A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 1/30/2003
This week in News.bytes:
Off-Highway vehicle recreation feature -- and issues
Not for Educators Only:
- Plant of the Week: Roderick's Ceanothus
- Bookstore Feature of the Week: California Ghost
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Secret
More recreation issues on public lands in California
News from Washington
Cemex/Transit Mixed gravel mine court
Headlines and Highlights,
Yuba Goldfields dredge sinks
- California Desert District Office moving
- Monument Advisory Committee Meeting
Selected Upcoming Events
VEHICLES ON PUBLIC LANDS IN CALIFORNIA
AWAY WITHOUT EVER LEAVING THE AREA" (Ukiah Daily Journal, 01/24/2003)
"From the Golden Gate Bridge to the giant Redwoods of Northern California's
coast, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts are all echoing the same message:
'South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area is the place to go.'" (This
off-highway vehicle area is managed by BLM California's Ukiah Field Office)
"SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN OHV RECREATION AREA" (BLM California
"RIDGECREST BLM OFFICE SCHEDULES WORKSHOP TO REVIEW 2004 OHV GRANT
PROPOSALS" (BLM California news release, 01/28/2003)
Discuss fiscal year 2004 off-highway vehicle grant proposal and request
to be submitted to the California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle
Recreation Division. BLM workshop 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 12,
at Ridgecrest Field Office. (Note following stories on another OHV grant
"OFF-ROAD DUNES SITE FUNDING REJECTED" (Yuma Sun, 01/25/2003)
State rejection of $1.1 million in grant funds for Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation
Area: "With fewer dollars to operate the Imperial Sand Dunes, some
off-road advocates are concerned the latest setback will negatively impact
Yuma businesses." (Followup to story also in last week's News.bytes.)
Related: "STATE DENIES GRANT
TO HELP MANAGE DUNES" (Los Angeles Times, 01/25/2003)
Related: "BLM's $1.1 MILLION
REQUEST DENIED" (Imperial Valley Press, 01/24/2003)
to item in last week's News.bytes
Last week's News.bytes issue 92 should have stated that Imperial Sand Dunes
had 1.4 million visitors in 2002, not 3 million.
"DEPUTIES HOPE TO STOP ILLEGAL OFF-ROADING FROM OUT-OF TOWNERS"
(Barstow Desert Dispatch, 01/27/2003)
The "Rib Cage" is an off road hot spot, called that because of
grooves left by off-road vehicles. It is also NOT a legal place to ride.
Sheriff's deputies hope public service announcements in magazines may be
part of the solution. "There are a lot of families who probably just
don't know any better ... A lot of them say they've been going to this same
spot for 20 years." BLM and U.S. Forest Service rangers working with
deputies in the effort.
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
OF THE WEEK - Roderick's ceanothus
Roderick's Ceanothus is a prostrate evergreen shrub that can grow up to
10 feet in diameter. The smooth gray-brown branches radiate from the short
central axis of the shrub. The leaves and branches are arranged in opposite
pairs. The flowers are small and white, tinged with some blue.
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
"Western spadefoots can releases a skin secretion that makes some people
do what?" Photo of a Western spadefoot toad -- as if that will give
you a clue to the answer -- is at left.
(See answer near end of this issue of News.bytes)
MORE RECREATION ISSUES ON CALIFORNIA'S
"CAMPO SECO PUBLIC LAND QUIETER, SAY NEIGHBORS" (Calaveras
Shooting and off-highway vehicle use "have quieted some" since
BLM implemented 90-day trial period to limit access to 172-acre Campo Seco
public land parcel. BLM Field Office is reviewing the trial period with
public, sheriff's officers and recreationists, and will issue a decision
on future use of the area.
Related: "BLM FOLSOM FIELD
OFFICE TO FINALIZE CAMPO SECO DECISIONS" (BLM California news release,
The Folsom Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management announced today
that it would continue to allow conditional target shooting while prohibiting
off-road vehicle use to protect resources on public lands in the Bluff Area
near the Campo Seco area of Calaveras County.
"LAST CHANCE CANYON BEING LOOKED AT BY STATE PARKS UNIT"
(Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 01/28/2003)
California State Parks seeks public input on General Plan for Red Rock Canyon
State Park - focusing on Last Chance Canyon addition of about 17,100 acres,
and especially its roads and trails. BLM was left in charge of mining claims
when this land was turned over to the state. (As mentioned in last week's
"GROUP SMOOTHS INDUSTRY RELATIONS" (Bakersfield Californian,
California Oil and Gas Work Group helps resolve oil, gas or geothermal issues,
at least partly by sharing information between government agencies and industry.
BLM California is member of group founded 1992. Observers attended recent
meeting at BLM's Bakersfield Field Office possibly to use it as a model
for starting their own group.
"POWER LINE PUSHED AGAIN" (Riverside Press-Enterprise,
San Diego Gas & Electric asks California Public Utilities Commission
to reconsider denial of the Valley Rainbow Interconnect transmission line
-- a high-voltage power line proposed for Temecula Valley. "SDG&E
wants to build a 31-mile, 500,000-volt line across southwestern Riverside
County to tap into the Southern California Edison grid so it can take more
power south to San Diego.
NEWS FROM WASHINGTON
"BLM CONSIDERS CHANGES
TO GRAZING REGULATIONS IN EFFORT TO IMPROVE PUBLIC RANGELAND MANAGEMENT"
(Department of Interior news release, 1/3/03)
"The changes under consideration would enhance community-based conservation
and promote cooperative stewardship of the public rangelands," BLM
Director Kathleen Clarke said. "The potential changes would also
improve BLM business practices and provide greater flexibility to managers
and grazing permittees in the administration of public rangelands."
"SECRETARY NORTON TO
ANNOUNCE FY 2004 INTERIOR BUDGET ON FEB. 3" (BLM California news
The Secretary plans 1 p.m. briefing in Washington, D.C. Monday, Feb. 3,
COMBINE CAMPSITE RESERVATION SYSTEMS" (Government Computer News,
"The Office of Management and Budget has ordered the government by
October to consolidate its two major campsite reservation systems."
BLM and some other agencies of the Department of Interior have "a
handful of smaller systems" that will join larger National Park Service
and U.S. Forest Service.
CEMEX/TRANSIT MIXED GRAVEL MINE
"RULING FAVOR'S COUNCIL'S ANTI-GRAVEL MINE LAWSUIT" (Los
Angeles Daily News, 01/30/2003)
Cemex, Inc. planned gravel mining at Soledad Canyon -- which BLM issue
the mining permit.
Related: "CITY SCORES VICTORY
AGAINST MINE" (The Signal, 01/30/2003)
PALM DESERT TRAIL DISPUTE
"AGENCIES WALK FINE
LINE IN PALM DESERT TRAIL DISPUTE" (Palm Springs Desert Sun,
Balance between access to Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains that ring
the Coachella Valley -- and preservation of endangered peninsular bighorn
sheep: BLM working for resolution with city officials, but still caught
in controversy. U.S. Representative volunteers to try to mediate three-year
"PALM DESERT CITY COUNCIL DELAYS VOTE ON DOG BAN"
(Palm Springs Desert Sun, 01/24/2003)
"The Palm Desert City Council postponed a decision Thursday on whether
to ban dogs from informal trails near a recovery center for endangered
sheep." Vote now set for Feb. 14.
"PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED FOR PALM DESERT TRAIL PROPOSAL"
(BLM California news release, 01/24/2003)
The public has until February 13, 2003 to comment on an environmental
assessment for a trail network proposed by the city of Palm Desert. The
proposal asks BLM to authorize the city to construct one mile of new trail
on BLM-administered lands. This trail segment is part of a larger project
in which the city proposes to improve and construct trails on adjacent
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"OLD MINING DREDGE MYSTERIOUSLY SINKS IN YUBA GOLDFIELDS"
(Sacramento Bee, 01/28/2003)
"A huge gold dredge sank under mysterious circumstances in the Yuba
Goldfields on Monday, owners reported." BLM manages much of the Goldfields,
which has been a focus of controversy over public recreational access
-- but the dredge was moored on private property.
Related: "MAP OF
YUBA GOLDFIELDS RECREATION AREAS" (BLM California Web site)
Shows areas which have legal public access -- and those which do not.
"ISSUE UPDATES: Yuba Goldfields" (Department of Interior
Summarizes the multiple issues facing this BLM-managed area along the
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Upcoming Events" that explains about the Department of Interior secure
Web server that hosts this document.
"BLM WILL CONTINUE PILE BURNING WEST OF REDDING" (BLM
California news release, 01/27/2003)
The BLM will continue brush pile burning projects west of Redding, as
part of ongoing work to create shaded fuel breaks.
"MOVIN' ON DOWN THE ROAD - CALIFORNIA DESERT DISTRICT OFFICE RELOCATES"
(BLM California news release, 01/30/2003)
The BLM's California Desert District is moving from 6221 Box Springs Boulevard
in Riverside -- to a new office at 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos in
Moreno Valley -- the week of February 3.
"NATIONAL MONUMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD IN PALM
DESERT" (BLM California news release, 01/27/2003)
The BLM and U.S. Forest Service will hold the next meeting of the advisory
committee to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at Palm Desert City Hall.
"LAND PREPARED FOR
VETERANS CEMETERY" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 01/25/2003)
Almost six years after Shasta County Board of Supervisors contracted with
BLM for 120 acres, work has begun on a state-owned and -operated veterans
"BLM CREATES GROUP TO EVALUATE LAND EXCHANGE AND APPRAISAL PROCESS"
(BLM California news release, 01/28/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management has created a work group to evaluate the
agency's land exchange and appraisal processes in light of recommendations
by the Office of the Inspector General and the General Accounting Office
and in a recent report prepared under contract by the Appraisal Foundation.
"LOCAL BLM RANGERS PRESSED INTO ACTION" (Ridgecrest Daily
Two rangers from BLM California Ridgecrest Field Office, among first to
arrive at auto accident scene -- work with crowd of "Good Samaritans"
to put out vehicle fire and pry open doors to try to save victims.
to WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
"Western spadefoots can releases a skin secretion that makes some people
Western spadefoots can releases a skin secretion that can make some people
Learn more about this toad in the BLM California Wildlife Database at:
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01/30/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council
01/31/2003 - Central California Advisory Council meeting
02/01/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Advisory Committee Meeting
Palm Desert City Hall Council Chambers
02/12/2003 - Ridgecrest OHV Grant Proposal Workshop
02/15/2003 - Fort Ord memorial planting event
02/15/2003 - Wild Horse and Burro adoption
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