A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 8/2/2002
This week in News.bytes:
- PROPOSED NECO (DESERT PLAN) AMENDMENT
- FALLEN FIREFIGHTER HAD WORKED FOR BLM CALIFORNIA
- PROGRESS IN WILDLAND FIRE PREVENTION
- WILDLIFE TRIVIA: How many Federally endangered, Federally threatened, and BLM
sensitive animals occur on BLM California lands?
- CORRECTION to last week's trivia
- UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU!
- DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEWS
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE - Rock Art of Native California
- CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY - BLM and DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR:
- Bonds for mining, oil and gas on public lands
- Forest and rangeland health
- PILT (local tax payments)
- Outfitters on public lands
- WEED OF THE WEEK - HALOGETON
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
PROPOSED NECO PLAN AMENDMENT
"NORTHERN AND EASTERN COLORADO DESERT PROPOSED PLAN AMENDMENT PUBLISHED"
(BLM California news release, 07/29/2002)
The Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert (NECO) Proposed Coordinated Management
Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been released for public
review and comment. The planning area encompasses about 5.5 million acres in
eastern San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties.
Related: "PROPOSED NECO PLAN,
Link directly to information about the plan.
FALLEN FIREFIGHTER HAD WORKED FOR BLM CALIFORNIA
A former BLM California firefighter (with the Surprise Field Office) was among
three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed early Sunday when their fire engine
plummeted 800 feet down a ravine while fighting the Stanza Fire in Siskiyou
"MEMORIAL SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS FOR LASSEN'S FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS"
(Lassen National Forest news release, 08/02/2002)
"FIRE TEAM CRASHES IN RAVINE; 3 KILLED" (Sacramento Bee, 07/29/2002)
"FOREST CREWS MOURN DEATHS" (Sacramento Bee, 07/30/2002)
"TRIO MOURNED AS BLAZE RAGES" (Redding Record-Searchlight,
"FIRE ENGINE CRASH PROBED; Survivor offers condolences to victims' families"
(Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/30/2002)
With photos and comments from a memorial service for three firefighters killed
"FALLEN FIREFIGHTER A 'REMARKABLE HUMAN'" (Redding Record-Searchlight,
Profile of former BLM California firefighter Heather Jane DePaolo, who was one
of the three firefighters who died.
PROGRESS IN PREVENTING WILDFIRES
"SNAPSHOTS: Successes of BLM hazardous fuels projects (California)"
Successful projects to reduce fuels that feed raging wildfires include "prescribed
burns" -- and a hungry alternative.
(PDF file, 880 kilobytes):
Snapshots, July 26, 2002
"ALLIANCE TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS WITH FIRE ASSISTANCE"
Leaders of the California Fire Alliance and local Fire Safe Councils reviewed
accomplishments and roadblocks to implement the National Fire Plan, July 30
in Sacramento. One highly successful project supports fuels reduction around
the homes of senior citizens who are unable to do the work themselves.
The Alliance is seeking community sponsors for this project. For information,
call Michelle Phillips, the Executive Director, at 530-470-9193.
The Alliance -- a group of federal, state, local government, and private leaders
-- focuses on protecting people, resources, and property from catastrophic wildland
fire. It works to integrate pro-active fire management activities and preventive
efforts in education and fuels reduction.
The Councils shared information about planning and on-the-ground fuel reduction
projects funded by community assistance grants from the BLM and USDA Forest
Service. Presentations by David Tenny, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural
Resources and the Environment, the statewide California Fire Safe Council, the
Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and the High Sierra Resource Conservation
and Development District highlighted the meeting.
"BLM ANNOUNCES FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA"
(BLM California news release, 07/19/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management has announced that fire restrictions are now in
effect for Northeastern California and Northwestern Nevada public lands. The
restrictions apply to land managed by the BLM Eagle Lake (Susanville) , Alturas
and Surprise (Cedarville) field offices.
TRIVIA: How many Federally endangered Federally
threatened, and BLM sensitive animal species occur on BLM California lands?"
a - 27
b - 53
c - 81
SAM WANTS YOU
"UNCLE SAM WANTS
YOU -- TO VOLUNTEER AT FEDERAL SITES NATIONWIDE" (BLM news release,
President Bush unveils a new volunteer web page that offers one-stop access
to citizens seeking volunteer opportunities.
MORE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR - NATIONAL NEWS
"SECRETARY NORTON ANNOUNCES GEOTHERMAL LEASE SALE FOR NEVADA"
(BLM news release, 07/22/2002)
"NORTON PROMOTES GEOTHERMAL ENERGY PRODUCTION; NO TAX BREAKS YET"
(Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 07/25/2002)
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton tours geothermal plant near Lake Tahoe;
expresses support for renewable energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuel.
Says Bush administration want to cut royalty fees for access to renewable energy
sources on public lands, has not yet taken position on tax credits for renewable
"TREKKERS TO CROSS UNITED STATES ENTIRELY ON PUBLIC LANDS"
(National Geographic, 08/01/2002)
Two teams plan to cross U.S. from Canada to Mexico -- entirely on public lands.
Will hike, ride horses and use mountain bikes, all-terrain vehicles, canoes,
and motorboats in 3,000-mile journey sponsored by partners including National
Geographic Society, BLM and Department of Interior. Hikers will not enter California,
but group does include a Californian.
"NATIONAL DIRECTOR SAYS AGENCY WON'T FIGHT NEVADA ON WATER RIGHTS"
(Elko Daily Free Press, 08/02/2002)
After leaving visiting California last week, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke traveled
to Nevada where she was interviewed on national issues as well as local -- including
bonds for mining on public lands and managing wild horse herds.
(Note: if this story does not appear on the newspaper's
main Web page, it has been moved to the archives. Search for "Clarke"
-- without the quotation marks -- at http://www.elkodaily.com/archives/)
BOOKSTORE FEATURE - Rock Art of Native California
A visitor's guide to the great basin style petroglyphs in California. Native
California rock art provides the reader with a unique window into American Indian
rituals, beliefs, and artistic abilities. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=1417
CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY - BLM and DEPARTMENT
OF DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY: 'AVAILABILITY OF BONDS TO MEET FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS
FOR MINING, OIL & GAS PROJECTS'" (Department of Interior news sites,
Concern that stricter insurance company requirements since 9/11 would reduce
availability of oil and gas and mining company cleanup bonds, that are required
for operations on public lands. Statement of Tom Fulton to House subcommittee,
on Department of Interior task force looking at the issue.
"TESTIMONY OF SHERRY BARNETT,
BLM DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND PLANNING ... OUTFITTERS
POLICY ACT OF 2001" (BLM news release, 07/25/2002)
Current administration supports legislation's goal "to establish consistent
terms and conditions for outfitter and guide services on public lands"
and recognizes "the continuing need to enhance public opportunities for
recreational use of Public Lands" -- but expresses concern with some specifics
of the bill and looks forward to working with House committee to address those
"STATEMENT OF BLM DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ON 'COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST AND PUBLIC
LANDS RESTORATION ACT'" (Department of Interior news, 07/25/2002)
States that Department of Interior agrees with legislation's goal to add tools
to help restore forest and range health. States concerns with practical impacts
of implementing the legislation.
"STATEMENT OF DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL
AFFAIRS: PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES and related legislation" (BLM California
news release, 07/25/2002)
States that the Bush Administration supports PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes)
program, but opposes House bill making payments mandatory. PILT payments are
intended to help pay counties for costs they incur on federal lands within their
boundaries, since that land is not subject to property taxes.
WEED OF THE WEEK - HALOGETON
to Europe and Asia. Halogeton is typical in disturbed alkaline sites in salt-desert
shrubland and surrounding big sagebrush steppe types, as well as in shadscale
transition zones. Concentrated along roadsides, sheep trails, and areas where
livestock congregate. Although not extremely competitive, it does produce toxic
oxalates that are especially poisonous to sheep and cattle. http://www.ca.blm.gov/bishop/halogeton.html
(Invasive weeds are generally non-native plants introduced to
North America from Europe and Asia. Noxious weeds are destroying wildlife habitat
and forage, threatening endangered species and native plants, increasing soil
erosion and groundwater loss, and blocking recreation activities. BLM's challenge
is to prevent the spread of noxious weeds before the situation gets more serious
and requires more resources to contain or control it.)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF MINING GIANT" (The Signal, Santa Clarita,
Federal judge denies request by Los Angeles County, to dismiss case brought
by Cemex S.A. de C.V -- company with BLM permits for sand and gravel mine in
Soledad Canyon. Cemex's suit charges county denial of permits prevented it from
exercising federal mining rights....
"HEADWATERS PLAN WOULD LIMIT ACCESS" (Associated Press in Contra
Costa Times, 07/28/2002)
After the federal government bought land to create the Headwaters Forest Reserve
in 1999, herds of visitors in cars have crowded a small street in Fortuna, a
town nestled among redwoods near the south end of the parcel that's home to
an endangered bird and ancient trees.
"COUNCIL MEMBER TAKES ON MANY JOBS" (Palm Springs Desert Sun,
Profile of Buford Crites, of BLM California's Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
National Monument Advisory Committee -- and City of Palm Desert City Council
member, among many other current and former positions. He chaired the Advisory
Committee for the Santa Rosa Mountains National Scenic Area (1989 - 1994) and
he served on BLM´s Desert Advisory Council from 1994 to 2000.
Related: "SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE MEMBERS" (BLM California news site, 07/30/2002)
Names and short bios of members of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
National Monument Advisory Committee.
"NORTHWEST RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL INVESTIGATES ISSUES, TOURS CACHE
CREEK" (BLM California Web site)
Members met at Yolo County Regional Park for a float trip down a stretch of
Cache Creek, and discussed topics including management issues for the Cache
Creek Natural Area, including a proposal to include the area in the National
Wilderness Preservation System. Members also heard updates on a variety of items.
See a summary of meeting notes.
"BOARD WEIGHS WILDERNESS DESIGNATION" (Bakersfield Californian,
Kern County Board of Supervisors hears arguments on both sides of California
wilderness bill proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer, that would affect land within
their county and BLM-managed land statewide. Supervisors will wait until at
least Sept. 10 to endorse or opposed the bill.
"TRIBES WAGER NEWFOUND CLOUT ON SACRED LAND; Bill gives power to veto
projects proposed near spiritual ground" (San Francisco Chronicle,
Bill in California legislature would allow Native American tribes to stop permits
for construction on public or private lands they consider sacred. Article mentions
three projects on land managed by BLM California that could be impacted if the
bill becomes law: Glamis Gold, Ltd. proposed open pit gold mine in Imperial
a proposed geothermal power plant near Medicine Lake; and a power line from
Temecula to Riverside that might cross public lands.
"BLM IMPLEMENTS EMERGENCY MEASURES TO STOP PREDATION AT REGIONAL CORRAL
FACILITY" (BLM California news release, 07/25/2002)
In an effort to control coyotes and feral dogs attacking and killing wild horses
and burros at the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Regional Corral Facility near Ridgecrest,
the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS) and the Wildlife Service (formerly Animal Damage Control) take actions
to protect the animals.
ANSWER TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA: "How many Federally
endangered animal species occur on BLM California lands?"
ANSWER: c - 81 (There are 20 species of fishes, 13 species of reptiles,
24 species of mammals, 17 species of birds, and 7 species of amphibians.)
CORRECTION TO LAST WEEKS WILDLIFE
TRIVIA: What is the fastest animal in the
Several of our readers last week pointed out that the Pronghorn is not the fastest
animal, but rather the fastest land animal/mammal. Birds are animals
too -- and the Peregrine Falcon has been clocked at over 250 mph in a dive.
Thanks to all who responded for helping us to keep our facts straight!
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events Web site is now on a more
secure server, and your browser may state that "You are about to view pages
over a secure connection" and ask you to "Trust a Security Certificate"
from the Department of Interior that hosts this site.)
08/22/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office
08/03/2002 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory
Palm Desert City Hall Council Chambers
08/05/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
08/06/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping meeting
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
08/16/2002 - Televised Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
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