HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"BLM Participates in the Annual Children's Fair in Susanville" (BLM News.bytes Extra)
Sometimes, the best things in life are the simple things. In Lassen County, one of these simple pleasures is the annual Children's Fair.
Recreation Sites along the North Fork of the Kaweah River Temporarily Closed (BLM California News Release, 05/08/07)
“The closure is necessary to protect visitors to public lands. Overcrowding at these sites creates a dangerous situation and visitors could be trapped if a wildfire started and a rapid evacuation was necessary. We also need to protect public lands and facilities,” said Patty Gradek, acting BLM Bakersfield Field Office manager.
"Groups want judge to enforce Eagle Mountain land-swap ruling" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 5/4/07)
"Inland environmental groups asked a federal judge to enforce his 2005 ruling that struck down a land swap and effectively quashed an effort to turn an old iron-ore mine into one of the nation's largest landfills near Joshua Tree National Park. The groups contend that those involved in the land swap -- Ontario-based Kaiser Ventures and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management -- have done little to put the land back into public hands. In addition, they said, Kaiser has leased its adjacent lands to a company that allows the military to conduct exercises with live munitions and helicopters in a fragile desert environment."
"NRLT donates 320 acres near Whitethorn to BLM for public use" (The Eureka Reporter, 05/05/07)
A tract of former ranch lands near Whitethorn known as the “3 Vs” property will be permanently free from development as part of a plan for a corridor of protected resources in the Mattole Watershed.
The Northcoast Regional Land Trust announced this week that it donated the 320-acre property to the federal Bureau of Land Management for public recreational use. The Whitethorn-area property is located at the headwaters of the Mattole River, only a few miles away from the Kings Range National Conservation Area, which was designated a federal wilderness area.
RELATED: "Mattole Recreation Site " (BLM California Website)
This watchable wildlife viewing site, located at the northern tip of the King Range National Conservation Area where the Mattole River meets the Pacific Ocean, is an excellent location for viewing migrating birds, shorebirds, harbor seals, and sea lions. Best time to visit is May through September.
"An Eel River Run - The importance of the Eel" (Ukiah Daily Journal, 05/04/07 and 05/04/07)
According to reports from the California Department of Water Resources, one-third of the rain in California falls in the north coast, which is defined as the area between Sonoma County and the Oregon border. The various forks of the Eel River run through a good portion of that and, on average rain year, carry and distribute much of that water in Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties. A good portion of the land in the Eel River watershed is owned by the National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Part 1 - http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/searchresults/ci_5809252
Part 2 - http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/searchresults/ci_5818480
"Locals discuss the future of Carrizo Plain" (San Luis Obispo New Times, 05/02/07)
" The Bureau of Land Management is collecting public comments for a new management plan for the area, and about 60 people attended the meeting at the Ludwick Center to share their ideas....'A great opportunity lies ahead of us for this resource,' SLO County Supervisor Jim Patterson, a member of the Monument Advisory Committee, told the SLO meeting."
"Report clears BLM office in official's suicide" (Los Angeles Times, 05/05/07)
An investigation is critical of bureau staff but does not fault them in the death of Carrizo Plain National Monument Manager Marlene Braun.
"Report fails to answer questions on Carrizo Plain manager's suicide" (San Luis Obispo County Tribune, 5/4/07)
Interior Department report rehashes what's already known, friends of the former Carrizo Plain manager say.
"Illegal off-roaders targeted" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 5/4/07)
"Sheriff's deputies are gearing up for a crackdown on all-terrain vehicles riding illegally in unincorporated areas of the Coachella Valley....'It's a safety issue when people off road illegally,'" said a member of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments' Off-Highway Vehicle Task Force. "The Federal Bureau of Land Management, which has employees on the task force, has listed soil erosion and ''habitat fragmentation'' as problems associated with motorcycles, ATVs, dune buggies and four-wheel drive vehicles that stray from authorized off-roading trails."
RELATED: "Crackdown OK'd on illegal off-roading" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 5/1/07)
"The Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorized the Sheriff's Department on Tuesday to do more to prevent illegal off-roading in the Coachella Valley." An Off-Highway Vehicle Task Force including members from the BLM "recently identified areas where off-roading has damaged the land...."
"Owner asks for help in finding mustang horses" (Santa Maria Times, 5/4/07)
Two mustangs missing from the Santa Maria area since April 15: "The palomino, Sonny, and bay-colored mustang Blue Gene, were adopted from the Bureau of Land Management, and both feature a freezebrand tattoo on their necks for identification."
"BLM public open house" (BLM California flyer)
"Come see the BLM's Land and Mineral Use Records systems. This open house will be a benefit to energy, title, utility, survey, educational, mining and environmental users."
PDF file, 1 megabyte, one page)
"GeoCommunicator is the publication site for the Bureau of Land Management's National Integrated Land System (NILS) transaction applications (Survey Management, Measurement Management, and Parcel Management). GeoCommunicator provides searching, accessing and dynamic mapping of data for federal land stewardship, land and mineral use records from BLM's LR2000, and land survey information."
"Contractor pleads guilty in machine gun possession" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/3/07)
The man "admitted in federal court...that he illegally possessed three unregistered automatic rifles -- which are classified under federal law as machine guns -- and a hand grenade." His "legal troubles began Feb. 10 when he encountered a Bureau of Land Management ranger in the Carrizo Wash area of the Anza-Borrego Desert, according to court records. The ranger was responding to a report of automatic gunfire."
BLM’s CenCal RAC Tours Atwell Island and Decides to Tackle OHV Management Issues (BLM News.bytes Extra, 05/07/07)
Atwell Island is located in a portion of the now-drained Tulare Lake, once the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
"Butterfly won't get species protection" (Associated Press in Sacramento Bee, 5/3/07)
"A butterfly found only at a popular Nevada off-road vehicle site won't receive federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided....officials said federal listing under the Endangered Species Act is unwarranted because of recently adopted measures to protect the habitat of the Sand Mountain blue butterfly. Also higher-than-expected numbers of the insect were found during a survey last year....The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is installing fences and signs to confine off-roaders to designated routes in the 4,795-acre recreation area...." The area is popular with Northern California off-roaders.
"Invisible federal road stretches 672 miles; local officials ponder how to save it" (Chico Enterprise Record, 5/6/07)
Hidden amid the ridges and canyons along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada is what may be the longest invisible federal road in America, and 90 miles of it pass through Butte County. From its southern terminus on the banks of the Kern River, east of Bakersfield, Ponderosa Way stretches 672 miles north into Shasta County. Conceived in the 1920s and built a decade later using the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps for manpower, the road was meant to be a graded gravel truck route. Many years later, however, just who or what is responsible for this collection of dust and gravel is not at all obvious.
"Current job openings - BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
BLM California is currently accepting applications for Human Resources Assistant, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, Fire Engine Operators, and more.