News.bytes interim edition 203-b
A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California
Special Edition: September 1, 2005
- Where we
- National Public Lands Day: help improve your public lands!
- BLM conservation management
- Wildlife Trivia Question
- Wild horses and burros
- Recreation on public lands
- Wildfire fighting and prevention
- Renewable energy
- Oil and gas
- Clear Creek Management Area
- Other headlines and highlights
- What we are working on the the return of News.bytes
WHERE WE ARE NOW
BLM is working to improve the security of all of its websites. Because our agency has so much information and so many computer systems that support our mission, reengineering is a complicated effort that is taking more time than we had hoped. Also, the BLM is currently involved in a court action in which information security is an issue. Failing to demonstrate adequate protections could result in a much longer-term, mandatory disconnection.
Until this process is completed, we are unable to bring you the version of News.bytes with photos, links to relevant BLM California web pages such as recreation sites or news releases -- or our ever-popular wildlife trivia quizzes. We are aware of the inconvenience this causes and greatly appreciate your understanding and patience.
BUT while we have been offline, we have been working on new features -- and more of the old ones you like -- for the return of News.bytes (more details at the end of this message). In the meantime, here are some of the more significant items currently affecting your public lands in California. Please note that we cannot link to BLM California news releases on our website -- or to other pages on our website with additional information or BLM California perspective. We but we have tried to indicate alternate sources of information (such as office telephone numbers) with a ">" symbol. We have also provided links to some news releases on the BLM national office website.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Join us Saturday, September 24, 2005 for the 12th annual National Public Lands Day and help us care for your land. (ALSO please note the two EARLY events, listed at the end of this section.)
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2004, nearly 90,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants. BLM California projects this year include:
ARCATA FIELD OFFICE:
1 - Help construct a sustainable
single track mountain bike trail -- the first trail of its kind in the
BISHOP FIELD OFFICE:
In partnership with the California
Mule Deer Foundation, Quail Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Game and
California Native Plant Society, BLM is hosting the annual NPLD celebration
at Mt. Tom Mule Deer Habitat Restoration. Help plant locally-grown bitterbrush seedlings to continue a long-term effort to re-establish
critical mule deer winter range. The site burned in 1995 and removed the
bitterbrush/sagebrush community which provides forage for the Round Valley
Mule Deer Herd.
EL CENTRO FIELD OFFICE:
Volunteer clean-up at Table
Mountain ACEC near Jacumba. BLM and volunteers will pick up trash, rake
out tracks, and replace signs. Meet at the BLM kiosk off the I-8 In-Ko-Pah
exit at 9 a.m. for the paperwork, also allowing time for the volunteers
to show up. We'll caravan to the Table Mountain and work until about 3-4
p.m. BLM will provide bottled water, porta-potty, tools and trash bags. Bring
your lunch, gloves, hat, sunscreen.
HOLLISTER FIELD OFFICE:
Strolling minstrels will entertain
volunteers while they pull invasive weeds or take part in other
activities on BLM's Fort Ord public lands. BETA (Bike Equestrian Trail Assistance) group will
co-sponsor the event. Families, children, and clubs are invited to participate.
Projects are tailored to all age groups. The workday runs
9:00 a.m. until early afternoon. Morning projects include
painting over graffiti, trail repair, creekside trash removal, and plant
care and watering. Volunteers will enjoy a free barbecue, live entertainment,
awards ceremony, and keynote speaker.
PALM SPRINGS/SOUTH COAST FIELD OFFICE:
Local staff and volunteers
from the BLM and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will stage a living
history reenactment of the exploration and surveys of public lands. See how the exploration and
surveys of public lands in the west led to the National Parks, Monuments,
Forests, and Wildlife Refuges the public enjoys today. See authentic 19th century survey instruments and learn about the General
Land Office, the Homestead Act, and other important milestones in the
history of the public lands. The living history survey camp will be open
at the park on historic Old Town plaza from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday 9/24. The event and admission to the State Historic Park are free.
REDDING FIELD OFFICE:
The U.S. Forest Service, Shasta
Trinity National Forest, Bureau of Land Management's Redding Field Office
and California Department of Transportation will be hosting the annual
clean up of the Trinity River. Volunteers will meet at the Big Bar Ranger
Station, State Highway 299, 25 miles west of Weaverville -- 9 a.m, rain
RIDGECREST FIELD OFFICE:
Siebert Cabin Recreation Area:
Conduct cleanup and surface restoration work around trailheads, parking
areas and campsites. Maintain two miles of multi-use hiking trail. Clean
and maintain four campsites. Install three trailgates and three vehicle
TWO EARLY EVENTS:
Saturday, 9/10 - Ridgecrest Field Office:
Saturday, 9/17 - Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office:
National Public Lands Day website: http://www.npld.com/
BLM CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT
"Nothing lacking"(Eureka Times-Standard, 8/29/05)
land getting rave reviews"
(Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 8/18/05)
"Project will protect habitat in Santa Ana River wash" (Redlands Daily Facts, 7/9/05)
"Historic ranch now Pilot Hill park" (Auburn Journal, 5/22/05)
"BLM Plans to Improve Resource Conditions in Long Valley" (BLM California news release, August 15, 05)
"New King Range Plan Approved" (BLM California news release, 5/11/05)
"BLM Releases Proposed Management Plan for California Coastal National Monument" (BLM California news release, 6/10/05)
"BLM, Forest Service Need Comments on Sage-Steppe Issues" (BLM California news release, 8/8/05)
"Senate passes North Coast wilderness bill" (Ukiah Daily Journal, 7/27/2005)
Related: "Editorial: Lost opportunity?" (Sacramento Bee, 7/31/05)
Related: "Statement on...Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Act" (BLM national website, 7/14/2005)
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION
Why did humans used to hunt the common muskrat?
a. Muskrats destroyed orchards;
(While we are not able to offer our interactive trivia feature until our website is back online, you can find the answer to this question later in this issue.)
WILD HORSES AND BURROS:
"Wild Horses and Burros Up for Adoption in Stockton" (BLM California news release, 8/10/05)
RECREATION ON PUBLIC LANDS:
"Hiking Fort Ord; Two new trails make it tempting" (Salinas Californian, 5/25/2005)
"Growth curbing Inland hunting" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 8/31/05)
"BLM cautions visitors about storm damage to popular recreation areas" (BLM California news release, 8/12/05)
"South Yuba Plan adopted by agencies" (BLM California news release 7/7/05)
"Fire-ravaged preserve making speedy recovery" (Hi-Desert Star, 8/24/05)
"Tunnel may remain closed for Bizz Johnson Marathon"
(Lassen County Times, 8/29/05)
WILDFIRE FIGHTING AND PREVENTION
"BLM Special Fire Restrictions in Effect" (BLM California news release, August 22, 05)
"Cedarville volunteers acquire new fire fighting tool " (BLM California news release 7/28/05)
"Mono Basin Pinyon Treatment Pilot Project" (BLM California news release, 6/2/05
"National fire news" (National Interagency Fire Center)
"State could see more wind-power turbines" (Sacramento Bee, 6/22/05)
Related: "Environmental Study Supports Plans to Facilitate Wind Energy Development on Public Lands" (BLM national news release, 6/21/05)
"Wind power proposal blows cold in Julian" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/13/05)
"SDG&E unveils plan for new transmission line" (North County Times, 8/31/05)
"Public meetings scheduled for proposed geothermal project " (BLM California news release, 8/5/05)
"Giant solar plant planned" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 8/10/05)
Related: "Going solar" ((Riverside Press-Enterprise, 8/13/05))
ENERGY: OIL AND GAS
"BLM is New Manager
of NPR2 Under Energy Bill Signed By President" (BLM California
news release, 8/10/05)
extended on proposed changes to oil and gas regulation"
(BLM national news release, 8/26/05)
"Los Padres drilling
proposed, decried" (Goleta Valley Voice, 8/30/05)
"Volunteer wins national award" (Folsom Telegraph, 5/24/05)
"Students 'Adopt a Beach'" (Eureka Reporter, 5/24/05)
"Day on the River fun for kids"
"Columbia College Environmental Club kicks thistle out of the Red Hills"
"Husband keeps mum on wife's award" (Monterey Herald, 7/25/05)
CLEAR CREEK MANAGEMENT AREA
red flags in state" (Sacramento Bee, 6/28/05)
"BLM to Implement
Dry Season Closure for Clear Creek Management Area" (BLM
California news release, May 25, 05)
of remote region hit from two sides" (San Jose Mercury News,
"Energy policy legislation affects BLM cost recovery proposal"
(BLM national news release 8/30/05)
OTHER HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Around Barstow, thieves' prey is fossils" (Los Angeles Times, 8/29/05)
Related: "Pilfering part of prehistory" (San Bernardino County Sun, 8/4/05)
"Suicide casts a shadow on conservation battle" (Los Angeles Times, 8/20/05)
"Herds, history fade from desert" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 7/3/05)
"Bighorn deaths raise worries" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 8/11/05)
Related: "Wild sheep euthanasia considered" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 8/19/05)
"California to receive $19 million from Interior under federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes program" (BLM California news release, 6/27/05)
"Taking root and taking over" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 7/19/2005)
Related: "Policing invasive foreign plants can be simple" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 7/19/2005)
"TulareCo. sheriff seeks pot task force" (Fresno Bee, 8/31/05)
"Current job openings - BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER:
c. Their fur was popular
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON, FOR THE RETURN OF NEWS.BYTES:
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