A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 5/1/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Photo Album: Wind energy
- More: Wind energy on public lands
- Roads issue "RS 2477" heats up
- National volunteer awards include two from California
- Recreation on public lands:
- Primitive camping
- Mechanized vs. not
- Nor For Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Tree living
- Bookstore Feature: "Canned Stuffed Animal Polar Bear"
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Firefighters train for the wild
- The "Battle of Ft. Ord"
- Interior Secretary's science advisor calls for action
- Wilderness editorial
- Preserve expansion weighed
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Siebert Cabin Recreation Area "Take Pride in America" Volunteer Project
- Northern and Eastern Mojave scoping meetings
- Wild horse and burro adoption event
CALIFORNIA PHOTO ALBUM - "Wind Energy"
The growing demand for energy in California has led to the exploration of alternative energy sources. One of the fastest growing alternative energy sources is wind energy. Granting energy developers access to government land where frequent winds turn turbines to produce energy is authorized under the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976. There are two major federal public land areas in California suitable for this enterprise, the Tehachapi Mountains, southeast of Bakersfield, and the San and the San Gorgonio Mountains near Palm Springs.
Related: "WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT" (BLM California Issue Update)
General Electric Corporation purchased Enron Wind, a subsidiary of Enron Corporation, and has assumed the submitted right-of-way application to construct a wind energy field on public lands managed by the BLM's Ukiah Field Office. This project is proposed for Walker Ridge, in Lake and Colusa counties. The project would consist of 81 wind generators approximately 340 feet high, placed in a north-south linear orientation close to Walker Ridge Road.
(Note: the Issue Update Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.):
Related: "WIND ENERGY" (BLM California Issue Update)
An increasing need for clean, low cost energy is providing for a growing interest in developing wind energy generation capabilities in California. When operated at capacity, wind energy turbines on public lands near Palm Springs, now provide electrical energy for 215,000 homes.
"County asks feds
for road" (San Bernardino County Sun, 04/30/2003)
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
(tree-living) animals have at least one of five characteristics that
allow them to climb effectively. How many of these 5 characteristics
can you come up with?"
(See answers near end of this issue of News.bytes)
FEATURE: "Canned Stuffed Animal Polar Bear"
Tent, Will Travel" (Newsweek, 05/05/2003)
Fee Demonstration Program to Expand" (BLM California news
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
sings praises of her 'workplace' with poetry" (Ridgecrest
Daily Independent, 5/1/2003)
money where its mouth is for Carthenon project" (Barstow
Desert Dispatch, 5/1/2003)
to be 'Star of the Desert'" (Antelope Valley Press, 5/1/2003)
"Desert Tortoise Natural Area" (BLM California Web pages)
"BLM seeking applicants
for summer land survey jobs" (BLM California news release,
senators in wilderness decision" (Glenwood Springs Post Independent,
"No limit on wilderness" (San Francisco Chronicle, 04/25/2003)
for the wild" (Victorville Daily Press, 04/28/2003)
"Monterey County communities fighting over ways to use the abandoned Army base are discovering a new truth about the California coast - it's for the rich only." Article refers to the development battle among local governments who inherited parts of Fort Ord, rather than the BLM, which "got the big, wild inland swatches."
Related: "Fort Ord public lands" (BLM California Web pages)
(BLM California Web pages) Links to the recreation opportunities, wildlife and habitat information and volunteer opportunities on the parts of the former Army base that were transferred to BLM management for public use.
"Interior Secretary's science advisor calls for new actions to combat invasive species" (Department of Interior news release, 04/29/2003)
Advisor tells House Committee: "Invasive plants alone are estimated to cause more than $20 billion per year in economic damage. Invasive animals and pathogens push the total cost to the U.S. economy to more than $100 billion each year," One example cited is the spread of tamarisk (salt cedar) a major problem in areas of southern California managed by BLM. He calls for "first-of-its-kind crosscutting interagency federal budget and new partnerships at the state, local, and tribal levels."
"Preserve expansion weighed" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 04/26/2003)
State officials said close to buying more than 1,000 acres to help preserve habitat at Coachella Valley Preserve. BLM California is a partner in managing the Preserve.
Related: "Coachella Valley Preserve - Watchable Wildlife site" (BLM California Web pages)
|ANSWER TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "Arboreal (tree-living*) animals have at least one of five characteristics that allow them to climb effectively. How many can you come up with?|
Do "flying" squirrels
really fly? Learn more on our BLM California Wildlife Database:
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.)
05/05/2003 - NEMO public
scoping meeting - Yucca Valley
05/07/2003 - NEMO public scoping meeting - Las Vegas
05/10/2003 - Norco
wild hose and burro adoption
05/12/2003 - NEMO public scoping meeting - Tecopa
05/13/2003 - NEMO public scoping meeting - Ridgecrest
05/15/2003 - NEMO public scoping meeting - Independence
05/16/2003 - Siebert
Cabin Recreation Area "Take Pride in America" Volunteer Project
05/17/2003 - Yreka wild horse and burro adoption
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