A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 291 - 7/24/07
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Not for educators only:
- Test Your Knowledge
- Spotlight on Partners: A meeting of nations at the Redding Rancheria
- Pink Burros and Wild Horses
- Outdoor Recreation SAFETY
- More Outdoor Recreation News
Headlines and highlights:
- Meet your Advisory Committee members
- Selected upcoming events
NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
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PINK BURROS AND WILD HORSES
"Radar - The Little Pink Burro" (BLM News.bytes Extra)
"We adopted a yearling pink BLM Burro from the adoption in Norco on April 14th," said Kathleen Mayberry of Riverside. "After we had her for 2 weeks, her stomach blossomed and we thought we were feeding her too much..." Find out what happened next in this News.bytes Extra.
"Tom Pogacnik, Wild Horse and Burro Program Manager, receives the
2007 Take Pride in America National Award" (BLM News.bytes Extra)
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett recognized 18 National Award winners representing 12 states and the District of Columbia. at the 2007 Take Pride in America National Award ceremony in Washington, DC. The individuals and groups from across the country were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to local, state and federal public lands.http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/07xtra/291extra-TomPogacnik.html
"Wild horse and burro adoption schedule - 2007"(BLM California website)
The next BLM California adoption will take place September.
Wild Horses and Burros are also available from one (or both) of our California Wild Horse and Burro facilities:
The Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro facility is located along U. S. Highway 395, about 21 miles northeast of Susanville, California. The corrals are open from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors can stop to view horses and burros in several large holding pastures, or to learn more about adopting a mustang or burro. Adoptions are by appointments, which can be made by calling (530) 254-6575. The facility currently holds about 500 animals, primarily horses, gathered from herd management areas in northeast California and far northwest Nevada. These herd management areas, including Twin Peaks, High Rock Canyon and Devil's Garden, are known for producing good-sized horses, including animals well suited for endurance riding.
The Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse & Burro facility is located four (4) miles east of Ridgecrest CA., on the Randsburg-Wash Road off California Highway 178. The facility business hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Adoptions are
by appointment only, call (760) 384-5765 or 1-800-951-8720 for details. The facility is available for individual and group tours and has a nice little dirt perimeter road allowing the motorist a quality view of the animals.
"Wild horse and burro adoption schedule" (BLM national website)
OUTDOOR RECREATION SAFETY
"Outdoor novices run risks" (Sacramento Bee, 07/19/07)
Some day-trippers downplay real dangers, experts say. While attending a Palm Springs convention in May 2006, a 24-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man veered off a trail in the San Jacinto Mountains, turning an afternoon venture into a three-day nightmare. Clad in tennis shoes, without food or heavy clothing, the couple survived on provisions they found in someone else's backpack. The Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
"Opinion: Trails showcase the multi-tasking abilities of the outdoors" (Redding Record Searchlight, 7/22/07)
How not-to-ride a mountain bike, plus a great recommendation for a bike trail...the Meiner's Loop at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Mule Mountain area off Swasey Drive.
"Desert Safety" (BLM California website)
Public lands are yours to enjoy and to preserve for generations to come. To protect yourself, we offer a few safety reminders. Knowledge of the outdoor environment, along with proper planning, will ensure that your visit is a safe and enjoyable one.
"Abandoned Mines - Stay Out, Stay Alive!" (BLM California website)
What should you do when you visit public lands where there are abandoned mines? Besides having a good time and taking photographs, watch your step!
RELATED: "Abandoned Mines - Types of Safety Hazards" (BLM National website)
Learn about open shafts, deadly gases, highwalls and open pits, and more.
FUNNY.BYTES: The Impact Monster
Funny.bytes is an occasional look at the lighter side of BLM issues.
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RELATED:"Camping" (BLM California website)
Information on campsites and dispersed camping on lands managed by BLM California. Practice your "Leave No Trace" skills!
RELATED: "Leave No Trace" (BLM California website)
As cities grow and populations encroach upon wildlands and recreation areas, we must do more than just pick up litter and extinguish campfires; we must learn how to maintain the integrity and character of the outdoors for all living things.
MORE OUTDOOR RECREATION NEWS
"Tehachapi Traveler: Carrizo Plain: a piece of California frozen in time" (Tehachapi News, 07/23/07)
Larry Vredenburgh, a Tehachapi resident who works for BLM in Bakersfield and is involved in management of the Carrizo, said the San Andreas Fault, California's biggest earthquake feature, runs through the Carrizo and is visible on the surface.
"Bureau of Land Management expands, improves in Bend area of Tehama County" (Red Bluff Daily News, 07/19/07)
The BLM, which owns about 17,000 acres in Tehama County, has acquired approximately 101 acres in the Bald Hill area north of Surrey Village and is pursuing another 317 acres in the Bend area, all of which is now being considered as a National Recreation Area. Redding Field Manager, Steve Anderson, discusses changes and proposals for BLM land in Tehama County during the Tehama County Board of Supervisors meeting.
RELATED: "BLM's new gate belies improved access to land" (Redding Searchlight, 07/24/07)
BLM officials have learned that the last mile or so of Walker Mine Road, west of Shasta Lake, is under federal jurisdiction, and have gated the road...cutting off motorized access to the neighborhood's most convenient illegal dump site.
"Headwaters Elk River Trail to Re-open July 30" (BLM News Release, 7/20/07
The Elk River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve will re-open Monday, July 30, following completion of trail improvements and stabilization projects.
"Four DFG sage grouse hunts set" (Redding Record Searchlight, 07/22/07)
The Department of Fish and Game will offer four sage grouse hunts for Lassen and Mono counties. Large portions of sage grouse habitat occurs on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands offering good public hunting opportunities.
"U.S. Wildfire Alert Goes To Highest Level" (CBS 13, Sacramento, 7/19/07)
International wildfire crews could be called to help fight blazes in the bone-dry West as U.S. officials boosted the nation's wildfire alert to its highest level.
The West had been at level four for only a few weeks when officials decided to raise it to level five.
"Fire officials raise nation's wildfire preparedness as blazes rage in the West"
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 7/19/07)
The nation's wildfire preparedness was raised to its highest level Thursday. Randy Eardley, a spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center says it is driven by a couple of things: The number of large fires we have, and also the fires are occurring in several states and in several geographic areas.
"The coming firestorm" (Sacramento Bee, 07/22/07)
Will Angora fire be a prelude to wildfire devastation across the West?
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"More pot found" (The Union Democrat, 07/23/07)
More than 15,000 marijuana plants were found and destroyed Friday by BLM and other law enforcement officials, outside Columbia. The five-foot plants, located on two sites a quarter mile from the road and were discovered by aerial observation.
"Pot seized near Yuba -Law enforcement busts 2nd marijuana plantation" (Grass Valley Union, 07/19/07)
Men in camouflage headed into the brush early Wednesday in a raid on a second marijuana plantation near the South Fork Yuba River. Pot was found growing in an area across the river from another plantation that police raided on Friday near the Independence Trail, Nevada County, property managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
"Dispute over desert house could pit nature against art" (The Press Enterprise, 7/21/07)
Negotiations continue between Friends of Dos Palmas and the Bureau of Land Management regarding an old adobe building near the Dos Palmas oases. John Kalish, field manager for BLM's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, says there is no threat of us doing anything to those structures until we work through this process.
Areas Where Power Lines Could Go (Forbes, 07/15/07)
Includes units of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation System - 750,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management National Monuments, 21 million acres of the California Desert Conservation Area, and about 250,000 acres of other national conservation areas. The areas include 3 million acres of wilderness and about 400,000 acres of wilderness study areas.
"BLM California and Nevada to Hold Combined Geothermal Lease Sale" (BLM News Release, 7/20/07)
BLM California will offer for lease 6 parcels containing more than 2,700 acres in Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino counties at a competitive oral auction to take place at the BLM Nevada State Office in Reno, Nevada, on Tuesday, August 14.
"Current job openings - BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
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