|NEWS.BYTES 150th ISSUE
"Free Government Electronic Newsletter Shares Information and Fun on Natural Resources and Land Management in California" (BLM California news release, 3/12/2004)
The free and fun to read electronic newsletter "Newsbytes" is offering subscribers a color wall map of California lands at no cost with its 150th-issue celebration on March 30, 2004. The BLM, a federal agency, publishes the weekly e-newsletter from its state office in Sacramento. (At left: BLM California Director Mike Pool.)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2004/03/nr/SOnews01_Newsbytes_150th.html - PLEASE NOTE: this offer of a free map expired April 8, 2004
|NEWS.BYTES AND BLM OFFLINE LAST WEEK
Because of a lawsuit involving the Department of Interior, we were offline and our Web site was not available last week. We hope this will not happen again. (For more on this issue, see stories under "Department of Interior back online" near the end of this issue of News.bytes.)
"Trail network planning begins" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 03/24/2004)
"Creating a strategic plan to guide the nation's web of historic and scenic trails will take compromise, partnership building and volunteers, Kathleen Clarke, director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said...." A weeklong workshop in Riverside was for "designing a plan to guide the future of the trails managed by the BLM, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service."
"Trails" (BLM California Web site)
On BLM-managed lands in California, you'll find trails for hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking, plus off-highway vehicle trails or areas. Along the way, take plenty of pictures but leave only footprints (and leave no trace) as you visit some of California's most remote but rewarding scenery.
"Trail is an eight-mile breath of fresh air" (Placerville Mountain Democrat, 03/29/2004)
"If funds to purchase the final 528 acres are raised by June, an 8-mile trail linking the American River Canyon to the Folsom State Recreation Area could be completed by June 2006.....This vast area is bordered by woodlands in the stewardship of the Bureau of Land Management. One adjacent property is privately owned...."
|PHOTO ALBUM - "Trails"
Learn about desert wildlife or coastal animals on short, self-guided nature trails -- or tackle all or portions of the grueling Pacific Crest trail. You'll find both types of trails on public lands managed by BLM in California. Between these extremes, you can find dozens of one-day adventures, from the badlands to the lush sloughs near picturesque Arcata.
|BOOKSTORE FEATURE - "75 Year-Round Hikes in Northern California"
"Ultimate guide for fall, winter, and spring hikes. Ideal off-season hiking choices for those looking to escape crowded trails, Northern California is a year-round destination for visitors especially when summer days and crowds are long gone."
|WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK - Hare-y
Snowshoe hares are best known for their seasonal "molts" - changes in hair color that allow them to be camouflaged against their background. Their brown summer fur slowly fades to white in winter as snow season approaches. But which of the following is also true of snowshoe hares?
(a) They are the smallest of North American hares;
(b) They may have up to five litters each year, with up to eight young in each litter;
(c) Their tails always stay white;
(d) The young are born fully covered with fur, and with their eyes open;
(e) The young can run within hours of being born.
Take our online interactive quiz and find out:
|WHERE IS THIS?
(a) Anniversary Mountains Wilderness Area
(b) Surprise Canyon Wilderness Area
(c) Sesquicentennial Trail Wilderness Area
Take your best guess and check your answer against other readers, in our interactive photo quiz:
"No happy trail in desert tale" (Los Angeles Times, 03/25/2004)
"Fire damage prompts temporary closures of public lands in near San Diego" (BLM California news release, 3/30/2004)
"BLM extends Northern California OHV route designation comment period to April 30" (BLM California news release, 03/22/2004)
|MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Skip Wilmore
Northeast California Advisory Council member Skip Wilmore represents timber interests on the council. He is a certified timber operator, has been involved in the timber industry since 1965 performing in all aspects of the logging and timber industry and is very involved in community activities.
PROFILE: Michelle DiPinto
WILDFIRE PREPARATION AND PREVENTION
"BLM Surprise Field Office plans spring prescribed burns" (BLM California news release, 03/16/2004)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Public Lands in BLOOM!"
Related: "Free guided wildflower hikes" (BLM California Web site)
"Statement at hearing on Riverside County land conveyance" (BLM national news release, 03/30/2004)
"Volunteer recruitment notice: Exhibition of Adopted Wild Horse(s) at Western States Horse Expo" (BLM national Web site, 03/30/2004)
"Reality take a ride" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 3/18/2004)
Related: "Adopted wild horses honored for endurance achievements" (BLM California Web site)
"Management plan for California desert protection, development limps forward" (Miami Herald, from Victorville Daily Press, 3/29/2004)
"Current job openings - BLM California"
"Mojave Cross land swap effort underway" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 03/29/2004)
"Robot vehicle team upbeat despite short race" (Antelope Valley Press, 03/29/2004)
"Alabama Hills get together...[to] allow local users a chance to voice their ideas" (Inyo Register, 3/29/2004)
"Court shows little enthusiasm for wilderness advocates" (Associated Press in San Francisco Chronicle, 3.29/2004)
"Albuquerque conference kicks off collaborative initiative to control invasive saltcedar in Southwest" (Department of Interior news release, 03/29/2004)
"Project aims for one-stop online shopping for federal rules" (Washington Post, 3/30/2004)
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR BACK ONLINE
"Interior Web connections restored, but court dispute lingers" (Government Executive, 3/29/2004)
"Statement of Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton on U.S. Court of Appeals Issuance of Emergency Stay of Internet Disconnection Order" (BLM California news release, 03/24/2004)