TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: "Pelting the beaver"
Hollow Hills Wilderness Area
2. Ibex Wilderness Area
3. Nopah Range Wilderness Area
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STUDENTS, BLM SAVING SEEDS
"Seeds, dried and frozen,
mark the flora of today" (Inyo Register, 10/30/2003)
FEATURE: "You can find gold with a metal detector"
From the book description: "Two veterans of metal detecting and prospecting share their lifetimes of secrets to prove that the right detector can produce more ounces of gold per dollar invested than any other type of equipment. Learn how to recover nuggets in stream beds, search for veins, seek nuggets in dredge/mine tailings and open up new vistas of excitement and profit.
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Howard Brown
SAND DUNES: Popularity, debate
(Riverside Press-Enterprise, 11/15/2003)
"Dunes revelers face
zero tolerance" (Imperial Valley Press, 11/18/2003)
"Teams work on flood
control" (Victorville Daily Press, 11/18/2003)
"Burned Areas Emergency Rehabilitation and the Emergency Watershed
Protection Program" (Web pages hosted for U.S. Forest Service)
"DOE sets public hearings
on power plants" (Imperial Valley Press, 11/13/2003)
"County supports Mexicali power plants studies" (Imperial
Valley Press, 11/18/2003
aid local energy industries" (Bakersfield Californian, 11/19/2003)
CONFLICTING LAND USES
"Shooting range irks
neighbors" (San Bernardino County Sun, 11/14/2003)
"BLM may close shooting
range" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 11/16/2003)
"BLM takes shot at
guarding piece of county history" (Redding Record-Searchlight,
NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEWS
Clarke held numerous meetings on Utah issues" (Associated Press
in San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17/2003)
"Secretary Norton urges
Interior conference to expand citizen stewardship partnerships"
(Department of Interior news release, 11/18/03)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"DA mulling charges
against BLM accuser" (Imperial Valley Press, 11/17/2003)
"Rangers probed in alleged abuse" Congressman files "a
letter of inquiry with the [BLM]'s legislative affairs office...concerning
abuse allegations raised against two federal rangers by one of his constituents."
"Judge: Fish can swim
in cement" (The Santa Clarita Signal, 11/14/2003)
"Cemex wins round in fight for quarry" (Los Angeles Daily
"Trashing the county"
(The Nevada County Union, 11/18/2003)
"DHS woman battling the BLM" (KESQ Channel 3 News, 11/14/2003)
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK - ANSWER
To: "What is the mountain beaver's 'secret'?"
Answer: (d) The mountain beaver is not actually a beaver. They are the only survivor of the "Aplodontidae" family. ("An early offshoot of the Aplodontidae, the now-extinct Myagaulidae, were animals the size of woodchucks that had prominent horns" says the University of Michigan / Museum of Zoology / Animal Diversity Web. The mountain beaver does divert water like beavers -- but into extensive tunnels they build, with numerous openings and many dead-ends. Mountain beavers close off old burrows using chunks of clay or stone.
Learn more about the Mountain beavers 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.)
12/06/2003 - Santa Rosa
and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
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