A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 119 - 7/30/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Not For Educators Only:
- FREE offer: "California editions of Public Rewards from Public Lands"
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week - Back by popular demand, after a "paws"
- Photo Album - "Mammals"
- Bookstore Feature: TOPO! Los Angeles
- Wild horses and burros:
- Sheltering wild horses: "A job and a cause"
- "Cowgirls adopt mustangs and help them run free"
- Upcoming adoption: San Jose
- Satellite adoption Aug. 1
- Adoption event draws crowd
- Geothermal energy
- Smoke Fire fully contained at 8,010 acres
- High Desert "monsoon" vs. fire
- Thunderstorm demolishes fire camp
- Archeologists save Indian sites in fire
- National/Department of Interior news:
- Senate Committee: Forest Acts
- Science advisor on invasive species control
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Drug dangers on public lands: "Busted!"
- Getting on the endangered species list
- Tours "shine a light" at San Simeon Bay
- Public meetings toward new land use plans
- Selected Upcoming Events
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
OFFER - "California edition of
Public Rewards from Public Lands"
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WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK - Back by popular demand, after a "paws"
Follow the link below and "vote" on which paw print belongs to a coyote. Check your answer -- and compare it to how other people have answered so far. (Hint: the other is from a cougar).
PHOTO ALBUM - "Mammals"
A class of warm-blooded higher vertebrates that nourish their young with milk secreted by mammary glands, have the skin usually more or less covered with hair, and include humans.
(Please allow a moment for the photo database to search our collection.)
"Mountain Lions" (BLM California Web site)
"Wild horses and burros
up for adoption in San Jose" (BLM California news release, 07/23/2003)
WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADOPTION DRAWS CROWD
Fans of wild horses and burros at a wild horse and burro adoption in Thousand Oaks tell why they adopted their animals. This event was held last weekend, but more adoptions are coming up - see links above to adoption events coming soon, and to the national upcoming adoption schedule.
"Fed horse auction over weekend" (Los Angeles Daily News, 07/24/2003)
"Tom Hill claims he can tame just about any horse, and as proof he points to 3-year-old Shammy -- one of two horses he adopted last year from the [BLM]. The caramel-colored Shammy was so wild he could barely be touched when Hill, 71, began training him. Today, the mustang's once-tangled coat is sleek, he comes to Hill's whistle, and the two ride for hours along creekbeds..."
"Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Bidders Away From a Deal at Auction" (Los Angeles Times, 07/27/2003)
"Some people may look at the 80 mustangs up for adoption...and see untamed, unpredictable horses, difficult to train and expensive to care for. Troy Becker of Ojai sees perfect horses, untainted by humans. They are smart and physically superior mustangs that have endured the natural selection process, devoid of problems that can come with controlled breeding, he said. And they are blank slates when it comes to instruction, perfect for the natural methods, or 'Horse Whisperer' style, used by Becker's trainer."
"Wild horses, burros needing homes await adoption" (Ventura County Star, 07/26/2003)
A woman who adopted a wild horse, Kachina, from BLM last year says: 'He's much better-behaved than my friends' yearlings...It took me about six days, and he was following me around.'" Still, "although the adoption fee is low, people should realize taking care of a horse is a big commitment of time and money." Says a man looking at the wild burros up for adoption: "I got two about 12 years ago, and they are just the best pets and watchdogs you could get....They are fun and full of personality."
"House Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources legislative hearing on Hr 2772, 'The John Rishel Geothermal Steam Act Amendments Of 2003'" (BLM national news release, 07/22/2003)
Patricia Morrison, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For Land & Minerals Management, U.S. Department of The Interior, appears before the subcommittee to discuss the BLM's geothermal leasing program and efforts the BLM is undertaking to enhance geothermal energy production from Federal lands.
"Geothermal leasing in California" (BLM California Web site)
The Geothermal Steam Act of 1970, as amended provides the Secretary of the Interior with the authority to lease public lands and other federal lands, including National Forest lands, for geothermal exploration and development in an environmentally sound manner. This authority has been delegated to the BLM.
"Mammoth Pacific unveils geothermal web site" (Mammoth Times, 07/24/2003)
With new Web site "the public can now obtain general information about geothermal energy, specifics about the local geothermal facilities, copies of proposed exploration and development plans, and even learn how to schedule a tour of the geothermal power plants." BLM is involved through the geothermal permit process, and conducted a public tour of two sites with the U.S. Forest Service last weekend (as announced in last week's News.bytes).
"Snapshots 2003 - July
25, California" (BLM Web site)
condemn plan to privatize Park Service jobs" (Los Angeles Times,
"Getting on the endangered
species list" (Lassen County News, 07/27/2003)
"Coast Dairies nears
public ownership" (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
"Studies confirm links
between humans, crows, tortoise deaths" (Hi-Desert Star, 7/30/2003)
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events database is on a secure Web server, and your browser may state "You are about to view pages over a secure connection" and ask you to "Trust a Security Certificate" from the Department of Interior that hosts this site. To view the pages, you must select "Yes" or "OK" for both questions.)
07/30/2003 - Draft West Mojave Plan public meeting
08/02/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
08/06/2003 - Scoping meeting for Northeast California and Northwest Nevada land use plan
08/09/2003 - Field tour - Northeast California and Northwest Nevada land use planning
08/13/2003 - Scoping meeting for Northeast California and Northwest Nevada land use plan
08/16/2003 - Field tour - Northeast California and Northwest Nevada land use planning
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