TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Fishier
What distinction does the Pacific lamprey have in California?
(See answer near the end of this week's issue of News.bytes)
WHERE IS THIS? - Wilderness
1. Dead Mountains Wilderness Area
2. Funeral Mountains Wilderness Area
3. Orocopia Mountains Wilderness Area
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ALBUM: King Range National Conservation Area
National Conservation Areas (NCAs) are designated by Congress to conserve, protect, enhance, and manage public land areas for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. NCAs feature exceptional natural, recreational, cultural, wildlife, aquatic, archaeological, paleontological, historical, educational, and/or scientific resources. (Note: Please allow a minute or so while the program searches the database and brings up the first of about 12 pages of photos in this week's selection.)
"King Range National Conservation Area" (BLM California Web
Established 33 years ago this month, the King Range covers 60,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf; a precipitous rise unsurpassed on the continental U.S. coastline. King Peak, the highest point at 4,087 feet, is only three miles from the ocean. Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1 and U.S. 101 inland. The remote region is known as California's Lost Coast, and is only accessed by a few back roads.
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL: Wes Finley
"Advisory Council members help build trail" (News.bytes
"BLM Citizen Advisory Council meets Oct. 8-9 in Arcata"
(BLM California news release, 09/30/2003)
Jennifer is the botanist/range conservationist/invasive weed specialist for the Arcata field office. But being a scientist was not her original plan. Read more about Jennifer in our online Profile.
wild horses and burros at Whiskeytown celebration on Sunday, Sept. 28"
(BLM California News.bytes "extra")
"Wild burros offered
for adoption in Orland" (BLM California news release, 9/11/03)
"Wild horses and burros
up for adoption in Woodside" (BLM California news release, 9/5/03)
FEATURE: "Placer Gold Deposits of the
This book compiles data from the mineral resource surveys throughout the century for the Mother Lode Gold Country into a concise, convenient edition that concentrates on gold placer, hydraulic, and drift mines. It also includes other gold-producing counties of the southern and northern Sierra Nevada range. More than 20 county maps are included.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEWS
"New Bush administration
policy could open land to oil, gas development" (Associated Press
in San Francisco Chronicle, 09/29/2003)
"Take Pride in America
and Presidential Awards presented to outstanding volunteers"
"BLM Announces Hardrock
Mining Awards winners" (BLM national news release, 10/1/2003)
"Secretary Norton provides
training grants to the International Association of Fire Chiefs"
(Department of Interior news release, 9/25/2003)
"GAO weighs in on firefighting
GIS" (Government Computer News, 09/25/2003)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Off-roaders get reprieve
from fees" (Victorville Daily Press, 10/01/2003)
Piedras Blancas Light Station
"BLM offers free noise
checks for motorcycles and ATVs" (BLM California news release,
"Oil and Gas Lease
Sale results; BLM seeks public input for next sale" (BLM California
news release, 9/29/2003)
"Quail aplenty as season
opener nears" (Lake County Record-Bee, 09/30/2003)
"Share your thoughts"
(Mammoth Times, 09/25/2003)
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK - ANSWER
Question: "What distinction does the Pacific lamprey have in California?"
Answer: Pacific lampreys are the largest lampreys in California - they grow up to two feet long.
Lampreys are descendants of primitive fish that lived for millions of years - whose only survivors found today, are hagfishes and lampreys. Lampreys are lacking many of the features that true fishes have, such as bones, scales, and paired fins. Their skeleton is formed completely from cartilage, and their bodies are eel-like and slimy. Learn more about the Pacific lamprey online, in our BLM California wildlife database. (Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)
10/03/2003 - Central California
10/03/2003 - Carrizo Plains National Monument Advisory Committee
10/05/2003 - Rails to
Festival canceled for 2003 - but mountain bike rides and trail walks still scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5
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"
10/04/2003 - Native American baskets and Pinenut necklaces
Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve
10/08/2003 - Northwest
California Advisory Council
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