A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 200 - 3/22/05
- Free set of postcards
while supplies last
- Profile: Eric Morgan
- Fort Ord public lands: photo album, info, wildflowers
- More wildflowers on public lands
- Meet your advisory council members: Martin Balding
- Not for educators only:
- Wildlife trivia question of the week: fish or physician?
- Special Status plant of the week
- Headlines and highlights: rocks with legs, turkey hunt, volunteer opportunities,
BLM California jobs, more
- Abandoned mine lands - and not
- Wildfire: prevention and aftermath
- Wild horses and burros
- National and/or Department of the Interior items: New land use planning rule,
- Bookstore feature: "Tricks of the trail"
- Selected upcoming events
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(Above: detail from postcard: "Land sailors line up on the playa at the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area near Gerlach, Nevada." This area is jointly managed by BLM's Surprise, California and Winnemucca, Nevada Field Offices.)
ALBUM: Fort Ord
Come and enjoy some of the last undeveloped natural, public lands on the
Monterey Peninsula, located on the former Fort Ord military base. Here the
BLM protects and manages 35 species of rare plants and animals and their
native coastal habitats. While habitat preservation and enhancement are
primary missions at Fort Ord, there are also more than 50 miles of trails
for the public to explore on foot, on bike or on horseback.
"Fort Ord public lands" (BLM California, Hollister Field
At Fort Ord, the BLM is working with the community and other partners
to help this former military base become available for public use. The
goal of the community-based Fort Ord Reuse Plan is to: "Promote the
best use of land through well planned and balanced development which ensures
educational and economic opportunities as well as environmental protection."
"Wildflowers open to rave reviews" (Monterey
County Herald, 03/20/2005)
"Wildflowers are beginning to bloom with a vengeance, making up for
last year's drought of spring color. Weather conditions have set the stage
for a particularly spectacular year, with an early start and perhaps a
big finish, said Bruce Delgado, a botanist with the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management based at Fort Ord." Vernal pools may help provide a longer
wildflower season: "Places like Fort Hunter Liggett and Fort Ord
will be great early summer trips."
WILDFLOWERS ON PUBLIC LANDS
(Fresno Bee, 03/16/2005)
"Wildflowers are a rite of spring in the central San Joaquin Valley,
and there's no better place to experience them than right now at the San
Joaquin River Gorge. Administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the
San Joaquin River Gorge (formerly Squaw Leap) contains nearly 7,000 acres
of public land." Includes link to 10-picture wildflower photo gallery.
(Free registration required.)
"San Joaquin River Gorge" (BLM California Bakersfield
Field Office website) More information on this site. http://www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield/sanjoaquinrivergorge.html
"BLM Offers Free
Guided Wildflower Hikes" (BLM California news release, 03/18/2005)
Wildflowers are beginning to show their glorious colors across Lake County,
and to celebrate, the Bureau of Land Management is offering free, guided
hikes in the Cache Creek area. The outings are Saturdays, April 2 and
Tortoises and springs flowers
abound at Desert Tortoise Natural Area (BLM California news release,
At the Desert Tortoise Natural Area, the breathtaking eruption of wild
flowers is enhanced only by the desert tortoises that are emerging to
frolic among and snack on the tasty morsels. A naturalist and the Desert
Tortoise Preserve Committee's Desert Tortoise Discovery Center will be
on site through June 6 -- with displays of information about the desert
tortoise and other desert wildlife, including Mojave rattlesnakes, lizards,
insects, black-tailed hares, kit foxes, and ravens.
Check for more wildflower-related
tours under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
SPECIAL STATUS PLANT OF THE WEEK: Spanish Needle onion
Spanish Needle onion has "distinctive recurved (bent-back) petals." It prefers metamorphic or granitic tallus slopes at certain elevations - and is found in just three locations on BLM-managed land: around Owens Peak, in Jawbone Canyon, and near Tehachapi.
(Thumbnail above from Photo Copyright 2003 by Heath McAllister.)
road a celebration of partnerships" (News.bytes Extra, 3/22/2005)
Approximately 80 people participated in dedication ceremonies to celebrate
the paving of Mountain
View Road - the entrance to the El Mirage Dry Lake Recreation Area.
"BLM Seeking Coastal
Volunteers" (BLM California news release, 03/16/2005)
People who love the Mendocino Coast have a new opportunity to help care
for public lands near Point Arena.
- BLM Folsom Field Office" (BLM California, Folsom Field
Recently updated with a volunteer opportunity at Pine Hill Preserve -
in addition to earlier offerings at Red Hills Area of Critical Environmental
Concern, Inimim Forest and Cosumnes River Preserve.
"Beware of rocks
with legs" (Victorville Daily Press, 03/16/2005)
"Drivers in the desert, use caution. What may look like a rock actually
may be a desert tortoise meandering down the road. The endangered tortoises
have begun to appear from their winter burrows in search of food....Drivers
should be aware that tortoises are difficult to spot along dirt and rocky
at Clear Creek" (BLM California news release, 3/22/2005)
Recent and continuing heavy rainfall has forced an emergency closure of
the Clear Creek Management Area to all motorized vehicle use -- effective
noon, March 22 through noon March 25. Road and soil conditions within
the area will then be assessed and a decision made whether to continue
or lift the closure.http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/2005/03/nr/CDDNews34_emergencyclosureclearcreek.html
"City to buy river
land" (Los Angeles Daily News, 03/17/2005)
Santa Clarita city councilwoman "said the purchase would allow the
city to satisfy demands for parks and recreation in Canyon Country by
extending its riverside trail....It would also aid in the fight against
the Cemex project just east of the river. The city has stood against a
proposal by the Mexico-based materials company to mine 56.1 million tons
of sand and gravel in Soledad Canyon." Cemex won BLM bid to mine
gravel on the site.
"Tips on finding
a place to hunt turkeys" (Sacramento Bee, 03/17/2005)
"Additional significant turkey habitat also exists on US Bureau of
Land Management and national forest lands. Maps can be found at BLM and
Forest Service offices. Although turkeys have been introduced into higher
elevations, Gardner recommends hunters do their prospecting for turkeys
on BLM and Forest Service lands at elevations below 3,500 feet for the
best chance to bag a tom."
(Free registration required.)
"Supes agree to
back bill" (Woodland Daily Democrat, 03/16/2005)
"County Supervisors agreed to back a new, controversial piece of
legislation Tuesday. Assembly Bill 1328 is an attempt to designate 31
miles of Cache Creek in Yolo and Lake counties as State Wild, Scenic and
"Current job openings
- BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
MINE LANDS - AND NOT
land" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 03/17/2005)
"A 100 years ago, when a miner stopped mining, he or she usually
just walked away from the diggings. No one knows how many of these sites
there are, since the early miners seldom filed any paperwork. These sites
are located literally by someone on the ground finding them and reporting
them to the Bureau of Land Management or the California Department of
Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation."
(Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 03/18/2005)
The desert holds many abandoned mines: "For those recreationists
who obey the signs and stay on the trails, there's plenty of safe opportunities
for fun. For those few who go off the trail, or cut fences to go where
they're not supposed to, there is more danger than they can imagine, according
to land management officials."
"Glamis Rand Mining
sets example for mining reclamation" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent,
Editorial on "ingenious agreement" between Glamis Rand Mining
Company and BLM: "Much work still remains to prevent falls in the
hundreds of open shafts still dotting the once bustling mining areas of
the Mojave Desert. Whether it is achieved through posted warnings, fencing
or backfilling, the present threat of abandoned mine shafts could be greatly
decreased by increasing awareness and increasing off-site mitigation for
abandoned mine land activity" (BLM California website)
Over 12,000 mine properties in California and northwest Nevada are listed
in the Bureau of Mines Mineral Industries Location System (MILS) database
as on BLM-managed land. An estimated additional 5000 sites not recorded
in the database are likely on BLM-managed land. Of these 17,000, an estimated
3000 significant properties contain hazardous substances or physical features
and/or have environmental problems.
"OSM will propose
new revegetation rule to encourage species diversity and remove barriers
to reforestation on mined lands" (Department of the Interior
news release, 3/15/2005)
"The US Office of Surface Mining is proposing a rule that will encourage
diversity of plant species on reclaimed mine lands and remove impediments
to planting trees."
animals" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 03/18/2005)
"One of the newest ways to close off abandoned mine openings is with
bat gates. These allow bats to fly in and out, while keeping people and
large animals from getting hurt in a dangerous mine."
"Bats: Essential to healthy ecosystems" (BLM national
Nominations forReclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards"
(BLM national news release, 3/22/2005)
The BLM is requesting nominations for the 2005 Reclamation and Sustainable
Mineral Development Awards. These awards recognize solid mineral (non-coal)
development operations that embody the principles of sustainable development
or represent outstanding examples of reclamation or environmental stewardship.
WILDFIRE: PREVENTION, AFTERMATH
"Redding BLM Office Completes French Gulch Salvage Sale" (BLM California news release, 03/18/2005)
Public land timber burned in last summer's French Fire near French Gulch has been sold to Sierra Pacific Industries.
Related: "Sierra Pacific will log French Fire site" (Redding Record Searchlight, 03/21/2005)
"[Removing the dead trees will help protect the green trees that remain...It should reduce fire danger in the coming years and give seedlings room to grow next fall and winter....The project is just one in a series intended to help the area recover from the blaze...."
(Free registration required.)
"Spring Prescribed Burning Begins" (BLM California news release, 03/18/2005)
The Lassen National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and Lassen Volcanic National Park have begun their spring prescribed burning programs.
WILD HORSES AND BURROS
"BLM Announces First
Sale of Wild Horses to Tribes under New Law" (BLM national
news release, 3/21/2005)
The Bureau of Land Management announced that it is selling more than 500
wild horses to two Indian Tribes in the Dakotas under a new law passed
by Congress. "I urge horse advocacy groups, humane organizations,
and more Tribes -- as well as the general public -- to help the BLM find
good homes for those horses affected by the new law," said BLM Director
Kathleen Clarke. The Bureau has set up a toll-free number for those interested
in buying a wild horse or burro: 1-800-710-7597.
"Wild Mustang and Burro Adoption Returns to Norco" (BLM California news release, 03/15/2005)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer about 80 wild Mustangs and 20 wild burros to qualified adopters at Ingalls Park in Norco on April 9-10 through its Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.
"Groups saving wild mustangs from slaughter" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 03/18/2005)
"Although a new law lets the federal government sell certain wild mustangs for horsemeat, the first ones auctioned off have been spared from the slaughterhouse. The 200 animals from Nevada that Wild Horses Wyoming bought from the Bureau of Land Management are roaming free on thousands of acres near Laramie, Wyo."
NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ITEMS
"BLM updates Land
Use Planning handbook" (BLM national news release, 3/22/2005)
Four years of policy and guidance memos have been consolidated into the
BLM's revised Land Use Planning Handbook. The revised Handbook reflects
comments submitted during two earlier reviews of draft documents over
the last year from BLM employees; state, local and federal agencies; and
the general public. The updated Handbook is available to the public on
the BLM national website.
"New rule change to give states, counties and tribes active role in land-use planning decisions"
(Department of the Interior news release, 3/16/2005)
In remarks before the opening session of the 70th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Washington, D.C., Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced that she is taking two important steps to ensure local, state, counties, and tribal governments and other agencies with a stronger, more active role in determining how public lands should be managed.
"BLM joins national groups in wildlife work"
(BLM national news release, 3/16/2005)
BLM will sign Memorandum of Understanding with The Wildlife Society and the North American Grouse Partnership. The second agreement will focus on improving grouse management -- primarily prairie and sage habitats -- to meet public demands for both viewing and hunting opportunities on BLM-managed public land.
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Tricks of the Trail"
"A Guide to Modern Backpacking: This book provides current information on outdoor products, from water filters and insect repellents to stoves and synthetic fabrics. You will learn what works well, what doesn't, and why. A handy reference guide at the end of the book lists names, addresses, phone numbers, and internet sites of selected national parks, equipment suppliers, magazines, and web-sites, to help plan your next adventure."
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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03/23/2005 - Folsom Resource Management Plan Public Meeting
03/26/2005 - Red Hills Italian Thistle Work Day
03/29/2005 - W equals Wildflowers
04/01/2005 - Desert Advisory Committee Meeting
04/02/2005 - There's a Monument in Your Backyard
04/02/2005 - Cache Creek Wildflower Hike
04/03/2005 - Don't Hug the Teddy Bears!
04/09/2005 - Inimim Forest Scotch Broom Work Day
04/09/2005 - Spring Workday Extravaganza
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