A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 169 - 8/12/04
ISSUED REGARDING MILK-VETCH
"Size of plant area at dunes cut 60%" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 08/05/2004)
"Last year, Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in California proposed designating 52,780 acres of the Algodones Dunes as critical habitat for the Peirson's milk-vetch. In a final rule published Wednesday, the critical habitat was reduced to 21,863 acres."
cuts habitat for milk vetch" (Yuma Sun, 08/05/2004)
"For the past year, environmental agencies and local dunes users
argued about the impacts of off-road vehicle use on the species."
Says the executive director for the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce: "I
think the science has proved the off-road community has not endangered
that species. The closed areas were not doing as well as the open areas.'
The service estimated that Yuma and Imperial counties would experience
a $2.8 million economic reduction if the original acreage was approved
... [the Yuma Chamber of Commerce] puts that estimation closer to $30
slashed; move called highly political" (Imperial Valley Press,
" The federal government has moved to reduce the number of protected
acres of the Peirson's milk-vetch, the desert plant at the center of the
four-year-old land closures in the Imperial Sand Dunes. The move, announced
Wednesday in the Federal Register, outraged conservationists, who say
the reduction by almost 60 percent of protected habitat was a renegade
act of politics."
DECISION: DESERT TORTOISE
"New Plan Sought for
Ravens, Tortoises" (Antelope Valley Press, 08/09/2004)
"Several lawsuits and a few dozen dead ravens later, the desert tortoise
is still at risk of extinction. More than a decade after a raven-management
plan went into effect in the Mojave Desert, the number of ravens continues
to increase - while the number of desert tortoises does not. A federal
judge in San Francisco this week ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to protect the
threatened desert tortoise in its federally designated habitat."
some help from courts" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 08/05/2004)
"Conservationists ... hailed a federal court ruling they said will
protect tortoises and other endangered plants and animals over millions
of acres of desert habitat. The ruling strikes down grazing and off-road
vehicle permits within about 4 million acres of California desert considered
'critical habitat' for the desert tortoise."
desert tortoise habitat in California " (Associated Press
in San Diego Union-Tribune, 08/04/2004)
owls could get More Help" (Contra Costa Times, 08/07/2004)
"The government must provide for the recovery of the northern spotted
owl, not just its survival, when considering how much logging can be allowed
in old growth forests designated as critical habitat, a federal appeals
"AMA Opposes Shutdown
of 4 million acres to OHVs" (Dirt Bike Magazine, 08/09/2004)
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has expressed its opposition
to a federal court ruling this week that has the potential to shut down
an additional 4.1 million acres of the California desert to all off-highway
"Off-Roading Loses Its
Way - Editorial"
(Los Angeles Times, 08/07/2004)
" The attitude of many off-roaders is that, as their numbers grow,
they deserve more trails and access within the finite acreage of state
and federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management wrongly complied last
month, giving more than 1.3 million acres and 90% of the trails in the
northern and eastern Mojave Desert, home to the endangered California
desert tortoise. Off-roaders say they'll police themselves. Such self-regulation
was a failure in the the Eldorado forest."
MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Dr. Frank Bayham
Dr. Bayham is a professor of anthropology and archaeology at California State University, Chico, a position he has held since 1985. He represents archaeology and historic interests on BLM's Northeastern California Resource Advisory Council. Read more in this weekly News.bytes feature:
|PROFILES: Marilyn Hofstra
Marilyn is a resident of Arcata, California. In her position as Administrative Assistant she "...provides administrative support to Managers and staff of the Arcata Field Office, King Range NCA and Headwaters Forest Reserve. Specific areas include human resource services, travel, timekeeping and OWCP coordination. Read more in our weekly News.bytes feature:
|BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "75 Year-Round Hikes in Northern California"
Summer is a great time to hike in Northern California - but so are all the other times. "Ultimate Guide for Fall, Winter, and Spring Hikes: Offers 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."
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|PHOTO ALBUM: Bodie Hills
Resting on the edge of the Great Basin on the northern end of Death Valley
is the ghost town of Bodie, once a booming and thriving mining town with
a population of 10,000. Surrounding the ghost town is the Bodie Bowl Area
of Critical Environmental Concern and the Bodie Hills managed by BLM, both
with important resource and cultural values.
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunity - Landscape Team
The Landscape Team for Cosumnes River Preserve is primarily concerned
with transforming the vicinity of the Visitor Center and new parking areas
into an ecologically sound and beautiful landscape. This involves working
with native plants, weeding, watering and other general landscape duties.
Bring the kids, this is a volunteer activity that is family friendly.
Current job openings
- BLM California
BLM California job listings on USAJOBS Web site.
Current wildland fire
information (NIFC Web site)
Updated Mondays through Fridays by the National Interagency Fire Center.
Public Meetings Scheduled
for Eastern San Diego County Resource Management Plan (BLM California
news release, 8/11/04)
The BLM has scheduled two scoping
meetings to gather public comments regarding preparation of the Eastern
San Diego County Resource Management Plan. Meetings dates are September
8 and 9 in El Central and San Diego.
BLM Meeting on Red Dog Mercury
Clean-Up (BLM California news release 08/09/2004)
A BLM-sponsored community meeting to discuss mercury clean-up from an
old hydraulic mine in the Red Dog area of Nevada County will be held Wednesday,
August 11, in Grass Valley. Persons with an interest in the Red Dog area
are invited to attend. According to Abandoned Mine Lands Coordinator Tim
Carroll, the sluice tunnel from the mining area contains a high level
of mercury contamination, which could pose a public health hazard. Mercury
was once commonly used to recover small particles of gold from mining
operations, and much of it escaped into the natural environment. The original
mine owners didn't clean it up, Carroll said, “So now the Federal
Government has to, before it becomes a serious problem. The BLM has the
responsibility for improving the quality of the watershed.
"Following the Smoke"
Project Wins ACHP Chairman's Award (Advisory Council on Historic Preservations,
"Following the Smoke," a U.S. Forest Service project conducted
in conjunction with the Karuk Indigenous Basketweavers and other partners,
received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's (ACHP) Chairman's
Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation on August 4. Among
those receiving ACHP Partnership Commendations was Ken Wilson, for the
California State Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
"ESRI Book on GIS set
to reach wide Audience" (San Bernardino County Sun, 08/09/2004)
"GIs really plays a role in everything we do in the fire services,'
said Tom Patterson, a Bureau of Land Management fire officer based in
Moreno Valley. "It's key public safety information we couldn't get
otherwise. A six-hour old map in a big fire is useless, so now we get
real-time maps. Escape routes, fire progression, spread rates, all this
wouldn't be possible without GIs
"BLM prepares to clean
up contaminated site" (Daily Press, 08/12/2004)
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management just awarded a contract to a large
environmental firm, Ecology & Environment Inc., for a site evaluation
that will determine how to best clean up the contamination, John Key,
a BLM environmental protection specialist, said Wednesday.
BLM Releases Proposed Fire Plan Amendment (Bishop Field Office)
(BLM California news release, 08/04/2004)
The BLM has released a Proposed Amendment to the Bishop Resource Management
Plan (RMP) and Environmental Assessment to Incorporate Fire Management
Plan objectives and strategies. The amendment addresses how fire suppression,
wildland fire use, prescribed fire and non-fire vegetation treatments,
post-fire rehabilitation and restoration, and community protection and
assistance will be conducted on the 750,000 acres of Bishop Field Office-administered
public lands in the eastern Sierra, from Topaz Lake to Olancha.
BLM to Begin South Knob Forest Health Project (BLM California news
Work is scheduled to get underway this fall on a hazardous fuels reduction
and forest health improvement project in the South Knob area, about 15
miles southeast of Adin. The BLM will use contractors to complete the
work on about 375 acres of public land in northern Lassen County to improve
forest health and help maintain wildlife habitat.
Public Workshops Planned on Rangeland Restoration (BLM California
news release, 08/11/2004)
A series of public workshop meetings will be held in Northeast California
communities in August and September to begin development of a coordinated
plan to improve conditions on sagebrush-steppe ecosystems throughout the
region. The plan will focus heavily on improving management of western
juniper across a 6.5 million-acre area.
- No Comment on Mono Basin Water Talks" (Mammoth Times Weekly,
"The Lundy Canyon power plant relicensing for Southern California
Edison by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have been a fairly
simple process if it weren't for all of the water users down stream. What
started as hydropower relicensing issues for Southern California Edison's
Lundy Canyon power station, has turned into a year-long private process,
with critics saying the real public hasn't been involved."
"Weather will be key
for dove hunters" (Pasadena Star News, 08/10/2004)
"Desert Wildlife has helped transform 30 Bureau of Land Management
properties into prime hunting areas. Hunters can also shoot at the Imperial
Valley Wildlife Area's Wister and Finney/Ramer Units. "I've seen
a lot of birds,' Lesicka said. "A lot of whitewings. If they hold
over...' The dove season opens Sept. 1 and closes Sept. 15. The second
half of the season opens Nov. 13 and closes Dec. 27. There is a limit
of 10 birds per day, 20 total in a bag."
"Cooperation may be
best shot at keeping range" (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 08/09/2004)
" Residents are making a lot of racket about the noise emanating
from a nearby shooting range in Highland. It seems complaints about disturbing
gunfire noise have been lodged against the Inland Fish & Game Conservation
Association’s recreational shooting facility. And now that the range’s
20-year lease is up, the BLM must decide whether to renew the lease or
not, or renew it but add in new restrictions and requirements. Worst-case
scenario would be to close the range and force it to relocate."
"USDA Awards Contract for Recreation One-Stop" (Government
Computer News, 08/09/2004)
The Agriculture Department's Forest Service awarded ReserveAmerica a contract
to provide a single, interagency federal recreation information and reservation
service. The new service is part of the President's E-Gov Recreation One-Stop
Initiative and will offer centralized shopping to the public for more
than 57,000 campgrounds, cabins, parks, and tours of national sites, historic
homes and caves. BLM is one of the participating agencies.
AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ITEMS
auctions to deal with horse overpopulation" (Monterey County
"Nearly 45,000 wild horses - called mustangs - wander federal land
in Nevada, California and Arizona. Their population grows by 18 percent
to 25 percent every year. Land in the Southwest is dry from fire and drought.
By most estimates, it can support only 27,000 horses. The Bureau of Land
Management's solution to the overpopulation is horse auctions." (Reprinted
from Orlando Sentinel)
Agency Officials Announce
Record Fuels Reduction Expected in 2004, Second Anniversary of Healthy
Forests Initiative (DOI news release, 08/10/2004)
Bush Administration doubles fuels reduction and treats more acres in wildland
urban interface than ever before.
"Proposal would let
BLM use more money from land sales in West" (North County Times,
"The Bush administration wants to let the BLM use more of the profits
from public land sales in the West. Interior Department officials said
Tuesday in Washington that the proposed change in federal law is a small
one that will extend and broaden a land disposal program Congress approved
Enforcement of Oil Lease Acreage Limits" (North County Times,
"The Bush administration is moving to tighten enforcement of a law
that limits the number of acres of federal land that oil companies can
lease for oil and gas development. The Bureau of Land Management notified
its state offices last week that any company whose holdings exceed the
legal limit in a state will not be permitted to acquire new leases in
that state until it brings its holding back into compliance."
- Day on the River
08/21/2004 - Family Days at Mount San Jacinto
08/12/2004 - Northwest California Resource Advisory Committee
08/19/2004 - Northeast California Resource Advisory Committee
08/14/2004 - BLM Fire Safety Exhibit
08/17/2004 - Monterey County Fair
08/14/2004 - Backyard Stargazing Campground Program
08/27/2004 - Backyard Stargazing Campground Program
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