designation public meeting
11/14/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
11/14/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
11/16/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
11/18/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
11/20/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
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