A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 583 - June 14, 2013
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- America's Great Outdoors
- On our Facebook pages
- On our other social media pages
- Not for educators only: Wildlife trivia question of the week
- Traditional energy
- Wild horses and burros
- Headlines and highlights: Assorted topics from your public lands in California
- Selected upcoming events
- National and Department of the Interior items
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|AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS
Hike with your kids on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Zigzagging its way from Mexico to Canada, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail was designated as a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 1968. The BLM manages 180-miles of the trail, primarily in the south half of the state. This trail boasts some of the greatest elevation changes in the National Scenic Trail System and is popular with thousands of hiker and equestrian users. Whether you visit for a few hours or for a few weeks, you'll surely find a uniquely Californian scene that will rejuvenate, inspire, and surprise you.
ON OUR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES...
...After a hard night of foraging for Giant Kangaroo Rats and other small rodents, this nocturnal San Joaquin Kit Fox is settling down for a good day's sleep.
NOT for EDUCATORS ONLY:
||WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK:
What is a Yuma Myotis?
(a) a type of rat
(b) a type of bat
(c) a type of wildcat
(d) a fungus found in many desert caves between El Centro, California and Yuma, Arizona
(e) a type of short-sightedness that prevents some Arizonans and nearby Californians from understanding anyone else's points of view on urban sprawl and the environmentample Text
See answer near the end of this News.bytes.
"BLM, Tribes Continue Dialogue on Hydraulic Fracturing Rule" (BLM, 06/13/13) Building on the eight outreach sessions held last year with Tribal communities and the 22 formal one-on-one tribal consultations, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled two additional regional outreach meetings with Tribal representatives to discuss how the Bureau's proposed hydraulic fracturing rule would strengthen oil and gas operations on Indian trust lands.
"BLM Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule"(06/07/13) The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it is extending the public comment period on its proposed revised rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public and Indian trust lands. Notice of the 60-day extension, which extends the comment period deadline to August 23, 2013. The high level of interest in the rule, which is the first update of these Federal oil and gas regulations since the 1980s, prompted the extension.
"BLM Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Commercial Oil Shale Regulations" (BLM, 06/13/13) In order to facilitate greater review by the public and key stakeholders, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it is reopening the public comment period for proposed revisions to its commercial oil shale regulations. Notice of the new 30-day comment period is published in today's Federal Register. Public comments will now be accepted until July 15, 2013.
|WILD HORSES AND BURROS
"Sterilize Wild Horses to Cut Population" (The Sacramento bee, 06/06/13) The federal government should do large-scale drug injections of wild horses to make them infertile, according to a highly anticipated recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences. The report released said the Interior Department's strategy for wild horses is making a bad situation worse. The government has rounded up nearly 50,000 wild horses and put them in corrals and pastures. More of America's wild horses are now in holding facilities than estimated to be roaming the wild, in what the National Academy of Sciences called a failure to limit the animals' fast-growing numbers.
"BLM Welcomes National Academy of Sciences Research Committee's Report on Wild Horse and Burro Management Program" (BLM, 06/05/13)
The Bureau of Land Management welcomed the findings and recommendations of a 14-member committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that reviewed the BLM's wild horse and burro management issues over a two-year period. The resulting report, entitled "Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward," was commissioned by the BLM, which requested the NAS to perform and prepare an independent assessment of numerous scientific-related issues related to the agency's management of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.
"Wild Horses, Burros Available for Adoption at Napa Mustang Days" (BLM, 06/03/13) Residents of the Napa Valley and surrounding areas have the opportunity to adopt a wild horse or burro and enjoy a day of family fun, when the Bureau of Land Management and Napa Valley Horsemen's Association host Napa Mustang Days, Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16, at the Napa Horsemen's Association Grounds, 1200 Foster Rd., in Napa. Events get underway at 3 p.m. Friday, with a preview of animals available for adoption.
|HEADLINES and HIGHLIGHTS
"BLM Announces ISDRA Subgroup Public Meeting" (BLM, 06/13/13)
The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) Subgroup to the Desert Advisory Council (DAC) has scheduled a public meeting for June 27, 2013, at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th St., El Centro, CA 92243 from 4 to 6 p.m. The meeting will provide the public a final opportunity to discuss the final ISDRA business plan and to formulate recommendations for presentation to the DAC in July. Public safety will also be discussed.
"Feds Propose Fee Increases for Glamis Dunes" (The Press Enterprise, 06/07/13)
Off-roaders would have to pay more to use the popular Glamis off-highway vehicle area under a federal plan to halt a financial hemorrhage and maintain public safety services."We know we're not providing everything we should be providing now. We're also overspending. Over the last three years, on average, we overspent by $562,000," said Neil Hamada, dunes manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
RELATED: "ISDRA Business Plan" (El Centro Field Office)
"Planning for Access at Case Mountain" (BLM, 06/11/13)
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Bakersfield Field Office is planning a public meeting in early July, date and location to be announced, to present alternatives for managing Case Mountain. The alternatives are being developed using feedback from a public workshop held in Three Rivers on May 29 where plans for the BLM-administered public lands were discussed. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/june/casemountain.html
"Campers Need Permits, Caution With Fires" (The Sacramento Bee, 06/03/13)
Summer outdoor enthusiasts need to be careful while visiting the region's national forests, officials say. Campfire permits are available for free at any U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection office. The permits are good until Dec. 31 of each year and allow the holder to build a safe campfire where and when they are permitted, according to a Forest Service news release. They also allow the holder to have a charcoal fire and a portable gas stove.
|NATIONAL, OTHER STATE AND DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR ITEMS
"Interior Announces Nearly $400 Million in PILT Payments to Rural Communities for Police, Fire and Schools" (DOI, 06/13/13)
As Part of the Obama Administration's commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that about 1,900 local governments around the Nation are receiving a total of $399.8 million under the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT program compensates counties and local governments for non-taxable federal land in their jurisdictions.
"This Week at Interior" (YouTube)
Secretary Jewell kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week, with the help of more than 200 Washington DC students.
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
"BLM Announces Summer Lecture Series at Headwaters Forest Reserve"
(BLM, 06/11/13) A series of free summer lectures about local history and natural resources will be offered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Headwaters Forest Reserve Education Center on various weekends beginning June 15, and continuing until mid-October. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The education center is about a half-mile from the parking area at the Elk River Trailhead southeast of Eureka.
RELATED: "Headwaters Forest Reserve Education Center" (Arcata Field Office)
- Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. "Landslides in Motion," The presenter is BLM Geologist Sam Flannigan.
- Saturday, July 6, 10:30 a.m. Local historian "Noah Falk, the Man Behind the Elk River Lumber Company,"Jerry Rhode will lead the discussion.
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