News.bytes
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 Town Trails
     - Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Secret secretion
More recreation issues on public lands in California
Energy
News from Washington
Cemex/Transit Mixed gravel mine court
Palm Desert Trail Dispute
Headlines and Highlights
, including:
     - Yuba Goldfields dredge sinks
     - California Desert District Office moving
     - Monument Advisory Committee Meeting

Selected Upcoming Events

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES ON PUBLIC LANDS IN CALIFORNIA

Off-roader at South Cow Mountain"GETTING 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)
http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/Stories/0,1413,91%257E3092%257E1133976,00.html
Related: "SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN OHV RECREATION AREA" (BLM California Web site)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/ukiah/cowmtn.html#southcow

"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 request.)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2003/01/nr/CDDnews21_Ridgecrest_OHV_Grant_Open_House/Conv.htm

"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.)
http://yumasun.com/artman/publish/articles/story_3712.shtml

Related: "STATE DENIES GRANT TO HELP MANAGE DUNES" (Los Angeles Times, 01/25/2003)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dunes25jan25.story

Related: "BLM's $1.1 MILLION REQUEST DENIED" (Imperial Valley Press, 01/24/2003)
http://ivpressonline.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2003/January/24-1407-news03.txt

Related: CORRECTION 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.
http://www.desertdispatch.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1043685238,86109,

NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
PLANT OF THE WEEK - Roderick's ceanothus PLANT 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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/folsom/folcero.html
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: California Ghost Town Trails BOOKSTORE FEATURE: California Ghost Town Trails
Exploring the past and the present: "Historic pictures, maps, and stories from various California ghost towns ... a fascinating guide to our heritage."
http://store.ca.blm.gov/cgi-bin/webc.exe/st_prod.html?p_prodid=7&p_catid=59
Western spadefoot - photo by Frank E. (Ed) Ely, California Academy of Sciences WILDLIFE 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)
Trivia Question mark of the week

MORE RECREATION ISSUES ON CALIFORNIA'S PUBLIC LANDS

"CAMPO SECO PUBLIC LAND QUIETER, SAY NEIGHBORS" (Calaveras Enterprise, 01/23/2003)
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.
http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2003/January/23-470-news02.txt

Related: "BLM FOLSOM FIELD OFFICE TO FINALIZE CAMPO SECO DECISIONS" (BLM California news release, 01/29/2003)
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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2003/01/nr/CCnews13_CampoSeco/Conv.htm

"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 News.bytes)
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/articles/2003/01/28/news/local_news/news04.txt


ENERGY

"GROUP SMOOTHS INDUSTRY RELATIONS" (Bakersfield Californian, 01/23/2003)
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.
http://www.bakersfield.com/business/story/2503923p-2558389c.html

"POWER LINE PUSHED AGAIN" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 01/24/2003)
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.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/southwest/stories/PE_NEWS_nslines24.58390.html


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."
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/releases/pages/2003/pr030130_grazing.htm

"SECRETARY NORTON TO ANNOUNCE FY 2004 INTERIOR BUDGET ON FEB. 3" (BLM California news release, 01/30/2003)
The Secretary plans 1 p.m. briefing in Washington, D.C. Monday, Feb. 3, 2003.
http://www.doi.gov/news/030130.htm

"AGRICULTURE, INTERIOR COMBINE CAMPSITE RESERVATION SYSTEMS" (Government Computer News, 01/27/2003)
"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.
http://gcn.com/22_2/news/20941-1.html


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.
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200%257E20949%257E1144823,00.html

Related: "CITY SCORES VICTORY AGAINST MINE" (The Signal, 01/30/2003)
http://www.the-signal.com/News/ViewStory.asp?storyID=1732


PALM DESERT TRAIL DISPUTE

"AGENCIES WALK FINE LINE IN PALM DESERT TRAIL DISPUTE" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 01/26/2003)
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 dispute.
http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/local/1043552380.shtml

Related: "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.
http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories/local/1043378993.shtml

Related: "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 city property.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2003/01/nr/CDDnews20_doguse_trail_extension/Conv.htm


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.
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/6009987p-6966412c.html

Related: "MAP OF YUBA GOLDFIELDS RECREATION AREAS" (BLM California Web site)
Shows areas which have legal public access -- and those which do not. http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2002/10/nr/CCnews07_Goldfields/Conv.htm

Related: "ISSUE UPDATES: Yuba Goldfields" (Department of Interior Web Server)
Summarizes the multiple issues facing this BLM-managed area along the Yuba River.
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/newsbytes.nsf/siteurl/73106890?OpenDocument
---> Please see note under "Selected 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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2003/01/nr/NCnews30_burnpiles_redding_jan03/Conv.htm

"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2003/01/nr/CDDnews22_BLM_Moves_to_Moreno_Valley/Conv.htm

"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2003/01/nr/SRSJMNMnews03_020103_MAC_Mtg/Conv.htm

"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 cemetery.
http://www.redding.com/news/stories/20030125lo048.shtml

"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.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2003/01/nr/WOnews_LandXWkGrp_0128_012803/Conv.htm

"LOCAL BLM RANGERS PRESSED INTO ACTION" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 01/28/2003)
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.
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/articles/2003/01/28/news/local_news/news03.txt

ANSWER to WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "Western spadefoots can releases a skin secretion that makes some people do what?"
Western spadefoots can releases a skin secretion that can make some people SNEEZE.
Learn more about this toad in the BLM California Wildlife Database at:
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmcawildlife.nsf/siteurl/42828108?OpenDocument
---> Please see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" that explains about the Department of Interior secure Web server that hosts this site.
Trivia Question mark of the week


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
----> Please 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.

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

01/31/2003 - Central California Advisory Council meeting
Grass Valley
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

02/12/2003 - Ridgecrest OHV Grant Proposal Workshop
Ridgecrest
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/76077364?OpenDocument

02/15/2003 - Fort Ord memorial planting event
Fort Ord
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/29084001?OpenDocument

02/15/2003 - Wild Horse and Burro adoption
Chowchilla
https://doi1.ios.doi.gov/blmEvents.nsf/siteurl/55480431?OpenDocument

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