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Issue 627-06/05/14- Visit us on Facebook -- Follow us on Twitter -- Share us with friends and colleagues!
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Renewable Energy
- Discover the Coast
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
Headlines and Highlights
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events
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FREE OFFER! California Wilderness Wall Map (BLM Webpage)
Complete the form below to receive a FREE wall map of Federal Wilderness Lands in California. http://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/offers/index.php?issueReq=627
Desert Restoration Corps Celebrates End of Season with One More Project
(News.Bytes Extra) This past week the Desert Restoration Corps celebrated the end of their eight month season in the desert with one last hurrah -- a three-day restoration project in the Rand Mountain Management Area in the California desert. http://ow.ly/xD4IC
Celebrating Bishop's Mule Days and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
(News.Bytes Extra) Memorial Day weekend marked a double anniversary event in Bishop this year, with the 45th annual Mule Days event and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
RELATED: Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness
(Wilderness 50 Website) http://www.wilderness50th.org/
485 MW Blythe Solar PV Project Moves Forward with Completion of Environmental Review (Solar Server, 05/02/14) The U.S. federal government has issued its final environmental impact statement for NextEra Energy Resources LLC's 485 MW Blythe solar photovoltaic project in Southern California. http://ow.ly/xAxCL
RELATED: BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Blythe Solar Power Project Right-of-Way Amendment (BLM News Release) The BLM released a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed right-of-way amendment for the Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County.
Mendocino County: A monument of Redwood Trees, Nature, Wine and Hot Springs
(The Examiner, 05/25/14) Mendocino County made headlines in March when President Barack Obama declared more than 1,600 acres of its southern coastline part of a federally protected national monument. http://ow.ly/xAiUK
RELATED: Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument (BLM Website) The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a unique and spectacular area that includes access to 12 coastal miles of undeveloped federal and state-managed public lands, coastal bluffs, the estuary of the Garcia River, sandy beaches and dunes, and adjacent small islands accessible during low tide. http://ow.ly/xDyyh
Free Outing Focuses on Tidepools and Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (BLM News Release) The fascinating life in tidepools will be featured in a free interpretive outing Tuesday, June 17, at Mal Coombs Park in Shelter Cove. The outing is part of a summer hikes series offered by the BLM and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association.
U.S. Army Considering Additional Munitions Removals at BLM's Fort Ord National Monument (BLM News Release) The U.S. Army is accepting comments until July 3 on a Draft Final Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study that calls for additional cleanup actions on BLM-managed lands within the Fort Ord National Monument. http://ow.ly/xDveM
Visit Our Discover The Coast Website (BLM website)
Learn more about our Discover the Coast campaign, partnerships, and events. http://ow.ly/voNJ2
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK
The Brown pelican can be found in coastal areas and occasionally along lakes and river, including the lower Colorado River at the California-Arizona border. Which of the following are true statements about the Brown pelican?
(a) Brown Pelicans mostly eat small fish that form schools near the surface of the water
(b) The Brown pelican is one of only two species of pelicans that plunge-dive for their food.
(c) During a dive, the Brown Pelican tucks its head and rotates its body to the left.
(d) Pelicans incubate their eggs with the skin of their feet.
(e) Brown Pelicans were nearly wiped out in North America in the 1960s and 1970s from the use of the pesticide DDT.
(f) All of the above
(g) a, c, d and e
See answer - and more information near the end of this News.bytes.
OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Students Get a Jump on National Trails Day (BLM Facebook) Fifth graders from Richmond School near Susanville got a jump on National Trails Day (Saturday, June 7), when they spent Monday morning riding seven miles on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. http://ow.ly/xDwn5
Bus Service, Group Reservations Available for Bizz Johnson Trail Visitors
(BLM News Release) The BLM and Lassen Land and Trails Trust are encouraging trail users to take advantage of the Lassen Rural Bus west county commuter service that operates Monday through Saturday. Bike rack-equipped buses leave various stops in Susanville and can drop cyclists, hikers and runners at Devil's Corral, Fredonyer Summit... http://ow.ly/xDuQK
Travertine Volunteer Cleanup Day (BLM Facebook) We'd like to thank our partners for their support in the Travertine Volunteer Cleanup Day near Bridgeport, CA. Over 30 people came to pick up trash and debris in an old target shooting area next to the Travertine Hot Springs Area of Critical Environmental Concern. http://ow.ly/xDwYV
RELATED: Travertine Volunteer Cleanup Day a Success
(BLM News Release) A recent volunteer cleanup day near Bridgeport was described by participants as a "huge success." The cleanup was organized by the BLM Bishop Field Office in partnership with the Bridgeport Indian Colony, Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, Friends of the Inyo, and employees from Patagonia in Reno, Nev.
How Will You Celebrate National Fishing & Boating Week, June 1-8?
(BLM Facebook) It's also Great Outdoors Month and a fantastic time to explore your water recreation opportunities and public lands. http://ow.ly/xDvVC