A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 115 - 7/2/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Land use plans: Recreation, conservation, controversy and lawsuits
- Desert tortoise lawsuit
- Bookstore Feature: "California Indians: A Source Book"
- Photo Album: Reptiles
- Wildfire season and protection
- National issues, including:
- Grazing testimony
- Privatizing government jobs
- R.S. 2477 rights-of-way
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Desert robot race
- New BLM ranger "ready to roll"
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo and Show
- Draft West Mojave Plan public meetings
- Northwest California Advisory Council
USE PLANS: Recreation, conservation, controversy and lawsuits
"Controversy and lizards"
(Imperial Valley Press, 07/01/2003)
"Coalition lays groundwork
for legal battle to protect tortoises" (San Bernardino County
"S.B. to sue feds over
tortoise plan" (Victorville Daily Press, 07/01/2003)
"Group argues tortoise
policy is not effective" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 7/2/2003)
support for planned lawsuit against federal agencies" (Ridgecrest
Daily Independent, 7/2/2003)
air-breathing cold-blooded egg-laying vertebrate such as the crocodile,
tortoise, snake, or lizard, with an outer covering of scales or plates
and a bony skeleton."
set on BLM managed public lands" (BLM California news release,
"Congressional testimony: Oversight of Grazing on Public Lands" (Department of the Interior news release, 06/25/2003)
Testimony of Rebecca Watson, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, United States Department of the Interior before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. "The BLM is committed to working with those who work on the public land as we strive for economically productive and environmentally healthy rangelands. Today the BLM manages grazing on more than 160 million acres of public land in the West. We administer over 18,000 grazing permits and leases..."
"Wilderness protection" (New York Times, 06/28/2003)
Op/Ed from P. Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary; Policy, Management and Budget; U.S. Department of Interior - in response to the newspaper's June 21 editorial, "Gale Norton Rouses Congress."
"Roads to Ruin: How a 137-year-old mining law directs the wilderness debate of Utah and the nation" (Salt Lake City Weekly, 06/26/2003)
Extensive story on local impacts - and national implications - of Revised Statute 2477. R.S. 2477 has sparked bitter disagreements and costly court battles - 137 years after that law was passed, and more than 25 years after it was repealed. The difference between what is a valid road claim under the statute and what is not can mean the difference between what land is open to grazing, extracting resources and paving roads, and what is set aside as wilderness. A recent agreement between the Secretary of the Interior and the State of Utah has sparked new debate.
"Forest Service considers competing more than 10,000 jobs" (Government Executive Magazine, 06/29/2003)
"The Forest Service is weighing plans to let private contractors compete for the jobs of more than 10,000 employees, including those in its wildfire program, to meet White House competitive sourcing goals....Competing the entire fire program could be complicated. ....The plan envisions including employees from [federal agencies including BLM] in the competition, potentially creating a rare joint job competition involving multiple agencies."
"Squaw Leap near Millerton
renamed" (Fresno Bee, 06/30/2003)