A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 4/2/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Public input on grazing policy, desert plans:
- Grazing: meetings
- Grazing: concept paper
- Western Mojave route plan: comment period extension,
- Powerline right-of-way
- Recreation on California's public lands:
- Camping reservations: too late - except where
- "California's Mojave Desert abounds in
season start[ed] Saturday
- ...and more
- Not For
- Photo Album - Rock Art
- Bookstore Feature: "Carrizo Plain National
- Wildlife Trivia Question: Reptile commoner?
- Volunteers Needed:
- South Cow Mountain Trails Day - April 12
- King Range Trail projects
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Artists inspired by desert
- Bill pushes for more wilderness
- Proposed moratorium on more federal land
- Prescribed fire near French Gulch
Tuolumne landfill vandalism
- Modoc gates issue
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Earth Day, Trail Day events
- National Monument meetings
- Motorcycle race
- Wildflower hikes
- Wild horse and burro Adoption
INPUT: GRAZING POLICY, DESERT
"BLM Extends Comment Period
on Proposed West Mojave Route Designation Plan Amendment and Reschedules
Public Meetings" (BLM California news release, 4/2/2003)
"BLM announces grazing policy public meetings" (BLM California
news release, 04/01/2003)
The U. S. Bureau of Land Management will hold public meetings in three
California locations later this month to provide opportunities for people
to comment on potential changes in the agency's public land livestock
"Concept Paper" (BLM California Web site, 4/1/2003)
Read about BLM grazing policy ideas.
BLM has extended the 30-day public comment period on the environmental assessment
(EA) and draft plan amendment of the California Desert Conservation Area
Plan to designate routes of travel within the West Mojave planning area
to Friday, May 2, 2003. Two public meetings have been rescheduled to receive
comments on the EA and proposed plan amendment.
"BLM Seeks Public Comments on Plan Amendment for Proposed Powerline
Project" (BLM California news release, 4/1/2003)
Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and right-of-way
would permit construction of the Imperial Irrigation District's proposed
transmission line to deliver power from proposed Salton Sea geothermal power
plant to an existing IID electrical transmission line. The proposed interconnection
is a new 16-mile line - about 2.8 miles would cross BLM-managed public lands
in Imperial County.
RECREATION ON PUBLIC LANDS IN CALIFORNIA
"Breaking Away: California state parks are popular -- and booked
solid" (Modesto Bee, 04/01/2003)
people plan camping vacations this year -- "with the weak economy,
concerns about war, threat of terrorism ... even the price of gasoline..."
Most popular spots booked through Labor Day. One exception: "first-come,
first-served" walk-in spaces -- including Backpacker Magazine's "Best
Beach Hike" - The Lost Coast Trail, managed by BLM California. "Hikers
can camp just about anywhere they choose to pitch a tent along the 24-mile,
60,000 acre Lost Coast Trail," says BLM Acting Field Manager.
"Top 10 - Arcata Field Office" (BLM California Web site)
Links and an orientation map to top sites managed BLM California's Arcata
Field Office - including the Lost Coast Trail cited in the Modesto Bee
article above. (Also see news release under "Volunteers" below:
"Volunteers needed for King Range trail projects."
"Search for Recreation Sites" (BLM California database)
Search for camping spots - and other recreation - throughout lands managed
by BLM in California.
(Note: BLM California's Recreation Database is hosted on the Department
of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming
"California's Mojave Desert abounds in interesting sites"
(Colorado River Weekender, 03/26/2003)
"Interesting and historical sites" include several managed by
- or operated in partnership with - BLM California. (See the "Search
for Recreation Sites" link above to find more information on these
"Turkey season start[ed] Saturday" (St. Helena Star,
Spring wild turkey opened Saturday, runs through May 4. "Wild turkey
hunting opportunities are available to the public in many national forests,
some Bureau of Land Management lands and several DFG-owned wildlife areas.
Contact local agency offices to obtain maps of public lands and for more
information regarding local turkey populations."
Hunting rules are set by California Department of Fish and Game:
"Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway project makes progress" (Calaveras
Proposed National Scenic Byway - 58 miles of Highway 4 between Arnold
and Markleeville - passes through a corridor managed by agencies including
BLM California. The scenic drive would help lead visitors to "fishing,
hunting, cross-country and alpine skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain
biking, riding horses and OHV riding on hundreds of miles of trails and
"BLM to hold public
meeting on off-highway vehicle grant request" (BLM California
news release, 4/2/2003)
Have a voice in future recreation efforts on public lands: The BLM will
accept public comments on a proposal for off-highway-vehicle grant funds,
at a public meeting Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m., at the BLM Eagle Lake
Field Office, 2950 Riverside Dr., Susanville.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
"Volunteers Needed for South Cow Mountain Trails Day - April 12"
(BLM California Web site)
The Bureau of Land Management is looking for a few good volunteers. April
is Keep California Beautiful Month, and April 12 is California Trails Day.
In observance of these events, the BLM Ukiah Field Office will be hosting
a volunteer work day at the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
Area, 8 miles east of Ukiah on Saturday, April 12.
"Volunteers needed for King Range trail projects" (BLM
California news release, 3/18/2003)
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to help improve recreation areas
on California's Lost Coast are needed for volunteer projects scheduled for
Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27.
"Artists inspired by
desert"(Riverside Press-Enterprise, 4/2/2003)
"Bill pushes for more
wilderness" (Eureka Times-Standard, 03/29/2003)
A "program that brings artists from throughout the United States
and Canada to draw inspiration from the beauty and grandeur of the desert"
is hosted by Joshua Tree National Park. Through agreement with BLM, "the
artists have 11 million more acres to draw in and from." One result:
to "promote the scenic natural and cultural values of public lands."
Bill introduced Thursday in Congress, to make hundreds of thousands of acres
of California public lands into wilderness areas. Companion to U.S. Senate
bill. Bill would affect BLM-managed lands, including "41,614 acres
in the King Range."
"Lawmaker seeks moratorium on more federal land" (Kansas
City Star, 04/01/2003)
"A Missouri congressman is trying to stop the federal government from
acquiring more land until it does a better job of maintaining the millions
of acres it already has." Bill would place moratorium on purchases
through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (taxes on offshore oil and
gas drilling helps four agencies - including BLM - buy property for conservation
and recreation). Congressman says "he is motivated primarily by a $15
billion backlog on maintenance and improvements on federal lands.
"BLM plans prescribed fire project near French Gulch" (BLM
California news release, 03/31/2003)
Fire crews from the U. S. Bureau of Land Management and the California Department
of Forestry and Fire Protection plan to begin a slash pile-burning project
near French Gulch during the week of April 7.
"Tuolumne seeks to halt landfill vandalism" (Modesto Bee,
Vandalism and trespassing with off-road vehicles threaten to damage topsoil
cover and increase costs of closing landfill. The 10 acres are leased from
BLM by city, which wants to purchase the land.
"Day area gates issue may go to county" (Modoc Record,
Petition to Modoc County says access to popular areas managed by BLM and
U.S. Forest Service has crossed private lands -- whose owners recently installed
gates. Petitioners want gates removed. Owners say gates on the route are
not new, have been locked during parts of the year already without problems,
and that there are other routes into public lands nearby.
(Note: this link will take you to the middle of a rather long Web page of
TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "What
is the most common reptile in California? (that is: which occurs in the
most types of habitat?)"
Western fence lizards: They
occur in all habitat types below 10,000 feet with the exception of desert
areas. However, they do occur in riparian and mountainous habitats within
Learn more on the BLM California Wildlife Database:
(Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's
secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events"
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events database is on a secure Web 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.)
04/03/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council meeting
04/04/2003 - South Cow Mountain OHV Area - Outlaw Hare Scrambles motorcycle
04/05/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
04/05/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory
04/12/2003 - Barstow Earth Day Event
04/12/2003 - Redding Trails Day/Earth Day event
04/12/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
04/12/2003 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
04/19/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
04/22/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument draft management
plan public meeting
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