A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue 124 - 9/4/2003

This week in News.bytes:
Yurok tribal member sets up survey equipmentADVISORY COUNCIL PROFILE: "Lee Chauvet"Where is this?PROFILE: "Viola Hunting"
- Yurok Tribe and BLM Work Together
- Imperial Dunes fees set for 2003-2004 season
- More off-roading
- Advisory Council profile: Lee Chauvet
- Not for Educators Only:
     - Photo Album: "Wilderness"
     - Where Is This?
     - Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Running hot and cold
     - Bookstore Feature: "Southern & Central California Atlas & Gazetteer"
- Profile: "Viola Hunting"
- Land Use Planning
- Hunting and shooting on public lands
- Wildfire
- Adopt-A-Horse or Burro events
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
     - Discovery Center partnership
     - County acquires federal land at lake
- Selected Upcoming Events

Yurok tribal member sets up survey equipmentMike Pool, California BLM state director, visited the Yurok Indian Tribe in northern California in late August to discuss a cadastral survey project on the tribal lands. Director Pool met with the Tribal Council and toured the project area. BLM surveyors will define the exterior boundaries of the reservation and the trust allotments on the interior. Nearly a dozen tribal members will work as survey technicians on the project.
More details, and photos from the visit:


"Off-road costs triple for popular desert site" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 09/03/2003)
"The [BLM], citing too many expenses and fewer funding sources, announced Tuesday that the agency will triple the cost of visitor fees at the desert's most popular off-roading area. Starting Oct. 1, a season pass for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in the state's southeast corner will cost $90, up from $30 last year. The weekly pass will be $25, up from $10."

"BLM Sets Imperial Dunes fees for 2003-2004 season" (BLM California news release, 09/02/2003)
After extensive consultation with visitors, vendors and off-highway vehicle (OHV) groups who enjoy the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in eastern Imperial County, the BLM has set new fees for the 2003-2004 season to allow the agency to better recoup its costs of managing the popular area.

"Dunes Fee Program Frequently Asked Questions 9/2/03" (BLM California Web site, 09/02/2003)

"Imperial Sand Dunes news" (BLM California Web site)
Links to more information about the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.


"Juniper Flats in jeopardy, some say" (Victorville Daily Press, 09/02/2003)
"Environmentalists, residents, off-roaders say area needs better trails." Residents and environmentalists "say off-highway vehicles are tearing up their neighborhoods and ruining the habitats of desert wildlife. Off-roaders argue that better, legally designated trails are needed, so motorists can get from urban Apple Valley to the extensive road system in the San Bernardino National Forest.",77443,

Related: "Juniper Flats route network" (BLM California Web site)
Juniper Flats is an area of public and private lands in the northern foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. The public route network connects San Bernardino National Forest with the Victor Valley to the northwest. Recreational travel routes are posted with markers installed at intervals along these "open" routes. This area is one of the route networks where routes are designated in the Limited Use Areas of the Barstow Resource Area. "Please note that routes not marked as an open route are CLOSED to motorized vehicle travel."

ADVISORY COUNCIL PROFILE: "Lee Chauvet"Resource advisory councils and monument advisory committees provide representative citizen counsel and advice to the Secretary of the Interior, on planning and management of public land resources within each council's jurisdictional boundaries. Each advisory council or committee is comprised of citizens from a full array of interests, to bring a balanced and practical approach to the diverse issues in each area. Members are appointed to serve 3-year terms, on a staggered term basis, with as near as possible to one-third of the council subject to appointment or reappointment each year.


Turtle Mountains WildernessPHOTO ALBUM: "Wilderness"
A wilderness area is a natural place where human influence is essentially unnoticeable, whether mountain or desert or seashore. These areas provide outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation, and may contain ecological geological, or other features of scientific, scenic, or historic value. The BLM manages 80 congressionally designated wilderness areas in California encompassing 3.6 million acres.

Mystery siteWHERE IS THIS?
1. Bigelow Cholla Wilderness Area
2. Santa Rosa Wilderness Area
3. Trilobyte Wilderness Area
Follow the link to take your best guess:

Related: "Wilderness - BLM California" (BLM California Web site)
Wilderness areas managed by the BLM are remote and undeveloped. They offer visitors a place to truly "get away from it all:" away from crowds of people, away from modern conveniences like running water, electric power - away even from developed roads. These wilderness areas are preserved under federal law, because they offer special ecology, scenery, geology, history or other values.

Great Basin Spadefoot Photo credit: John H. Tashjian - California Academy of SciencesWildlife Trivia Question mark of the weekWILDLIFE TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: Running hot or cold
How do reptiles and amphibians control their body temperatures?
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes)

BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Southern & Central California Atlas & Gazetteer" BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Southern & Central California Atlas & Gazetteer"
This atlas has 110 quadrangular maps of Southern and Central California. Each map is highly detailed and shows back roads, outdoor recreation areas and much more.

PROFILE: " Viola Hunting"
PROFILE: "Viola Hunting"Viola is a Customer Service Representative with BLM's Sacramento State Office. She and her fellow representatives assist the public with questions about purchasing maps; fire and camping permits; researching land records; finding books on nature, parks and public lands; processing mining claims and more.


"Fourth South Yuba River planning meeting" (BLM California news release, 09/02/2003)
The fourth a series of public meetings to write a comprehensive management plan for the public lands along the 39-mile stretch of the South Yuba River from Spaulding Reservoir to Lake Englebright will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2003, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the L.O.V.E. Building, 660 Minnie Street, Condon Park in Grass Valley.

"Our Opinion" (Victorville Daily Press, 08/31/2003)
Editorial: "To environmental activists, 'balance' means their way",79436,


"Dove hunting season opens" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 08/31/2003)
"Monday [was] the first day of dove hunting season and the California Highway Patrol and Bureau of Land Management are preparing for the annual onslaught of complaints that accompanies it." The most common complaints are about hunters trespassing on private property. One reason is that land open to hunting a decade or so ago has been turned into housing areas and golf courses.

"High Desert gun owners no longer can shoot at Hodge Road; BLM proposes to increase open shooting areas" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 09/02/2003)
Informal shooting area closed, on land that went to a private owner several years ago in land exchange with BLM. Owners installed microwave communications tower, and closed the land soon after. Ranger says BLM is working with San Bernardino County on its shooting ordinance - which allows more areas where shotguns can be fired, than solid projectiles such as bullets. The BLM Barstow Field Office, the county and the state fish and game departments have proposed opening miles of new area with safe backdrops, to solid projectile shooting.,86067,

"Feds want new policies against guns, poaching near Berryessa" (Napa Valley Register, 08/29/2003)
"Federal authorities are looking to ban firearms and stop trespassers on Bureau of Land Management property near Lake Berryessa. On Tuesday BLM's Rich Burns asked the Napa County Board of Supervisors for assistance in making what he feels are long-needed changes on the lands around the lake. Proposed changes include a ban on firearms in the Quail Ridge area, a tougher stance against trespassers in the Knoxville area and even a new name for a controversial road."


"Spotters keep an aerial eye on lightning strikes" (Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 09/02/2003)
BLM employee and contract employee fly the Sierra along the northern California/Nevada state line, trying to spot smoke and flames from small fires - before they become large fires. This day, only a false alarm - but days earlier, two different lightning-sparked fires were smothered by flame retardant and fire crews, before they became raging infernos.

"BLM lifts fire restrictions on lands managed by NE California offices; Restrictions remain in effect for many other areas" (BLM California news release, 09/02/2003)
The Bureau of Land Management has announced that restrictions on outdoor use of fire have been lifted for public lands managed by the agency's offices in Susanville, Alturas and Cedarville. The offices administer about three million acres in northeast California and the northwest corner of Nevada.


"BLM Adopt-A-Horse or Burro event to be held next weekend" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 08/28/2003)
Spokesperson says of Saturday event near Ridgecrest: "It's a nice family event even if they're not adopters, and they can talk with us about the program." However, the last such event brought 40 adoptions by midday, and organizers again look forward to meeting potential adopters.

Related: "BLM Schedules Special Back-to-School Wild Horse and Burro Adoption" (BLM California news release, 08/08/2003)
BLM has scheduled a back-to-school special you don't want to miss . . . a wild horse and burro adoption on Saturday, September 6 at its regional wild horse and burro corral facility, located 4 miles east of Ridgecrest.

Related: See adoption Sept. 20-21 in Stockton, in "Selected Upcoming Events" below.


"City Council to vote on Discovery Center partnership" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 09/02/2003)
Barstow City Council votes on partnership with several other groups in the Desert Discovery Center. The center's building - owned by BLM - will now be known as the Desert Discover Center Partnership. "The city would use the center to provide an educational program on ways to prevent pollution, such as recycling." (A brief note in the 9/3/03 Barstow Desert Dispatch stated that the city council did vote to approve the partnership.),15600,

"Pot gardens are raided; 1 suspect held; 14,000 plants a record for year " (Redding Record Searchlight, 9/4/2003)
"Forty officers from six law enforcement agencies [including BLM] surrounded a remote marijuana growing complex Wednesday where they confiscated more than 14,000 plants and arrested one suspect, narcotics agents said. Five other suspects are being sought..." Officers hiked two hours to reach the remote area.

"County Parks acquires federal land at lake" (San Luis Obispo Tribune, 09/02/2003)
"The Bureau of Land Management has deeded 1,280 acres of federal land above the northern shore of Santa Margarita Lake to the county. County Parks has been managing the remote site as part of the lake's recreation area since 1993. After several years of working under a cooperative agreement, both agencies agreed local ownership makes more sense, according to a county press release."

Wildlife Trivia Question mark of the weekWILDLIFE TRIVIA OF THE WEEK - ANSWER
To: "How do reptiles and amphibians control their body temperatures?"
Answer: Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded, meaning they cannot regulate their body temperatures internally the way humans do. They rely on the environment to warm or Western blind snake - Photo Credit: John H. Tashjian - California Academy of Sciencescool them. This is why many species can be seen basking on a rock in the afternoon sun or hiding in the shade of a tree during the hottest part of the day. Many species - like the western blind snake - are active only at night in order to avoid extreme temperatures. Visit our online wildlife database to learn more about the western blind snake. (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.)

09/09/2003 - South Yuba River planning meeting
Grass Valley

09/17/2003 - Annual meeting of the Experimental Stewardship Program

09/19/2003 - California Desert District Advisory Council

09/20/2003 - Stockton Wild Horse and Burro adoption (Saturday and Sunday, preview Friday afternoon)

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