- Imperial Sand Dunes:
150,000+ visitors last weekend?
- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia of the Week
- Photo quiz: "Where is this?"
- Profile: Jim Eicher
- Meet your Advisory Council members: Tim Garrod
- Bookstore Features: "Finding Gold in the Desert"
- Wildfires: Worse to come?
- Healthy Forest Act: Aimed at wildfires
- Energy: Rights of way
- Roads issue (R.S. 2477)
- Mining: Court ruling on rules; Cemex
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- BLM job opening: Central California public affairs specialist
- Special adoption: Mustang weanlings
- Land use planning, and more
look to next holiday in dunes" (Imperial Valley Press, 12/2/2003)
"Crowded dunes under
better control than in past, ranger says" (Imperial Valley Press,
"Not all fun and games"
(Imperial Valley Press, 11/29/2003)
"All's quiet on the
sandy front; BORSTAR helping patrol Imperial dunes over weekend"
(Yuma Sun, 11/28/2003)
"Dunes group to lawless
few: 'Leave or behave' " (Imperial Valley Press, 11/20/2003)
millions locally" (Imperial Valley Press, 11/28/2003)
"Image of dunes accident
victim haunts sheriff's sergeant on patrol" (Imperial Valley
"Boy, 11, killed in
off-road accident" (Imperial Valley Press, 12/1/2003)
"Draggin' in the dunes"
(Imperial Valley Press, 11/29/2003)
"BLM told Assault report
needs more work" (Imperial Valley Press, 12/2/2003)
"Public comment sought
on supplemental dunes rule" (BLM California news release, 11/26/2003)
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
FEATURE: "Finding Gold in the Desert
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Tim Garrod
Northeast California Advisory Council member Tim Garrod represents the public-at-large and is a charter member and two-time chairperson of the advisory council. He is the owner/operator of the Garrod Farms and has lived in Lassen County for more than 27 years. Read more about Tim at:
Jim Eicher will tell you he is a River Rat. He was a river ranger and outdoor recreation planner for 20 years before opting to take on the duties as the associate field office manager in Folsom. Coming from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he longed to come west and work in the forests, mountains and on the rivers...Read more about Jim in this week's News.bytes Profile.
WILDFIRES: Worse to come?
"Dead trees still pose
major threat; Forest officials fear much worse blaze could erupt"
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/29/2003)
"Defenseless; The fire-blackened
hillsides are dangerously vulnerable to heavy rain" (Riverside
detailed" (San Bernardino County Sun, 12/04/2003)
"Rebuilding up in air"
(San Bernardino County Sun, 12/04/2003)
"On fires, conquer
a jungle of jurisdictions" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/26/2003)
"Fire policy must be
based upon sound science" (North County Times, 11/24/2003)
HEALTHY FOREST ACT: Fighting future wildfires
Bush signs bill allowing
more cutting in forests to curb wildfire threat" (Associated
Press in North County Times, 12/03/2003)
"'We'll help protect
our forests'" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 12/04/2003)
'Healthy Forest Act'" (Victorville Daily Press, 11/30/2003)
"President Bush Signs
Healthy Forest Restoration Act into Law" (White House news release,
"Fact Sheet: Implementation
of the Healthy Forests Initiative" (Department of Interior news
ENERGY: Electricity sent from Mexico to California
"Locals: Don't add
to air pollution" (Imperial Valley Press, 11/21/2003)
"Talks focus on emissions
from Mexican power plants" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/22/2003)
"Our Opinion: A DOE
and pony show?" (Imperial Valley Press, 11/25/2003)
ROADS ISSUE (R.S. 2477)
"Groups seek wild roads"
(Associated Press in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 11/24/03)
"Land law sparks concern"
(Riverside Press-Enterprise, 11/25/2003)
"Road claims decision
not addressed" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 11/24/2003)
MINING: Cemex; Mining rules
"Judge upholds mining
regulations" (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/20/2003)
"Conservationists claim victory despite contrary mining law
ruling" (Associated Press, in San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/20/2003)
mining bill" (The Santa Clarita Signal, 11/20/2003)
NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NEWS
"This land is your
land" (Los Angeles Times, 11/27/2003)
Bush Western land policies" (Reuters in Forbes, 12/03/2003)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
BLM job open: Public Affairs
Specialist for Central California
"Special mustang weanling
auction scheduled near Ridgecrest" (BLM California news release,
"BLM, Park Service,
volunteer groups cooperate to adopt burros" (BLM California news
seen as way out of an economic doldrum" (Modoc Record, 12/04/2003)
"BLM District Advisory
Council to meet in Barstow" (BLM California news release, 12/2/2003)
"Lassen County concerned
over potential water export" (Lassen County Times, 12/1/2003)
"BLM Implements Emergency
Closure to Protect Threatened Plant in the Clear Creek Management Area"
(BLM California news release, 11/26/2003)
plan approved for release" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 12/01/2003)
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
ANSWER: (4) A salamander found in much of California (from Latin ensatus, meaning "sword-shaped") whose tail can break off if a predator catches it.
"The name Ensatina comes from the Latin ensatus , meaning sword-shaped ..."("San Diego Natural History Museum, http://www.sdnhm.org/fieldguide/herps/ensa-esc.html) Learn more about the ensatina 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).
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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12/06/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
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