News.bytes, issue 165 - 7/15/04
|MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Mary Canada
A 30-year resident of the Eastern Sierra with a proven record of civic and environmental activity, Ms. Canada represents regional/national environmental interests on the Central California Resource Advisory Council. She is a member of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, a group organized to preserve and protect critical open space, and is the Eastern Sierra field representative to the Sierra Business Council.
PROFILE: Larry Morgan
Related: "Larry Morgan selected as BLM Needles Field Office Manager" (BLM California news release, 7/15/2004)
|PHOTO ALBUM: Stoddard Valley
Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers a diverse landscape for off-highway vehicle recreation. The area is characterized by steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, and winding sandy washes. Elevations range from 5,000-foot Stoddard Peak, to 2,800 feet at Turtle Valley. Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, some annual grasses and wild flowers and the Joshua tree, symbol of the Mojave Desert.
|Related: "Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area" (BLM California Web site)
The riding area is immediately south of Barstow. Most of the area's visitors ride motorcycles or ATVs, or tour the area in four-wheel-drive vehicles. Parts of this area are used extensively for OHV free play, and for competitive racing events by permit. There are many occasions for hiking, rock scrambling, rock hounding, and plant, bird and wildlife watching. There are desert tortoise - a state and federally listed threatened species - within the riding area. NOTE: There are many deep mine shafts in the riding area! Please avoid these areas and camp away from mine shafts!
OUR READERS WRITE
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"Use of dunes visitors fees to study flower widely criticized" (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 07/12/2004)
"Forest Service off-road rules are a good start" (Pasadena Star-News, 07/08/2004)
Related: "Reigning in pesky ORVs" (Denver Post, 07/15/2004)
"BLM gives OK for Mojave's NEMO planning area" (Victorville Daily Press, 07/09/2004)
"Off-road accidents increase with rise in popularity of four-wheelers" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/13/2004)
WILD HORSE AND BURROS
"Wild mustang, burro auction slated for this weekend in Thousand Oaks" (Ventura County Star, 07/12/2004)
Wild horse workshop in California" (BLM national news release, 07/14/2004)
"Winds, heat propel Castaic Fire" (Los Angeles Times, 7/15/2004)
Related: "Pine Canyon Fire continues to burn" (The Santa Clarita Signal, 07/15/2004)
"Consortium smokes out mysteries of fire behavior" (Government Computer News, 07/09/2004)
"National fire news: Wildland fire update"
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Opportunity - Desert Discovery Center
Current job openings - BLM California
"Land purchase will prevent development in wildlife area" (Hi-Desert Star, 07/9/2004)
Related: "Coachella Valley Preserve" (BLM California Web site)
"Rally to air Redding Gun Club's concerns with the BLM" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/11/2004)
"BLM plans Burro Schmidt cleanup" (Ridgecrest News Review, 07/14/2004)
NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ITEMS
"Battle brewing over sage grouse protection" (USA Today, 07/12/2004)
Related: "BLM leads sage grouse conservation in the Eastern Sierra" (BLM California news release, 07/12/2004)
"Space Invader" (Los Angeles Times, 07/13/2004)
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Crab in a Can"
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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July 15-17, 2004 - Fire Safety/LNT/Tread Lightly Booth
07/17/2004 - Volunteer Event - Red Hills
07/22/2004 - Dinosaurs
07/24/2004 - Point Sal Field Trip
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