A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 118 - 7/23/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Photo album: "Wildfire"
- Related: Fire Management
- Northeastern California
- Fort Ord
- Wild horse and burro adoption: Thousand Oaks
- Bookstore Feature: "Canned Gorilla"
- West Mojave Plan draws heat
- More land use planning:
- South Yuba River
- Multi-Species plan
- Fort Irwin
- National/Department of Interior news:
- Wilderness controversy
- Retooling land appraisals
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Comments sought: Proposed geothermal operations
- Horsemen drop suit over horse removal
- Upcoming Congressional Hearings relevant to BLM California
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
- Draft West Mojave Plan public meetings
- South Yuba River planning meeting
Also see this issue of News.bytes online at:
ALBUM - "Wildfire"
The Department of the Interior - including BLM - the USDA Forest Service, and the National Association of State Foresters are working cooperatively on The National Fire Plan. The Plan is a cooperative, long-term effort of the federal government and state partners to manage impacts of wildland fire on our nation's communities. This particular collection of wildfire photos includes the blazes themselves, firefighters attacking them, and some "aftermath" photos.
Related: FIRE MANAGEMENT
"Fire management - Bakersfield Field Office" (BLM California Web site)
The main mission of the Fire Program of the Bakersfield Field Office is to protect life, property and natural resources (in that order) from wildland fire. Our office has primary responsibility for protecting 1.5 million acres of land from wildfire. This includes 250,000 acres of State and privately owned land, as well as public lands managed by the BLM.
"Fire Management - Alturas Field Office" (BLM California Web site)
"This organization is dedicated and prepared to educate the public and other agencies, promoting the acceptance of fire as a necessary and desirable ecosystem process and to respect and prepare for fire's dangerous aspects. Additionally, our fire management organization is dedicated and prepared to respond aggressively to unwanted and unplanned wildland fires, and to protect life, property and resources from degradation."
"National Interagency Fire Center" (NIFC Web site)
National Interagency Fire Center is a partnership among federal agencies including BLM, and the National Association of State Foresters. Has links to:
- Current wildland fires nationally, including California public lands. (Updated at least daily during fire season. July 23 update shows four active large fires in California.)
- FireWise: Homeowners can learn about building defensible space in the wildland/urban interface;
- National wildland fire outlook; and more.
"Lightning causes fires
on BLM managed lands in northeast California" (BLM California
news release, 07/21/2003)
WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADOPTION
"Wild Horses and Burros Seek New Homes at Thousand Oaks" (BLM California news release, 07/11/2003)
Wild mustangs and burros are living symbols of America's Wild West, and on July 26-27 approximately 80 wild mustangs and 20 wild burros will be offered to qualified adopters at the Conejo Creek Equestrian Park in Thousand Oaks through the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.
FEATURE: "Canned Gorilla"
"Soft toy stuffed gorilla contained inside the can. Just open and see." From the "Vanishing Species" series. (Editor's note: there are no known gorillas on land managed by BLM California.)
"Ft. Irwin proposal
close to complete" (San Bernardino County Sun, 07/21/2003)
court to throw out wilderness ruling" (Associated Press, in San
Francisco Chronicle, 07/21/2003)
"BLM seeks voluntary
off-road rules for Sand Mountain" (Associated Press, in San Francisco
"Horsemen drop suit
over horse removal" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 07/19/2003)
"Developer says hes
scrapping Joshua Hills plan" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 07/23/2003)
"Coachella Valley Preserve - Watchable Wildlife site" (BLM
California Web page)
"Center for Natural Lands Management - Coachella Valley Preserve"
"Forces may say `no'
to proposal; Plan may end geothermal projects on military bases"
(Las Vegas Review-Journal, 7/23/2003)