A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue 188 - 12/21/04
- Not for educators only:
- Wildlife trivia question
- Special status plant of the week
- Our readers write: recreation fees
- Meet your advisory council members: Sheri Davis
- Profile: Brian Willbond
- Bookstore feature
- Headlines and highlights: Neglected cemetery, Yuba River plan, dunes, jobs, fire prevention funds, more
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NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Last known address
LAST WEEK'S WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION
SPECIAL STATUS PLANT OF THE WEEK: Hoover's bent grass
OUR READERS WRITE" Recreation fees:
"Why did News Bytes mention passage of the controversial wild horses...rider attached to the Omnibus Appropriations bill when the equally unpopular Recreation Access Tax was also tacked on and fundamentally changes the way Americans now relate to their public lands?" - K.Z., San Diego
Response: While this section has been the subject of controversy, it has not yet drawn as much media attention, particularly here in California, as the provision you refer to regarding wild horses. Since the recreation fee program is a national program, affecting all Federal land management agencies, BLM California has not issued any news releases or policy documents/guidance that could be shared with News.Bytes readers. However, in this issue we planned to include one or more relevant links to media outside California, if available.
Note: A reader asked about "paying for hiking on public lands." Here is a section quoted from the bill: "SEC. 3. RECREATION FEE AUTHORITY(d) Limitations on Recreation Fees.-- (1) PROHIBITION ON FEES FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES OR SERVICES.--The Secretary shall not charge any standard amenity recreation fee or expanded amenity recreation fee for Federal recreational lands and waters administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, or the Bureau of Reclamation under this Act for any of the following: ... (D) For persons who are driving through, walking through, boating through, horseback riding through, or hiking through Federal recreational lands and waters without using the facilities and services. ..."
"Ohio's Regula raises ire in West over park fees" (Cleveland
Plain Dealer, 12/17/2004)
MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Sheri Davis
PROFILE: Brian Willbond
BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument - lapel pin"
Related: "Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument" (BLM California website)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
regains respect" (Redding Record Searchlight, 12/21/2004)
Lake Cemetery involving Winnemema Wintu Tribe" (BLM California
"Plan for Yuba
begins to take shape" (Nevada City Union, 12/20/2004)
"Milk vetch: The
sand dunes enigma" (Imperial Valley Press, 12/19/2004)
"Local rural fire
departments receive financial aid" (BLM California news
lovable" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 12/18/2004)
"Barstow's finest to
be on History Channel" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 12/21/2004)
"Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area" (BLM California
"Current job openings
- BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
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12/21/2004 - Solstice Rock
12/27/2004 - Nature Walks
01/07/2005 and 1/08/2005
- Desert Advisory Committee meeting
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