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News.bytes
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 sales
     - More? or...
     - Less?
- Trashing the public's lands:
     - Pot growers
     - Vandals
     - But volunteers help clean up
- Danger: abandoned mine lands
- Public lands disputes:
     - Grazing
     - 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 councils
     - California Desert District upcoming office move

Also find this issue of News.bytes online at:
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/2002/83.html

NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY

Weed of the Week: Rush skeletonweedWEED 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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/eaglelake/rushskel.html

Black-tailed jackrabbit (photo courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife
question mark for trivia of the weekWILDLIFE 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)

OIL AND GAS ON PUBLIC LANDS: MORE? or LESS?

"DECEMBER OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE" (BLM California news release, 10/24/2002)
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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/CCnews05_O%26GDec02/Conv.htm

"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/CCnews04_O%26Gsales/Conv.htm

"OILMEN WANT MORE ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS" (Washington Times, 10/28/2002)
"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."
http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20021028-023414-4350r.htm

"GAS, OIL ESTIMATES IN WEST TOO HIGH - GREEN GROUP" (ABC News, 10/29/2002)
"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..."
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20021029_471.html

TRASHING THE PUBLIC'S LANDS

"STATE OFFICIALS REPORT RECORD POT SEIZURES" (Sacramento Bee, 10/29/2002)
"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.
http://www.sacbee.com/state_wire/story/4988462p-5996781c.html

"MARIJUANA GARDENS SCAR WHISKEYTOWN" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 10/30/2002)
"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.
http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20021030toplo046.shtml

"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.
http://www.modbee.com/local/story/4999860p-6008040c.html

Kiosk vandalized and tipped over"BLM 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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/CDDnews07_Vandalized_Kiosk/Conv.htm

"EAST MOJAVE TRAIL CLEANUP A SUCCESS" (Needles Desert Star, 10/30/2002)
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.)
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=638&NewsID=385116&CategoryID=1393&show=localnews&om=1

Volunteer helps clean up public lands
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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/needles/npld2002.html


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.
http://www.pinnaclenews.com/archives/2002-october-24/sb3.html

Cal Merc Mill site - BLM abandoned mine lands project near New Idria mineRelated: "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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/pa/aml/Hollister.html

PUBLIC LAND DISPUTES

"REPORT: GRAZING IS COSTING TAXPAYERS" (San Jose Mercury News, 10/24/2002)
"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 conservation groups."
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/local/4359756.htm

"POWER-LINE FOES CLAIM VICTORY" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 10/24/2002)
"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.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/southwest/stories/PE_NEWS_nlines24.a1642.html

"THIS LAND AIN'T YOUR LAND" (Sacramento News & Review, 10/25/2002)
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 resource values.
http://www.newsreview.com/issues/sacto/2002-10-24/cover.asp

Related: "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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/CCnews07_Goldfields/Conv.htm

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.
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/newsbytes.nsf/siteurl/27618678?OpenDocument


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 areas.
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/October/28-2548-news5.txt

"REPORT SHOWS FIREFIGHTER LACKED REST, EXPERIENCE" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 10/30/2002)
"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.
http://www.redding.com/news/stories/20021030lo006.shtml

"BLM PLANS PRESCRIBED BURN IN NORTHWEST LASSEN COUNTY" (BLM California news release, 10/30/02)
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
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/NCnews11_alturasburn_october02/Conv.htm

"BLM SURPRISE FIELD OFFICE PLANS PRESCRIBED FIRE PROJECTS" (BLM California news release, 10/28/2002)
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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/NCnews08_rxburns_surprise_october02/Conv.htm

IN THE DUNES

"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 season.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/CDDnews06_DunesRelease%231_2002/Conv.htm

"DYNAMICS CHANGING IN BATTLE FOR DESERT" (Los Angeles Times, 10/28/2002)
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 protection.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-caldesert28oct28.story


HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"WILD HORSES IN PASO ROBLES" (BLM California news release, 10/28/2002)
"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/CCnews06_WH%26BPaso%232/Conv.htm

"DOWNTOWN CIVIC CENTER GROWING" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 10/24/2002)
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.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/morenovalley/stories/PE_NEWS_nmbuild24.58725.html

"NEW MEMBERS JOIN BLM NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL" BLM California news release, 10/31/02)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/NCnews09_nerac_newmembers_oct02/Conv.htm

"NEW MEMBER JOINS BLM NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL" BLM California news release, 10/31/02)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/NCnews10_nwrac_newmember_oct02/Conv.htm


question mark for trivia of the weekWILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER TO: "How high and far can a black-tailed jackrabbit leap?"
Black-tailed jackrabbits can make leaps that are twenty feet long and six feet high.
For more information on this mammal, follow this link:
(Note: see comment on "secure server" under Selected Upcoming Events below)
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmcawildlife.nsf/siteurl/37150836?OpenDocument


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events Web site is now on a more secure server, and your browser may state "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. To view the pages, you must select "Yes" or "OK" for both questions.)

11/02/2002 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
Paso Robles
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/74997941?OpenDocument

11/06/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
Garberville
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/77993134?OpenDocument

11/07/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
San Francisco
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/89232319?OpenDocument

11/12/2002 - WECO Routes of Travel designation public meeting
San Diego
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/24004120?OpenDocument

11/12/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
Palm Desert
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/40913711?OpenDocument

11/13/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
Eureka
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/47581140?OpenDocument

11/14/2002 - WECO routes of travel designation public meeting
El Centro
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/47421836?OpenDocument

11/14/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
Pinyon
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/3703823?OpenDocument

11/14/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
Shelter Cove
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/73755093?OpenDocument

11/16/2002 - King Range NCA scoping meeting
Petrolia
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/46280614?OpenDocument

11/18/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
Palm Springs
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/15142138?OpenDocument

11/20/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument public workshop
Idyllwild
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/61062944?OpenDocument

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