A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 1/23/03
This week in News.bytes:
- BLM denied $1.1 million of Imperial OHV request
- Not just BLM manages desert lands
- Scenic short hikes feature BLM-managed land: East of Sacramento
- Not for Educators Only:
- Weed of the Week: Klamathweed
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week:
Batty or buggy?
- Bookstore Feature of the Week: Golden Opportunity?
- Tragedy strikes otherwise quiet dunes
- Residents try to deter off-roaders
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Wild horses and burros - available!
- Complete California planning info coming
to the Web?
- Officials object to dogs on trails
- Selected Upcoming Events:
...including several advisory committee meetings
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DENIED $1.1 MILLION OF IMPERIAL OHV REQUEST
of California grants had previously matched federal funds for Imperial
Sand Dunes Recreation Area -- visited by almost 1-1/2 million people per
year. BLM had requested $1.4 million. In December 2002, California OHV
Commission granted $292,000 to assist with dramatically increasing law
enforcement costs for peak holiday weekends -- when visitation can exceed
200,000 people. At that time, the commission deferred a vote on the additional
$1.1 million in operations and maintenance funds. At today's meeting commission
denied request on 4-3 vote.
CA OHV Commission's denial of BLM grant request for Imperial Sand Dunes
Recreation Area, Imperial County, California, January 23, 2003"
(BLM California Web site)
"The denial of $1.1 million in grant funds will have a significant
impact on the Dunes and the more than 3 million people who visit the Dunes
annually. These funds were to be used for visitor services, including
sanitation facilities, trash removal, environmental monitoring and countless
FUNDING REJECTED FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFF-ROAD DUNES SITE"
(Associated Press in Sacramento Bee, 1/23/03)
"EL CENTRO FIELD OFFICE" (BLM California Web site)
Find links to much information on the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
-- including grant application, law enforcement issues, draft management
plan, public meeting transcripts and more.
JUST BLM MANAGES CALIFORNIA'S DESERT LANDS
BLM California is involved with local and state
governments in the first of these planning projects -- and manages only
mining claims in the other. Third item: A problem of running out of room
to dump trash -- part of proposed solution involves BLM.
"STATE SEEKS STRATEGY
FOR MOJAVE LAND" (San Bernardino County Sun, 01/18/2003)
"Desert enthusiasts view the landscape of the Mojave in different
hues that reflect their interests. For some, it is fragile land that must
be preserved for posterity. For others, the time has come for urban expansion
and development." California Legacy Project -- in which BLM California
and many others join the state-led effort -- "will assess the state's
natural resources to develop long-term priorities to conserve lands for
"DESERT FUTURE MULLED"
(Los Angeles Daily News, 01/18/2003)
"Red Rock Canyon plan being prepared ... Under the California Desert
Protection Act, Last Chance Canyon was shifted from the management of
the [BLM] to the state park system." Under an agreement with state
parks, BLM continues to manage mining claims in the area.
"DUMPS' CLOSINGS TO
HIKE COSTS" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 01/23/2003)
Once Coachella Valley's only full-time landfills close next year, much
trash will have to be trucked out. One probably consequence: more pressure
on the proposed Eagle Mountain Landfill, which involves a BLM land trade
and a related lawsuit mentioned in last week's News.bytes.
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
OF THE WEEK - Klamathweed
Among other features, this noxious weed "contains a toxic substance
which causes animals that eat it to lose weight and develop a skin irritation
when exposed to strong sunlight." Also called St. Johnswort.
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
"How many mosquitoes can a single "little brown myotis"
(a type of bat) catch in an hour?"
c) 1,000 - one thousand
d) 1,000,000 - one million
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
FEATURE: Golden Opportunity?
"FINDING GOLD IN THE DESERT" (BLM Bookstore featured
Book Description: "Complete Guide on How to Find Gold in the Desert:
Almost everyone at least dreams about finding gold. This book tells you
how you can make that dream a reality, without a great investment in time
or money. Revised edition includes plans to build a drywasher."
SHORT HIKES FEATURE BLM-MANAGED LAND
"HIKING ON THE STEVENS
TRAIL" (The Union, 01/16/2003)
Feature article on "a delightful short hike that's perfect for the
occasional fair days that come our way this time of year" and crosses
"STEVENS TRAIL" (BLM California Web site)
"SOUTH YUBA TRAIL AND CAMPGROUND" (BLM California Web
More about this area, from BLM California's Folsom Field Office Web pages.
"TAKE A HIKE along the South Yuba River Trail" (The Union,
Feature article on hike crossing BLM-managed and other lands: "If
you're looking for a way to get a little exercise and soak up some beautiful
views on a gray (or even rainy) winter afternoon, give the South Yuba
Trail at Edwards Crossing a try. It makes for a beautiful and invigorating
hike at any time of year, in any kind of weather."
Learn more about this area on this Web page from BLM California's Folsom
"FATAL ACCIDENT MARS
CALM DUNES WEEKEND" (Yuma Sun, 01/21/2003)
Large number of people -- about 55,000 -- visit Imperial Sand Dunes over
what for many was a three-day weekend. Generally quiet weekend, until
one woman dies in off-highway vehicle crash.
"RESIDENTS SEEK TO
DETER OFF-ROADERS" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 01/18/2003)
"SUN CITY: Riders have found a new area, and neighbors don't like
the dust or noise." Residents look for lessons from nearby community:
"droves of out-of-towners would trailer in their off-road vehicles,
then stay all day and light bonfires at night .... But the [BLM] did a
sweep, and now the area is heavily patrolled by the Sheriff's Department..."
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"WILD HORSES AND BURROS
UP FOR ADOPTION IN CHOWCHILLA" (BLM California news release,
A feeling of the old west comes to the Madera-Chowchilla Fairgrounds in
Chowchilla Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, when the Bureau of Land
Management offers 80 wild horses and 20 wild burros for public adoption.
TO BE ON INTERNET" (San Bernardino County Sun, 01/20/2003)
BLM California one of many organizations contributing data to "California
Digital Conservation Atlas." Goal is to put information about the
state "only a click away" including: growth projections for
cities, county land use plans, natural vegetation, conservation plans,
location of major farmlands, plus data on soils, wetlands, rivers and
roads, floodplains and natural resource projects.
"OFFICIALS OBJECT TO
DOGS ON TRAILS" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 01/19/2003)
Wildlife officials say dogs who join their owners on hikes near the Santa
Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument visitor center, frighten
endangered bighorn sheep.
TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK, "How many mosquitoes
can a single "little brown myotis" (a bat) catch in an hour?"
Answer: d) - 1000 - one thousand.
"A single little brown myotis catches more than 1,000 mosquitoes each
hour that it forages! They eat half of their body weight in insects each
Learn more about these flying mammals in the BLM California Wildlife Database,
(Note: the Upcoming
Events database is now on a more secure Web server, and your browser may
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or "OK" for both questions.)
01/29/2003 - 1/30/03 - Northwest California Advisory Council
Related News Release:
01/31/2003 - Central California Advisory Council meeting
02/01/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory
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