A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 3/26/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Working Landscapes: Grazing, multiple use:
Range management: example
- Draft Plans released:
West Mojave routes of travel
- Advisory groups to meet
- Not for
Wildlife Trivia Question: Fearsome snake
Plant of the Week: Holmgren's skullcap
Bookstore Feature: Scenic Byways
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
Bizz Johnson Trail featured in major magazine
Snapshots: Fire prevention projects
South Cow Mtn. closed for event
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
Wild horses: adoption event in 2 weeks
Wild horses: meeting
LANDSCAPES" GRAZING, MULTIPLE-USE
"BLM Considers 'Working Landscape' Grazing Policy Changes,
Seeks Public Input in Developing Ideas" (BLM National news release,
"To improve the long-term health and productivity of the public rangelands,
the [BLM] is considering grazing policy changes that would provide more
management flexibility and promote innovative partnerships, BLM Director
Kathleen Clarke announced ... These potential policy changes would complement
the various grazing regulatory changes that the BLM is already considering."
ALBUM - Grazing on Public Lands
The BLM plays a significant role in managing the grazing of domestic livestock
on public lands. Most of the permitted use on the public lands is committed
and has been since the early days of the Bureau. The primary domestic livestock
that are permitted for grazing use are cattle and sheep.
Management" (BLM California Web site)
Related: The range conservationist
for the BLM's Bishop Field Office prepared Web pages explaining more about
range management, not just grazing.
"BLM Releases Environmental Assessment and Proposed Plan Amendment
for Routes of Travel Designations in West Mojave Planning Area"
(BLM California news release, 03/24/2003)
The BLM is releasing an environmental assessment and draft plan amendment
of the California Desert Conservation Area Plan to complete the routes of
travel designation portion of the West Mojave Plan Amendment, to meet an
agency deadline. The EA analyzes the proposed routes of travel network that
was developed through an extensive public collaborative process as part
of the West Mojave Plan.
Related: The Environmental
Assessment is available for review on line at:
Related: "BLM study
on off-road vehicle routes ready for public eye" (San Bernardino
County Sun, 03/24/2003)
"After 18 years of study, an environmental assessment analyzing planned
and existing off-road vehicle routes on public land in the vast western
Mojave Desert has been completed and is ready for public review. The [BLM}
released the assessment Monday as part of a proposed amendment to the California
Desert Conservation Area Plan."
Management Plan for Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Released" (BLM California news release, 03/24/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS) announce
the availability of the Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
Related: "Draft plan
to manage monument will be released by government" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
"The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is still
so young that a plan isn't in place to manage its biological, cultural and
recreational resources. But all that should change this year."
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
ADVISORY GROUPS TO MEET
"National monument advisory committee meeting to be held in Palm
Desert" (BLM California news release, 03/20/2003)
The BLM U.S. Forest Service will hold the next meeting of the advisory
committee to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
on Saturday, April 5, 2003. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m., at the
Palm Desert City Hall Council Chambers, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm
"Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee meets March 27-28 in Cedarville"
(BLM California news release, 03/21/2003)
Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee
will discuss a wide range of natural resource issues, when they meet Thursday
and Friday, March 27 and 28, at the Cedarville Community Church Hall,
corner of Bonner and Center Streets in Cedarville.
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "What is the
most dangerous snake in North America?"
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
OF THE WEEK - "Holmgren's skullcap"
Perennial glanular herb with one to several erect to spreading stems. Leaves
are elliptic and opposite. Flowers are pale whitish to pale purple. This
plant only occurs on public lands administered by BLM California's Surprise
and Eagle Lake Field Offices.
FEATURE: "Scenic Byways: Far West"
From the book description: "A Guide to National Forest Scenic Byways
from Alaska to Southern California - which meander through old-growth forests,
trace salmon-filled rivers, and cross trails leading deep into wilderness
areas. This book takes you on 33 byways and provides all the information
(travel maps, historic sites, campground locations, etc.) you need to spend
your vacation the way you want."
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Rails to Trails" (Travel+Leisure, 04/01/2003)
"Across the country, old railbeds have been transformed into the ultimate
bike paths." One of the 10 featured rides is the Bizz Johnson Trail,
managed jointly by BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office.
"Bizz Johnson Trail" (BLM California Web site)
Related: Bike 25 miles of
old railroad line, now adapted for mountain biking and other recreation.
(BLM California Web site)
"Joint Ventures: Partners in Stewardship"
A national stewardship conference for citizen, organization, and government
participants is scheduled for November 17-20 in Los Angeles. Seven federal
agencies will host the conference - National Park Service, Forest Service,
Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Fish & Wildlife Service, and the BLM. You can attend and propose topics
now for the conference. See website at: http://www.partnerships2003.org
"BLM will lead free guided wildflower hikes" (BLM California
news release, 03/21/2003)
Free guided hikes into wildflower areas will be offered through April by
the Bureau of Land Management's Ukiah Field Office. The hikes into the Cache
Creek Natural Area of Lake County are scheduled for Saturdays: April 5,
12, 19 and 26.
"South Cow Mountain area to be closed during motorcycle race"
(BLM California news release, 03/21/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management will close the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway
Vehicle Recreation Area to general use and through traffic during the Outlaw
Hare Scrambles motorcycle race set to run Friday, April 4, through Sunday,
"SNAPSHOTS: Highlighting BLM projects that support the National
BLM California featured prominently, in recent projects to prevent fire
on public lands. Items include:
- California project protects community and
its rare plants;
- Local efforts result in national workshop
- Fort Ord gains ten more miles of essential
fuel break and
- Otay Mountain International Border fuel
PDF File, one megabyte:
Snapshots - California 3/21/03
"BLM Schedules Special Wild Horse and Burro Adoption for Easter"
(BLM California news release, 03/21/2003)
Some people may think of chicks and bunnies for Easter, but the U.S. Bureau
of Land Management (BLM) has a better idea - - how about adopting a wild
horse or burro to celebrate the arrival of spring? It may not fit in an
Easter basket, but the animals can offer many years of pleasure to their
"Old shafts post threat" (Bakersfield Californian, 03/23/2003)
Various experts including a deputy coroner, add their voices to recent warnings
about the dangers of abandoned mines in the California desert. Dangers include
holes where the unwary can fall more than 100 feet straight down into the
earth. Agencies are working to close the most dangerous, but face a backlog
of perhaps 40,000 sites.
TRIVIA ANSWER to: "What is the most dangerous
snake in North America?"
more online at the BLM California Wildlife Database:
||The Mojave rattlesnake
-- it is a large, aggressive snake that is not afraid to strike. The venom
has both hemolytic and neurotoxic elements, and as a result it causes more
respiratory distress than any other snake in the pit viper family. Several
people die from these snake attacks each year.
(Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's
secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)
(Note: the Upcoming Events database is on a secure Web server,
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03/27/2003 and 03/28/2003 - Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Committee
03/29/2003 - Alabama Hills Climbing Event
04/01/2003 - Wild horse gather public meeting
04/02/2003 - Wild Horse gather plan public meeting
04/02/2003 and 04/03/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council meeting
04/04/2003 - South Cow Mountain OHV Area - Outlaw Hare Scrambles motorcycle race
04/05/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
04/12/2003 - Earth Day Event
04/12/2003 - Trails Day/Earth Day event
04/12/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
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