A publication of Bureau of Land Management in
Issue 142 - 1/27/04:
- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Uniquely fishy
- Our readers write: Last week's Wildlife Trivia question
- Where is This? (interactive photo quiz)
- Photo Album: "Fish Slough"
- Bookstore Feature: "California Mammals"
- Meet your Advisory Council members: Dwight McNaughton
- Profile: Dr. Eric Ritter
- Land use planning, meetings
- Navy seeks surplus BLM lands for Mid-East combat training
- Meetings on land use plan alternatives: Northeast California
and Northwest Nevada
- Seeking comments on plan amendment, land sale: Redding
- Public workshop on vehicle route designations: Redding
- Cemex gravel plans
- BLM California job openings
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Fort Ord habitat in peril from mountain bikers
- South Yuba plan
- Tundra swans' 'perfect habitat'
- Agency faults local government, BLM growth plan
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Wild horse and burro adoption
- Public meetings
- Guided hikes
- Volunteer event
- Geology talk
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Which one of the following things is true about the Owen's pupfish?
It is one of the newest fish species discovered - first seen in pools in
the desert in 1972.
(b) It is the largest known pupfish - reaching up to three feet long.
(c) Given the chance, it will eat its weight in mosquitoes in about one
(d) It was once thought to be extinct - but was rediscovered in the 1960's.
(e) Given a long enough pond and a headwind, it can fly.
(f) It can walk on land for almost half a mile.
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
Last week's Wildlife Trivia Question
Last week's Wildlife Trivia Question mentioned that "The Salt Creek
pupfish is one of the few that the public is allowed view. The Death Valley
National Monument has a boardwalk designated for just that purpose."
-->A reader from Inyo County points out that the area is actually the
"Death Valley National Park."
ALBUM: "Fish slough"
idyllic spot any summer day, the "slough," or water filled depression,
is fed by Sandy Springs Creek which bubbles up from the ground. Fish Slough
is a lush oasis amid an otherwise arid landscape - with less than six
inches of rain, and summer temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The
unusual surface water supply provides for varied plant and animal life,
from unique and sensitive species such as Owens pupfish and Owens tui
chub, to resident and migrating birds, and small mammals.
(Interactive photo quiz)
(1) High Rock Canyon Wilderness Area
(2) Old Woman Mountains Wilderness Area
(3) Surprise Canyon Wilderness Area
Take your best guess and check your answer against other readers, in our
interactive photo quiz:
FEATURE: "California Mammals"
Reference guide to California's Mammals. "An excellent reference for
the naturalist, science teacher or similar enthusiast who wants tips on
how to get closer to animals in the wild or who needs to identify collected
your Advisory Council Members: Dwight McNaughton
Central California Advisory Council member Dwight McNaughton is a Bakersfield
native and has extensive knowledge of the Central California region. His
training and experience in the petroleum industry and land development business
give him background to serve on the council, where he represents land use
interests. Learn more in our weekly News.bytes feature:
Dr. Eric Ritter
Eric Ritter is a detective. He investigates the history and culture of
Native American tribes and early inhabitants of north-central California.
He researches, interprets and safeguards BLM's heritage resources and
Native American cultures. Learn more in our News.bytes profile feature:
"Shasta course to research, excavate parts of Hiram Good cabin site"
(Red Bluff Daily News, 1/21/2004)
"Shasta College is currently offering a spring semester class which
promises to provide a closer look into the early history of Tehama County
and the north valley, including the ruins of an infamous Indian hunter....Limited
enrollment is available for interested persons to enroll in Dr. Eric Ritter's
Archaeology 4 course sponsored by Shasta College....Ritter has over 40
years of regional experience in archaeology and is also associated with
the Bureau of Land Management and the University of California, Berkeley."
USE PLANNING, MEETINGS
"BLM will hold meetings
on land use plan alternatives" (BLM California news release,
Development of land use planning alternatives for public lands in the
Northeast California region will be discussed in three public meetings
to be hosted by the U. S. Bureau of Land Management in early February.
When completed, the alternatives will become part of draft Resource Management
Plans (RMPs) for BLM-managed public lands in Northeast California and
extreme Northwest Nevada. These plans will guide land use decision making
for the next 20 years.
"BLM seeking comments on plan amendment, land sale" (BLM
California news release, 01/23/2004)
The BLM is seeking public comments on a proposal to sell 100 acres of
public lands near Redding for possible development of a regional firing
range. Public meeting is set for Feb. 4; comments are due March 8.
"BLM to host public workshop on vehicle route designations"
(BLM California news release, 01/23/2004)
The BLM's Redding Field Office will host a public workshop Wednesday,
Feb. 18, to get public suggestions for vehicle road and trail designations
on BLM-managed public lands.
"South Yuba plan flows
smoothly" (Grass Valley Union, 01/22/2004)
"Mix together private property rights and issues concerning the South
Yuba River in Nevada County, and the result is usually combustible debate
fueled by ideology. So, considering that private land was the topic Tuesday
night at the 12th meeting of the South Yuba River Comprehensive Management
Plan, things were surprisingly genial between the approximately 20 people."
The management plan will govern public lands managed by BLM, U.S. Forest
Service and the state, and while it "won't implement any rules on
private property abutting the river, private landowners in the river corridor
are key stakeholders in the process."
"Navy seeks use of surplus BLM lands to train for Mid-East combat"
(The Eastern Empire Guardian, 01/21/2004)
"The U.S. Navy Mountain Warfare Training Center, lauded by users
as the closest terrain and climate to Afghanistan that the U.S. military
has to prepare troops for Middle East action, plans to grow by 4,468 acres
of surplus BLM land to augment and buffer the existing facility....About
50 area residents attended an open house/scoping meeting" on the
proposal. (Note: Follow the link from the Home page -- including a possible
update to the story.)
"Agency faults growth
plan" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 01/21/2004)
"A growth plan for the region that includes the swelling suburbs
of Victorville and Hesperia is coming under fire by the state's wildlife
agency. The California Department of Fish and Game, in a review of the
plan submitted by San Bernardino County and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management,
said the plan offers so few species protections that it fails to meet
requirements under the California Endangered Species Act."
"County to permit Cemex?"
(The Santa Clarita Signal, 01/24/2004)
"A state agency is making plans with the expectation that the county
is about to approve environmental permits for a controversial mining project
in Soledad Canyon - the same permits the county denied in 2002....A reversal
by the county could pave the way for Mexican cement giant Cemex to extract
78 million tons of sand and gravel over the next 20 years."
"Questions raised on mine" (Los Angeles Daily News, 01/23/2004)
"A third public agency has requested that the Environmental Impact
Report for the proposed Cemex mining project in Canyon Country be recirculated
because of new information about the discovery of an endangered toad living
on the site to be mined. The city of Santa Clarita announced Friday that
the state Department of Fish and Game is asking for more time to review
the EIR...." States that "city officials are declaring victory"
in their efforts against the project.
keep mine foes afloat" (Antelope Valley Press, 1/27/2004)
"Fort Ord habitat in
peril from mountain bikers" (Monterey County Herald, 01/21/2004)
"Illegal bike trails on Fort Ord...cut by rogue mountain bikers under
cover of darkness, can damage the former base's rare habitat, encouraging
erosion and crushing vegetation. The [BLM] has fought a largely losing
battle against off-trail riding by posting signs and hauling brush to
obstruct off-limit areas. Now, officials are attacking the problem at
its source with an education campaign aimed at cyclists themselves."
"Tundra swans' 'perfect
habitat' " (Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, 01/26/2004)
"Stornetta ranch near Pt. Arena Lighthouse an annual haven for migrating
waterfowl....Conservationists are negotiating with the Stornetta family
to preserve most of its coastal property....In June, the state Coastal
Conservancy voted to move ahead with the $7.8 million deal, which is pending
agreement between the Stornetta co-owners and state and federal agencies"
"South Fork of Kern
could become 'critical habitat' for endangered bird" (Bakersfield
"The critical habitat designation aims to prevent other federal agencies
from harming lands that are important to endangered species. For instance,
in the case of Lake Isabella, it could affect dam operations and lake
levels as overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or logging and
grazing permits by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management."
"The kitchen sink approach"
(Federal Computer Week, 1/27/2004)
"At the California State Office of the Bureau of Land Management,
officials found the high prices of content management suites beyond their
budget....Only a handful of vendors were able to meet that budget requirement
and handle the 50,000 pages of content spread across the bureau's servers."
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK - ANSWER
The Owen's pupfish was once thought to be extinct, but it was rediscovered
in the 1960's. The species is still listed as "endangered."
They now occur in refuge pools at the Owens Valley Native Fish Sanctuary
and at Warm Springs. A second species of pupfish - the desert pupfish
- is also on the endangered list. Learn more about the Owen's pupfish
in our BLM California online wildlife database (Note: the Wildlife Database
is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note
under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)
"Endangered species in Fish Slough" (BLM California Web
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
02/06/2004 - Preview:
Burbank Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
02/07/2004 - 2/8/2004-
Burbank Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
02/07/2004 - Desert Hikes
- North Algodones Dunes
02/07/2004 - Santa Rosa
and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
02/07/2004 - Geology Talks
at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto National Monument
02/07/2004 - Cache Creek Free Guided Hikes
02/14/2004 - Cache Creek Free Guided Hikes
02/14/2004 - Geology Talks at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto National Monument
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