A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 11/21/02
This week in News.bytes:
- Dunes: County supervisors close nighttime dunes spot
- No News.bytes next week
- Not for Educators Only:
- Plant of the Week: Mono County Phacelia
- Tiny weevil joins fight against recent "Weed
of the Week"
- Wildlife Trivia: batty again?
- Rights-of-way across public lands: power line, gas pipeline
- Northern California fire: Restrictions ease, prescribed burns begin
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- New Headwaters manager
- Kern County part of domestic energy solution
- Wilderness bill
- Volunteer cleanup
- Selected Upcoming Events
COUNTY PASSES EMERGENCY RESOLUTION ON DUNES PARTY SPOT
"COUNTY CLOSES COMPETITION HILL" (Imperial Valley Press,
Imperial County Board of Supervisors passes emergency resolution to close
Competition Hill at night this Thanksgiving holiday, to help gain control
of lawlessness in the dunes.
"SAND DUNES HOT SPOT CLOSED" (Yuma Sun, 11/21/2002)
"[Imperial County supervisor] whose district includes the sand dunes,
located west of Yuma, said he proposed the nighttime closure because the
area has become a spot for wild rave parties and what he called rampant
"BLM TO SUPPORT IMPERIAL DUNES SAFETY ORDINANCE PASSES BY IMPERIAL
COUNTY SUPERVISORS" (BLM California news release, 11/20/2002)
The BLM will assist Imperial County officials to enforce an ordinance
passed by the county's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 19 to
close Competition Hill at night during major holiday weekends. Competition
Hill is a very popular hill climb area within the Imperial Sand Dunes
Recreation Area, located east of El Centro in Imperial County.
NO News.Bytes NEXT WEEK
News.bytes will not be issued Thanksgiving week, the week of November 25.
Enjoy the Holiday!
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
OF THE WEEK - Mono County Phacelia
These plants exist in level sites in low sagebrush steppe and pinyon-juniper
communities. Associated with red-brown clayey soils at elevations of 5500-8500
ENLISTS TINY WEEVIL IN NOXIOUS WEED FIGHT" (BLM California news
warrior in northeast California's battle against invasive weeds is also
the tiniest. It's a weevil, no bigger than a ladybug, but it holds great
promise to tackle hundreds of acres of weed pests.
SAGE" (BLM California Web site)
The wee weed-fighting weevil warrior described above will tackle this
recent News.bytes Weed of the Week, (issue 17, 9/19/02)
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What percentage of bats contract
(See answer near end of this issue of News.bytes)
LANDS RIGHTS-OF-WAY: Power line, gas pipeline
"INDIAN LAND BILL OK'd BY HOUSE" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
House passes bill to shield land owned by a Temecula Indian tribe from
proposed power line - If bill passed by House also passes Senate and is
signed by President Bush, San Diego Gas & Electric could not force
tribe to sell or grant right-of-way through 700-acre Great Oak Ranch while
the tribe's application to annex the land to its reservation is ...
Related: "RANCH OFF-LIMITS
FOR POWER LINE" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 11/21/2002)
"CONGRESS: Legislation shielding Pechanga land near Temecula cuts
off SDG&E's favored route."
"PIPELINE TO MOVE NATURAL GAS" (Barstow Desert Dispatch,
BLM and State Lands Commission hold public forum on conversion of 303-mile
former crude oil pipeline to natural gas. The two agencies are cooperating
on environmental reports for the conversion, which crosses public lands
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE SITUATION
"RESTRICTIONS LIFTED, BURNING PROJECTS TO BEGIN" (Eureka
Fire restrictions for public lands in Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties
managed by the BLM'S Arcata Field Office. Campfire permits still required.
Crews will burn brush piles from creating fire breaks and other fuel reduction
"BLM LIFTS FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN REGION" (Red Bluff Daily
Rains and cool fall weather, have prompted BLM's Redding Field Office to
lift restrictions on outdoor uses of fire.
"BLM ARCATA FIELD OFFICE LIFTS FIRE RESTRICTIONS - KING RANGE BURNING
PROJECTS SET TO BEGIN" (BLM California news release, 11/19/2002)
The BLM has announced that fire restrictions have been lifted for public
lands managed by the Arcata Field Office in Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino
counties. With the end of fire season and the reduction in fire dangers,
several prescribed burning projects are planned for the coming weeks.
"BLM PLANS PRESCRIBED FIRE ON SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN" (BLM
California news release, 11/19/2002)
The U. S. Bureau of Land Management plans to ignite a prescribed fire on
South Cow Mountain, west of Lakeport, this week.
"AVERILL NAMED MANAGER FOR HEADWATERS FOREST RESERVE"
(BLM California news release, 11/19/2002)
Dan Averill, a natural resource specialist with more than 20 years experience
in Northern California, will direct day-to-day activities in the 7,500-acre
reserve containing old growth redwoods and critical wildlife habitat.
"LOCAL LANDS COULD HELP FILL BUSH'S DOMESTIC OIL AGENDA"
(Bakersfield Californian, 11/14/2002)
Opening more federal land in the Bakersfield area to oil and gas exploration
could help meet President Bush's call for decreased dependence on foreign
oil, said Rebecca Watson, assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management
at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Watson met with about 35 members
of Bakersfield-area oil and gas industry and BLM Bakersfield Field Office,
"STATE PROPOSES NEW MINING REGULATIONS" (Palm Springs
Desert Sun, 11/15/2002)
"California took a step toward increased regulation of open-pit mining
Thursday -- a move that could hinder development of a controversial gold
mine on sacred Indian land in the desert" planned for BLM-managed
"CHRISTMAS-TREE TAGS AVAILABLE" (Mammoth Times, 11/21/2002)
Tags for Christmas trees from the BLM's Bishop Field Office and Bridgeport
Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are available
through Tuesday, Dec. 24.
"SIERRA CLUB REP SAYS THOUGHTLESS PUBLIC DAMAGES COUNTY'S DESERTS"
(Imperial Valley Press, 11/15/2002)
Willful destruction by a minority of off-roaders who don't obey the rules
has damaged archaeological sites and torn up areas along illegal routes,
said several people at a BLM meeting to get public input on changes to
desert routes of travel. BLM ranger says areas outside the Imperial Sand
Dunes have fewer OHVs but are not self-policed as in the dunes.
"MOUNTAIN BIKERS APPLAUD BLM PLAN" (Outside, 11/15/2002)
"The National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan, announced
Tuesday at the National Trails Symposium in Orlando, is being applauded
by the mountain-biking community for its support of bikers, deference
to local control, and adaptability over time."
"BLM SETS CLEAN-UP SCHEDULE" (Needles Desert Star, 11/19/2002)
BLM seeks volunteers for clean-up, schedules both weekday and weekend
events to allow for various participants. BLM is participating as part
of an interagency agreement to clean-up an old dump site located off Eagle
"SENATE OKs WILDERNESS PROTECTIONS" (Los Angeles Times,
"President is expected to sign measure affecting land near Big Sur
... Bill covers a small portion of the 2.5 million acres of public land
in 81 areas of the state that [California Senator] has asked Congress
to protect as wilderness." Larger bill mentioned in article would
affect much BLM-managed land.
Related: "SENATE OKs PROTECTION
OF 55,000 ACRES" (Sacramento Bee, 11/21/2002)
WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER TO:
"What percentage of bats contract rabies?"
Fewer than one-half of one percent carries the disease!
Learn more about bats and other animals on lands managed by BLM California,
on our Wildlife database:
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11/23/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Advisory Committee
12/05/2002 - Oil and Gas Lease Sale
12/05/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
Ridgecrest Field Office
12/07/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee
Palm Desert City Hall Council Chambers
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