A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
News.bytes, issue 109 - 5/22/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Proposed Plan Amendment for Western Mojave Routes of Travel Designations Released
- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: That's "fossorial," not fossil
- New research source for students, educators, others: "Giant sequoias"
- Photo Album: "Land Sailing"
- Lizard litigation plans
- RS 2477 road rule
- Preservation, planning
- Wildfire season edges northward
- Recreation on public lands
- House passes forest thinning bill
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- BLM Bishop Field Office moving
- Calling volunteers! Wild Willy's Hot Springs boardwalk construction
- BLM Seeks Desert District Advisory Council Nominations
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Oil and Gas Lease Sale
- Fort Ord planning workshop
Also see this issue of News.bytes online at: http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/2003/109.html
WEST MOJAVE PLAN
"Proposed Plan Amendment
for Western Mojave Routes of Travel Designations Released" (BLM
California news release, 05/21/2003)
that are highly adapted to the 'fossorial' lifestyle typically
have large front feet, short tails, and short necks. What is it these animals
are more adapted to than other animals?
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
RESEARCH SOURCE: "Giant Sequoias"
"Case Mountain Giant
Sequoia Grove complex" (BLM California Web site)
ALBUM - "Land Sailing"
Recreationists throughout the world travel to Ivanpah Dry Lake and El Mirage Dry Lake to play! Land sailing is just one of the activities that make these two dry lakes a favorite place for wind-power recreationists.
"Ivanpah Dry Lake" (BLM California Web pages)
"El Mirage Dry Lake Bed" (BLM California Web pages)
"Group plans to sue over lizard status" (Imperial Valley
"City seeks options
to habitat plan" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 05/21/2003)
"Wildland fire season
starts today" (Bakersfield Californian, 05/19/2003)
"State official opposes
road rule" (San Bernardino County Sun, 05/20/2003)
"County's claim to road opposed" (Victorville Daily Press,
"Civil-War Era Law
Sparks Battle over Public Land Use" (National Public Radio, 05/20/2003)
RECREATION ON PUBLIC LANDS
"BLM ready for recreation
season at North Fork Kaweah River" (BLM California news release,
"Lawmakers help off-roaders
notch early budget victory" (Bakersfield Californian, 05/22/2003)
FOREST THINNING APPROVED BY HOUSE
"House OKs forest-thinning plan" (Sacramento Bee, 05/21/2003)
"Legislation making it easier for federal foresters to conduct controlled burns, thinning operations and even logging to reduce the threat of catastrophic fire easily passed the House on Tuesday after President Bush gave it a hearty endorsement."
"Forest thinning OKd by House" (The Union, 05/20/2003)
"It's overdue," says local supporter. "It's not really a ruse for the timber industry. ... We see this as a windfall for the forest, not for the industry. The bill will help the forest in perpetuity."
"Remarks by the President on the Healthy Forests Initiative" (White House press release, 05/20/2003)
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton joins President Bush as he makes statement in support of his initiative: "Nine months ago I stood at the scene of Squires Peak fire in Oregon. On one side of a dirt road, where small trees and underbrush had been removed before the fire rolled through, the forest was green and alive. On the other side of the road, where a similar thinning project had been stalled by lawsuits, the landscape was charred and the trees looked like matchsticks. The contrast between these two sides of the forest was startling, and it was tragic."
"Bill to fight forest insects passes House" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 05/21/2003)
"Under the bill [passed House, still requires Senate and Presidential approval] the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management would have greater authority to make quick decisions about areas to thin. In the case of insect infestations, up to 1,000 acres could be harvested under expedited procedures to stem the outbreak before larger areas are overtaken and the trees killed."
"House OKs Bush plan for 'Healthy Forests' - Bill would give federal officials broad new authority to log" (San Francisco Chronicle, 05/21/2003)
"The House overwhelmingly passed President Bush's "Healthy Forests" plan Tuesday to give ... sweeping new authority to log and clear brush in the nation's forests to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires. The legislation would limit environmental studies, citizen appeals and court challenges on projects to thin 20 million acres of fire-prone forests, mostly in California and other western states."
"BLM Seeks Desert District
Advisory Council Nominations" (BLM California news release, 05/19/2003)
|"Mammals that are highly
adapted to the "fossorial" lifestyle typically have large front
feet, short tails, and short necks. What is it these animals are more adapted
to than other animals?"
ANSWER: The "fossorial" lifestyle involves digging or burrowing. An example of a mammal highly adapted to this lifestyle is the mole...
but California moles include one type that is not very good at the fossorial/digging
lifestyle: the shrew-mole. It is also distinctive in size. Learn more in
the BLM California Wildlife database. (Photo credit: Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles,
California Academy of Sciences)
(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
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06/03/2003 - Fort Ord planning workshop
06/04/2003 - Oil and Gas Lease Sale
06/07/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
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