A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue date: 3/26/2003

This week in News.bytes:

- Working Landscapes: Grazing, multiple use:
     - Policy changes?
     - Photos
     - Range management: example
- Draft Plans released:
     - West Mojave routes of travel
     - National Monument
- Advisory groups to meet
Not for Educators Only:
     - Wildlife Trivia Question: Fearsome snake
     - Plant of the Week: Holmgren's skullcap
     - Bookstore Feature: Scenic Byways
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
     - Bizz Johnson Trail featured in major magazine
     - Wildflower hikes
     - Snapshots: Fire prevention projects
     - South Cow Mtn. closed for event
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
     - Earth Day
     - Climbing
     - Wild horses: adoption event in 2 weeks
     - Wild horses: meeting


"BLM Considers 'Working Landscape' Grazing Policy Changes,
Seeks Public Input in Developing Ideas"
(BLM National news release, 03/25/2003)
"To improve the long-term health and productivity of the public rangelands, the [BLM] is considering grazing policy changes that would provide more management flexibility and promote innovative partnerships, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke announced ... These potential policy changes would complement the various grazing regulatory changes that the BLM is already considering."

grazing on public landsPHOTO ALBUM - Grazing on Public Lands
The BLM plays a significant role in managing the grazing of domestic livestock on public lands. Most of the permitted use on the public lands is committed and has been since the early days of the Bureau. The primary domestic livestock that are permitted for grazing use are cattle and sheep.

windmill on grazing lands"Range Management" (BLM California Web site)
Related: The range conservationist for the BLM's Bishop Field Office prepared Web pages explaining more about range management, not just grazing.


"BLM Releases Environmental Assessment and Proposed Plan Amendment for Routes of Travel Designations in West Mojave Planning Area" (BLM California news release, 03/24/2003)
The BLM is releasing an environmental assessment and draft plan amendment of the California Desert Conservation Area Plan to complete the routes of travel designation portion of the West Mojave Plan Amendment, to meet an agency deadline. The EA analyzes the proposed routes of travel network that was developed through an extensive public collaborative process as part of the West Mojave Plan.

Related: The Environmental Assessment is available for review on line at:

Related: "BLM study on off-road vehicle routes ready for public eye" (San Bernardino County Sun, 03/24/2003)
"After 18 years of study, an environmental assessment analyzing planned and existing off-road vehicle routes on public land in the vast western Mojave Desert has been completed and is ready for public review. The [BLM} released the assessment Monday as part of a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.",1413,208%257E12588%257E1267297,00.html

a bighorn sheep in the Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument"Draft Management Plan for Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Released" (BLM California news release, 03/24/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS) announce the availability of the Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

Related: "Draft plan to manage monument will be released by government" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 03/21/2003)
"The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is still so young that a plan isn't in place to manage its biological, cultural and recreational resources. But all that should change this year."


"National monument advisory committee meeting to be held in Palm Desert" (BLM California news release, 03/20/2003)
The BLM U.S. Forest Service will hold the next meeting of the advisory committee to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument on Saturday, April 5, 2003. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m., at the Palm Desert City Hall Council Chambers, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert.

"Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee meets March 27-28 in Cedarville" (BLM California news release, 03/21/2003)
Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will discuss a wide range of natural resource issues, when they meet Thursday and Friday, March 27 and 28, at the Cedarville Community Church Hall, corner of Bonner and Center Streets in Cedarville.

Wildlife Trivia Question mark of the Week

"What is the most dangerous snake in North America?"
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
PLANT OF THE WEEK - "Holmgren's skullcap" PLANT OF THE WEEK - "Holmgren's skullcap"
Perennial glanular herb with one to several erect to spreading stems. Leaves are elliptic and opposite. Flowers are pale whitish to pale purple. This plant only occurs on public lands administered by BLM California's Surprise and Eagle Lake Field Offices.
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Scenic Byways: Far West" BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Scenic Byways: Far West"
From the book description: "A Guide to National Forest Scenic Byways from Alaska to Southern California - which meander through old-growth forests, trace salmon-filled rivers, and cross trails leading deep into wilderness areas. This book takes you on 33 byways and provides all the information (travel maps, historic sites, campground locations, etc.) you need to spend your vacation the way you want."


"Rails to Trails" (Travel+Leisure, 04/01/2003)
"Across the country, old railbeds have been transformed into the ultimate bike paths." One of the 10 featured rides is the Bizz Johnson Trail, managed jointly by BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office.

"Bizz Johnson Trail" (BLM California Web site)
Related: Bike 25 miles of old railroad line, now adapted for mountain biking and other recreation. (BLM California Web site)

"Joint Ventures: Partners in Stewardship"
A national stewardship conference for citizen, organization, and government participants is scheduled for November 17-20 in Los Angeles. Seven federal agencies will host the conference - National Park Service, Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish & Wildlife Service, and the BLM. You can attend and propose topics now for the conference. See website at:

"BLM will lead free guided wildflower hikes" (BLM California news release, 03/21/2003)
Free guided hikes into wildflower areas will be offered through April by the Bureau of Land Management's Ukiah Field Office. The hikes into the Cache Creek Natural Area of Lake County are scheduled for Saturdays: April 5, 12, 19 and 26.

"South Cow Mountain area to be closed during motorcycle race" (BLM California news release, 03/21/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management will close the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area to general use and through traffic during the Outlaw Hare Scrambles motorcycle race set to run Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6.

"SNAPSHOTS: Highlighting BLM projects that support the National Fire Plan"
BLM California featured prominently, in recent projects to prevent fire on public lands. Items include:
     - California project protects community and its rare plants;
     - Local efforts result in national workshop (in Bakersfield);
     - Fort Ord gains ten more miles of essential fuel break and
     - Otay Mountain International Border fuel break.
PDF File, one megabyte:
Snapshots - California 3/21/03

"BLM Schedules Special Wild Horse and Burro Adoption for Easter" (BLM California news release, 03/21/2003)
Some people may think of chicks and bunnies for Easter, but the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a better idea - - how about adopting a wild horse or burro to celebrate the arrival of spring?  It may not fit in an Easter basket, but the animals can offer many years of pleasure to their adopters.

"Old shafts post threat" (Bakersfield Californian, 03/23/2003)
Various experts including a deputy coroner, add their voices to recent warnings about the dangers of abandoned mines in the California desert. Dangers include holes where the unwary can fall more than 100 feet straight down into the earth. Agencies are working to close the most dangerous, but face a backlog of perhaps 40,000 sites.,1413,208%257E12588%257E1265077,00.html

WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER to: "What is the most dangerous snake in North America?"
Mojave rattlesnake - photo credit Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences The Mojave rattlesnake -- it is a large, aggressive snake that is not afraid to strike. The venom has both hemolytic and neurotoxic elements, and as a result it causes more respiratory distress than any other snake in the pit viper family. Several people die from these snake attacks each year.
Wildlife Trivia Question mark of the Week
Learn more online at the BLM California Wildlife Database:
(Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)

(Note: the Upcoming Events database is on a secure Web server, and your browser may state "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. To view the pages, you must select "Yes" or "OK" for both questions.)

03/27/2003 and 03/28/2003 - Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Committee

03/29/2003 - Alabama Hills Climbing Event

04/01/2003 - Wild horse gather public meeting

04/02/2003 - Wild Horse gather plan public meeting

04/02/2003 and 04/03/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council meeting

04/04/2003 - South Cow Mountain OHV Area - Outlaw Hare Scrambles motorcycle race

04/05/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
Lake County

04/12/2003 - Earth Day Event

04/12/2003 - Trails Day/Earth Day event

04/12/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
Lake County

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