A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue 127 - 9/24/2003

This week in News.bytes:
MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Preston Arrow-weedWhere is this?PROFILE: Krisann KoselSouthern alligator lizard - Photo credit: BLM Oregon, Medford Field OfficeBOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Place Names of the Sierra Nevada"
- Not For Educators Only:
    - Where is this?
    - Wildlife Trivia: Reptilian numbers
    - Bookstore Feature: "Place Names of the Sierra Nevada"
- Photo Album: Land Use Planning
- Meet your Advisory Council Members: Preston Arrow-weed
- Profile: Krisann Kosel
- Wildfire:
    - North Coast/King Range wildfires
    - National firefighting funds
- National news:
    - Congress may curb unpopular forest-use fees
    - Health insurance premiums
- Headlines and Highlights, including:
    - First meeting: Imperial Dunes Technical Review Team
    - Recent wild horse and burro adoption: photos, story
    - Volunteers clean up canyon
    - Marijuana plants seized
    - City, mine still at odds
    - Chilean archaeologist brings wealth of experience to BLM
    - Bizz Johnson Trail bus
    - Headwaters hikes
    - Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - helped by county land buy
    - Partners in Stewardship conference
    - California Coastal National Monument inspires artist
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
    - Advisory Council and planning meetings
    - Wild horse and burro adoptions

Wildlife Trivia question mark of the week WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Reptilian numbers
How many species of reptiles are there in the world?
a - 1200
b - 3000
c - 7400
d - 10,700
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.)
Where is this? WHERE IS THIS?
1. Coyote Mountains
2. Cleghorn Lakes
3. Whipple Mountains
Public meeting in the Alabama Hills, near Bishop PHOTO ALBUM: "Land Use Planning"
Did you know BLM California is involved in 12 Management Framework Plans (4.5 million acres), 9 Resource Management Plans (12.5 million acres); 15 Land Use Plan Updates (14.8 million acres; 13.3 million acres non-federal lands under Habitat Conservation Plans), 7 National Monument/National Conservation Area Plans (700,000 acres), and 6 time-sensitive BioRegional Plan Amendments?

BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Place Names of the Sierra Nevada"
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Place Names of the Sierra Nevada"The names of the Sierra Nevada are clues to the colorful and unusual aspects of the area's past, and the people and events that shaped it. This book gives the derivation and lore associated with each name as well as quotes from many of the explorers and travelers of the Sierra Nevada.

Desert District Advisory Council member Preston Arrow-weed fills a seat traditionally committed to Native American participation to ensure tribal interests are represented on the council.

PROFILE: Krisann Kosel
PROFILE: Krisann KoselKrisann Kosel is the new fuels management specialist for BLM California's Folsom Field office. She is also new to California, having worked for a fire fighting and prescribed fire contractor based in Wyoming. Learn more about Krisann in our Profile:
Profile: Krisann Kosel


"Volunteer evacuations issued for Salmon Creek" (Eureka Times-Standard, 9/24/2003)
On California's North Coast, Canoe Creek fire in Humboldt Redwoods State Park has burned from lightning strikes on Labor Day weekend, now threatens homes. Meanwhile, "the Honeydew Creek Fire in the King Range National Conservation Area [managed by BLM California] has proven more tame over the past two days. That fire has burned some 10,850 acres and is still holding in the Shipman Creek drainage.",1413,127%257E2896%257E1653126,00.html

Related: "King Range fire blows up" (Eureka Times-Standard, 09/19/2003)
Earlier coverage of North Coast fires: A fire in the King Range National Conservation Area grew 10 times in size over two days, driven by sustained winds. Firefighters believed it had grown to 6,000 acres.,1413,127%257E2896%257E1642679,00.html

"Senate increases funds to fight wildfires" (Associated Press, in San Francisco, Chronicle, 9/23/2003)
"The Senate increased funds for fighting wildfires by $400 million Tuesday, nearly doubling fire suppression money in a $20 billion Interior Department spending bill....The wildfire funds will go toward alleviating the chronic problem of the Interior Department and the Forest Service having to borrow money every year from other accounts because they don't have enough to cover the cost of firefighting."

"Snapshots 2003: California"
"Highlighting BLM projects that support the National Fire Plan"
(PDF file, 545 kilobytes):
Snapshots California - 9/19/03

National Snapshots 2003 - including California, Montana and Colorado:
(PDF file, 1.2 megabytes):

"National Fire News - Wildland Fire Update" (National Interagency Fire Center)
Current information on wildfires in California and elsewhere, updated at least daily.


"Congress may move to curb unpopular forest-use fees" (Ventura County Star, 09/18/2003)
"The National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service began collecting the fees in 1997 after Congress created the program to help ease the budget burdens on the land agencies. In particular, the money was supposed to help reduce the huge maintenance backlog on public lands across the country....The program is set to expire Oct. 1, 2004, and Congress must decide whether to renew it. Though controversial, the program still has many defenders in Congress. But there are signs its support is starting to erode amid questions about the program's effectiveness and allegations that it has been mismanaged.",1375,VCS_123_2272344,00.html

"Plenty of reasons for rising premiums" (Washington Post, 09/21/2003)
"Health insurance premiums for federal employees and retirees are going up at double-digit rates for the fourth consecutive year. As in past years, the premium increase for 2004 reflects the government's aging workforce, rising prescription drug costs and expanded use of health care services. Those trend lines are not especially comforting."


First meeting of ISDRA Technical Review Team

The first meeting of the new Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Technical Review Team will be held starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 - at the BLM El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th Street in El Centro. Agenda items include the ISDRA budget, and recreation fees.
For more information on the Technical Review Team, see the news release (repeated from last week's issue of News.bytes):

"Whoa! Wild no more" (Modesto Bee, 09/22/2003)
"It was the wild horses that got dragged away Saturday and Sunday -- more than 60 of them to new homes in California." Story on some of the people looking for horses or burros at last weekend's adoption event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

Related: "Photos of recent Stockton wild horse and burro adoption"
This online slide show includes 43 photos from last weekend's adoption event. The site was created by an adopter, who has also volunteered with the BLM. Viewers can set the speed at which the photos change, or exit the slideshow and click on thumbnails to view specific photos.

"Chilean archaeologist brings wealth of experience to BLM in Ridgecrest" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 09/22/2003)
Archaeologist from Chile discusses her field work there, including excavation of four-thousand-year-old villages, and discoveries in ancient burial sites. She is now "working for the Bureau of Land Management in Ridgecrest while finishing her Master's degree in physical geography....Her role within the Recreational Department includes the surveillance of the landscape in use by the public, and the location and protection of archeological sites in northern California."

"Land buy buffers urban oasis" (Hi-Desert Star, 09/23/2003)
"The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve claims distinction not only because of its unique ecological qualities, but because its management is an example of public agencies and private organizations working together to preserve a Hi-Desert jewel." One of those public agencies is the BLM. And San Bernardino County San Bernardino County bought 40 acres "to provide a buffer against urban encroachment and to aid in restoration and preservation efforts."

Related: "Big Morongo Canyon Preserve" (BLM California Web site)

"Autumn bus shuttles planned for Bizz Johnson Trail" (BLM California news release, 9/24/2003)

"BLM announces fall hiking schedule for Headwaters Forest Reserve" (BLM California news release, 9/23/2003)

"Partners in Stewardship" (Interagency Web site)
"In a world in which attention for our nation's natural, cultural and recreational heritage competes with other priorities, the stewardship of public lands, natural resources, and historic places has never been more important....This first-time gathering of the seven primary federal land managers [including BLM] will provide agency personnel and non-federal partners a unique opportunity to learn what makes partnerships work, hear success stories, and gain skills to bring back to their organizations." Nov. 17-20 in Los Angeles; standard registration until Nov. 7.

"Marijuana plants seized" (Bakersfield Californian, 09/17/2003)
BLM agents part of interagency removal of 6,500 or more marijuana plants in three gardens on public lands - in this case, the latest of 30 marijuana plantations and more than 60,000 pot plants found this year in the Sequoia National Forest.

"City, mine still at odds" (Los Angeles Daily News, 09/20/2003)
"The Santa Clarita City Council is expected this week to add $147,000 more to the effort to block a massive mine planned in Canyon County, refusing to give up the three-year fight. Although it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the city's effort -- which has cost $2.4 million so far -- will be successful, city leaders said they remained committed to the fight against Cemex's Inc. plan to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel from Soledad Canyon.",1413,200%257E20949%257E1644720,00.html

"Coastal Monument's artist" (Ukiah Daily Journal, 09/19/2003)
Artist finds inspiration in the California Coastal National Monument, for her unique style of landscape painting.,1413,91%257E3089%257E1642805,00.html

Related: "California Coastal National Monument" (BLM California Web pages)

"Volunteers clean up local canyon" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 09/22/2003)
"About 100 people celebrated National Public Lands Day Saturday by cleaning up a local canyon and learning about local wildlife...near Barstow. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's field office in Barstow organized the 10th annual event with the help of [a local cafe], which provided a free barbecue lunch for all the volunteers following the clean-up. '(The event) is a real hands-on experience,' Rose Foster, BLM's volunteer coordinator, said. 'People can actively experience the land.'",1448,

Southern alligator lizard - Photo credit: BLM Oregon, Medford Field Office"
How many species of reptiles are there in the world?"
The correct answer is (c) 7400.
Of the field offices that participated in this wildlife database, BLM California has identified 94 that exist on BLM-managed lands. Visit our online wildlife database to learn more about one of the most common species -- the Southern alligator lizard. It is found throughout much of California. (Photo credit: BLM Oregon, Medford Field Office)
(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.)

09/24/2003 - South Yuba River planning meeting
Grass Valley

09/25/2003 - Northeast California Advisory Council

09/30/2003 - Three Rivers open house
Three Rivers

10/03/2003 - Rails to Trails Festival - CANCELED FOR 2003

10/03/2003 - Central California Advisory Council

10/03/2003 - Carrizo Plains National Monument Advisory Committee

10/04/2003 - Burro adoption at "Longears Cele-bray-tion"

10/04/2003 - Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
Palm Desert

10/04/2003 - Woodside Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

10/08/2003 - Northwest California Advisory Council

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