A publication of Bureau
of Land Management in California
Issue 141 -- 1/21/04:
- Not For Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: X-treme X-istence
- Where is this? (Interactive photo quiz)
- Our readers write: Last week's "Where is this?"
- Our readers write: Last week's free offer
- Bookstore Feature: "Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Guidebook"
- Photo Album: Bizz Johnson Trail
- Meet your Advisory Council members: Gerald Nordstrom
- Profile: Jennifer Johnston
- Damage to public lands: Graffiti, illegal roads
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- BLM national director speaks in Bishop
- Adopt-A-Horse or Burro: Burbank
- Habitat plan
- Local BLM head steps down
- Drug smugglers in the dunes: 1,000 pounds of pot seized in
- Preserve "a great place to spend a day"
- ...and more
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Several public meetings
- Nature hikes
- Volunteer events: Adopt-a-Cabin, Tamarisk removal
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Extreme existence
What extreme conditions are pupfish able to withstand that would kill
most other vertebrates?
(a) They can survive in water as hot as 116 degrees Fahrenheit;
(b) They can survive in water as cold as 32 degrees Fahrenheit;
(c) They can tolerate water with a salt content more than 4 times that
of ocean water.
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
IS THIS? (Interactive photo feature)
1. Argus Range Wilderness Area
2. Manly Peak Wilderness Area
3. North Mesquite Wilderness Area
Take your best guess and check your answer against other readers, in our
interactive photo quiz:
Our readers (and co-workers) write: Last week's
"Where is this" interactive photo quiz
The outdoor recreation planner at our BLM Bakersfield Field Office informed
our News.bytes Team that last week's "Where Is It?" interactive
photo quiz could be called a trick question: "The scene is actually
looking from the Chimney Creek Back Country Byway toward the Forest Service
portion of Dome Land Wilderness."
readers write: Last week's Free Offer
Last week's online offer was a limited number of free maps of the King
Range National Conservation Area. Several readers emailed to say they
clicked the link, and read "This offer has expired" - the same
day as it was offered.
Answer: we had a limited inventory of these maps
-- exactly 100 -- that we could offer for free. The first 100 requests
via our Web site form were received in just over an hour from the time
News.bytes issue 140 was emailed out. These maps sell in our bookstore
and at our Arcata Field Office for $3 each, and we were only able to obtain
100 for this special free offer. An automatic computer script kept count
of requests, and let our readers know when our supply was depleted. However,
we have clarified the language on that page to state that "Our supply
has been depleted" -- not that "The offer has expired."
We are sorry for any confusion.
FEATURE: "Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
From the official
series of the Rail-to-Trials Conservancy, this is your guide to walking,
jogging, biking, and cross-country skiing California's rail-trail system.
An easy-to-follow guidebook with mile-by-mile descriptions of 34 listings
of the state's rail-trails. You'll find full trail profiles, with length,
access points, difficulty rating, and surface type. Also: Detailed trail
maps, at-a-glance icons for easy identification, wheelchair accessibility,
availability of parking, restrooms, and places to eat along the trail, location
of ranger stations, visitors' center, and depot museums, and where to rent
ALBUM: Bizz Johnson Trail
rail-trail has four distinct seasons because of its high elevation and location.
Winter recreation includes cross-country skiing and along part of the trail,
snowmobiling. The trail follows about 25 miles of old railroad line near
Susanville -- crossing the river 12 times and passing through two tunnels,
as it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon. The trail then follows
existing roads an additional 4.5 miles into Westwood, where a railroad-station-type
kiosk and a 25-foot carved redwood statue of Paul Bunyan mark the Westwood
"Bizz Johnson Trail" (BLM California Web page)
Learn about the history of the trail, the variety of recreation it offers,
and more. For example, autumn is also a good time to visit. The fall foliage
and scenery earned the trail one of eight feature spots on the Rails-To-Trails
Conservancy's 1997 "Fall Foliage on the Web" rail-trails guide.
Autumn also sees the annual Rails to Trails Festival in Susanville and along
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Gerald Nordstrom
Northeast California Advisory Council member Gerald Nordstrom is a retired
high school science teacher from Janesville, and represents regional environmental
interests on the council. Learn more in our weekly News.bytes feature:
civil engineer in the Arcata Field Office, Jennifer surveys, designs,
inspects and assesses recreation facilities, roads, trails and water systems.
Coming from Texas, Jennifer has adapted to the North Coast, and says:
"I love to ride my bicycle. I commute to work every day by bike,
rain or shine." Read more in our weekly News.bytes "Profile"
TO PUBLIC LANDS
"Artist makes Giant
Rock 'bleed'" (Hi-Desert Star, 1/21/2004)
"A woman calling herself an artist from Los Angeles added her two
cents to the graffiti-laden Giant Rock by painting it red Jan. 11, according
to eyewitness...." An international landmark, the huge boulder was
painted by "a woman standing on a 24-foot extension ladder and operating
an airless sprayer attached to a generator." BLM ranger talks about
vandalism of public lands.
"Vandalism costs public big bucks" (Hi-Desert Star, 1/21/2004)
Photo of "art" vandalism currently on newspaper's online
front page. (Hi-Desert Star 1/21/2004)
"Comment on plan to
camouflage wilderness roads"
(Needles Desert Star, 1/21/2004)
"The Needles Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has invited
public comment on its plan to camouflage the first 300 feet of closed
roads leading into wilderness areas....The BLM has so far tried to prevent
illegal use of these old roads by posting signs, but the signs are often
ignored or destroyed."
"BLM boss keeps eye
on Eastern Sierra; National director describes land management as challenging
for local terra firma" (Inyo Register, 1/21/2004)
"The black cowboy boots, black jeans and striped flannel shirt were
a dead giveaway that one of the most powerful public land managers in
the nation is in fact and at heart, a Westerner. But
it wasn t just her comfortable casual attire that made Kathleen Clarke,
the director of the Bureau of Land Management, stand out in the crowd
of men in suits and ties and women in dresses who gathered to hear her
"Adopt-A-Horse or Burro
Program returns to Burbank" (BLM California news release, 01/15/2004)
Just in time for Valentine's Day: a wild horse and burro adoption at the
Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank -- where approximately 80 Mustang
yearlings, geldings and mares and 20 burros will be offered to qualified
adopters on February 7-8.
"Local BLM head steps
down" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 01/17/2004)
Tim Read retires as manager of BLM's Barstow Field Office.
"Dunes chase yields drugs; smugglers, 600 pounds of marijuana
in custody" (Yuma Sun, 01/17/2004)
"U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation
area to help keep duners safe stopped a vehicle carrying almost 600 pounds
of marijuana and took both suspected smugglers into custody." The
ISDRA is managed by BLM. Officers from several agencies help patrol the
area on busy winter weekends.
Related: "BORSTAR agents find more
drugs at the dunes; 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized in 48 hours"
(Yuma Sun, 01/19/2004)
"In approximately 48 hours of work and in just two incidents, U.S.
Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in the
Imperial Sand Dunes this weekend."
"City vests in proposed mine property" (The Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita City Council buys promissory note for surface rights of
property where Cemex, Inc. plans gravel mining -- and holds permit for
mineral rights. City officials say they do not know how this might impact
their attempts to block or reduce the mining operation.
"Santa Clarita buys itself a seat at Cemex bargaining table"
(The Santa Clarita Signal, 1/16/2004)
Editorial: "The City Council has substantially improved its
legal position with the so-called Cemex property, the 460-acre
site in Soledad Canyon that the federal government would like to turn
into a gravel pit. This latest move, which the council made on Tuesday,
gets a little complicated, so bear with us."
"Preserve is a great
place to spend a day" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 01/18/2004)
"A lizard and series of remarkable events resulted in the establishment
of a 17,000-acre wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Coachella Valley.
Known as the Coachella Valley Preserve, this conglomeration of sand dunes,
palm oases, alluvial fans, eroded hills and arroyos, is so diverse that
it would take several days of exploring just to get a feel for the environments
which are preserved here." The Preserve is managed by partners including
"Coachella Valley Preserve" (BLM California Web site)
"Lake Elsinore adopts
habitat plan" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 01/14/2004)
The habitat plan for western Riverside County. "The city didn't favor
having to set aside thousands of acres for open space, but it nevertheless
went along with 13 other communities. Tuesday was the deadline for cities
to make a decision. Calimesa is the only city left to make a decision,
but has been working with the county...." BLM is a partner in the
Multi-Species Habitat and Conservation Plan.
"Foresters to discuss
wildfire prevention" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 01/18/2004)
"For a quarter century, a wide range of experts has gathered each
year in Northern California to debate how best to care for the nation's
forests. After devastating wildfires that have fueled furious forest management
debate, this year's gathering...might take on added significance."
About 250 people were expected at the three-day conference this week in
"Obituary: Jerry Harrell wrote about the outdoors" (Sacramento
Jerry Harrel's career included working with BLM California's external
affairs office in Sacramento.
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
"All of the above" -- These amazing little creatures, only a few
inches in length, can withstand all of these conditions! The Salt Creek
pupfish is one of the few that the public is allowed view. The Death Valley
National Park has a boardwalk designated for just that purpose.
Learn more about this fish in our online wildlife database
(Photo used by permission of Dr. Donald W. Sada, Desert Research Institute)
(Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department
of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming
01/21/2004 - Horse and
burro gather plans public meeting
01/22/2004 - Ecology of the Palm Oasis - Free Lecture
01/25/2004 - Tamarisk removal in Carrizo Gorge
01/26/2004 - Nature Hike
on Victor Trail at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
01/29/2004-1/30/2004 - Northeast California Advisory Council meeting
01/31/2004 - Ruth Mine
Workparty - Adopt-A-Cabin Take Pride in America Event
01/31/2004 - Cache Creek Free Guided Hikes
02/05/2004 - Northwest
California Advisory Council meeting
02/05/2004 - Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee meeting
02/07/2004 - Santa Rosa
and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
02/07/2004 - Desert Hikes
- North Algodones Dunes
02/07/2004 - Geology Talks
at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto National Monument
02/07/2004 - Burbank Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
02/07/2004 - Cache Creek Free Guided Hikes
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