A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 4/17/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- BLM website "en Espanol"
- Energy on and across public lands:
Nevada, California, Oregon top geothermal potential list
- BLM Policies to Improve Oil and Gas Permit Process
- Power line rights-of-way
- Rights-of-way "RS 2477" disclaimers issue
- Imperial Sand Dunes issues
- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Bird deaths
- Bookstore Feature: "Northern California
- Photo Album: "Abandoned Mine Lands"
- Volunteers, Earth Day:
- Earth Day event a success
- California volunteers needed
- National volunteer effort
- Interagency Earth Day Web site
- National news:
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
Interior Department wants to limit protected lands
- South Fork American River: Draft management
plan available for review
- New rule imperils mining, firms say
- Carrizo Plain
- Open house for comments on OHV regional grant
- Wild mustang and burro adoption for Mothers'
BLM Website now also en Espanol
"BLM website available
in Espanol" (BLM California news release, 04/16/2003)
With the Hispanic/Latino population in California more than 32%, BLM is
seeking to assist the Spanish speaking population who visit the BLM website
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ENERGY on and across public lands
California, Oregon top geothermal potential list" (Associated
Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 04/14/2003)
"The U.S. government ... identified 35 sites in the West as having
the greatest potential for quick development of geothermal power ....
[including] ten sites in Nevada, nine in California and seven in Oregon
.... The study is the result of an increased emphasis on geothermal potential
on federal lands -- primarily Western lands managed by the Bureau of Land
"Feds Identify Opportunities for Potential Geothermal Development
on Public Lands" (U.S. Department of Interior news release, 4/14/2003)
"Report findings will help to prioritize land-use planning activities."
"BLM Announces Policies to Improve Oil and Gas Permit Application
Process" (BLM National news release, 04/14/2003)
"The new approaches advance the President's goal of strengthening
America's energy security while giving the BLM, oil and gas producers,
and all Americans more effective environmental analyses and less bureaucratic
application processing." Includes links to PDF files with more information
"State wants more answers on new plant" (Palm Springs
Desert Sun, 4/17/2003)
"State energy officials say they wont issue permits for what
would be the nations largest geothermal power plant until the developer
provides more data on the project." Project also needs power line
right-of-way permit through BLM-managed lands.
"House OKs power line proposal" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
"The House Energy Bill ... passed ... Friday, included language calling
for a high-voltage line to be built through the length of the Cleveland
National Forest west of Lake Elsinore." BLM would be directed to
help designate rights-of-way for the line, if the measure is passed by
the Senate and signed by the President....
"RS 2477" DISCLAIMERS ISSUE
"County eyes 5,000 miles of fed land" (Victorville Daily
"Most of the roads across the desert in San Bernardino County are federally
protected, but county officials are now banking on a 137-year-old law to
allow them to lay claim to nearly 5,000 miles of federal land, including
roads in Lucerne Valley and the Mojave National Preserve." County is
first in state, and second in country, to make claims under new federal
"Back roads battle" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 04/15/2003)
"Desert: A new federal rule may spawn a fight over vehicle usage in
SAND DUNES ISSUES
"Tortoises' land slated for off-roading" (San Diego Union-Tribune,
"Even as off-road vehicle enthusiasts filed a lawsuit in Salt Lake
City on Wednesday to force the federal government to protect an endangered
desert tortoise, they received news that land previously closed to protect
the species will be reopened for off-roading .... The announcement came
as part of a long-awaited recreation management plan for eastern Imperial
County, one of the nation's most popular off-road areas."
"Federal Ruling Eases
Access to Dunes" (Los Angeles Times, 04/12/2003)
Federal officials have paved the way for expanded use of off-road vehicles
at the Algodones Dunes in the Mojave Desert by lifting special protection
for a 50,000-acre section of the sand dunes containing rare plants and
"Suit says tortoises
mismanaged" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 04/11/2003)
"Court: Five off-road groups hope to force the government to reassess
its recovery attempts."
"Recreational motorists sue over land access" (Victorville
Daily Press, 04/11/2003)
FEATURE: "Northern California Gazetteer"
As California weather heats up, outdoor recreation shifts from winter desert
activities, to the coast, inland and mountains to the north. Find your way
around with this book! Also useful "for salespeople, and everyday travel
-- it divides Northern California into 104 quadrangular maps, each elaborately
detailed with topography, roads and towns."
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
"How many birds die each year in California,
from collisions with power lines?"
a - about 500,000
b - about 4.5 million
c - about 175 million
(See answer near the end of this edition of News.bytes)
PHOTO ALBUM - "Abandoned Mine Lands
||It was a dangerous business
in the old days - mines were full of risks even for miners who were well-prepared
for them. When the ore ran out, the old mines were abandoned and left unattended.
Over the years, they have become increasingly unstable, extremely dangerous,
and have left environmental concerns that BLM must deal with today.
Related: "Abandoned Mines"
Over 12,000 mine properties in California and northwestern Nevada are
listed in the Bureau of Mines Mineral Industries Location System (MILS)
database as on BLM land. An estimated additional 5000 sites not recorded
in the database are likely on BLM land. Of these 17,000, an estimated
3000 significant properties contain hazardous substances or physical features
and/or have environmental problems.
VOLUNTEERS, EARTH DAY
"Volunteers make local Earth Day event a success" (Barstow
Desert Dispatch, 04/14/2003)
A building that had been "vacant and unremarkable for years"
now boasts a "vibrant and colorful" demonstration garden that
teaches "desert adaptive gardening." About 60 volunteers helped
coordinating agencies including BLM's Barstow Field Office create the
teaching and beautification project.
"Earth Day equals conservation" (Needles Desert Star,
BLM California's Needles Field Office ranger tells how two national programs
relate to local Earth Day: "Tread Lightly" and "Leave No
Trace" apply every day, not just Earth Day, she says.
"Volunteers needed for project at Headwaters Forest Reserve"
(BLM California news release, 4/15/2003)
Sunday, April 27: Volunteers needed to help pull and dig out non-native
invasive weeds from areas along the first mile of the five-and-a-half
mile Elk River Trail on the north end of the reserve. The focus: troublesome
species such as Pampas grass, English ivy, and Scotch broom that have
altered the natural habitat by hampering growth of native plants.
"Interior Department helps launch Earth Day Web site, highlighting
stewardship events and service opportunities" (Department of
Interior news release, 04/14/2003)
"The Department of the Interior announced today that it has launched
EarthDay.gov, a Web site developed in cooperation with other federal agencies,
providing Americans a comprehensive guide to environmental service opportunities
and Earth Day events sponsored by the federal government. The site is
the first interagency effort to create a comprehensive federal resource
for citizens who want to participate in Earth Day and other year-round
"Interior Secretary Norton launches national volunteer program
to restore and improve America's Public Lands" (Department of
Interior news release, 04/16/2003)
"Working with volunteers, we lend our hands to heal our land, one
acre at a time."
for King Range trail projects" (BLM California news release,
Workers are needed to help clear downed trees, brush, branches and rocks
on hiking trails in the King Range National Conservation Area. BLM will
provide free camping, meals (Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch), tools
and transportation from the campground to project sites. (Repeated
from an earlier News.bytes)
"Just plain lovely" (Bakersfield Californian, 04/09/2003)
"It's billed as a living museum. The Carrizo Plain ...is rich in American
Indian, farming and mining history, as well as plant, bird and animal life.
Now might be the best time to visit the nearly 250,000-acre Carrizo Plain
National Monument, before summer and its unforgiving temperatures arrive."
Related: "Carrizo Plain"
(BLM California Web site)
About the Carrizo Plain National Monument: recreation, resources, maps,
"Draft management plan
for South Fork American river is available for public review"
(BLM California news release, 04/16/2003)
The public is invited to review and comment on the draft management plan
for public lands along the South Fork of the American River in El Dorado
"New rule imperils mining, firms say" (Los Angeles Times,
"Mining company executives said this week that the state's last four
open-pit gold mines could be driven out of business by a new state regulation
requiring miners to refill pits once mining operations are halted."
One company said it might sue. Two "high-profile" proposed mines
would require permits from BLM.
"Blixseth revives hiking trail proposal; Plan to swap land to
ensure access to popular path still faces hurdles" (Palm Springs
Desert Sun, 04/14/2003)
Land swap proposal might help resolve dispute over dogs on trail near
bighorn sheep. Input on proposal comes from many sources, including advisory
committee to BLM-managed Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National
"Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service schedule open
house to solicit comments on OHV regional grant applications"
(BLM California news release, 04/11/2003)
The California State Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific
Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service have scheduled an open house
to obtain public comments on their off-highway vehicle (OHV) 2004 regional
grant applications. The open house will be on Thursday, April 24, 2003
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the federal building, 2800 Cottage Way,
"Wild mustang and burro adoption headed to Norco for Mother's
Day" (BLM California news release, 04/16/2003)
In an effort to make this Mothers Day even more memorable, the BLM will
offer 80 Mustangs and 20 burros to qualified adopters on May 10-11 through
its Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program at Ingalls Park in Norco, California.
"'Banner year' for
desert foliage" (Inyo Register, 4/10/2003)
It's the fourth week of wildflower affliction in the Owens Valley, and
it's agonizing. Whether to go north, or south, or how far south? No matter
where you head, the handiwork of winter rains is putting on quite a show
this year." BLM botanist predicted more of some types of flowers
still to come.
ANSWER TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION
OF THE WEEK:
"How many birds die each year in California, from collisions with
||b) about 4.5
million. Across the United States, an estimated 174 million birds die
each year from collisions with power lines - about 4.6 million of those
are in California.
(Source: "Avian power line collisions: Potential impact on Central
Valley bird populations," Central Valley Bird Club.)
||The Cosumnes River
Preserve - a popular migration stop co-managed by BLM California - has tried
a variety of solutions to this problem. Most involve putting some sort of
object on the lines - many collisions are found to be caused because birds
cannot see the thin wire against the skyline. This has not worked as well
as hoped, so the Preserve manager is working with the local utility to put
more power lines underground.
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.)
04/19/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
04/22/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument draft management
plan public meeting
04/23/2003 - Grazing Policy public meeting
04/23/2003 - West Mojave proposed plan amendment for routes of travel public
04/24/2003 - Bishop Field Office OHV grant public meeting
04/24/2003 - California State Office OHV grant public meeting
04/24/2003 - Grazing Policy public meeting
04/24/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument draft management
plan public meeting
04/25/2003 - Central California Advisory Council
04/26/2003 - South Fork American River draft plan public workshop
04/26/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
04/27/2003 - Headwaters Forest Reserve volunteer day
04/29/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument draft management
plan public meeting
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