HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Spring cleanup 2007" (News.bytes Extra)
This year “Spring Cleaning” took on a whole new meaning for the BLM's Barstow Field Office. Since January, they have hosted six cleanups on public land. Almost 1500 volunteers collected nearly 40 tons of trash (including 10 tons of recycled metal), pulled out six abandoned cars, put up signs for 2 kiosks, and signed several miles of trails.
"Wildflowers mark spring" (Salinas Californian, 4/5/07)
"Spring's arrival is heralded in the Salinas area by an explosion of color along Monterey County's hills and coastline. Orange, red, yellow, white and blue wildflowers have sprouted all over the region, splashing across coastal dunes, the Big Sur wilderness and hillsides from Fort Hunter Liggett to Fort Ord....'I think the color, diversity, arrangement of how the colors are mixed and matched, the definite diversity of color and how pinks, blues, reds and oranges mix together to make a painted landscape - that seems to be what takes people the most,' said Bruce Delgado, a federal Bureau of Land Management botanist based at Fort Ord."
RELATED: "Fort Ord public lands" (BLM California, Hollister Field Office)
Arsenic Remediation Project Progresses at Red Mountain (BLM CA News Release, 4/5/07)
Progress is being made to remediate the impacts of arsenic contamination from historical mining operations on the public lands near Randsburg and Johannesburg in northwestern San Bernardino and northeastern Kern County.
"Protected Coastline Celebrated in Santa Cruz" (KPIX TV CBS, 4/6/07)
The Trust for Public Land held a dedication ceremony this week for a five-mile stretch of coastline just north of Santa Cruz that is now a protected area. Coast Dairies was bought by the trust in 1998 and the 407-acre coastal portion was given to the California State Parks in July 2006, Lampe reported. Another 5,701 acres will be transferred to the Bureau of Land management later this year.
"San Luis Obispo kicks out the U.N." (Los Angeles Times, 4/9/2007)
The effort to add 250,000 acres of desolate, virtually unknown California grassland [Carrizo Plain] to a U.N. list of "world heritage" sites has come to naught.
"Future of Carrizo Plain to be discussed at upcoming meetings" (San Luis Obispo Tribune, 4/4/07)
"The government is inviting residents interested in the future of the Carrizo Plain to attend a series of planning meetings in April and May. The Bureau of Land Management is conducting the meetings, to hear what residents have to say about the future of the Carrizo Plain National Monument."
RELATED: "Carrizo Plain National Monument " (BLM California website)
Full of natural splendor and rich in human history, learn more about the Carrizo Plain.
"California 'Green' project makes critics see red" (Los Angeles Times, 4/9/07)
The DWP's proposed energy corridor, to bring nonpolluting power to L.A., would traverse a national forest and wildlife preserves.
"Environmental groups oppose "(Riverside Press-Enterprise, 4/4/07)
"Plans by the city of Los Angeles to generate "green" energy by tapping into geothermal fields near the Salton Sea came under fire Wednesday from several Inland environmental and community groups. The groups are concerned that a network of transmission towers and roads will be built along corridors that cut through the San Bernardino National Forest, parks, nature preserves and sensitive areas within the purview of the Bureau of Land Management."
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"Counting heads at Dunes" (Imperial Valley Press, 4/6/07)
More than 1 million off-highway vehicle enthusiasts visit the area each year for outdoor fun...[t]he United Desert Gateway, a nonprofit group that promotes desert recreational activities in and around Imperial County, has hired Aerial Mapping Co., a Phoenix-based firm to fly over the dunes and take high-resolution pictures. The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for tracking visitor counts at the dunes. The agency does so using magnetic counters that are buried underneath Gecko Road and other pathways to the dunes.
RELATED: "Imperial Sand Dunes" (BLM California website)
Links to more information on the Imperial Sand Dunes recreation area.
"Celebrating Easter in the Mecca Hills Wilderness" (The Press-Enterprise, 4/6/07)
A person could hike the vast Mecca Hills Wilderness for hours, even days, seeing only arid jagged rocks, smelling only desert lavender and creosote bush, hearing only occasional chirps and twitters of wildlife. But the hills are never lonely on Easter Sunday when an estimated 4,000 people fill the canyons to celebrate spring.
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RELATED: "Mecca Hills Wilderness" (BLM California website)
Links to more information on Mecca Hills wilderness area, located in Riverside County. http://www.blm.gov/ca/pa/wilderness/wa/areas/mecca_hills.html
BLM Imposes Fire Restrictions (BLM CA News Release, 4/10/07)
Precautionary fire restrictions on public land managed by the Hollister Field Office; no vehicles, campfires or open flames will be allowed on BLM lands in the Panoche, Griswold, Tumey, and Ciervo Hills, effective April 15.
"Wildfire threatens homes" (Bakersfield Californian, 4/6/07)
A fast-moving, lightning-sparked wildfire threatened but did not damage several homes east of Isabella Lake near Walker Pass Friday night. The fire had scorched more than 700 acres as of 8 p.m. Friday, according to Debbie Santiago, spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Land Management.
"Current job openings - BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
BLM California is currently accepting applications for an Administrative Technician, Archaeologist, Wildlife Biologist, various Fire positions, and more.