A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue date: 4/2/2003

This week in News.bytes:

- Public input on grazing policy, desert plans:
     - Grazing: meetings
     - Grazing: concept paper
     - Western Mojave route plan: comment period extension, meetings
     - Powerline right-of-way

- Recreation on California's public lands:
     - Camping reservations: too late - except where none needed
     - "California's Mojave Desert abounds in interesting sites"
     - Turkey season start[ed] Saturday

     - ...and more
- Not For Educators Only:
     - Photo Album - Rock Art
     - Bookstore Feature: "Carrizo Plain National Monument Pin"
     - Wildlife Trivia Question: Reptile commoner?

- Volunteers Needed:
     - South Cow Mountain Trails Day - April 12
     - King Range Trail projects
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
     - Artists inspired by desert
     - Bill pushes for more wilderness
     - Proposed moratorium on more federal land
     - Prescribed fire near French Gulch
- Tuolumne landfill vandalism
     - Modoc gates issue
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
     - Earth Day, Trail Day events
     - National Monument meetings
     - Motorcycle race
     - Wildflower hikes
     - Wild horse and burro Adoption


"BLM announces grazing policy public meetings" (BLM California news release, 04/01/2003)
The U. S. Bureau of Land Management will hold public meetings in three California locations later this month to provide opportunities for people to comment on potential changes in the agency's public land livestock grazing policies.

"Concept Paper" (BLM California Web site, 4/1/2003)
Read about BLM grazing policy ideas.

"BLM Extends Comment Period on Proposed West Mojave Route Designation Plan Amendment and Reschedules Public Meetings" (BLM California news release, 4/2/2003)
BLM has extended the 30-day public comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) and draft plan amendment of the California Desert Conservation Area Plan to designate routes of travel within the West Mojave planning area to Friday, May 2, 2003. Two public meetings have been rescheduled to receive comments on the EA and proposed plan amendment.

"BLM Seeks Public Comments on Plan Amendment for Proposed Powerline Project" (BLM California news release, 4/1/2003)
Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and right-of-way would permit construction of the Imperial Irrigation District's proposed transmission line to deliver power from proposed Salton Sea geothermal power plant to an existing IID electrical transmission line. The proposed interconnection is a new 16-mile line - about 2.8 miles would cross BLM-managed public lands in Imperial County.


"Breaking Away: California state parks are popular -- and booked solid" (Modesto Bee, 04/01/2003)
Backpacker-only view in the King Range, above the Lost Coast TrailMore people plan camping vacations this year -- "with the weak economy, concerns about war, threat of terrorism ... even the price of gasoline..." Most popular spots booked through Labor Day. One exception: "first-come, first-served" walk-in spaces -- including Backpacker Magazine's "Best Beach Hike" - The Lost Coast Trail, managed by BLM California. "Hikers can camp just about anywhere they choose to pitch a tent along the 24-mile, 60,000 acre Lost Coast Trail," says BLM Acting Field Manager.

Related: "Top 10 - Arcata Field Office" (BLM California Web site)
Links and an orientation map to top sites managed BLM California's Arcata Field Office - including the Lost Coast Trail cited in the Modesto Bee article above. (Also see news release under "Volunteers" below: "Volunteers needed for King Range trail projects."

Related: "Search for Recreation Sites" (BLM California database)
Search for camping spots - and other recreation - throughout lands managed by BLM in California.
(Note: BLM California's Recreation Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)

"California's Mojave Desert abounds in interesting sites" (Colorado River Weekender, 03/26/2003)
"Interesting and historical sites" include several managed by - or operated in partnership with - BLM California. (See the "Search for Recreation Sites" link above to find more information on these sites.)

"Turkey season start[ed] Saturday" (St. Helena Star, 03/27/2003)
Spring wild turkey opened Saturday, runs through May 4. "Wild turkey hunting opportunities are available to the public in many national forests, some Bureau of Land Management lands and several DFG-owned wildlife areas. Contact local agency offices to obtain maps of public lands and for more information regarding local turkey populations."

Related: Hunting rules are set by California Department of Fish and Game:

"Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway project makes progress" (Calaveras Enterprise, 4/1/2003)
Proposed National Scenic Byway - 58 miles of Highway 4 between Arnold and Markleeville - passes through a corridor managed by agencies including BLM California. The scenic drive would help lead visitors to "fishing, hunting, cross-country and alpine skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, riding horses and OHV riding on hundreds of miles of trails and backcountry roads."

"BLM to hold public meeting on off-highway vehicle grant request" (BLM California news release, 4/2/2003)
Have a voice in future recreation efforts on public lands: The BLM will accept public comments on a proposal for off-highway-vehicle grant funds, at a public meeting Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m., at the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2950 Riverside Dr., Susanville.


Steam Wells petroglyph - one of the 24 sites in BLM California's Rock Art  guide
California contains many rock art sites, pictographs (rock paintings), petroglyphs (rock engravings), and geoglyphs (earth-figures), created by our Native American forbearers. Many of these sites are on BLM lands, including some that are open for public visits.
Related: "Rock Art of Native California: A Visitor's Guide" (BLM California Web site)
This guide will lead you to 24 of these sites, stretching from the Mexican border to Oregon and Nevada.
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Carrizo Plain National Monument Pin"
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Carrizo Plain National Monument Pin"
Wildlife Trivia Question mark of the week
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "What is the most 'common reptile' in California?" (to be more specific: which reptile occurs in the most types of habitat?)"
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)


"Volunteers Needed for South Cow Mountain Trails Day - April 12" (BLM California Web site)
The Bureau of Land Management is looking for a few good volunteers. April is Keep California Beautiful Month, and April 12 is California Trails Day. In observance of these events, the BLM Ukiah Field Office will be hosting a volunteer work day at the South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, 8 miles east of Ukiah on Saturday, April 12.

"Volunteers needed for King Range trail projects" (BLM California news release, 3/18/2003)
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to help improve recreation areas on California's Lost Coast are needed for volunteer projects scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27.


"Artists inspired by desert"(Riverside Press-Enterprise, 4/2/2003)
A "program that brings artists from throughout the United States and Canada to draw inspiration from the beauty and grandeur of the desert" is hosted by Joshua Tree National Park. Through agreement with BLM, "the artists have 11 million more acres to draw in and from." One result: to "promote the scenic natural and cultural values of public lands."

"Bill pushes for more wilderness" (Eureka Times-Standard, 03/29/2003)
Bill introduced Thursday in Congress, to make hundreds of thousands of acres of California public lands into wilderness areas. Companion to U.S. Senate bill. Bill would affect BLM-managed lands, including "41,614 acres in the King Range.",1413,127%257E2896%257E1280585,00.html

"Lawmaker seeks moratorium on more federal land" (Kansas City Star, 04/01/2003)
"A Missouri congressman is trying to stop the federal government from acquiring more land until it does a better job of maintaining the millions of acres it already has." Bill would place moratorium on purchases through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (taxes on offshore oil and gas drilling helps four agencies - including BLM - buy property for conservation and recreation). Congressman says "he is motivated primarily by a $15 billion backlog on maintenance and improvements on federal lands.

"BLM plans prescribed fire project near French Gulch" (BLM California news release, 03/31/2003)
Fire crews from the U. S. Bureau of Land Management and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection plan to begin a slash pile-burning project near French Gulch during the week of April 7.

"Tuolumne seeks to halt landfill vandalism" (Modesto Bee, 03/27/2003)
Vandalism and trespassing with off-road vehicles threaten to damage topsoil cover and increase costs of closing landfill. The 10 acres are leased from BLM by city, which wants to purchase the land.

"Day area gates issue may go to county" (Modoc Record, 03/27/2003)
Petition to Modoc County says access to popular areas managed by BLM and U.S. Forest Service has crossed private lands -- whose owners recently installed gates. Petitioners want gates removed. Owners say gates on the route are not new, have been locked during parts of the year already without problems, and that there are other routes into public lands nearby.
(Note: this link will take you to the middle of a rather long Web page of news items.)

Western fence lizard - photo credit: National Park Service ANSWER TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "What is the most common reptile in California? (that is: which occurs in the most types of habitat?)"
Wildlife Trivia Question mark of the week

Western fence lizards: They occur in all habitat types below 10,000 feet with the exception of desert areas. However, they do occur in riparian and mountainous habitats within the desert.
Learn more on 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.)

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

04/05/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
Palm Desert

04/12/2003 - Barstow Earth Day Event

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

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

04/12/2003 - Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

04/19/2003 - Cache Creek wildflower hike
Lake County

04/22/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument draft management plan public meeting

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