- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Salamander forth
- Our readers write
- Wild horses and burros:
- See them at Cal Expo
- Adopt them in Thousand Oaks
- Photo Album: Cache Creek
- Profile: Gary Cotterell
- Meet your Advisory Council members: Don E. Robinson
- More on advisory councils and volunteers
- Off-road at Imperial Sand Dunes: milk-vetch decision
- Other off-road recreation:
- Off-road competitors challenge Cougar Buttes
- BLM will lead guided desert four wheel drive tour
- Other outdoor recreation:
- Discovery season opens at national monument
- Happy trails: "Heaven-on-earth for hikers"
- "Turn off the TV and go outside"
- Stan Bales receives national BLM 'Legends' Award
- Bookstore Feature: "Desert Survival"
- Training gets intense
- New fire restrictions
- Homeowners underinsured for wildfire risk?
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Calpine says conditions favor geothermal site
- Current job openings - BLM California
- BLM seeks comments on gun range lease renewal
- Lesicka wins 2004 Branding Iron Award
- Clean-up scheduled for closed shooting area
- National and/or Department of Interior items, including:
- Secretary Norton honored for conservation and outdoor recreation efforts
- Department of the Interior grants to help bird migration
- Does natural gas boom = more West Nile virus?
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Clarification/correction to last week's Wildlife Trivia Question:
|OUR READERS WRITE
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- John S.
|PHOTO ALBUM: Cache Creek
This secluded, hilly expanse of oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral is a combination of over 70,000 acres of BLM-managed lands and 4,700 acres of State and County lands. Showcasing the area is about 35 miles of the main fork of Cache Creek. Elevation in the natural area ranges from 600 feet, to 3200 feet atop Brushy Sky High.
|Related: "Cache Creek Natural Area" (BLM California Web site)
This is a "primitive area," closed to motorized vehicles. There are no developed campgrounds or facilities. Non-hunting (target) shooting is not allowed. The area is managed to improve habitat for wildlife and rare plants, to protect cultural resource values, and to offer primitive recreation opportunities, including wildlife viewing, river running, hiking, equestrian use, hunting and fishing.
|PROFILE: Gary Cotterell
Gary maintains the BLM's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office computer systems, and helps those who have difficulties now and then with the technology. About two years, ago he also took on the duties of office Webmaster. Learn more in our weekly News.bytes Profile:
MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Don E. Robinson
MORE ON ADVISORY COUNCILS AND VOLUNTEERS
"Clean-up scheduled for closed shooting area" (BLM California news release, 06/09/2004)
"McQuiston reappointed to BLM advisory council" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 06/03/2004)
Related: Jon McQuiston was profiled in News.bytes issue 144:
OFF-ROAD: IMPERIAL SAND DUNES RULING
"Bad day for dune buggies" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 06/09/2004)
"Ruling protects rare desert plant" (Riverside Press Enterprise, 06/04/2004)
OTHER OFF-ROAD VEHICLE RECREATION
"Off-road competitors challenge Cougar Buttes" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 06/05/2004)
Related: "Off-Highway Vehicle Riding" (BLM California Web page)
OTHER OUTDOOR RECREATION
"Stan Bales receives national BLM 'Legends' Award" (BLM California news release, 06/10/2004)
"Discovery season opens at National Monument" (BLM California news release, 06/08/2004)
Related: "Santa Rose and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument" (BLM California Web page)
"BLM seeks comments on gun range lease renewal" (BLM California news release, 06/08/2004)
"Happy trails; Southland is a heaven-on-earth for hikers" (San Bernardino County Sun, 06/03/2004)
|BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Desert Survival"
Complete How-to-Guide for surviving the harsh desert. The desert is not a gentle environment, and it is imperative for outdoor enthusiasts on foot or in off-road vehicles to know how to survive if stranded or temporarily lost. This book reviews all the necessary points that a person should know.
"BLM firefighters train to use self-contained breathing apparatus" (BLM California news release, 06/07/2004)
Related: "BLM firefighters train with self-contained breathing apparatus, burning auto" (News.bytes Extra)
"Wildfires 2004: When technology fails the insured" (MSNBC, 06/09/2004)
"Fire season to begin one month early" (Bakersfield Californian, 6/9/2004)
"New air plans made for fires" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 06/07/2004)
"Editorial: Fleet grounding's awful timing only adds to fire risks" (Redding Record Searchlight, 06/08/2004)
WILD HORSES AND BURROS
"Jackson's Diary: Story of the adoption of a wild horse" (Kern Valley Sun, 6/9/2004)
"Wild mustang and burro adoption returns to Thousand Oaks" (BLM California news release, 06/09/2004)
"Western States Horse Expo"
Related: "Adopted wild horses honored for endurance achievements" (March, 2004)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Current job openings - BLM California"
"Conditions favor developing contentious energy site, Calpine says" (Associated Press in Sacramento Bee, 06/04/2004)
NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ITEMS
"Secretary Norton announces grants in 16 states, 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries to conserve migratory birds" (BLM California news release, 06/09/2004)
"Secretary Norton honored for conservation partnerships, outdoor recreation contributions" (BLM national news release, 06/09/2004)
Related: "Bird's fate tied to future of drilling" (Los Angeles Times, 6/10/2004)
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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06/11/2004 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Preview
06/12/2004 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
06/25/2004 - Geology & Mining History Field trip
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