TRIVIA QUESTION OF
THE WEEK: Unintended consequences
PHOTO ALBUM: "Birds"
Any of the class Aves of warm-blooded, egg-laying, feathered vertebrates with forelimbs modified to form wings. This Photo Album feature includes birds from a wide variety of environments on lands managed by BLM California: from desert to shoreline, from mountaintop to level plains.
FEATURE: "Handbook of Rocks, Minerals
"A simple introduction discusses the basics of mineralogy and provides a list of general features used in the identification of rocks. This is followed by a comprehensive description of each rock and mineral, including its history, origin, and structure, composition, properties, classification, and where it is found in North America and throughout the world. The 600 stunning photographs, a unique collection amassed from around the world, are opposite the text and are reproduced at approximately life size, to aid identification."
"Education on the rocks"
(Bakersfield Californian, 08/24/2003)
"Geology and mining field trips" (BLM Bakersfield
Field Office Web site)
PROFILE: "Chris Knauf"
Chris Knauf is Natural Resource Specialist with BLM California's El Centro Field Office. Chris is the program lead for a variety of programs. In the thumbnail photo at left, he monitors "sand food" in the Imperial Sand Dunes. More:
"Our Opinion: It's public land, so stay out" (Victorville
Daily Press, 8/27/2003)
"Robots in Mad Max
race across desert" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 08/24/2003)
"DARPA Grand Challenge
for Autonomous Ground Vehicles (March 2004)" (BLM California
"Mattole fire work
fueled up" (Eureka Times-Standard, 8/27/2003)
"Amador Fire Safe Council"
(Amador County Ledger Dispatch)
NATIONAL NEWS related to BLM California
"BLM director puts more emphasis on traditional public land users" (Associated Press, in Nevada Appeal, 08/25/2003)
"Contrary to her critics' claims, the head of the [BLM] insists she enjoys the solitude of federally protected wilderness just as much as the next person. 'There is something wonderfully unique about those primitive wilderness areas,' BLM Director Kathleen Clarke said. 'In this busy, fast-paced world we live in where we are all wired with two or three devices, that sort of solitude is treasured. But there also are many people _ especially in the West _ who think those lands should be open for all types of recreation. And in many Western communities, you also have local economies that are dependent on their ability to access public land for grazing, mining, logging, traditional uses'."
"Editorial: A new vision at the BLM? Agency chief's remarks give cause for hope" (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 08/25/2003)
"Westerners who live on or near public lands supervised by the federal Bureau of Land Management can take some tentative encouragement from a recent interview granted to The Associated Press by new BLM Director Kathleen Clarke. 'In many Western communities, you ... have local economies that are dependent on their ability to access public land for grazing, mining, logging -- traditional uses,' the BLM chief explains. 'All those things are critical to the well-being and the quality of life of the people who live on those lands.' While demands for recreation will continue to grow -- and the BLM hopes to accommodate them -- traditional users such as ranchers should not be fearful of being run off the land, Ms. Clarke said."
"BLM extends public comment period on draft National Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy" (BLM national news release, 08/21/2003)
The public will have additional time to comment on the BLM's draft Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy, which seeks to provide for the survival of the sage grouse through management of its habitat on BLM-administered public land throughout the West. The new deadline is November 1, 2003. The BLM developed its proposed strategy to support on-going State government wildlife agencies in their efforts to avoid listing of the sage-grouse as a threatened species through their own state sage-grouse conservation plans.
"Wearing down the mountains; Are rock climbers leaving cliff faces in less than peak condition?" (Time, 09/01/2003)
"This fall the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service are due to release a long-awaited policy on where to allow bolting - the practice of drilling bolts into cliff faces to which climbers attach safety ropes. Other contentious issues include protecting ancient rock art, preventing degradation of the base areas around climbing cliffs and minimizing interference with wildlife, such as nesting raptors. Even the chalk that climbers put on their hands to get a better grip can be a problem. Often it leaves a smudgy trail on rock faces, resistant even to rain."
"Reservation preservation war" (Washington Post, 08/23/2003)
Office of Management and Budget ordered consolidation of online and telephone reservations system to the nation's many parks, federal lands and recreation areas, including BLM camping areas. Company that was praised for its work with National Park Service, now protests that it has a competitive disadvantage because of that order.
"Carrizo Plain National Monument" (BLM California Web site)
"BLM advisory council
to host meeting on grazing policies" (BLM California news release,
"Wild horses and burros
available for adoption in Stockton" (BLM California news release,
"Bizz Johnson shuttle
set for Sept. 6" (BLM California news release, 8/27/2003)
"Marijuana garden removed
from canyon" (Porterville Recorder, 08/25/2003)
HEARINGS AND MEETINGS
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08/28/2003 - Scoping meeting for Northeast California and Northwest Nevada land use plan
09/03/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council
09/09/2003 - South Yuba River planning meeting
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