- Not for Educators Only:
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week: Fawning over mule deer
- Where is this? (Interactive photo quiz)
- Photo Album:" Rainbow Basin"
- Eagle hikes
- Mining and minerals issues on public lands:
- Cemex: Congressional bill
- Court ruling
- Wildfire preparations
- Meet your Advisory Council members: Henricus Jansen
- Profile: Kathy Simmons
- Bookstore feature: "California Trail - the story behind the scenery"
- Headlines and highlights, including:
- Boy survives 40-foot bike plunge into mine shaft
- 63 off-road drivers get tickets
- Fort Irwin expansion delayed again
- National and/or Department of the Interior News:
- Budget testimony
- Utah roads precedent
- Public lands fee program may lapse
- Selected Upcoming Events, including:
- Guided hikes
- Oil and Gas Lease sale
- Geology talks
- King Range NCA management plan public meeting
- Wildflower Workshop
"Robots, start your
engines: It's a mad, mad, mad race; Driverless cars to be tested in the
Mojave" (San Francisco Chronicle, 02/15/2004)
"This Humvee is car
and driver" (Wired, 2/8/04)
"Robotics race through
desert gets approval" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 2/18/2004)
"DARPA Grand Challenge"
(BLM California Issue Update)
FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
CREEK HIKES IN SEARCH OF BALD EAGLES
ALBUM: Rainbow Basin
Rainbow Basin Natural Area is an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, due to landscape features and paleontological resources in the area. Many visitors come to see multi-colored rock formations and walk the scenic canyons. A variety of desert-adapted wildlife is found here, including the desert tortoise.
"Rainbow Basin Natural Area" (BLM California Web page)
Rainbow Basin Natural Area is located 8 miles north of Barstow. Vehicle trespass is a major concern, so all routes not signed as "open" are closed to vehicles. Please also respect the private property in the area.
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Henricus Jansen
Henricus Jansen is a charter member of the Northeast California Advisory Council and is a professor in rangeland management at California State University, Chico. He played a leadership role in the development of the Healthy Land Standards and Livestock Grazing Guidelines and related land use guidance for off-highway vehicles. Read more in our weekly News.bytes feature:
MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Henricus Jansen
As Regional Administrative Officer based in BLM's Ukiah Field Office, Kathy is an advisor to the six northern California field office managers and support team staff. "I feel like the mom of the group," she says. But "Mom" is retiring soon after 28 years with BLM. Read more in this week's News.bytes profile:
Profile: Kathy Simmons
AND MINERALS ISSUES ON PUBLIC LANDS
"Bill Aims to Ban Oil
Drilling in Los Padres" (Los Angeles Times, 2/19/2004)
"SNAPSHOTS" of National Fire Plan, in California
"Snapshots" highlights BLM activities in support of the National Fire Plan. The first edition of 2004 features stories about homes saved from southern California wildfires by homeowners who created "defensible space." Other programs covered are in the Bishop area and in rural areas throughout California.
(Note: this is a PDF file, 210 kilobytes.)
Snapshots California - 2/13/04
"BLM plans prescribed burning project near Weaverville" (BLM California news release, 02/17/2004)
Fire crews from the BLM and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) plan to begin a slash pile burning project near Weaverville during the week of February 23.
"CDF aims winter fire safety education program at homeowners" (Roseville Press-Tribune, 02/16/2004)
"Firefighters are going door-to-door to educate homeowners in fire-prone areas of Placer County on ways they can make their property fire safe...the expansion [of the program] into the winter months with a $64,000 Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management allows trimming to take place at the best time of year for trees because they are in their dormant stage."
FEATURE: "California Trail - the story
behind the scenery"
Subtitled "Voyage of Discovery." From the book description: "65 pages of photos and information. This book covers the California Trail from Independence, Missouri to California. Beautiful photography complements the written story of the California Trail."
"BLM California abandoned mine land activity" (BLM California
"BLM California vacancy
"USAJOBS - Bureau of Land Management Search"
AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEWS
"Secretary Norton stresses priorities, goals and impact of FY 2005 Budget" (Department of Interior news release, 02/12/2004)
Interior Secretary Gale Norton outlined the President's $11 billion budget request for Interior, calling it the single clearest statement of how the department plans to work toward its goals in the upcoming year and emphasizing the impact Interior's actions have on the American people.
Related: "Statement of Gale A. Norton, Secretary of the Interior, before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the 2005 President's budget request" (Department of Interior news release, 02/12/2004)
"Lawmakers cool to BLM request; Fund hike to control wild horses unlikely" (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/12/2004)
"The Bureau of Land Management is running into more problems trying to come up with additional money from Congress for wild horse controls, a development that threatens new plans to reduce herds roaming the West."
"Auditors say Interior's deal with Utah illegal" (Salt Lake Tribune, 02/13/2004)
A legal opinion by government auditors says the Interior Department's agreement with Utah for the state to take control of miles of rural roads is illegal, but Congressman...says the state and federal agency "should proceed as agreed...." The agreement has been cited as precedent-setting for other states, including California.
"Congress hobbles fee program for public lands" (Vail Daily, 02/13/2004)
"The ability of the U.S. Forest Service to charge a fee to visit...public lands was dealt a potentially lethal blow in the U.S. Senate....The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 23-0 to make the Recreation Fee Demonstration Project permanent for only the National Park Service. The ability to charge the fee would lapse for three other federal agencies - the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service."
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK - ANSWER:
To the question "At about what age does the mule deer fawn's spotted coat turn to the adult's tan color?
(b) Four months. (Photo credit: Sherry Ballard, California Academy of Sciences)
Learn more about the mule deer in our BLM California online wildlife database (Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below):
Related: "Biologists map mule deer to understand, fix decline" (Associated Press in Redding Record-Searchlight, 02/15/2004)
While mule deer are still a common site in some areas, their numbers are dropping sharply in others. The decline is great enough that "[w]ildlife biologists are mapping mule deer habitat from Mexico to Canada and identifying specific regional problems to try to stem the deer's decline across the West."
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(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.)
02/21/2004 - Cache Creek Free Guided Hikes
02/21/2004 - Geology Talks at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto National Monument
02/23/2004 - King Range NCA management plan public meeting
02/23/2004 - Nature Hike to Stone Pools at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
02/24/2004 - King Range NCA draft management plan public meeting
02/24/2004 - Wildflower
02/25/2004 - Wildflower Workshop
02/25/2004 - Oil and Gas Lease Sale
02/26/2004 - King Range NCA draft management plan public meeting
02/26/2004 - Earthquakes and Faults of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
03/03/2004 - King Range NCA draft management plan public meeting
03/04/2004 - King Range NCA draft management plan public meeting
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