A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 11/7/2002
This week in News.bytes:
- Off-roading in the dunes: First big weekend of the recreation
- Lines of communication:
- BLM Director Clarke to teleconference
with advisory councils
- New Field Office boss sworn in
- Not for educators only:
- Plant of
the Week: Layne's butterweed
- Wildlife Trivia of the Week: batty?
- King Range management plan needs input
- Yuba Goldfields opening to public
- Headlines and highlights, including:
- Westlands Water deal
- Wilderness fence
- Fate of wilderness bill
- Selected upcoming events
IN THE DUNES
CITATIONS KEEP OFFICERS BUSY IN IMPERIAL SAND DUNES" (Imperial
Valley Press, 11/05/2002)
An estimated 75,000 visitors during one of the first weekends of the season
in the dunes, generated "about 290 law enforcement actions, 72 medical
actions and one vehicle accident."
"GROUPS DRAW LINES
IN THE SAND OVER DUNES" (Imperial Valley Press, 11/04/2002)
"The lines are drawn and the sides are chosen as the fight over one
of the largest and most popular sand sport areas in the country, the Imperial
Sand Dunes, continues into the 2002-03 off-road recreation season."
SENSITIVE DUNES" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 11/04/2002)
Reporter approaches the question: "During recent years, off-road
activity on environmentally sensitive land in the Imperial Sand Dunes
typically increased in November. What is the activity level on the dunes
the first weekend of November this year?"
"PUBLIC MEETINGS SET for draft amendment and associated environmental
assessment for Western Colorado Desert routes of travel designations"
(BLM California news release, 11/06/2002)
BLM California will hold two public meetings to allow public comments
on this off-road vehicle trails issue: November 12 in San Diego and November
14in El Centro.
DIRECTOR KATHLEEN CLARKE WILL PARTICIPATE IN RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING
BY VIDEO TELECONFERENCE" (BLM news release, 11/06/2002)
BLM Director Kathleen Clarke announced she will "meet" Nov. 20
with all of BLM's Resource Advisory Councils. Clarke will do so through
a nationally-accessible video teleconference with the full membership of
24 councils. Interested individuals are welcome to view the teleconference
at BLM offices, or through their own satellite reception capability.
"NEW BLM BOSS SWORN IN" (Inyo Register, 11/05/2002)
Bill Dunkelberger welcomed to Bishop Field Office as its new manager.
SELECTED AS NEW BLM BISHOP FIELD OFFICE MANAGER" (BLM California
news release, 9/5/02)
Earlier announcement of manager's selection.
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY: Plants
OF THE WEEK - Layne's butterweed
This tall, perennial herb often stands over 2 feet and has yellow flowers.
Leaves are blue green, and slightly thickened. Plants retain some hairiness
at maturity, especially at the nodes.
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK
What is the largest bat in North America?"
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
GOLDFIELDS OPENING TO PUBLIC
GOLDFIELDS READY FOR RECREATION" (The Union, 11/01/2002)
Court decisions opened up some of the Yuba Goldfields along the Yuba River,
between Marysville and Grass Valley. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may donate
section it manages to BLM, which may open up more land to public recreation.
Related: "PUBLIC GOLDFIELDS
LAND ID'd" (Appeal-Democrat, 11/02/2002)
BLM releases map of public areas of contested Yuba Goldfields near Yuba
River, after Supreme Court declines to review appellate court's ruling that
Hammonton Road through the goldfields is public.
Related: "MAP OF GOLDFIELDS
RECREATION AREAS AVAILABLE"
Find links to the map on the BLM California Web site, in the news release
included in last week's News.bytes:
KING RANGE MANAGEMENT PLAN NEEDS INPUT
RANGE PLAN TO GET REWORKED" (Eureka Times-Standard, 11/03/2002)
Public meetings to help BLM update 30-year-old plan for King Range National
Related: "KING RANGE NATIONAL
CONSERVATION AREA MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE" (BLM California Web
More information on the planning process.
"BLM TO FENCE OFF SECTION OUTSIDE KIAVAH WILDERNESS"
(Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 11/05/2002)
BLM California's Ridgecrest Field Office "proposes to construct approximately
one mile of fence outside of wilderness and parallel to the Kiavah Wilderness
boundary to stop the continuing illegal vehicle incursions into the wilderness
area north of Bird Springs Pass."
"WILDERNESS BILL HANGS IN ELECTION BALANCE" (Sacramento
Pre-election analysis of the chances of California Wild Heritage Act,
depending on outcome of Congressional races. Bill would affect some BLM
STRUGGLES TO UPGRADE ITS POLICE FORCES" (New York Times, 11/03/2002)
Article says much public lands and national landmarks protected from terrorist
and other attacks by Department of Interior police forces "that auditors
have long described as ill trained, poorly managed, dysfunctional and,
in some instances, corrupt." Interior Secretary Gale Norton's appointee
to reform its seven police forces -- including BLM's - has met resistance
"COURT FAULTS SPECIES
RULES" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 11/5/02)
Subtitled: "ENVIRONMENT: The judge says the critical-habitat designations
deal unfairly with economic effects." Lawsuit with possible implications
for other lands in California.
"WHITE HOUSE REINTERPRETING
LAW ON ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS" (Los Angeles Times, 01/03/2002)
(Note: Los Angeles Times articles require free registration to
view articles on their Web site. This is a policy of the Los Angeles Times.)
Subtitled: "The administration seeks to end red tape on federal lands,
but critics see a policy 'assault.'" "In a series of efforts
to limit the reach of the nation's bedrock environmental law, the Bush
administration is working to prevent environmental impact statements from
blocking or stalling energy production, logging and other controversial
uses of federal lands and waters."
"WHALES AND OTHER GREEN CAUSES COULD SPIKE GAS PRICES"
(Human Events, 11/4/02)
The National Conservative Weekly: "As the U.S. girds for war with
Iraq, domestic energy producers are quietly warning Congress and the Bush
Administration about a looming crisis in domestic energy supplies. The
problem stems not from a dearth of supply, but from environmental policies
that have restricted access to resource-rich federal lands."
"U.S. NEAR DEAL TO
RETIRE TAINTED LAND" (Sacramento Bee, 11/06/2002)
Westlands Water District and Department of Interior officials expect settlement
in long lawsuit, over federal government not providing irrigation drainage
to the district. A 1970s effort led to San Luis Drain ending prematurely,
and selenium buildup poisoned Kesterson Reservoir. Possible federal purchase
of 35,000 acres of tainted land could affect Department of Interior agencies
such as BLM California.
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: What is the largest
bat in North America?"
ANSWER: Western mastiff bats are the
largest bats in North America, with a wingspan of more than one and a
half feet long! They are so large that they cannot launch themselves into
flight. Instead they free-fall for approximately ten feet and then begin
their ascent upward.
Learn more about Western mastiff bats in the BLM California wildlife database:
(Note: see comment on our database "secure server"
under Selected Upcoming Events below)
(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.)
11/07/2002 - 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
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
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
11/20/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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