A publication of Bureau of Land Management in
Issue 196 - 2/22/05
- Wildlife: tule elk,
feral dogs, wildlife restoration
- Headlines and highlights, including: Wilderness bill, Burro Schmidt tunnel,
BLM California job openings
- Land use planning: Mariposa County, Eastern Sierra
- Wild horse and burro adoptions
- Off-season fire prevention projects
- Meet your advisory council members: Carol Anne Wiley
- Profile: John Bogacki
- Not for educators only:
- Wildlife trivia question of the week: Junk
- Special Status plant of the week
- Photo Album: Dumont dunes
- Bookstore feature: "A Complete Guide to Ticks"
- Selected upcoming events
"Tule elk back from
near extinction" (Woodland Daily Democrat, 2/18/2005)
"Dozens of tule elk were sent to roam freely in the Cache Creek area
in an attempt to restore a native California species that has rebounded
from the brink of extinction.... The California Department of Fish and
Game, the Bureau of Land Management and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
have acquired critical parcels of private land in the management unit
(e.g. about 12,000 acres of the Payne Ranch). These agencies have cooperatively
monitored elk at Cache Creek, and are now evaluating the results from
several elk that were equipped with GPS collars over the last three years."
"Cache Creek Management Area (Watchable Wildlife)"
(BLM California, Ukiah Field Office website)
"Agencies seek documentation
on impacts of feral dogs on wildlife in Southern California"
(Desert Managers Group news release, 02/15/2005)
"The DMG (Desert Managers Group) has been receiving increased reports
of human and wildlife encounters with uncontrolled/unrestrained and possibly
even feral dogs in the deserts of southern California. Initial information
indicates confrontations between people and these types of dogs and between
these dogs and domestic animals and wildlife have occurred from Edwards
Air Force Base to Barstow to Joshua Tree National Park. These reports
show that humans and domestic animals have been threatened or harmed and
wildlife has been harassed, injured or killed."
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"Agencies seek reports of wild dogs in desert" (Riverside
A spokesperson said "that agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of
Land Management, have begun getting reports of wild dogs harming desert
tortoises, a federal protected species considered threatened with extinction.
'They were picking them up and chewing them and doing some damage to their
shells,' he said. In the past five years, [he] said, there has been an
increase in reports by horseback riders and others who have been threatened
or harmed by packs of dogs, mainly across the Mojave Desert."
to see cuckoo" (Redding Record Searchlight, 2/13/2005)
"For the first time, a California-endangered yellow-billed cuckoo
has been observed in the Lower Clear Creek Watershed....that makes 13
of the 14 indicator species of watershed health that have been found in
the 1.8-mile floodway restoration project....The Department of Fish and
Game, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State Water Resources Control
Board and the WSRCD have teamed up to work on the restoration project
that is helping to return lower Clear Creek to its pre-mining condition."
(Free registration required)
"Lost Coast finds new
guardians" (Los Angeles Times, 2/20/2005)
"Nature's primitive architecture defines this 26-mile run of spectacular
coast, the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the continental
U.S. Its compelling landscape is the centerpiece of an ambitious wilderness
bill that would bestow the nation's highest protections on an area known
as the Lost Coast in Humboldt County....The Lost Coast is part of the
40,000 acres within the King Range National Conservation Area earmarked
for wilderness designation."
"California wilderness bill sails through panel" (Sacramento
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has endorsed a North Coast wilderness
bill that swiftly cleared a Senate committee...and proponents said they
hope the legislation has the momentum to be enacted into law." The
bill "would designate more than 300,000 acres of federal lands as
protected wilderness." Sponsoring congressman"said that all
of the lands in the bill are in his congressional district and that the
bill has been endorsed by timber companies, farmers, home builders and
other stakeholders. All of the lands already are owned by the federal
government, and no existing legal roads will be closed as a result of
(Free registration now required.)
"King Range National Conservation Area" (BLM California,
Arcata Field Office website)
Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State
Highway 1 and U.S. 101 inland. The remote region is known as California's
Lost Coast, and is only accessed by a few back roads. The area is managed
by BLM California.
"Passage sought to
save history" (Bakersfield Californian, 2/20/2005)
"The site of the historic Burro Schmidt Tunnel has become an eyesore,
with cleanup and preservation bogged down in squabbling among the Bureau
of Land Management, a homeless truck driver and an heir of the legendary
Tonie Seger." Seger used to hand out flashlights "so tourists
could explore the half-mile tubular oddity carved out by William Henry
'Burro' Schmidt between 1906 and 1938. She delighted guests with stories
about Schmidt, whom she never knew, and the desert mining days she never
"Current job openings
- BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
Current listings include biological fire prevention-related positions,
range technician and supervisory resource management specialist.
"Feds, DWP Propose
Land Tenure Process" (Mammoth Times, 02/22/2005)
"It could be said that more than anything else, Mono and Inyo counties
are defined by the enormous amount of federal land that makes up both
areas. Up to 97 percent of the two counties land base is in federal hands
or in the hands of the City of Los Angeles....It is against this backdrop
of growing development pressure that a group of federal agencies, along
with the City of Los Angeles and county representatives, have recently
decided to...attempt to catalogue all federal and city lands that might
be released for private use, and, at the same time, to catalog privately
held lands that the owner might wish to trade or sell for land closer
to communities....it is not common to have many, many agencies doing the
same thing together, in a collaborative manner, sharing data and other
"BLM to Hold Planning
Meeting" (BLM California news release, 02/17/2005)
The Folsom Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking
the public to help identify issues and concerns regarding future management
of about 72,580 acres of public lands in Mariposa County at a public meeting
on Thursday, February 24 in Mariposa , between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
HORSES AND BURROS
"People adopt animals
for various reasons" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 02/17/2005)
"'People came from everywhere, It's been great,' said Volunteer Sheldon
Hensley of Ridgecrest. Hensley and his wife Kristy assisted Bureau of
Land Management personnel in processing applications from people wanting
to adopt wild horses and burros. The Hensleys themselves have already
adopted five horses."
"Halter trained horses
up for adoption in Tulare" (BLM California news release, 02/18/2005)
Halter-trained mustangs will be among the wild horses and burros offered
for public adoption, when the BLM brings its Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program
to Tulare's International Agri-Center, Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13.
WILD FIRE PREVENTION PROJECTS
"Grants should help
make homes safer from fire" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 02/17/2005)
"Now is a good time for residents to start thinking ahead to the
dry fire season and get their property ready to help prevent loss of buildings
if fire breaks out." A Butte County program, funded by grants, "makes
it easier for residents by having the brush professionally chipped and
put back on the property as mulch....there are three funding sources,
one from the Butte County Air Quality Management District for about $20,000.
Another $15,000 came from a House of Representatives bill and $76,000
from a grant from the Bureau of Land Management."
"Mittry, Imperial part
of BLM burns" (Yuma Sun, 2/21/2005)
"Weather permitting, the Bureau of Land Management will burn dead
vegetation along Mittry Lake and nearby Imperial Pond later this week
to promote new growth of wildlife habitat....The prescribed burn...is
set to take place Saturday, and California State Route 24 is scheduled
to be closed at various times during the burn. Motorists should use alternate
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
ALBUM: Dumont Dunes
The Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area, also referred
to as an Open Area, is an exciting and remote area for off-highway vehicle
recreation. Bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa
River, the region is easily recognized from a distance by its distinctive
sand dunes. The elevation here varies from 700 feet, at the river, to
1200 feet at the top of Competition Hill, the tallest of the dunes.
"Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area" (BLM California
Barstow Field Office website)
User permits are now required at Dumont Dunes. Most visitors ride motorcycles
or ATVs, sand rails, or tour the area in vehicles with four-wheel-drive.
The area off Dumont Road is used extensively for OHV and sand rail staging
and play. The Kingston Range Wilderness to the north is closed to motor
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FEATURE: "A Complete Guide to Ticks"
"This revised edition describes all common, worrisome
ticks, with color photos of each species. It describes the diseases, including
symptoms and treatments. It tells you how to avoid ticks and how to remove
them if they become attached."
AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ITEMS
"Report fuels questions
about judicial nominee" (Los Angeles Times, 02/16/2005)
"The Interior Department's inspector general has issued a report
criticizing the way department lawyers arranged a controversial settlement
with a Wyoming rancher accused of violating a host of federal grazing
laws while William G. Myers III was the department's top attorney. Myers
is among seven lawyers President Bush renominated to the federal bench
this week after their nominations were blocked by Senate filibuster."
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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02/24/2005 - Folsom Resource
Management Plan Public Meeting
02/24/2005 - Desert Wildflowers
North Palm Springs
02/26/2005 - Riparian Restoration,
Cosumnes River Preserve
02/27/2005 - W equals Wildflowers
03/01/2005 - Northeast
Resource Advisory Council
03/05/2005 - W equals Wildflowers
03/05/2005 - North Algodones
Dunes Wilderness Hike: Botany
03/09/2005 - Folsom Resource
Management Plan Public Meeting
03/12/2005 - Wetlands Restoration,
Cosumnes River Preserve
03/12/2005 - Mountain Lion
03/12/05 and 03/13/2005
- Old Mojave Road - Geology Field Trip - overnight camping
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