A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 114 - 6/24/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Wildlife feature item: Desert deer checkup
- Draft West Mojave Plan draws fire
- Off-road issues heat up
- Bookstore Feature: "Guidelines For Fair Market Value Appraisal of Mineral Interest"
- Energy and public lands
- Photo Album: "Forestry"
- National news, Department of Interior news, including:
- Congressional testimony
- Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton
- Volunteer program
- Public land buying reformed
- Headlines and highlights, including:
- July 4 weekend: Learn about seaweed, tidepools and geology
- Fire restrictions set: northwest California
- New District Advisory Council members
- "Shedding light on a local landmark"
- Public can comment: Amargosa River Management Plan
- Kiosk planned for Trona area
- Old Spanish Trail
- Agency monitors wild horses
- Selected Upcoming Events
"Desert deer research"
(News.bytes Extra, 6/26/03)
(BLM California Web site)
WEST MOJAVE PLAN DRAWS FIRE
"Hearings set on West Mojave Plan" (Victorville Daily Press, 06/24/2003)
"The public will soon get to comment on the controversial West Mojave Plan when the Bureau of Land Management and the county hold several public meetings to address the issue. Seven meetings, starting July 15 in Victorville, are designed to educate the public as well as take ideas and information that may have been overlooked when drafting the plan...."
"Public meetings scheduled for draft West Mojave plan" (BLM California news release, 06/23/2003)
The BLM, the county of San Bernardino, and the city of Barstow have scheduled seven public meetings to gather public comments on the draft West Mojave Plan, which was released for public review on June 10, 2003.
"Environmental groups blast road proposals; West Mojave Plan draws fire from all sides for route designations" (Imperial Valley Press, 06/25/2003)
County officials hate it. Plant preservationists hate it. Off-road recreational enthusiasts don't like it. Tortoise advocates despise it. And environmentalists can't stand it. The Off-Road Vehicle Designations proposed for the West Mojave Plan, a sweeping conservation strategy for 3.2 million acres of public land, seems to be a road map leading to a morass of litigation and protests for the Bureau of Land Management."
"Environmentalists file protest over Bush's Mojave Desert plan" (Associated Press, in San Jose Mercury News, 06/24/2003)
"Environmentalists filed a legal protest to the Bush administration's proposed management plan for Southern California's West Mojave Desert, arguing it would put at risk 3.2 million acres of endangered habitat by opening them to off-road vehicles." One of 26 protests filed against the plan, it is a first step in filing a federal court lawsuit.
"Groups fight off-road plan by bureau" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 06/25/2003)
"Mojave Desert: The environmentalists put their opposition in a joint statement to the BLM."
MORE OFF-ROAD HEAT
"San Diego judge tosses lawsuit seeking to reopen dunes" (Associated Press, in San Jose Mercury News, 6/25/2003)
"A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by off-road enthusiasts seeking access to 49,000 acres of the Imperial Sand Dunes that were closed in 2000 to protect a rare plant....[The judge] rejected arguments by the American Sand Association and other off-road groups that the [BLM] lacked authority to close the dunes and failed to fully consider the environmental impacts of their decision.
"Federal judge upholds ban on off-road driving" (Riverside
"Activists, off-road lovers fighting new duel in the desert"
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 06/22/2003)
PHOTO ALBUM - "Forestry"BLM's forests and woodlands are managed to sustain, maintain, and restore ecosystem integrity, diversity and productivity, thus providing long-term ecological and economic benefits. The BLM-California forest management program produces 1.0 million board feet of timber harvested annually.
(Note: Please allow a minute or so for this feature, as it will actually search the database for items in this category, including recent additions.)
"Tussle over a western
'Jewel'" (Los Angeles Times, 06/24/2003)
"Gale Norton rouses
Congress" (New York Times, 06/21/2003)
"BLM District Advisory
Council to Meet in Riverside" (BLM California news release, 6/26/2003)
"Next Bizz Johnson
trail shuttle set for July 5" (BLM California news release, 6/25/2003)
"Shedding light on
a local landmark" (San Luis Obispo Tribune, 06/25/2003)
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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06/27/2003 - California Desert District Advisory Council
07/15/2003 - Draft West Mojave Plan public meeting
07/16/2003 - Draft West Mojave Plan public meeting
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