A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 8/12/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- BLM Continues to Evaluate its Fee Demonstration Program
- Not for Educators Only
- Desert Advisory Council
- Attention Small Miners
- Glaciers Left Mark on California
- Congressional Hearings/Meetings
- Headlines and Highlights
CONTINUES TO EVALUATE ITS FEE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM
"BLM Reviews OHV Desert Recreation Fee Program" (The Daily
The Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District continues to
evaluate its fee demonstration program to include initiating or increasing
fees at certain popular desert recreation sites.
OHV Vehicle Riding (BLM California Web Site)
"Off-roaders irate over new fees" (Daily Bulletin, 08/09/2003)
Off-road vehicle buffs are fuming over a federal agency's plans to charge
user fees at four popular recreation sites in the High Desert.
"High Desert fee irks off-roaders" (San Bernardino County
"Off-road vehicle buffs are fuming over a federal agency's plans to
charge a user fee at four popular recreation sites in the High Desert."
Users say the fee is double taxation. BLM spokesperson says charging fee
was a tough decision, made only to help cover a budget shortfall.
"BLM says off-roading in Imperial Sand Dunes will cost more this
fall" (Yuma Sun, 08/07/2003)
"It's going to cost more for off-roaders to spin their wheels in the
Imperial Sand Dunes this upcoming season, according to a spokeswoman for
the Bureau of Land Management....said sometime in the next few weeks the
agency will finalize a new program that will raises fees in the dunes starting
in October." Amount of increase is not yet known.
"Fran Evanisko and Tom Zmudka receive award"
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
WILDLIFE TRIVIA OF THE WEEK
has the redear sunfish adapted to its habitat to reduce competition with
other sunfish? (See answer near the end of this week's issue of News.bytes)
PHOTO ALBUM: "Wild & Scenic Rivers"
and Scenic Rivers are rivers or sections of rivers that are free-flowing
and possess at least one outstanding value such as scenic, recreational,
geological, fish, wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar features.
BLM has 77 miles of inholdings along six wild and scenic rivers.
FEATURE: "A Golden State"
Subtitled: "Mining and economic development in Gold Rush California."
Among the topics given a fresh interpretation are the relationship between
technology and society; the role of business in mining; the environmental
impact from mining and the sudden increase in California's population; the
influence of the Gold Rush on agriculture, manufacturing, banking, and transportation;
and its impact on the peoples and economies of Latin America, Europe and
DESERT ADVISORY COUNCIL
"Dinner held for local appointed to DAC" (The Daily Independent,
A dinner was held recently to recognize the appointment of Ron Schiller
to the Bureau of Land Management's Desert Advisory Council.
"BLM seeking nominations for advisory council" (The Daily
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for qualified people
to serve on BLM's California Desert District Advisory Council for the 2004-06
term. Applications must be received by Friday, Aug. 29.
Notice of Public Meeting (Federal Register Notice)
The Next Meeting for the California Desert District Advisory Council will
take place September 19-20, 2003, at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest,
CA. The Council will discuss a variety of agenda topics on Friday, September
19. Saturday, September 20 will include a briefing and overview of the Sustaining
Working Landscapes initiative and an opportunity to receive public comments.
claims/sites filing due on or before Sept. 1" (BLM California Web
Letters have been mailed to thousands of small-claims miners affected, but
a reminder: on or before 9/1/03, small miners must either pay the 2004 Maintenance
Fee of $100 per claim, mill site and/or tunnel site OR file a 2004 Maintenance
Fee Waiver Certification, Form 3830-2 (commonly referred to as a Small Miner's
Waiver). A PDF version of the form is available online to print out and
GLACIERS LEFT MARK ON CALIFORNIA
"Study: Glaciers Left Mark on California" (The Associated
Press DailyNews.com, 08/13/2003)
Glaciers clung to the slopes of a mountain just 75 miles east of now-sweltering
Los Angeles as recently as 5,000 years ago, according to a new study. The
glaciers on San Gorgonio Mountain were likely the southwesternmost in what
is now the United States during the waning of the last Ice Age, beginning
20,000 years ago.
"San Gorgonio Wilderness"
(BLM California Web Site)
The San Gorgonio Wilderness encompasses 37,980 acres and is a part of
the eastern slope of the San Bernardino Mountains. With an elevation range
from 2,300 to 5,500 feet, the topography in this area rapidly changes
from low rolling foothills and canyons to steep, rugged mountains.
"Wind Energy in the San Gorgonio Pass Area" (BLM California
The San Gorgonio Pass area is very suitable for wind energy development
due to steady westerly winds in this area that are funneled between the
San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountain Ranges. This constriction results
in an acceleration of wind velocity to speeds suitable for wind energy
"Our opinion: This is Congressional?" (Imperial Valley
EDITORIAL: Criticizes appearance of unfairness, says "congressional
hearing" in San Diego on Imperial Sand Dunes should not be called
that. Says it excludes even the local congressman, "[a]nd from what
he have heard, fairness is not exactly being sought at this shindig."
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Coast Dairies plan hits snag" (Santa Cruz Sentinel,
A trust that bought the 7,000-acre Coast Dairies property five years ago
with an eye toward placing it in public hands is scrambling to find a
new taker for part of the property. After seeing the final management
plan, BLM determined it did not have legal authority to manage farmland
that included tenant housing. BLM is continuing its work on the uplands
portion of the property that does not include the farmland.
|"Program exposes students
to desert life" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 08/08/2003)
" By taking a field trip to the Calico Early Man site, students in
a new junior naturalist certification program will experience a true archeological
dig firsthand...." BLM's Barstow Field Office is a partner in the Desert
Discovery Center that will run the program. The experience fits with California's
state standards that teachers must follow in classrooms. The Center will
also offer after-school and weekend sessions for children and adults.
"BLM to host public meeting, tour to discuss land use planning"
(BLM California news release, 08/12/2003)
The public meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at the BLM Eagle Lake
Field Office, 2950 Riverside Dr., Susanville. Following introductory comments,
the BLM staff will host an open house meeting where anyone interested can
ask questions about the planning process and provide comments on issues
that should be addressed in new land use plans.
"Firefighters get upper hand on wildfire" (The Lompoc Record,
Firefighters Monday evening had nearly contained the Chimney Creek Fire,
which has charred more than 1,200 acres of grass and brush since it broke
out east of Santa Maria over the weekend, with full containment expected
by 6 a.m. today.
"Authorities Uproot Two Pot Farms" (Calaveras Enterprise,
Over 3,500 marijuana plants were confiscated from two Calavaras County raids
on BLM managed lands. Plants ranged up to four feet tall.
"Special fire restrictions in effect in Sierra Foothills"
(BLM California news release, 08/07/2003)
Due to extreme high fire danger, fire restrictions are being imposed on
all public lands managed by the BLM Folsom Field Office. The Folsom Field
Office manages nearly 230,000 acres of public land scattered through the
Sierra Foothills from Yuba County to Mariposa County.
"New BLM office opening historic" (Mammoth Times, 08/07/2003)
"The grand opening this past Wednesday of the new Forest Service and
Bureau of Land Management office building was more than just another "ribbon-cutting,"
it marked a historic partnership between two sovereign nations - the US.
government and the Bishop Paiute Tribe."
"Filling of reservoir begins" (San Diego Union-Tribune,
"Water began flowing yesterday into the first reservoir to be built
in the county in nearly 50 years." The dam will store water for use
in San Diego County. "The Olivenhain district acquired much of the
land for the project from the federal Bureau of Land Management and built
the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve to help compensate for the environmental
impact the dam would cause."
"Sacramento River Rail Trail will be closed for improvements"
(BLM California news release, 08/12/2003)
The Sacramento River Rail Trail between the Keswick Boat Launch and Shasta
Dam will be closed from Thursday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Aug. 30, for
completion of trail improvements.
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