TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Reptilian numbers
How many species of reptiles are there in the world?
a - 1200
b - 3000
c - 7400
d - 10,700
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.)
1. Coyote Mountains
2. Cleghorn Lakes
3. Whipple Mountains
ALBUM: "Land Use Planning"
Did you know BLM California is involved in 12 Management Framework Plans (4.5 million acres), 9 Resource Management Plans (12.5 million acres); 15 Land Use Plan Updates (14.8 million acres; 13.3 million acres non-federal lands under Habitat Conservation Plans), 7 National Monument/National Conservation Area Plans (700,000 acres), and 6 time-sensitive BioRegional Plan Amendments?
FEATURE: "Place Names of the Sierra Nevada"
The names of the Sierra Nevada are clues to the colorful and unusual aspects of the area's past, and the people and events that shaped it. This book gives the derivation and lore associated with each name as well as quotes from many of the explorers and travelers of the Sierra Nevada.
MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Preston Arrow-weed
Desert District Advisory Council member Preston Arrow-weed fills a seat traditionally committed to Native American participation to ensure tribal interests are represented on the council.
MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Preston Arrow-weed
Krisann Kosel is the new fuels management specialist for BLM California's Folsom Field office. She is also new to California, having worked for a fire fighting and prescribed fire contractor based in Wyoming. Learn more about Krisann in our Profile:
Profile: Krisann Kosel
"Volunteer evacuations issued for Salmon Creek" (Eureka Times-Standard, 9/24/2003)
On California's North Coast, Canoe Creek fire in Humboldt Redwoods State Park has burned from lightning strikes on Labor Day weekend, now threatens homes. Meanwhile, "the Honeydew Creek Fire in the King Range National Conservation Area [managed by BLM California] has proven more tame over the past two days. That fire has burned some 10,850 acres and is still holding in the Shipman Creek drainage."
Related: "King Range fire blows up" (Eureka Times-Standard, 09/19/2003)
Earlier coverage of North Coast fires: A fire in the King Range National Conservation Area grew 10 times in size over two days, driven by sustained winds. Firefighters believed it had grown to 6,000 acres.
"Senate increases funds to fight wildfires" (Associated Press, in San Francisco, Chronicle, 9/23/2003)
"The Senate increased funds for fighting wildfires by $400 million Tuesday, nearly doubling fire suppression money in a $20 billion Interior Department spending bill....The wildfire funds will go toward alleviating the chronic problem of the Interior Department and the Forest Service having to borrow money every year from other accounts because they don't have enough to cover the cost of firefighting."
"Snapshots 2003: California"
"Highlighting BLM projects that support the National Fire Plan"
(PDF file, 545 kilobytes):
Snapshots California - 9/19/03
National Snapshots 2003 - including California, Montana and Colorado:
(PDF file, 1.2 megabytes):
"National Fire News - Wildland Fire Update" (National Interagency Fire Center)
Current information on wildfires in California and elsewhere, updated at least daily.
"Congress may move to curb unpopular forest-use fees" (Ventura County Star, 09/18/2003)
"The National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service began collecting the fees in 1997 after Congress created the program to help ease the budget burdens on the land agencies. In particular, the money was supposed to help reduce the huge maintenance backlog on public lands across the country....The program is set to expire Oct. 1, 2004, and Congress must decide whether to renew it. Though controversial, the program still has many defenders in Congress. But there are signs its support is starting to erode amid questions about the program's effectiveness and allegations that it has been mismanaged."
"Plenty of reasons for rising premiums" (Washington Post, 09/21/2003)
"Health insurance premiums for federal employees and retirees are going up at double-digit rates for the fourth consecutive year. As in past years, the premium increase for 2004 reflects the government's aging workforce, rising prescription drug costs and expanded use of health care services. Those trend lines are not especially comforting."
First meeting of ISDRA Technical Review Team
The first meeting of the new Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Technical Review Team will be held starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 - at the BLM El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th Street in El Centro. Agenda items include the ISDRA budget, and recreation fees.
For more information on the Technical Review Team, see the news release (repeated from last week's issue of News.bytes):
"Whoa! Wild no more" (Modesto Bee, 09/22/2003)
"It was the wild horses that got dragged away Saturday and Sunday -- more than 60 of them to new homes in California." Story on some of the people looking for horses or burros at last weekend's adoption event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
"Photos of recent Stockton wild horse and burro adoption"
"Autumn bus shuttles planned for Bizz Johnson Trail" (BLM California news release, 9/24/2003)
"BLM announces fall
hiking schedule for Headwaters Forest Reserve" (BLM California
news release, 9/23/2003)
TRIVIA ANSWER to:
"How many species of reptiles are there in the world?"
The correct answer is (c) 7400.
Of the field offices that participated in this wildlife database, BLM California has identified 94 that exist on BLM-managed lands. Visit our online wildlife database to learn more about one of the most common species -- the Southern alligator lizard. It is found throughout much of California. (Photo credit: BLM Oregon, Medford Field Office)
(Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)