A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
4/24/2003 - Issue 105
This week in News.bytes:
- Not for Educators Only:
Photo Album - Wild Horse adoptions
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Horse tales
- More on wild horses and burros
- Bookstore Feature:
"California Coastal National Monument Pin"
- Resources on public lands: Oil and gas, mining
- More resources: Archaeology
- Earth Day and environmental debate
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Obituary: BLM public affairs officer Larry Mercer
- Keeping an eye on public lands
- Park Service Plans Outsourcing
- Turkey hunters
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Public meetings
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "How
long ago did today's herds of wild horses originate in North America?"
a - 55 million years
b - 10,000 years
c - 500 years
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
PHOTO ALBUM - "Wild Horse and burro adoptions"
passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, gave responsibility
to the BLM to preserve and protect wild horses and burros and to manage
for healthy rangelands. When an over-population of wild horses and burros
exists on the range, the excess animals are removed and offered to the general
public for adoption. Adopted mustangs make excellent riding stock, and properly
trained some adopted Mustangs have become national champions in dressage,
snaffle bit competitions, trail, endurance, and jumping.
WILD HORSES AND BURROS: More
"Wild Horses and Burros up for adoption in Yreka" (BLM
California news release, 04/21/2003)
A feeling of the old west settles over Yreka's Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds
Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, when the BLM offers 60 wild horses and
20 wild burros for public adoption.
"Wild Mustang and Burro Adoption Headed to Norco for Mothers Day"
(BLM California news release, 4/16/2003)
In an effort to make this Mothers Day even more memorable this year, the
Bureau of Land Management (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. (Repeated from last week's issue of
"Nominations Open for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board"
(BLM national news release, 04/22/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public nominations to fill three
vacancies on the national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The categories
to be filled represent Wild Horse and Burro Research, National Resources
Management, and Livestock Management. Nominations close May 15.
Wild Horse & Burro Corrals" (BLM California Web site)
FEATURE: "California Coastal National Monument Pin"
A colorful lapel pin illustrating the wonders of the California Coastal
National Monuments. This pin also comes with a quick information card which
summarizes the monument's history and geography, along with a reference
guide to nearby BLM offices. (Actual size of pin: one inch tall by 7/8 inch
ON PUBLIC LANDS: Oil and gas, mining
"BLM to conduct Oil and Gas Lease Sale June 4, 2003"
(BLM California news release, 04/23/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management is conducting a sale of oil and gas leases
on federal land on Wednesday, June 4, 2003. The lease sale is being held
at the Holiday Inn Select, 801 Truxtun Avenue, in Bakersfield. The saleroom
will open at 8:00 a.m. to allow bidders to register and obtain a bid number.
The competitive oral auction will begin at 9:00 a.m.
"BLM Announces New Awards Program to Honor Accomplishments in
Hardrock Mining" (BLM national news release, 04/18/2003)
"BLM Director Kathleen Clarke today announced a new annual awards
program designed to recognize environmentally sound mineral development
operations and acknowledge successful partnering efforts in helping ensure
a safe and productive hardrock mining industry. The new program allows
for two nonmonetary awards to recognize and highlight outstanding examples
of responsible mineral resource development on public and private lands."
"Our Opinion: Mining Respect" (Imperial Valley Press,
Editorial: "There hasn't been much about the esteemed Gov. Davis'
policies that we've liked in quite awhile. However, we do think he did
the right thing here. While Glamis Gold officials will hoot and holler
about how unjust and uneconomical the law is and the county Board of Supervisors
may decry the plan because of a potential loss of county jobs, we're not
convinced by either argument."
MORE RESOURCES: Archaeology
BLM California hiring state lead for archeology program
Vacancy: Archeologist, State Program Lead, GS-0193-13
This permanent full-time
position is open to any current or former Federal employee who has competitive
civil service status or reinstatement eligibility or is eligible for "special
hiring authority-VEOA." Duty Location: Sacramento, CA. Moving expenses
are to be paid by BLM. Announcement # BLM CA-03-082DS-MP
(Note: USAJOBS does not include this position in the "Quick Search"
from its Home page, since it is not open to everyone. You can browse to
it by State or Agency. (USAJobs lists BLM under "Land Management,
Bureau of (BLM) (INTERIOR)."
Questions? Contact Donna Straffen, Human Resource Specialist at (916)
"IVC Desert Museum's funding is scratched" (Imperial
Valley Press, 04/20/2003)
"The Imperial Valley College Desert Museum has become the latest
casualty of the parched state budget, forcing local archaeologists to
dig deeper in their search for money....'The archaeology of this county
is world class. We have cultural features here you don't get anywhere
else in the world,' says BLM archaeologist and member of the museum society.
"BLM Schedules Public Meetings to Prepare Draft EIS" (BLM
California news release, 04/21/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled five public scoping meetings
to gather public comments and recommendations on the preparation of a draft
environmental assessment (EA) and proposed amendment to the 1980 California
Desert Conservation Area Plan to designate vehicle routes outside the two
Desert Wildlife Management Areas (DWMAs) within the Northern and Eastern
Mojave (NEMO) planning area.
"Off-roaders enjoy last big weekend" (Imperial Valley Press,
"With Competition Hill cordoned off, off-roaders rooster-tailed to
the Buttercup area of the Imperial County sand dunes this Easter weekend,
the last big off-roading weekend of the winter season."
"Interim Restrictions Remain at Imperial Dunes Pending Completion
of Management Plan" (BLM California news release, 04/16/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the interim restrictions
imposed at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) in November 2000
that closed 49,300 acres to off-highway vehicle use (OHV) are still in effect
until the BLM completes the land use plan and signs a record of decision....
"Dunes area could be open by summer" (Yuma Sun, 04/19/2003)
"Off-roaders may be able to cover some once-roamed ground this summer
if thousands of acres in the Imperial Sand Dunes are re-opened to motorized
vehicles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a biological opinion
statement that could lift the temporary closure of 49,000 acres of the dunes,
despite environmentalists' concerns about the impact off-roading could have
on the desert tortoise and the purple-flowered milk vetch plant."
EARTH DAY and environmental debate
"Interior Secretary Norton and Interior officials herald Earth
Day" (Department of Interior news release, 04/22/2003)
"Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Interior's assistant secretaries
and bureau directors [traveled] throughout the nation on Earth Day, April
22, to celebrate the land and wildlife administered by the Department
and call for all Americans to become citizen stewards dedicated to restoring
and conserving public and private land.
"Bush has growing support for environmental policy" (Washington
"One entrenched idea is beginning to weaken: The public does not
consider President Bush the archenemy of the environment, according to
a Gallup poll released yesterday."
"Bush and environment: Getting his way by settling lawsuits"
(Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 04/18/2003)
"The Bush administration is quietly reshaping environmental policy
to expand logging and other development by settling a series of lawsuits,
many of them filed by industry groups."
"Sidebar: Recent lawsuit settlements change environmental
policy" (Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 04/18/2003)
Some of the lawsuit settlements that resulted in environmental policy
"Earth Day: Stewardship and citizenship" (Washington
Editorial: "Today marks the 33rd annual celebration of Earth Day.
It's an important day to mark, although it must be remembered that the
reason for the holiday is not to save the Earth per se - as if anyone
could preserve a vast rock that is billions of years old - but rather
to remind citizens to be good stewards during their short span on it."
Also: "Interior Secretary Gale Norton's repeated efforts to form
partnerships between environment and industry groups have paid off."
"Bush Weighs Endangered Species Delay" (Los Angeles Times,
"The Bush administration is considering asking the courts for more
time to protect 24 endangered species, a strategy that has outraged some
"Memo is tip-off to Interior's intentions" (Imperial
Valley Press, 04/22/2003)
Environmental and off-road group members react to above report in Los
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Obituary for Larry Mercer" (Bakersfield Californian,
Larry Mercer was public affairs officer for the BLM in Central California.
"Keeping an eye on public lands" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
"Linda Hansen directs BLM's Desert District from new office in Moreno
Valley....'Our priorities are the health of the public lands and providing
our services to the public....One of our hopes is just to have the public
realize that these lands exist.'"
"Federal agencies seek nominations for national monument advisory
committee" (BLM California news release, 4/17/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have re-opened
the nomination period and are accepting applications from the public to
fill five positions on the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National
Monument Advisory Committee.
"Turkey hunters can
improve their chances" (Modesto Bee, 04/17/2003)
"The public land suitable for hunting turkeys in California is marvelous
and expansive, awash in greens and light browns during the springtime
hunt. But that doesn't mean it's for everyone."
"Pechanga annex Great Oak Ranch" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
"Near the shade of the state's largest and oldest coastal oak, the
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians celebrated the annexation of about 700
pristine acres to the tribe's reservation." The high-voltage Valley
Rainbow power line was proposed through Great Oak Ranch, but the land
is now in federal trust for the tribe, which considers it sacred. BLM
would have been involved in right-of-way permitting for the power line....
"Correcting the record" (Imperial Valley Press, 4/23/2003)
This item states in full: "A story that ran April 9 regarding U.S.
Bureau of Land Management's surveys of the Peirson's milk-vetch incorrectly
stated the length of transects. The BLM uses a transect length of 14 kilometers
to survey the milk-vetch."
The correction above relates
to a story link that ran in News.bytes 103 on 4/10/03:
"Counting the milk-vetch" (Imperial Valley Press, 4/9/2003)
"The harmless looking Peirsons milk-vetch is at the center
of debates and environmental closures at the Imperial Sand Dunes. How
biologists count and survey the endangered purple-flowered plant also
has been debated."
"On Politics: Park
Service Plans Outsourcing" (Washington Post, 04/19/2003)
"The National Park Service plans to turn over as many as 1,708 jobs
to private companies by the end of fiscal 2004 in a process that could
cost as much as $3 million, curtail workforce diversity and have "serious
consequences" for visitor services, the agency's director said."
"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. (Repeated
from previous issue of News.bytes)
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 previous issue of News.bytes)
TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
"How long ago did today's herds of wild horses originate in North
- 500 years. But partial credit for "a - 55 million years."
While there is evidence of wild horses in North America 55 million years
ago, they disappeared some time around 8,000 B.C. Horses were reintroduced
to North America by Spanish settlers in the late 15th century.
For more details, and to learn more about wild horses, visit our 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" below):
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.)
04/23/2003 - Grazing Policy public meeting
04/23/2003 - West Mojave proposed plan amendment for routes of travel public
04/24/2003 - Grazing Policy public meeting
04/24/2003 - California State Office OHV grant public meeting
04/24/2003 - Bishop Field Office OHV grant 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 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
04/26/2003 - South Fork American River draft plan public workshop
04/27/2003 - Headwaters Forest Reserve volunteer day
04/29/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument draft management
plan public meeting
05/05/2003 - NEMO public scoping meeting
Yucca Valley (first of several locations)
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