- National Public Lands
Day Saturday: BLM California events
- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Not native
- "Where is This?"
- Photo Album: "Camping"
- Bookstore Feature: Siberian Tiger pin
- Meet your Advisory Council members: James Cooksley
- Profile: Richard Leverton
- Coachella Valley Preserve issues
- Land use planning, including:
- Fort Irwin expansion
- "Desert land chief walks fine line"
- Wild Horse and Burro adoptions
- Department of Interior news, national news:
- Secretary Norton announces $12.9 million conservation grants
- California projects on list of grants
- OPM mulls salary increase for federal firefighters
- Federal health premiums up 10.6 percent
- PILT bill testimony
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Wind energy farm proposed: Lake County
- Women's pheasant hunt set
- OHV courtesy compliance checks: Redding
- High Desert FYI: What should I do if I get lost in the desert?
- Fort Ord burn
- National fire news
- Selected Upcoming Events - including several advisory meetings
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PUBLIC LANDS DAY - SATURDAY
"Local volunteers invited to Fort Ord National Public Lands Day event" (BLM California news release, 09/12/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting its third National Public Lands Day event at Fort Ord public lands on September 20, 2003, beginning a 9 a.m. Volunteers will help with trail maintenance, native seed collection, invasive weed control, picnic area maintenance and stabilizing potential erosion areas. Beginning at noon, volunteers will be treated to a BBQ lunch, entertainment and fun activities for families.
"Our Opinion: Trash in desert is a disgrace" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 09/16/2003)
Editorial: "The BLM is currently preparing for its National Public Lands Day project for this year. It will take place in the morning Saturday in the Sawtooth Canyon area about 15 miles south of Barstow. The bureau is hoping about 250 volunteers will come. We'd love to see that many people participate. After the project is done, We also hope visitors to Sawtooth Canyon will respect the volunteers' work and do their part to keep the area free from trash."
Related: "BLM seeks Public Lands Day volunteers" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 9/13/2003)
Included in list of "in brief" events in the Barstow area.
"Volunteers Needed for National Public Lands Day River Clean-up" (BLM California news release, 8/27/2003)
October 25: Needles Field Office, will join forces with tri-state area agencies and volunteers in a Colorado River clean-up as part of the 10th Annual National Public Lands Day. (BLM's Needles Field Office traditionally holds its National Public Lands Day event later in the season -- after the area's often intense summer heat.)
"Lake Mendocino cleanup planned" (Ukiah Daily Journal, 09/12/2003)
"Lake Mendocino's day-use, campgrounds and facilities will be enhanced as Mendocino County residents lend a hand on the largest annual single-day volunteer restoration effort for public lands. Volunteers from local businesses, clubs and families will pitch in at Lake Mendocino to paint, plant trees, and cleanup the park as part of the 10th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 20" - part of a national effort sponsored by partners including the Bureau of Land Management.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "Not native "
The redbelly tilapia (a fish) was introduced to southern California to help control weeds in canals and coastal streams. To which one of these countries is the redbelly tilapia native? (This is not the only other country in which the fish occurs.) Compare your answer with other readers'. (Thumbnail photo credit: Jan Hoover, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station)
WHERE IS THIS?
1. Kelso Dunes Wilderness Area
2. Cadiz Dunes Wilderness Area
3. North Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area
Take the online quiz - and compare your answer - at:
PHOTO ALBUM: "Camping"
Your public lands offers a variety of camping opportunities all over California. Most public lands administered by BLM are available for "primitive camping," which means you may set up camp outside of a developed campground. If you choose to do so, you must obtain a campfire permit and set up a fire safe camp with adequate sanitary arrangements. We recommend that you bring some water with you even in campgrounds that offer water at the site. All campers should be aware that there is a 14-day per year limit on the use of any campsite on public lands.
"Search for recreation sites" (BLM California)
First, select an area of the state. Second, select activities you want to find. Third, select the amenities you want to find (Note: the Recreation Search Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)
Related: "Camping" (BLM California Web site)
A static list of camping sites on public lands managed by BLM California.
FEATURE: "Siberian Tiger pin"
The Tiger lapel pin comes with an Information Card. The Information Card contains information about its habitat, features, and more. The pin is one and 3/8 inches wide and the height is 7/8 of an inch.
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: James Cooksley
Northwest California Advisory Council member James Cooksley Jim is a geophysicist and represents energy and mineral interests on the council. He has been involved in geophysical work across California and in many western states, giving him vast knowledge of the region.
A Cadastral Surveyor with the Shasta Lake Field Surrvey Office, Rich is currently working with a crew surveying 35 miles of the Klamath River for the Yurok Tribe, from Weitchpee, CA to the coastal town of Klamath. He sets off for the survey site before 6:30 am and doesn't return until after 5 pm. Some areas along the river are accessible only by boat or helicopter.
on last week's "Profile" feature
Some copies of News.bytes sent out last week, did not include a link to the "Profile" feature. Learn more about Ken Wilson - BLM California's new State Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison - at:
"BLM announces members
of Imperial Sand Dunes Technical Review Team" (BLM California
news release, 9/17/2003)
"BLM to host open
house in Three Rivers" (BLM California news release, 9/17/2003)
"Health Plan Costs
Up 10.6%" (Washington Post, 9/17/2003)
"FEHBP's Premium Increase And What It Really Means (Federal Diary)"
(Washington Post, 9/17/2003)
511, the PILT and Refuge Revenue Sharing Permanent Funding Act"
(Department of the Interior News site)
"Army clears the air
on coming Ord burn" (Monterey County Herald, 09/11/2003)
"National Fire News"
(National Interagency Fire Center, 09/18/2003)
(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.)
09/19/2003 and 9/20/2003 - California Desert District Advisory Council
09/20/2003 - Stockton Wild Horse and Burro adoption
09/20/2003 - Fort Ord National Public Lands Day event
09/20/2003 - Barstow National Public Lands Day event
9/24/2003 - Fifth
South Yuba River planning meeting
09/25/2003 - Northeast California Advisory Council
10/03/2003 - Rails to Trails Festival - CANCELED FOR 2003
10/03/2003 - Carrizo Plains National Monument Advisory Committee
10/03/2003 - Central California Advisory Council
10/04/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
10/04/2003 - Woodside Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
10/04/2003 - Burro adoption at "Longears Cele-bray-tion"
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