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sea lions girls run in the desert OHV and RV in the desert Folsom Lake Veterans Crew pose in front of their crew haul. Two crew members move rocks

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:

- Military Veteran Crews
- Headlines and Highlights
- Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
- Discover the Coast
- Renewable Energy
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Upcoming Events and Activities
- Department of the Interior Weekly Video

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MILITARY VETERAN CREWS

Two crew members move rocks. BLM photosVeterans Conservation Crew Restores Trails at National Monument
(News.Bytes Extra)
Sledge hammers, shovels, crow bars and pure muscle were the tools used by 13 members of a Veterans Conservation Corps and 21 community volunteers as they worked side-by-side on a trail restoration project in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, just outside Palm Springs, Calif. http://www.ca.blm.gov/tsld

Group photo of CCC Veteran group. RELATED: California Conservation Corps Veterans Cleanup Hiking Trails
(My Desert, 02/16/14)
Members of the Conservation Lands Foundation, BLM, Friends of the Desert Mountains and the Desert Trails Hiking Club worked side-by-side with an all-veterans California Conservation Corps crew to make repairs along a stretch of Hopalong Cassidy Trail in Palm Desert. http://www.ca.blm.gov/rsld

Group photo of the 2012 Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew. BLM photoFolsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew
(BLM Facebook).
We have a quote from one of the firefighters about the experience and have their firefighter status on a Facebook photo album. http://ow.ly/u2dzC



HEADLINES and HIGHLIGHTS

Three men honored as firefigher of the year. Exchange Club Honors Bravery and Commitment
(Kern Valley Sun, 02/05/14)
The 2013 Firefighter of the Year Award Dinner was held at Paradise Cove Lodge with over 90 people in attendance. This year's recipients of the award; John Moreno, BLM and... http://www.ca.blm.gov/ssld

RELATED: Fire Battalion Chief John Moreno Named BLM's 2013 Firefighter of the Year (BLM Facebook) http://ow.ly/u2hle


Three girls run along sage brush and desert with their father. BLM photoAlabama Hills Restoration Project Completed

(News.Bytes Extra)
Volunteers, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group members and BLM staff planted 144 native grasses and shrubs to limit loss of vegetation at a popular dispersed campsite in the Alabama Hills.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/xsld

RELATED: Alabama Hills Recreation Area
(BLM Tumblr)
The rounded contours of the Alabamas form a sharp contrast between the glacially chiseled ridges of the Sierra Nevada. http://www.ca.blm.gov/zsld

Class participants stand in front of fire engines. BLM photoFIELD Crews Assist BLM with Invasive Plant Removal
(News.Bytes Extra)
The BLM Ridgecrest Field Office successfully partnered with the Farmworker Institute of Education & Leadership Development (FIELD) on a tamarisk removal project. http://www.ca.blm.gov/wsld


Little of Federal Horse Budget Spent on Fertility
(Times-Standard, 02/19/14)
Wild horse advocates say the fiscal year 2013 budget numbers show the BLM has reneged on a commitment to fertility control as the best way moving forward to keep herd numbers in check when necessary in Nevada and nine other Western states. http://www.ca.blm.gov/9sld

Girl holds small mammal trapping equipment. A Winter Vole Study
(BLM Facebook)
A team of researchers and volunteers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wildlife, Investigations Lab, UC Davis, U.S. Geological Survey, and BLM are involved in a winter study to learn more about the Amargosa vole. This endangered vole doesn't hibernate in the winter, like some other mammals, and little is known about its behavior and biology. http://ow.ly/u2BHB

RELATED: BLM's Amargosa River Natural Area
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/tXeiG


OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RECREATION

Dune buggy rides on open land in front of RVs. BLM photoNew OHV Training Center - BLM El Mirage
(BLM Facebook)
This 24,000 acre recreation area offers a plethora of opportunities for dry lake speed trials, motorcycles, ATVs, trucks, cars, buggies, land yachts, model airplanes, and so much more. http://ow.ly/u1Rzr


BLM and Forest Service to Apply for Off-Road Funding
(Victorville Daily Press, 02/19/14)
According to Friends of Juniper Flats, the organization and the BLM are working closely together on a grant for restoration in the Juniper Flats area, which will help protect important natural resources and restore closed vehicle routes. http://www.ca.blm.gov/jsld

Crackdown in Desert Steams Off-Roaders
(San Diego Union-Tribune News, 02/23/14)
A growing number of off-road enthusiasts are getting steamed over what they call heavy-handed law enforcement practices by federal rangers in the popular Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. http://www.ca.blm.gov/nsld

RELATED: BLM Crackdown Irks Glamis Offroaders
(San Diego Union-Tribune Video) http://bcove.me/wu1guype


DISCOVER THE COAST

Whale tail in the ocean. Come Discover the Coast and Follow the Gray Whale Migration!
(BLM Facebook)
It is the third busiest year ever for whales passing by Palos Verdes.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/5sld


Several seals lay in the sun on the beach. BLM photoGood Morning! Are You Feeling Revved up for the Day?
(BLM Facebook)
Some of us (photo) just want to laze around. Get ready, it's time for a quiz. Seal or sea lion and why? http://www.ca.blm.gov/3sld



RENEWABLE ENERGY

Desert Tortoise coming out of rocks. Feds Green Light 2 More Solar Projects in Ivanpah Valley
(KCET Rewire, 02/19/14)
The U.S. Interior Department announced Wednesday it was approving two large solar projects in the Mojave Desert that may displace or harm more than 2,000 desert tortoises.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/psld

A Huge Solar Plant Opens, Facing Doubts About Its Future
(The New York Times, 02/13/14)
The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Almost 350,000 mirrors the size of garage doors tilt toward the sun with an ability to energize 140,000 homes. http://www.ca.blm.gov/ctld


Desert tortoise with legs tucked in out in the desert. Environmentalists Say Solar Projects Will Endanger Desert Tortoises
(My Desert, 02/23/14)
Federal officials announced the approval of two solar energy plants on public lands in California and Nevada, angering environmentalists who say the facilities will endanger desert tortoises. The government said it would work to protect the tortoises by expanding the Ivanpah Desert Wildlife Management Area by more than 20,000 acres. http://www.ca.blm.gov/msld

RELATED: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation System Project
(BLM Website) http://www.ca.blm.gov/ysld


WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK

Sea lion on footstool.

When it comes to Sea lions, which of the following are true?
(a) can walk on their flippers
(b) are brownish in color
(c) molt their fur once a year
(d) have a great sense of musical rhythm
(e) a, b, c
(f)
all of the above

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



SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS and ACTIVITIES

Mar: Improvement Projects Planned at Boulder Reservoir
(BLM News Release)
Improvement projects to improve wildlife and fishery habitat and fishing opportunities are planned to begin this spring at Boulder Reservoir, about 25 miles southeast of Cedarville.
http://www.ca.blm.gov/6sld

Feb. 2: BLM Seeking Public Input on Drought Response Planning
(BLM News Release)
BLM is seeking public input on issues to be considered when the Surprise Field Office develops an environmental assessment for managing livestock and wild horses during drought. http://www.ca.blm.gov/7sld

Mar. 4 - Apr. 7: BLM Seeks Input on California State Parks OHV Grant Application
(BLM News Release)
BLM is submitting a grant application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division to help manage off-highway vehicle recreation opportunities on public lands. The preliminary application will be available on the OHMVRD's website at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/ for review and comment. http://www.ca.blm.gov/8sld

Mar- Apr: Wednesday Wildflower Walks - San Joaquin River Gorge SRA
(BLM Facebook)
Every Wednesday Morning in February and March 2014 at the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area. http://www.ca.blm.gov/2sld

Mar 15: North Algodones Dunes Night Hike
(BLM Facebook)
Join a park ranger for a fun night hike roaming the sand hills (dogs permitted). This moderately easy hike follows sandy washes and climbs the short dunes. http://ow.ly/u2rK6

Mar. 15- May 24 (Saturdays): Soda Lake and Painted Rock Guided Tours at Carrizo Plain National Monument
(BLM Facebook)
Come join us for our Soda Lake/Painted Rock Guided Tour. Reservations are required and can be made at http://www.recreation.gov/. Event announcement : http://ow.ly/twOiX

Apr 5: The Palos Verdes/ Point Vicente Whale of a Day Event
(BLM Facebook)
The event was rescheduled from March to April due to poor weather. Come celebrate the magnificent gray whale and our California coast. http://www.ca.blm.gov/0sld

Apr 16: Project Archaeology- Teacher Workshop at the San Joaquin River Gorge
(BLM Facebook)
1-Day Teacher Workshop at BLM's San Joaquin River Gorge Management Area Investigating Shelter. http://www.ca.blm.gov/1sld



DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR VIDEO

Image from the DOI video.DOI Weekly Video: February 21, 2014
(DOI YouTube)
This Week at Interior: two solar energy projects are approved near the California-Nevada border; Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor joins President Obama on a visit to drought-stricken California; the first publicly available interactive map of 47,000 onshore wind turbines is released...
http://youtu.be/F4s7H0v_bvY



WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and related information

Sea lion on a foot stool at UC Santa Cruz research center.When it comes to Sea lions, which of the following are true?

(f) all of the above



RELATED: Dancing Animals Help Tell Us Why Music Evolved
(National Geographic, 02/16/14)
The question has turned into a burgeoning scientific field -- one that looks at everything from boy-band-loving cockatoos to head-bobbing sea lion -- with implications for how and why music evolved in people. http://www.ca.blm.gov/lsld

VIDEO: Beat Keeping Sea Lion
(UC Santa Cruz YouTube)
Ronan, a resident sea lion at UC Santa Cruz, is the first non-human mammal shown able to find and keep the beat with musical stimuli. http://youtu.be/6yS6qU_w3JQ

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