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Issue 597- 10/24/13   -  
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Hikers and their dogs on BLM hikeInternational ACE Team members in a group pose.Corral Manager Grant Lockie reviews adoption paperwork with parents.Desert tortoiseEarly snow and fall colors on Conway Summit, CA

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Wild Horse and Burro Program
- America's Great Outdoors
- On BLM Social Media Pages
-
Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Upcoming Events
- Headlines and Highlights: Assorted topics from your public lands in California
- National and Department of the Interior items

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WILD HORSE AND BURRO PROGRAM

Corral Manager Grant Lockie reviews adoption paperwork with parents.Youth Engaged in the Wild Horse and Burro Program
(BLM Extra)
The Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals partnered with the Kern County Fair to create the Kern County Youth Wild Horse and Burro Project. More than 5,000 people visited the wild horses and burros at the fairgrounds. Nine youth trainers, and their parents, chose to participate in the project. The wild horses and burros not selected for the project were adopted into good homes.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2013/597_extra_-_youth.html


AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS

Hikers enjoy a short break at the edge of Golden Cross Mine.  BLM PhotoBe Still the Night -- Tumco Revisited
(BLM Extra)
Eleven hikers joined a BLM El Centro Field Office park ranger on a September night hike to the Tumco Historic Mining Town. Tumco is a 19th century gold mining ghost town located in the Cargo Muchacho Mountains, just east of the Imperial Sand Dunes.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2013/597_extra_-_be_still.html

ACE team top row left to right: Jens (Germany), Nick (US), Pascal (Germany), Matthias (Germany).  BLM PhotoInternational ACE Team Eradication Effort in Alpaugh!
(BLM Extra)
While the title for this article sounds like an international spy team has descended upon the community of Alpaugh, the purpose for their visit was no less impressive for healthy ecosystems than your favorite superhuman spy thriller! BLM hosted an international work crew from the American Conservation Experience.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2013/597_extra_-_international.html


On BLM Social Media Pages....

Photo of early snow and fall leaves on Conway Summit near Bridgeport, CA.  Photo by Bob Wick/BLM.BLM California Facebook: See our fall photos, events, and social media discussions.
https://www.facebook.com/blmcalifornia


WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK
Desert tortoise

Which is one of the greatest threats to Desert Tortoises in captivity?
(a.) They stop breeding in captivity
(b.) They suffer from malnutrition because they refuse to eat their natural diets
(c.) They develop upper respiratory infections
(d.) They develop poor circulation
(e.) They can injure themselves jumping up on the table trying to get dinner scraps

See answer - and more informaiton - near the end of this News.bytes.


SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct. 24 and 25: BLM Advisory Council Meets in Point Arena
(BLM News Release)
Topics related to public lands and natural resource management will be discussed when the BLM's Northwest California Resource Advisory Council holds a meeting and field tour.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/october/NC-14-2-pointarenarac.html

Nov. 14: New Date for Close of Comment Period for Palen Solar Project as a Result of Federal Government Shutdown
(BLM News Release)
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/october/CDD-14-1palencommentperiod.htm

Hikers with their dogs on BLM guided hike. BLM Photo.Nov. 23: Guided Hike to the Rrugged Indian Pass Wilderness.
(BLM Website)
These day hikes are perfect for the entire family -- on most of them you can bring the dog!
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/recreation/doghikes.html

15 Days After Last Public Meeting: BLM California Takes Comments for Planning Review Regarding Oil and Gas Development on Public Lands
(BLM News Release)
http://www.ca.blm.gov/ffld

Winter Months: BLM to Begin Prescribed Burning on Public Lands
(BLM News Releases)
This fall, the BLM will conduct prescribed burns on public lands managed by the Arcata Field Office in Humboldt and Mendocino counties. The burns are designed to improve wildlife habitat, restore oak woodlands and improve forest health.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/october/NC-14-4prescribedburnarcata.html


HEADLINES and HIGHLIGHTS

Conservation Tag Would Help Napa, Lake Berryessa
(Napa Valley Register, 10/19/13)
Many might argue that the last thing Lake Berryessa needs is another layer of government laid onto its open wounds. Three federal government agencies -- the Bureua of Reclamation, the BLM and the National Forest Service -- manage different segments of the nearly 100-mile stretch of land. By pulling together the Berryessa Snow Mountain area as a conservation area, it forces those three agencies to...
http://www.ca.blm.gov/gfld

BLM Proposes Changes To King Range
(New Channel 3, 10/24/13)
The BLM is proposing changes that will effect access to the King Range Conservation Area. The plan looks to limit access, establish an access fee and increase their campsite fee.
http://kiem-tv.com/video/blm-proposes-changes-king-range

BLM Fire Restrictions Lifted in Several Northern California Areas
(BLM News Releases)
Even though fire dangers have decreased, we still ask that people be careful with fire any time they are outdoors.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom.html

Desert tortoise with radio tag on carapace. 2 Desert Solar Plants May Harm Thousands of Tortoises
(KCET, 10/21/13)
A federal agency estimates that more than 2,000 desert tortoises may currently occupy the sites of a pair of large planned desert solar projects that would straddle the California/Nevada state line, but says developing the projects won't harm the species.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/dfld

RELATED: Planning For a Clean Energy Future
(BLM Website)
The BLM is partnering with its fellow REAT agencies to develop a Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan for California.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/energy.html


NATIONAL, OTHER STATE AND DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR ITEMS

Photo clip of DOI VideoThis Week at Interior October 18, 2013
(DOI YouTube)
This week: Secretary Jewell welcomes back Department of the Interior employees...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hji3OOJ5hBw


WILDLIFE TRIVIA answer and related websites

Which is one of the greatest threats to Desert Tortoises in captivity?
(c.) They develop upper respiratory infections

SOURCE: "Desert tortoise - Gopherus agassizii"
(BLM California Wildlife Database)
Although the desert tortoise population remained healthy for three million years, it is now experiencing a serious decline. One cause for this decline is an upper respiratory disease. This disease is usually found in captive pet tortoises, but some pet owners have released their sick tortoises into the wild. As a result, some wild tortoises have contracted and spread the disease.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/wildlife/details.php?metode=serial_number&search=2568

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