loop in Palm Desert will get more foot traffic" (Palm Springs
Desert Sun, 12/21/05)
"The beauty of this hike is that at 3 miles, it's more than just
a walk but less than a strenuous hike. For now, it's also still wild enough
that you can spot jack rabbits bounding about between the cholla and clusters
of sparrows fluttering up from beneath the creosote bushes....Local hiking
clubs are starting to frequent the trail, which opened last February,
and the nearby Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Visitor's Center will soon offer guided hikes along the route."
"Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument "
(BLM California website)
The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are the two
lead agencies in managing the monument.
to buy Area 51" (Redding Record Searchlight, 12/24/05)
Redding-area group proposes buying 400 acres of BLM-managed lands, selling
some to local developers to pay for the rest. "The proposal is the
latest in a series of moves by residents determined to keep the BLM from
trading the 214-acre Area 51 for 566 acres along Grass Valley Creek in
Trinity County....The BLM...adopted a policy to consolidate its roughly
1,000 properties by trading away isolated parcels in development's pathway."
Group has asked California's two senators to help persuade BLM to drop
(Free registration required.)
"Area 51 proposal at least deserves BLM's attention"
(Redding Record Searchlight, 12/29/05)
Editorial: "It's a creative plan that, on paper, would ensure local
control and continued recreational use of Area 51 while making some room
for growth. But is it viable? Hard to say....The reason the BLM engages
in swaps is that its scattered array of north state property is difficult
and expensive to oversee. Consolidation is one tool for repairing that
problem, but residents' passion to find creative solutions is another
-- and one that will well serve the public good in the long run."
(Free registration required.)
update: Area 51/Victoria Drive (Salmon Creek Resources)"
(BLM California issue update, 12/31/05)
The BLM has been considering a land exchange proposal from Salmon Creek
Resources, Inc. that would trade about 566 acres of private land in the
Grass Valley Creek watershed in Trinity County, California for about 215
acres of public lands west of Redding, California. The subject public
lands are identified for disposal from public ownership in the BLM's 1993
Redding Resource Management Plan.
"Desert land plan
nearing completion" (San Bernardino County Sun, 1/3/06)
"After 13 years of often contentious debate and sometimes reluctant
compromise, a federal land-use plan for the western Mojave Desert is nearing
completion. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is preparing its response
to 33 written protests to the plan, which would regulate 3.2 million acres
of federal land in a 6.4-million-acre planning area in four counties.
The sweeping plan outlines a strategy to protect the endangered desert
tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel along with nearly 100 other sensitive
animal and plant species while streamlining procedures for potential developers
to comply with state and federal endangered species acts before moving
ahead with projects in the fast-growing region."
history a bit fishy" (San Bernardino County Sun, 1/3/06)
"Scholars at a remote university research center in the middle of
the Mojave Desert are attempting to unravel a mystery involving an endangered
fish whose ancestors evolved after the last Ice Age....The Desert Studies
Center was established in 1976 through a cooperative agreement between
the US Bureau of Land Management and a consortium of seven California
State University campuses."
"About the Desert Studies Center" (California State
University Fullerton website)
"The Desert Studies Center, field station of the California State
University, provides opportunity for individuals and groups to conduct
research, receive instruction and experience the desert environment."
"Desert District Advisory Council member" (BLM California
Dr. William Presch is director of the Consortium which operates the Desert
Studies Center. As featured in News.bytes issue 207, he represents the
public-at-large on BLM's California Desert District Advisory Council.
proves a key to ecological recovery" (Modoc Record, 12/29/05)
"The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have joined
forces in a cooperative effort to more efficiently and effectively manage
the juniper encroachment problem in this area....Called 'sagebrush steppe
restoration,' the control of juniper in local forests is quickly becoming
a serious problem."
(Only available online through today.)
"Western Juniper management strategy" (BLM California,
Alturas Field Office website)
It is estimated that western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) currently
occupies approximately 2.5 million acres of rangeland in northeastern
California. This constitutes a 15-fold expansion of juniper range over
the past 130 years. Rangeland health, productivity and diversity are now
at serious risk due to juniper encroachment. At the same time, independent
energy producers have found western juniper to be a desirable source of
"BLM to study
copper mill cleanup" (Needles Desert Star, 12/27/05)
"The Bureau of Land Management has called for public comment on its
plan to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the Lucky Green copper
mill in the southwestern Whipple Mountains, about 10 miles north of Big
River. Ore was processed on the site in the 1940s and 50s with an acid
leach process that apparently used tin cans to precipitate copper, according
to the BLM. Even today the area has a conspicuous acrid odor and the BLM
believes it may pose a human health hazard....Comments must be received
by Jan. 25...."
"BLM Horse and Burro
facility to remain open" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 12/23/05)
"Responding to reports that the Bureau of Land Management temporarily
closed its wild-horse and burro facility at Susanville, Ridgecrest BLM
Field Manager Hector Villalobos said the Ridgecrest facility is still
grants for pool" (Mountain Democrat, 12/23/05)
"The Georgetown Divide Recreation District spent the past 10 years
acquiring the current Regional Park site through a long-term lease agreement
from the Bureau of Land Management. The district has 141 acres under lease
that are expected to accommodate the pool and recreation center. 'GDRD
also is seeking to expand the park with another 83 acres from BLM for
trails and equestrian facilities'," stated a press release from the
"Current job openings
- BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
Current listings include archeologist, physical science technician, supervisory
outdoor recreation planner, supervisory resource management specialist
and various jobs related to firefighting.