TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What is the danger of introducing non-native fish species into California's waterways? (You may have learned the answer in past issues of News.bytes):
(a) They have a low survival rate.
(b) They cross-breed with native species and produce mutant monsters.
(c) They pollute waterways with their litter.
(d) They crowd out native species.
(e) Like rude guests, they refuse to leave when they are no longer welcome.
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
1. Clipper Mountains Wilderness Area
2. Little Picacho Wilderness Area
3. Indian Pass Wilderness Area
Take your best guess, and compare your answer to other News.bytes readers, in this interactive feature at:
Initial National Wind Energy
Scoping Meeting Receives Positive Welcome in California: Public testimony
on the preparation of a programmatic environmental impact statement for
wind energy in the West received several positive comments and suggestions
from people who testified in the first scooping session held by BLM in
Sacramento, California. See photos from the meetings:
"Interior Dept. schedules local meetings to gain public input
on development of Wind Energy" (Department of Interior
news release, 10/31/2003)
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: David Kilpatrick
David Kilpatrick represents energy and mineral interests on BLM's Central California Advisory Council. He has over 25 years of management and operating experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the president of his own consulting business. He has been actively involved in the regulatory aspects of BLM lands for the past 10 years.
Kim Bunn is a wildlife biologist with BLM California's Folsom Field Office. Besides her regular duties, she works with BLM wildlife biologists from around the state, to update the online wildlife database she originated while an intern. "My whole job is interesting!" she says. Read more about Kim in this week's News.bytes Profile:
" Ramona residents
pick up pieces" (North County Times, 10/31/2003)
put airtanker pilots to the test" (Associated Press, in Sacramento
"Common bond strengthens
firefighters" (Associated Press, in USA Today, 10/30/2003)
"National fire center
stressed cost cutting" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/1/2003)
"National fire news
- Wildland fire update" (National Interagency Fire Center Website)
"Senior Indian Affairs
officials working with state and federal agencies to assist Tribal members
impacted by California wildfires"
(Department of Interior news release, 11/4/2003)
FORT ORD BURN
"Army makes case for
burn" (The Salinas Californian, 10/31/2003)
"A fort of ordnance"
LAND USE PLANNING
"South Yuba River
planning meeting Nov. 5 - tonight" (BLM California news release,
"BLM releases draft
plan for Swasey Drive public lands; Public meeting Nov. 19" (BLM
California news release, 11/03/2003)
DESERT WILDLIFE: Lizard lawsuit, Bighorn sheep protection
"Group seeks to reverse
ruling on desert lizard" (Imperial Valley Press, 10/31/2003)
"Flat-tailed horned lizard" (BLM California wildlife
"BLM Implements Closure
to Protect Bighorn Sheep" (BLM California news release, 11/5/2003)
"Trail system targets hikers with hounds" (Riverside
FEATURE: "California's Wilderness
Areas, Volume 1 - Mountains and Coastal Ranges"
"The user-friendly guide to 61 of California's non-desert wild places. Including the most popular wildernesses - Ansel Adams, John Muir, Desolation, and Yosemite; as well as the lesser known but equally spectacular - South Warner, Siskiyou, Sespe. This essential guide contains 61 wilderness descriptions with locational maps, 180 specific day and overnight hikes, 75 color photos depicting each wilderness. This guide reveals places you never knew existed and hikes to do throughout the year."
RECORD MARIJUANA SEIZURES ON PUBLIC LANDS
record amount of marijuana in California" (Associated Press,
in San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/29/2003)
"Cops make big bust"
(PaloVerde Valley Times, 11/3/2003)
"Tulare County tops
state for pot seizures" (Porterville Recorder, 10/30/03)
AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NEWS
"Suit tests management
of wilderness by BLM; Is government inaction actionable?" (San
Francisco Chronicle, 11/04/2003)
"Supreme Court jumps into fight over Western lands" (Associated
Press in San Francisco Chronicle, 11/3/2003)
"BLM director apologizes
to employees for criticisms in Reno" (Associated Press in San
Francisco Chronicle, 10/31/2003)
"Interior to consider
dropping claims to some monument roads" (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/3/2003)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Shooting suspect turns
himself in" (The Union Democrat, 10/29/2003)
"Horses, burros up
for adoption in BLM program" (Fresno Bee, 10/31/2003)
On Friday, BLM's Mindy Odom is scheduled to appear live on TV with her
trained wild horse "Pinocchio." TV Channel 47 (KGPE), covering
the Fresno-Visalia-Merced area, plans to air the live footage on their
"BLM offers reward
for information on theft and vandalism at dunes" (Yuma Sun, 11/03/2003)
"EPA, USFS and BLM
close Rinconada Mine area for cleanup work" (U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency news release, 11/4/2003)
river cleanup a success" (News.bytes Extra)
Blancas Lighthouse reception" (News.bytes Extra)
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK - ANSWER
(d) They crowd out native species. (Half-credit for answering (e) Like rude guests, they refuse to leave when they are no longer welcome.) In many cases, these introduced species can adapt to a variety of habitats. They compete fiercely with our native fish for food, space, and breeding grounds. Once the introduced fish become dominant in a pond, stream, or lake, native fish populations drop -- in some areas native fish have become extinct. Most of these non-native fish were introduced as game species for fishermen, but as their populations expand the fish tend to be smaller in size because of lack of space. That drives fishermen away, and non-native fish numbers grow even larger.
The bluegill, the most abundant species in the sunfish family in California, is a good example of the negative impact introduced species can have on our native fish. (In an earlier News.bytes Wildlife Trivia question, you learned that the Sacramento perch is the only sunfish family member native to California.) Learn more about the bluegill in our BLM California online wildlife database. (Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)
11/17/2003 - Joint Ventures
- Partnership in Stewardship Conference
- No Program Area - Upcoming Events
11/18/2003 - Joint Ventures - Partnership in Stewardship Conference
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