A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 107 - 5/7/03
This week in News.bytes:
- Energy issues:
- Power lines: Rights of way
- Photo Album: Volunteers
- Volunteer Program
- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia of the Week: Moving
- Bookstore Feature: "Geology Underfoot in Death Valley & Owens Valley
- Land management plans:
- Coachella Valley
- Horseshoe Ranch
- Archaeology issues on public lands:
- Vandalism, debate
- Tribe seeks remains
- Trash = treasure
- Off-road recreation issues
- Other recreation on public lands
- Wild horses coming:
- Wilderness debate
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Water supply contaminated by old mines
- Firefighter grants
- Selected Upcoming Events
"Site License Issued for Calif. Geothermal Development at Telephone Flat" (BLM California news release, 05/05/2003)
The Department of the Interior issued a site license authorizing the operation of a 48-megawatt geothermal power plant in the Telephone Flat area, near Medicine Lake in Siskiyou County. Issued under provisions of the federal Geothermal Steam Act, it authorizes company to build the power plant on federally-managed public land, with several mitigation measures.
"Ruling deals blow to power plants in Mexico" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 05/06/2003)
Federal judge rules in lawsuit that U.S. government agencies did not properly evaluate environmental impacts of power plants in Mexico that were expected to send electricity to California this summer. BLM California involved through right-of-way permits for power lines to cross public lands.
Related: "San Diego judge finds permits for U.S.-Mexico power lines were improper" (Associated Press, in Sacramento Bee, 05/05/2003)
ALBUM - "Volunteers"
Did you know ... California's federally owned public lands are owned by every American, giving each of us a shared interest in their care and in their future? Nearly 15 million acres- are managed by the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management in California. You can make a difference! Young adults, single people, seniors, and families are invited to become BLM volunteers. Working alone or with a group, BLM volunteers enjoy work that matches their interests and schedules. Some BLM volunteers enjoy work that matches their interests and schedules. Some volunteers serve part-time and others enjoy seasonal or fill-time position. The important thing to remember is that even a few hours a month can make a big difference!
Related: "Volunteer Program" (BLM California Web pages)
(BLM California Web pages) With links to more information on BLM California's volunteer program, names of volunteer coordinators, a volunteer application form ... and more.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLYWILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Moving
is a mode of life that rabbits and kangaroo rats are often well-adapted
to. What is this way of life that they often share?
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.)
California boasts the greatest dryland relief in the contiguous United States
- between Mt. Whitney and Death Valley - and that relief exposes spectacular
geology. These 30 driving and walking tours each weave the tale of a geological
feature or relationship in this land of extremes. Some sketches ponder questions
that puzzle geologists. Others spotlight the earth-sculpturing role of volcanoes
and earthquakes. Still others focus on less obvious but equally powerful
"RVs Invade Sacred Sites of American Indians" (Associated
Press, in Los Angeles Times, 05/04/2003)
"BLM offers wild horse
public adoption in Yreka" (Siskiyou Daily News, 05/02/2003)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Scientists: East Napa watershed contaminated" (St. Helena Star, 05/01/2003)
Researchers from BLM and U.S. Geological Survey are finding as much as 500 times the normal rate of mercury in watershed that includes "major portions of Napa, Lake, Solano and Yolo counties" and provides some drinking water to parts of Napa and Solano counties. The watershed is one of two in California rated as "priority" sites for remediation.
Related: "BLM California abandoned mine land (AML) activity" (BLM California Web pages)
About 17,000 abandoned mines dot California and northwestern Nevada, and about 3,000 present hazards. Since mid-2000, the BLM California state office has been identifying mines with environmental or safety hazards, and working on projects oriented toward watersheds.
"New River Center opens May 1, hopes to hi-lite watershed" (Modoc Record, 05/01/2003)
"The River Center's mission is to showcase the natural resources in Modoc County by developing an appreciation for how a watershed affects and benefits the community." BLM California is among several partners developing the center. (Note: this URL links to a story in the middle of a long page of news - this newspaper may keep this story posted to the Web for only a short time.)
"BLM grants help community fire departments" (BLM California news release, 05/06/2003)
Thirty-nine rural California communities are receiving fire assistance grants from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to aid firefighting efforts. California BLM has $347,725 to distribute under the Rural Fire Assistance Program for 2003.
"Activists challenge Interior decision" (San Bernardino County Sun, 05/06/2003)
"An environmental group threatened Tuesday to launch contempt-of-court proceedings against the U.S. Department of Interior, saying the government agency has violated federal court orders to protect the habitat of various endangered species." (Related to stories in News.bytes issue 105).
"From D.C. to New Idria" (The Pinnacle, 05/01/2003)
Columnist invited by congressman to tour "remote area of his district" - much of it in BLM's Clear Creek Management Area. "I've never met anyone who came prepared for the experience of seeing this area for the first time," he says. And "[d]espite naturally-occurring asbestos, "the area is a popular destination for motorcyclists and other off-roaders whose love of open space and excitement exceeds their fears of asbestos-borne lung disease." (This story may be posted to Web for only a short time.)
TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "Saltation
is a mode of life that rabbits and kangaroo rats are often well-adapted
to. What is this way of life that they often share?"
Answer: "Saltation" is a mode of life that includes jumping and leaping as the main form of locomotion.
Related: Desert kangaroo rats are most active at night - but they can often be seen doing "housekeeping" during the day. They constantly kick sand out of their burrows and make new tunnels while filling in others. Learn more about this species and others on 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)
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
05/12/2003 - El Centro, CA and Yuma, AZ OHV grant public meeting
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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