A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 112 - 6/11/2003
This week in News.bytes:
- West Mojave Plan released for comment
- This weekend: Folsom wild horse and burro adoption
- Landmark lighthouse goes public
- Going coastal:
- Coast Dairies
- Mendocino ranch
- Special Feature: Driving the Eastern Sierra
- Photo Album: "Mineral materials"
- Cemex gravel mine
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: What Age is it?
- Wildfire, including:
- "Taking the heat"
- Cutting fire risk
- New policy to speed fire reduction
- Fire prevention debate
- Energy: power lines = controversy
- Valley Rainbow
- Mexico power plants
- National news, including:
- Trying for balance at Interior Dept.
- Conservancy from the grass roots
- RS 2477 precedents? Utah, Colorado
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
- Imperial sand dunes opinions
- Rock climbers battle over bolts
- Route 66, the "Mother Road"
- Outdoor industry on eco-issues
- Upcoming Congressional Hearings relevant to BLM California
- Selected Upcoming Events
West Mojave Draft Plan Amendment/Habitat Conservation Plan Released for Public Comment" (BLM California news release, 6/10/2003)
Based on years of local collaborative efforts, the West Mojave Plan, the largest habitat conservation plan (HCP) ever developed in the U.S., covering 9.3 million acres in San Bernardino, Kern, Los Angeles and Inyo counties, is now available for public comment. If the plan is ultimately adopted by local county and city governments, it will affect nearly 3 million acres of private land.
Related: An executive summary of the draft plan/HCP and draft EIS/EIR is currently online (this is a PDF document, about 133 kilobytes) and the full document will be available online at the same web address in the near future:
THIS WEEKEND: WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADOPTION IN FOLSOM
"Wild horses and burros up for adoption in Folsom" (BLM California news release, 5/27/2003)
They once grazed on the wide-open ranges of the West, but now, a more domestic life awaits a group of wild horses and burros. A total of 60 horses and 20 burros will be available to qualified adopters starting 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Folsom Rodeo Grounds. You can get a preview look at the animals when they arrive at the rodeo grounds Friday at about 2 p.m. (Repeated from an earlier News.bytes)
Related: "Don't try this at home..." (Online version of poster for this wild horse and burro event)
"Coast Dairies property,
Santa Cruz County California" (BLM California Issue Update)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Eastern Sierra drive
"Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra including Death Valley"
NOW ONLINE! From the canyons of Death Valley to the tree line in the High Sierra, Inyo County has some of the most rugged and varied terrain in the nation. Most of is open to exploring by vehicle - as long as you stay on established roads. Preview this popular guide and download the routes, maps, and driving tips. (The guide was a cooperative project of many partners, including BLM California.)
PHOTO ALBUM: "Mineral materials"
Also known as "salable minerals" - these differ from mining claims, "solid leasable minerals" and other mining activities on BLM-managed lands. Companies actually buy these types of mineral materials, rather than pay through a mining claim fee or royalty arrangement common in removal of other types of minerals from public lands.
"Mineral materials in California" (BLM California Web pages)
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "What Age is it?"
What period is known as the "Age of Amphibians?"
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)
"The thin red line:
Debate rages over best way to curb forest fires" (The Christian Science
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Off-roaders call new dunes plan 'slight improvement'" (Yuma Sun, 06/10/2003)
"By the time off-roaders are ready to spin their wheels in the sand in the fall, the [BLM] hopes to have in place a new management plan for the Imperial Sand Dunes that will reopen tens of thousand of previously closed acres to motorized vehicles." "It's a slight improvement over what the draft version contained, but it still needs a lot of work," says the president of one off-road group.
"Groups protest BLM's Horseshoe Ranch changes" (Mt. Shasta Live, 6/10/2003)
"A proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to change the size and use of the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area is the result of political meddling, according to a pair of environmental organizations that are formally protesting the changes."
"Under-served youths explore Eastern Sierra" (Mammoth Times, 06/05/2003)
"The goals of Sierra Adventures are to break down ethnic cliques that exist in the middle school and demonstrate to the students that in real life, all different types of people can work and play together." The group uses outdoor group activities in the Eastern Sierra to reach its goals. A BLM volunteer says in the last 10 years, he has "seen the program grow and become meaningful to the community."
"Third anniversary of Barstow's Route 66 Museum" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 6/11/2003)
BLM will participate in July 5 event at museum of "the Mother Road." Highlights include a classic car show open to all pre-1973 American cars and trucks. More volunteers are needed.
"Bolts in rocks have climbers screaming from top" (Associated Press in San Francisco Chronicle, 6/11/2003)
Newcomer rock climbers install permanent "bolts" in rock faces during rock-climbing - and leave them for others to take the same climbs - versus "traditionalists" who use temporary pitons that are removed by the last climber of a group. How much impact do bolts in cliffs have on public lands and wilderness? The BLM has drafted a regulation that will allow new bolts - but only with permits.
"Outdoor rec industry makes stand for wilderness; Utah deal to drop protections provokes response" (San Francisco Chronicle, 06/07/2003)
"The outdoor recreation industry, a timid but potentially powerful political force, has suddenly vaulted into the fray over the fate of the nation's wildlands." Reaction of various recreation companies to deal between Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Utah governor, to settle lawsuit by Utah to open more wilderness areas.
Related: "Outdoor industry taking on eco-issues" (USA Today, 06/08/2003)
UPCOMING CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS relevant to BLM California
TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
What period is known as the "Age of Amphibians?"
of swamps - they attract this amphibian, familiar to many Eastern U.S.
residents. But this creature has also invaded the West - and threatens
several of our own California frogs. In fact, some face a threat to their
very existence. Learn more about this invader on our BLM California Wildlife
Database. (photo credit: John H. Tashjian, California Academy of Sciences)
(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.).
06/14/2003 - Folsom wild horse and burro adoption
6/27/2003 - California Desert District Advisory Council
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