- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Yellow-bellied and -legged
- Where is this? (interactive photo quiz)
- Photo Album - "Sacramento River"
- Our readers write
- BLM law enforcement:
- Prison term for shooting at BLM ranger
- BLM rangers help sponsor community event
- Rugged hiking: two BLM-managed areas
- Bookstore Feature - "Driving the Pacific Coast"
- Meet your Advisory Council members: Doug White
- Profile: Gail Acheson
- Cemex sand and gravel mine: Approve, appeal
- Other minerals on public lands
- Wild horses and burros
- Wildfire danger
- Land use planning
- Preservation, use on public lands
- Headlines and highlights, including:
- Yuba Goldfields issue
- Current job openings
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Public meetings
- Guided hikes
|WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
The skin color of the Foothill yellow-legged frog can vary between greenish, reddish, and brown - and they are almost always spotted. The underside of their legs and abdomen are yellow. But there is one other way the frog is identified. Which of the following it true?
(a) They emit a skunk-like odor when handled
(b) Their colors stand out in their usual surroundings
(c) In autumn, their skin color turns completely yellow with various-colored spots
(d) They have a pale-colored triangular patch on the tip of their snouts
(e) They will respond to frequent loud duck calls
(f) They can grow as large as a small automobile
--> See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.
(Photo credit: Frank E. (Ed) Ely, California Academy of Sciences)
|WHERE IS THIS?
1. Manly Peak Wilderness Area
2. Sheephole Valley Wilderness Area
3. Owens Peak Wilderness Area
Take your best guess and check your answer against other readers, in our interactive photo quiz:
|PHOTO ALBUM - "Sacramento River"
BLM-managed lands along the Sacramento River include wildlife habitat, spots to access the river for recreation, picnic spots, wildlife watching and more.
|Related: "Sacramento River" (BLM California Web site)
More views of areas bordering the Sacramento River that are managed by BLM's Redding Field Office, general information plus links to some of the BLM-managed recreation sites along the river.
|OUR READERS WRITE
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BLM LAW ENFORCEMENT
"Shooter ends up in prison" (The Union Democrat, 05/04/2004)
"Law Enforcement Day is Saturday" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 5/7/2004)
|RUGGED HIKING ON BLM-MANAGED LANDS
"On Top of the World, or at least Kern County" (Bakersfield Californian, 04/28/2004)
"Owens Peak offers one of the most spectacular panoramas of any Kern County peak."
Related: "Owens Peak segment - Pacific Crest Trail" (BLM California Website)
"Find beauty in the Lost Coast" (Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/28/2004)
"The terrain is so rugged that the U.S. government couldn’t give the land away to homesteaders before deciding to hold onto the remaining chunk in 1929 at the request of the California Legislature, which was beginning to see tourism potential in the coast. In 1970, Congress designated the 60,000 acres on this coast the King Range National Conservation Area....Despite the name, many backpackers know and covet this trail, so don’t expect total isolation."
Related: "King Range Conservation Area - Hiking and backpacking" (BLM California Web site)
The King Range contains over 70 miles of hiking trails spanning from the beach to the highest peaks. Most of the upland trails are strenuous due to the steep rugged nature of the area.
|BOOKSTORE FEATURE - "Driving the Pacific Coast"
"Packed with information about thirty-seven communities, this guide is your ticket to everything from a relaxing one-day breather to a month-long tour of the entire 1,100-mile coast. You will discover beautiful white-sand beaches, sprawling bays, countless miles of trails and grassy parks in San Diego, sun-drenched vineyards open for tours and tasting, elegantly restored Victorian inns overlooking the natural beauty of Monterey Bay, and sublime forests of giant redwoods stretching across thousands of acres."
|MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Doug White
Doug White represents District 2 on the Colusa County Board of Supervisors and is the local elected official on the council. Learn more in our weekly News.bytes feature:
|PROFILE: Gail Acheson
Welcome Gail Acheson as the new field office manager for BLM's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office. Read more in our weekly News.bytes feature:
Related: "Gail Acheson named as BLM's Palm Springs manager" (BLM California news release, 05/05/2004)
She is currently the acting field manager in Kingman, Arizona, and will report to her new position this summer.
CEMEX SAND/GRAVEL MINE
Update: "McKeon Sets Talks to Limit Mine" (The Santa Clarita Signal, 5/7/2004)
OTHER MINERALS ON PUBLIC LANDS
"Supervisors debate mining" (Imperial Valley Press, 5.5.2004)
BLM hosts 3rd annual Seminar for Federal Oil and Gas Operators
|WILD HORSES AND BURROS
"Wild horses coming to Grass Valley from champion-producing herds" (BLM California news release, 05/04/2004)
Wild horses will be up for public adoption at Grass Valley's Nevada County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, and they're coming from herds that are known for producing endurance champions.
"BLM offers free delivery for Special 1-day Wild Horse and Burro Adoption" (BLM California news release, 05/02/2004)
To make this Mother's Day even more special, the BLM is offering free delivery for all wild horses and burros adopted at its regional corral facility near Ridgecrest on Saturday, May 8 during a very special 1-day adoption.
Update: "Bend Fire now fully contained" (Yuma Sun, 5/7/2004)
"Crews battling wildfire near Poison Lake" (BLM California news release, 05/05/2004)
LAND USE PLANNING
"BLM Seeks Desert District Advisory Council Nominations" (BLM California news release, 05/07/2004)
"BLM schedules meetings to review proposed routes of travel plan amendment" (BLM California news release, 04/28/2004)
PRESERVATION, USE ON PUBLIC LANDS
"Conservancy brings protection to new acreage" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 5/3/2004)
"BLM to co-sponsor Native American Conference" (BLM California news release, 05/06/2004)
"Closed mine becomes bat abode" (Smithsonian Magazine/Associated Press in Riverside Press-Enterprise, 4/29/2004)
"Keep public lands open to the public" (Nevada Appeal, 05/03/2004)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Current job openings - BLM California"
ANSWER TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events database is on a 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.)
05/08/2004 - Ridgecrest wild horse and burro corral special 1-day adoption
05/08/2004 - NEMO proposed routes of travel public meeting
05/08/2004 - Yana Trail - spring hike
05/10/2004 - NEMO proposed routes of travel public meeting
05/12/2004 - NEMO proposed routes of travel public meeting
05/12/2004 - Santa Ana River Wash public meeting
05/15/2004 - Wild horse and burro adoption
05/17/2004 - Bishop Fire Plan public meeting
05/18/2004 - Bishop Fire Plan public meeting
05/19/2004 - Santa Ana River Wash public meeting
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