A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California
131, 10/23/03 -- This week in News.bytes:
- Santa Rosa and San Jacinto
Mountains National Monument:
- Plan Released
- Photo Album
- Lapel pin
- Not for Educators
- Photo Quiz: Where is This?
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Territory
- Meet your Advisory Council members: William A. Betterley
- Profile: Sky Zaffarano
- Energy issues:
- Federal Register Notice: Wind energy development
- California energy: Drilling in a sacred site?
- New development near Coachella Valley Preserve?
- Officials say California behind Nevada in tortoise protection
- Illegal dumping: Tax, safety burden
- Creeks to be cleaned up this Saturday
- Environmental education:
- Program offers desert lessons
- Local groups revamp Discovery Center
- Headlines and Highlights:
- New Dunes Season: "Zero Tolerance" and Expanded Fee
- Fort Ord controlled burn may be this weekend
- Outdoors briefs: Address corrected for women's hunt
- Selected Upcoming Events:
- Needles Public Lands Day River Clean-up
- 3rd annual "Celebrate the Monument"
- Descanso wild horse and burro adoption
- Wind energy development scoping meeting
ROSA AND SAN JACINTO NATIONAL MONUMENT
"Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Plan Released"
(BLM California news release, 10/23/2003)
T he BLM and the Forest Service announce the availability of the Santa Rosa
and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Proposed Management Plan and
Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
National Monument Act of 2000, approved on October 24, 2000, required the
development of a national monument plan within three years.
ALBUM: "Santa Rosa and San Jacinto
You are invited to participate in "Celebrate the Monument," Santa
Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument 3rd year anniversary celebration,
Saturday, October 25, 8:00 am to Noon. Enjoy nature and art activities and
watch plein air landscape painters in action at the Visitor Center. (National
Monuments are special areas of public land designated by public proclamation
by the President or by Congress, to protect historic landmarks, historic
and prehistoric structures, or other objects of historic or scientific interest.)
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Which of the following birds has the largest "breeding territory"
(the area the parents protect during the breeding season)?
(a) Great Egret
(b) Great Blue Heron
(c) Greater Sandhill Crane
(See the answer near the end of this week's issue of News.bytes.)
1. Otay Mountain
2. Inyo Mountain
3. Bristol Mountain
Answer online, and compare
your answer to other readers':
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: William A. Betterley
William A. Betterley of Hesperia is a public-at-large representative on
the California Desert District Advisory Council. He is a former San Bernardino
County planning commissioner and supervisor, member of the County Supervisors'
Association of California, and local businessman. Learn more in our weekly
News.bytes feature at:
Sky Zaffarano's enthusiasm is exhibited in his voice as he talks about
his new position as the off-highway vehicle recreation coordinator for
the Redding Field Office. He has been with BLM for two months, but he
comes with experience. "It is a delicate balance between protecting
resources and providing legitimate recreation opportunities," he
says. Read more in this week's News.bytes Profile.
"Federal Register Notice:
Notice of intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
to evaluate wind energy development on western public lands administered
by the Bureau of Land Management" (Reprinted on BLM California
Web site, 10/21/2003)
Two sessions in Sacramento 11/3/2003: The public is invited to this regional
scoping meeting to help identify issues and criteria in the development
of the programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) through public
comment. The PEIS will include public lands administered by BLM located
in the western states. The PEIS is in response to recommendations of the
President's National Energy Policy that encourages development of renewable
Drilling in a sacred site?" (Sacramento Bee, 10/19/2003)
"The rugged Medicine Lake Highlands, just 30 miles northeast of Mount
Shasta, are situated above an active volcano. Deep below the Highlands,
underground pools of boiling brine sit atop volcanic rocks. It is the
steam energy in these underground cauldrons that attracted energy companies
in the early 1980s, when they first acquired drilling rights to these
public lands. For Indian tribes throughout the Western United States,
the Highlands are important for very different reasons: They are sacred
and for healing, where the tribes come to pray and gather medicinal herbs
and learn the secrets of the Earth's creation."
"Program offers desert lessons" (Victorville Daily Press,
"On most days, eight-year-old Raymond Knight is a third-grade student...But
during a field trip to Barstow's Desert Discovery Center Wednesday afternoon,
Knight became a Chemehuevi Indian." In another room, BLM California
Barstow Field Office's volunteer coordinator introduced children to "Chewy"
an endangered desert tortoise living at the Desert Discovery Center.
"Local groups revamp Discovery Center" (Barstow Desert
"A local museum has been revamped to fill children's and adults' heads
with knowledge of the desert. Seven local organizations [including BLM Barstow's
Field Office] are collaborating to teach environmental stewardship at the
Desert Discovery Center...'The potential of what's going to happen here
is almost unlimited,' [said the] president of the nonprofit Discovery Trails.
'There's no one else doing this.'"
"New Dunes Season sees
'Zero Tolerance' and Expanded Fee Area" (BLM California news
With the approaching Halloween weekend kicking off the 2003-2004 Imperial
Sand Dunes season, Dunes recreation enthusiasts will see a continuation
of the "Zero Tolerance"law enforcement policy, interim lawsuit
closures temporarily remaining in effect and an expanded fee area.
"Army, residents ready
for Ord burn" (Monterey Herald, 10/21/2003)
U.A. Army officials are hoping weather conditions this weekend will allow
for a prescribed burn to clear 490 acres of "thick, towering maritime
chaparral" that will eventually be turned over to the BLM. "Officials
say the site is laden with grenades, mortars and rockets lurking below
the brush" which the burn will help in clearing. The Army is paying
for more than 300 area residents to move to hotels during the burn, if
they are concerned about the effects of the smoke.
"Outdoors briefs: Address corrected for women's hunt"
(Redding Record-Searchlight, 10/21/2003)
"Women interested in applying for the DFG, Shasta Country Sportsmen
Association, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management cosponsored women's
pheasant hunt which will take place on Nov. 22, on the 'Bend area' of
the Sacramento River Recreation Area should send postcard applications
to Department of Fish and Game, P.O. Box 188, Paynes Creek, CA 96075-0188,
not 601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001, as previously directed by the
department." Application postcards must arrive by Oct. 30, for the
Earlier story corrected by the item above (from News.bytes 126, 9/16/03):
Dumping, cleaning up
"Illegal dumping creates
tax burdens, safety hazards; Residents can get $1,000 for reporting dumpers"
(Barstow Desert Dispatch, 10/16/2003)
"Along a dirt road ..., old refrigerators, televisions, chairs, mattresses,
old tires and other pieces of junk are piled where people have illegally
dumped them." The City of Barstow and BLM California's Barstow Field
Office both must pay for cleanup of the desert junk. "'You throw
a lot of money at this -- money that could be spent on something else,'
...the city of Barstow's solid waste coordinator said."
"Creeks to be cleaned up this Saturday" (Lake County
"The West Lake and East Lake Resource Conservation Districts are
once again sponsoring the annual countywide creek cleanups. This year's
event will be held on National Make-a-Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25.
This national event is recognized as a day to get involved and make a
contribution to your community, and under the RCD's guidance that's exactly
what's happening in Lake County....'This is a great example of cooperation
at its best,' said [the] watershed coordinator for both of the RCDs. 'Not
only do we work with the watershed groups, but we partner with the Bureau
of Land Management, people from the Department of Public Works, and local
businesses to make this all happen.'"
"Owners of Joshua Hills
land plan development" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 10/22/2003)
"The owners of nearly 9,000 acres of land between Joshua Tree National
Park and the Coachella Valley Preserve say they intend to develop the
property now that a proposed sale to conservationists has floundered."
State officials have rejected a land appraisal by the Nature Conservancy,
which would have handled a purchase of the property for a wildlife corridor
between the Park and the Preserve (jointly managed by BLM, among several
partners). Observers disagreed on whether development at the site would
threaten the upcoming Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation
Plan, in which BLM is also a partner.
"Watchable wildlife site: Coachella Valley Preserve"
(BLM California Web site)
For thousands of years, particles of sand from the San Bernardino Mountains
and Indio Hills washed into the Coachella Valley, forming a system of
dunes. Today, these dunes are part of the Coachella Valley Preserve System,
a 20,000-acre sanctuary that is home to several species of increasingly
"Officials say California behind Nevada in tortoise protection"
(Associated Press, in San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/20/2003)
"Environmental officials are calling southern Nevada a model for
protecting the endangered desert tortoise, but say efforts in California
are moving as slowly as the creatures themselves. [The] executive director
of the nonprofit Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, a 1,300-member group
based in Riverside, Calif., said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is
dragging its bureaucratic feet in putting into action a 9-year-old recovery
TO WILDLIFE TRIVIA OF THE WEEK:
(See question near the beginning of this issue of News.bytes.)
Answer: (c) The greater sandhill crane (as well as the closely
related lesser sandhill crane) have the largest breeding territories of
these three birds. Although some territories have been reported to be
as small as 3 acres, the average size is 40 to 60 acres. Some individuals
have even been reported to protect territories as large as 200 to 400
acres during breeding season! Although
the only breeding ground in California is located in northeastern California,
these birds spend their winters throughout the Sacramento and San Joaquin
Valleys. (Photo credit: Gerald and Buff Corsi, California
Academy of Sciences).
Learn more about the sandhill crane in our BLM California online wildlife
database - for example: Sandhill crane pairs are monogamous, and many
remain paired for life. (Note: the Wildlife Database is
hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note
under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)
"Sandhill crane festival"
The City of Lodi hosts and annual Sandhill Crane Festival, to celebrate
the birds' arrival. This year's festival is November 7, 8 and 9 - - with
family activities, workshops, guided nature walks, wildlife demonstrations,
hands-on exhibits, and more.
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.)
10/25/2003 - Needles Public
Lands Day River Clean-up
10/25/2003 - 3rd annual "Celebrate the Monument"
10/25/2003 - Descanso wild horse and burro adoption
11/03/2003 - Wind energy development scoping meeting
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