News.bytes
A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California


Issue date: 1/15/2003


This week in News.bytes:


- Not for Educators Only:
      - Wildlife trivia of the Week: Batty or buggy?
      - Correction/clarification
      - Plant of the Week: Sukdorf's milkvetch
- Desert tortoise: doomed to extinction?
- Another wildlife issue: Palm Desert Trail Proposal
- Land Use Planning:
     - West Mojave Plan draws fire
     - Cecil R. Jackson exploration
- Headlines and Highlights
- Selected Upcoming Events

 

NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY

PLANT OF THE WEEK - Sukdorf's milkvetchPLANT OF THE WEEK - Sukdorf's milkvetch
Mat-forming perennial herb, with stems branching at or near the ground surface. Flowers pea-shaped, small, white or with faint lavender veining.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/eaglelake/elaspus.html

Bookstore Feature: Scenic Driving - California BOOKSTORE FEATURE OF THE WEEK - Scenic Driving - California
To quote from the description: "This book is perfect for planning day trips or weekend outings. It leads you to 24 of the Golden State's most eye-pleasing rides while detailing a spectacular assortment of natural wonders, scenic attractions, historic points of interest, and recreational opportunities."
http://store.ca.blm.gov/cgi-bin/webc.exe/st_prod.html?p_prodid=287

CORRECTION to the Wildlife Trivia photo in last week's News.bytes:
The REAL Flat-tailed horned lizardA biologist in our El Centro Field Office pointed out (quite politely) that the thumbnail picture in last week's News.bytes -- to accompany an article about a lizard not being listed as "Threatened" by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- "is a Texas horned lizard, not a Flat-tailed horned lizard." Here is a thumbnail version of the real thing, from a photo he took during field work. (The Web site where we obtained the first photo has also issued a correction - thank you.)

Wildlife Trivia Question markWILDLIFE TRIVIA question of the week: How long can a desert tortoise live?
a) 20 years
b) 35 years
c) 100 years
(Answer near end of this issue of News.bytes - AND see more information on desert tortoises in this issue.)

Bonus trivia question - answer also below: For how many years have desert tortoises lived in the area that is now the California desert?
a) 2,000 years
b) 3 million years
c) 25 million years


Speaking of the: DESERT TORTOISE

Desert tortoise"DOOMED TO EXTINCTION?" (San Bernardino County Sun, 01/13/2002)
EDITORIAL: "It's too soon to call off efforts to save tortoise .... Though situation looks bleak, positive results may take awhile to show up."
http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208%257E12585%257E1107882,00.html

Related: "THE DESERT TORTOISE" (BLM California Web site)
Including some important "Do's and Don'ts" if you travel in areas where the desert tortoise lives.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/tortoise.html

Related: "WATCHABLE WILDLIFE AREA: Desert Tortoise Natural Area" (BLM California Web site)
This public land in the northwestern Mojave Desert in northeastern Kern County, is managed to protect a unique habitat in its natural state.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/caso/wf-destor.html


OTHER WILDLIFE ISSUES:

"CITY ASKED TO BAN DOGS FROM HIKING AREA TO PROTECT HABITAT" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 01/12/2003)
"State and federal wildlife agencies asked Palm Desert officials to ban dogs from a popular hiking area by Jan. 1 to keep the pups from disturbing endangered bighorn sheep during a crucial lambing season."
http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/local/1042338495.shtml

Related: "ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR CITY OF PALM DESERT TRAIL PROPOSAL AVAILABLE" (BLM California news release, 12/31/2003)
Related to above story. (This news release also appeared in last week's News.bytes.)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/12/nr/CDDnews18_DogUse/Conv.htm

"'NOT WARRANTED' - USFWS SAYS SAGE GROUSE DOESN'T NEED PROTECTION" (Mammoth Times, 1/9/03)
"The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concluded recently that a petition requesting emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the Mono Basin population of greater sage grouse does not present substantial scientific or commercial information to warrant such protection."
http://www.mammothtimes.com/times2003/SageGrouse01-09.html

Related: "SAGE GROUSE" (BLM California Wildlife Database)
The sage grouse is found on lands managed by BLM California's Bishop, Eagle Lake, Hollister, Redding and Surprise Field Offices.
(Note: see comment on "secure Web server" under Selected Upcoming Events below.)
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmcawildlife.nsf/siteurl/60626231?OpenDocument


LAND USE PLANNING

"MOJAVE PLAN DRAWS CRITICISM" (Victorville Daily Press, 01/12/2003)
" It hasn't even been released yet. But the [BLM]s West Mojave Plan, which will outline policy affecting 9 million acres, including the High Desert, has drawn criticism from all directions....Intended to protect endangered species and their habitats and to streamline the process of obtaining development permits..."
http://www.vvdailypress.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1042476123,30042,

"BLM: BUSINESS, PRIVATE INPUT CRUCIAL IN DECISION PROCESS" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 01/13/2003)
"There are more twists and turns in the Briggs exploration story than you might imagine." Proposed Cecil R. Jackson exploration by CR Briggs.)
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/articles/2003/01/12/news/local_news/news04.txt

Related: "BLM: Public participation was important part of decision process concerning CR Briggs project" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 01/10/2003)
"Input received during public comment period showed diversity of opinion ... During the two public comment periods the [BLM] held for the proposed Cecil R. Jackson exploration by the CR Briggs project in the Panamint Mountains, some 32 letters, faxes and e-mails were received by the BLM, expressing 55 separate comments.
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/articles/2003/01/10/news/local_news/news02.txt

"CONSERVATIONISTS: ENCROACHING CIVILIZATION PUTS JOSHUA PARK AT RISK" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 1/15/03)
Eagle Mountain landfill, a project involving a BLM land exchange, is among the controversies surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. Organization lists the park among "10 most endangered in U.S." -- smog is a major problem.
http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/local/1042587413.shtml

Related: "JOSHUA TREE CALLED AT RISK" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 1/15/2003)
http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_NEWS_naparks15.5814b.html


Wildlife Trivia Question markWILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER to: "How long can a desert tortoise live?
Answer: c) 100 years. Yes, desert tortoises have been known to live up to 100 years old!
Learn more about the desert tortoise in the BLM California Wildlife Database:
(Note: see comment on "secure Web server" under Selected Upcoming Events below.)
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmcawildlife.nsf/siteurl/50577707?OpenDocument

Answer to bonus trivia question: "For how many years have desert tortoises lived in the area that is now the California desert?"
b) 3 million years. See "desert tortoise" links above for more on this (at least until now) rugged survivor.


HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"SCIENTISTS' REPORT FINDS GROUNDS FOR REGULATING REDWOOD HARVEST" (New York Times, 1/15/03)
"A panel of independent scientists has completed a report on flooding in the Headwaters Forest conservation area of Humboldt County that could strengthen efforts by local residents to restrict the cutting of redwood trees there."
(Note 1: This does not refer to lands managed by BLM within the Headwaters Forest Reserve.
Note 2: New York Times requires registration -- free -- to view its online stories.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/14/national/14LOGG.html

SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events database is now on a more secure Web server, and your browser may state "You are about to view pages over a secure connection" and ask you to "Trust a Security Certificate" from the Department of Interior that hosts this site. To view the pages, you must select "Yes" or "OK" for both questions.)

01/16/2003 - West Mojave - CEQA scoping meeting
Redlands
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/65862669?OpenDocument

01/16/2003 - Modoc-Wahoe Stewardship Committee meeting
Cedarville
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/74076448?OpenDocument

01/29/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council
Arcata
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/49205768?OpenDocument

01/30/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council
Arcata
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/85374686?OpenDocument

01/31/2003 - Central California Advisory Council meeting
Folsom
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/75433280?OpenDocument

02/01/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee Meeting
Palm Desert City Hall Council Chambers
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/27120165?OpenDocument

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