A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 120 - 8/6/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- Not for Educators Only, including:
- Wildlife Trivia of the Week: Suckers
- More on last week's Wildlife Trivia Question
- Photo Album: "Rights-of-Way"
- Bookstore Feature: "TOPO! San Francisco"
- Critical Habitat proposed for Peirson's milk-vetch
- Land Use Planning:
- West Mojave Plan
- South Yuba River
- BLM Hiring:
- Redding Field Office manager
- "The express lane for federal jobs"
- California Wild Heritage Act
- National news:
- New head of BLM Law Enforcement
- Oil and gas leasing entering computer age
- Headlines and highlights, including:
- Fee demonstration coming to four desert OHV areas
- Wild horse and burro adoption: San Jose
- Oil and gas lease sale Sept. 17
- Congressional hearings/meetings of note to BLM California
- Selected Upcoming Events
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK - Suckers
Three of the species of fish that appear in waterways that appear in waterways managed by BLM California are: Lost River sucker, Razorback sucker, and Shortnose sucker. What else do these three species of sucker have in common?
(See answer near the end of this week's issue of News.bytes)
PHOTO ALBUM: "Rights-of-Way"
A right-of-way grant is an authorization to use a specific piece of public land for certain projects, such as roads, pipelines, transmission lines, and communication sites. The grant authorizes rights and privileges for a specific use of the land for a specified period of time. During Fiscal Year 2002, BLM in California collected $1.9 million in FLPMA (Federal Land Policy and Management Act) Rights-of-Way Rent (source: Public Rewards from Public Lands 2003).
(Note on the
following related links: the BLM California Issue Updates database is
hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under
"Selected Upcoming Events" below)
"Wind energy development" (BLM California Issue Updates)
"ECFO power projects" (BLM California Issue Updates)
on last week's Wildlife Trivia Question
CRITICAL HABITAT PROPOSED FOR PEIRSON'S MILK VETCH
Habitat proposed for Peirson's milk-vetch" (U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service news release, 8/5/2003)
"Endangered and Threatened
Wildlife and Plants; Proposed
"Agency proposes critical
habitat in Imperial Sand Dunes" (Yuma Sun, 08/06/2003)
"Desert plan to cut
red tape" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 07/31/2003)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"BLM to implement fee program at popular desert recreation areas" (BLM California news release, 8/5/2003)
BLM's Barstow Field Office announced that it will implement a Recreation Fee Demonstration Program for four popular desert off-highway vehicle riding areas effective October 1, 2003. To be included: Dumont Dunes with 10,000 acres; Johnson Valley, the world's largest designated OHV area with 188,000 acres; Stoddard Valley with 53,000 acres, and El Mirage with 25,000 acres. The 22,000-acre Rasor riding area will continue to be a free area.
"Off-roaders face new fees at four desert areas" (Victorville
Daily Press, 08/06/2003)
"BLM to conduct oil
and gas lease sale September 17, 2003" (BLM California news release,
"Wild horses and burros
up for adoption in San Jose" (BLM California news release, 07/23/2003)
"Forest raid yields
lots of pot" (The Union Democrat - Sonora, 8/5/2003)
WILDLIFE TRIVIA OF THE WEEK - ANSWER
Question: "Three of the species of fish that appear in waterways that appear in waterways managed by BLM California are: Lost River sucker, Razorback sucker, and Shortnose sucker. What else do these three species of sucker have in common?"
Answer: All three species are listed by the federal government as endangered. In fact, pure shortnose suckers are believed to be extinct. Those that still exist are actually hybrids. (Photo credit: Sacramento sucker, by Aaron Nadig, Mendocino Redwood Company)
The decline in the Shortnose sucker is at least partly blamed on an "introduced" or non-native fish. The carp is a fierce competitor for the Shortnose sucker's food supply - even though the sucker is adapted to find food in unfavorable conditions. Learn more about the Shortnose sucker in our BLM California online wildlife database: (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
(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.)
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
08/20/2003 - Scoping meeting for Northeast California and Northwest Nevada land use plan
08/23/2003 - Field tour - Northeast California and Northwest Nevada land use planning
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