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Wind turbin set against a blue sky and clouds. BLM photo Three high school student interns install a campfire ring at Mattole Campground. Solar panels with a sunset. Air tanker retardant drop on the Bodie Fire. BLM photo Stained-glass panel of an ocean scene with crabs. BLM photo

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:

- Energy Resources
- Discover the Coast

- Headlines and Highlights
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events

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ENERGY RESOURCES

Sunset behing solar panels.On the Edge of the New Energy Frontier (Daily Press, 07/26/14)
Since the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the United States has fitfully moved toward energy independence based on national security and economic concerns. At the forefront of domestic development is California, and the Mojave Desert... http://ow.ly/zKZFY



2 Supervisors Oppose Giant Wind Project (Daily Press, 07/24/14)
Supervisors James Ramos and Robert A. Lovingood submitted a joint letter to the BLM strongly opposing the North Peak Wind Project planned for 16.4 square miles of mountain ridges overlooking much of the Victor Valley. http://ow.ly/zKYVR


RELATED: BLM California Renewable Energy
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/zLbf2


Wind turbine set against a sunny sky. BLM photoR
enewable Energy Discussions in BLM Social Media
(BLM Facebook) After posting a photo and short statistic about wind energy on the BLM-CA Facebook and Twitter pages, diverse discussion arose in the audience. http://ow.ly/zL6vw



RELATED: Renewable Energy Discussion
(BLM Twitter) http://ow.ly/zL8tC




DISCOVER THE COAST

Stained-glass panel of underwater ocean scene with crabs. BLM photoTrinidad Lighthouse Tour and School Art Show This Friday
(BLM Facebook) This Friday, Trinidad Head Lighthouse will be open for tours from 3-5:30 pm and a school art showing starts at 5:30 pm. More informaiton... http://ow.ly/zLfqO


RELATED: Discover the Coast @ Trinidad
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/zLjcW


Three high school student interns stand at a campfire ring just installed. Interns Help Out at the BLM Mattole Campground

(BLM Facebook) http://ow.ly/zLiDJ





RELATED: BLM's King Range National Conservation Area
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/zLiOD


BLM California Discover the Coast text graphic. Visit Our Discover The Coast Website
(BLM website)
Learn more about our Discover the Coast initiative, partnerships, and events. http://ow.ly/voNJ2




WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK

Gray fox stands at the entrace of an underground burro.

Common gray foxes are one of the most common mammals in California, but since these animals are active at night it can be very hard to spot one. One of the places you may want to look is:

(a) Down - in the water - they sometimes like to swim in lakes, or slow-moving rivers and streams.
(b) Under the hoods of automobiles that have just been run - for the heat of the engine.
(c) Up - they can sometimes be found lounging in trees.
(d) Behind - rocks, that is - they like to blend into gray fields of boulders.
(e) In flocks of sheep, where they like to pretend they are wolves.


------> See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.



OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Air tanker drops retardant on the Bodie Fire. BLM photoBLM-CA Leads Interagency Effort to Protect Sage-Grouse Habitat During Bodie Fire (News.Bytes Extra) Firefighting efforts on the Bodie Fire got an extra boost when the BLM-CA Bishop Field Office coordinated an interagency effort to help protect this critical resource. http://ow.ly/zLaxC



A young boy holds an atlatl. BLM photo Students Learn About Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Tools
(BLM Facebook) Ten budding anthropologists were introduced to the science of archaeology and were able to "learn by doing" in both the classroom and outdoor settings. http://ow.ly/zL5uo



A young girl creates an art project at the Desert Discovery Center. How Do Kids Beat the Desert Heat and Still Connect with Nature?
(BLM Facebook) They join the Desert Discover Center's Art Club! Check out the talented art projects created last weekend. http://ow.ly/zLklT




RELATED: Desert Discovery Center
(Desert Discovery Center Website) http://ow.ly/zLp7D


A picnic table sits under a pine tree at Swasey Recreation Area. BLM photoBLM Redding Partners are Proud of Their Public Lands

(BLM Facebook) The Redding Mountain Bike Club recently donated a picnic table for the Swasey Recreation Area trailhead. Also, local Muletown Road residents donated a picnic table that was installed along the Mule Ridge Trail System. http://ow.ly/zL3yR


BLM Redding Area Recreation Trails

(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/zLnBT


 

BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR Highlights

BLM firefighters. BLM photoLAST WEEK AT THE BLM, July 21-25, 2014 (BLM Tumblr) BLM Director Neil Kornze on July 24, 2014, shared information with industry representatives about the agency's efforts to increase oil and gas inspection capacity and more. http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1MjVyDM



An opening image clip from DOI's weekly video. VIDEO- This Week at Interior: July 25, 2014
(DOI YouTube)
Secretary Jewell on Capitol Hill to call for full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and more. http://youtu.be/7uzJk8MLLEM



A man repels down into a giant cave opening.Wyoming Cave with Thousands of Fossils to be Re-opened to Scientists for First Time Since 1970s
(Fox News, 07/24/14)
Paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils. The BLM is preparing to reopen a metal grate over the opening to offer scientists a look. http://ow.ly/zL0QL


A group of people riding their mustang horses are lined up for a photo. Wild Horse and Burro Expo this Weekend
(Record-Courier, 07/29/14) This weekend's Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo will feature a horse adoption with inmates from the Northern Nevada Correctional Center's Saddle Horse Training program. Ten saddle-trained horses and one burro from the ranges of Nevada, California and Utah will be available. http://ow.ly/zLcw3



SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug. 1: End of Public Review Period for Environmental Study 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


Apr-Oct. 23: Webcasts Scheduled to Solicit Comments on Route 66 Management Plan (BLM News Release) The California Historic Route 66 Association and BLM California Desert District have scheduled four webcasts to continue soliciting public comments on the preparation of a corridor management plan for the segment of historic Route 66. http://ow.ly/vUesE



WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and Related Information

Gray fox standing at a den entrance. Common gray foxes are one of the most common mammals in California, but since these animals are active at night it can be very hard to spot one. One of the places you may want to look is:



ANSWER: (c) "Up - they can sometimes be found lounging in trees." Common gray foxes have the ability to climb trees to look for food, escape from danger, or simply to lounge around on a favorite branch. They can even jump between branches.

SOURCE: BLM California Wildlife Database (BLM Webiste) http://ow.ly/zLmb8

RELATED: Rare Daytime Sighting Caught on Ocotillo Wells SVRA Critter Cam!
(Ocotillo Wells SVRA Facebook) http://ow.ly/zLmIQ



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