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Issue 630-06/26/14- Visit us on Facebook -- Follow us on Twitter -- Share us with friends and colleagues!
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Discover the Coast
- Renewable Energy
- Fire Management
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Wild Horse and Burro
Headlines and Highlights
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events
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BLM Releases Environmental Study and Announces Public Meeting for Blythe Mesa Solar Project in Eastern Riverside County (BLM News Release)
BLM released a joint environmental analysis with Riverside County for the proposed Blythe Mesa Solar Project in eastern Riverside County, Calif. for a 45-day public review. http://ow.ly/yewwM
BLM Seeks Public Comment on Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County
(BLM News Release) On Friday, July 11, 2014, the BLM will conduct a public meeting to solicit comments about their concerns and interests on the proposed Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County. The meeting will be held at the Hummell Community Building, Room 1, 2500 20th St West, Rosamond, Calif. from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
BLM California Renewable Energy Tour (BLM Facebook)
A group of BLM employees from national, state and local offices toured one of the wind turbines outside of Palm Springs and a solar project site north of Desert Center, CA. http://ow.ly/ys9vd
BLM Ravendale Firefighters Hone Their Skills (BLM Facebook)
Our firefighters at the Ravendale Station in Lassen County have been honing their skills in helicopter use as fire season intensifies. Here, crew members work on hooking a long line to the belly of BLM Helicopter 553. http://ow.ly/ysaz8
BLM Employee Awarded Outstanding Advocate of the Year from the California Fire Safe Council (BLM Facebook)
Another key part of fire season readiness is working with our fire safe councils, communities, and partners to plan and prepare for more fire resilient landscapes. http://ow.ly/ysa6S
Now that the Shirley Fire is Contained, the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation Begins (ABC 23, 06/21/14) Now that the Shirley Fire is 100% contained, the US Forest Service and the BLM will work together to mitigate post-fire threats to people and the ecosystem. The system in use will be the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation program to manage post-fire response actions after a wildfire is contained.. http://ow.ly/yrCGx
Fire Officials Stress Caution over July Fourth Holiday (BLM News Release)
Northeast California fire officials are reminding area residents and visitors to be careful with fire and fireworks when they celebrate Independence Day. Possession, Use of Fireworks Illegal on BLM Public Lands, National Parks, National Forests. http://ow.ly/yselY
BLM Bishop Field Office & Inyo National Forest Announce Fire Restrictions
(BLM News Release) Effective Friday, June 27, the BLM Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions. http://ow.ly/yseGP
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK
In some areas, bears have become a problem. This is most often because:
(a.) They leave the remains of their prey lying around and breeding flies.
(b.) They make dens in abandoned houses and empty garages.
(c.) They knock over trees and destroy other vegetation while chasing prey.
(d.) They find food in campsites or garbage cans.
(e.) Someone starts a wildfire and bear with pants shows up with an attitude.
(f.) Of resentment over decades of lost teddy bear royalties.
See answer - and more information near the end of this News.bytes.
Wild Horses are Again Inspiring the Lassen County Arts Council in Susanville (BLM Facebook) Now in its second year, the Arts Council's "Art of Wild Horses" encourages local businesses and organizations to buy a blank wild horse cutout and decorate it for the Lassen County Fair and parade. http://ow.ly/ysckF
BLM Removing Wild Horses from Private Lands in Eastern Siskiyou County
(BLM News Release) The Bureau of Land Management has begun capturing and removing wild horses from private lands in eastern Siskiyou County under provisions of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act that calls for removal of animals from private lands when requested by the landowner. http://ow.ly/yse4P
BLM-California Wild Horse and Burro Internet Adoption
(BLM Website) Complete an adoption application; Preview the animal profiles online and select which you would like; Call the BLM at 530-310-3674 to adopt your animal from June 16 to 27; Arrange to pick up your animal at one of the locations mentioned above. http://ow.ly/xTM0U
OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Group to Facilitate Connections to Desert (Daily Press, 06/21/14)
The public is invited to the July meeting of a newly formed advisory panel that will offer suggestions on desert land use and how to readily connect people with desert offerings. http://ow.ly/yrDGg
USDA, BLM Accelerating Sage-Grouse Protection in California, Nevada to Head Off Listing (Star Tribune, 06/20/14) The Obama administration is launching an effort to accelerate protection of sage grouse along the California-Nevada line with $31 million in spending through 2024 to help ranchers and others improve habitat. ...The BLM also is committing $6.5 million over 10 years to finance a wide range of improvements for the bistate population. http://ow.ly/ysi24
Man Arrested for Having Secret Marijuana Garden
(ABC 23, 06/20/14)
The Kern County Sheriff's Office Major Violator Unit and SWAT served a search warrant on a secret marijuana garden located on the BLM property off of Old Ox Court Road near Breckenridge Mountain... http://ow.ly/yrEvN
Feds Shell Out Money to Counties with National Lands
(The Californian, 06/18/14) California counties with vast tracts of federal land will receive a total of $45.3 million from Uncle Sam this year. The state's share is the biggest in the U.S. under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, or PILT, according to the Interior Department.
BLM Ranger Shot Near Lake Tahoe (Nevada Public Radio, 06/18/14)
Brent Douglas Cole allegedly shot a ranger from the BLM and an officer with the California Highway Patrol. The suspect posted a large number of anti-government posts on Facebook and other sites, and appears to belong to the Sovereign Citizens Movement. http://ow.ly/ysiu9
June is Great Outdoors Month (BLM Facebook) We have some fantastic recreational opportunities on BLM public lands in California. http://ow.ly/ys9f0