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Issue 574 - April 4, 2013

rocks on the beach at sunsettree at fort ordeggs in nestgroup of camping rvs with mountains in backgroundtwo people cycling on dirt path


- Let's Get Outside
- America's Great Outdoors
- On our Facebook page
- Other social media pages
- Not for educators only: Wildlife trivia question of the week
- Renewable energy
- Wild horses and burros
- Volunteers In Action
- Headlines and highlights: Assorted topics from your public lands in California
- National and Department of the Interior items
Selected upcoming events

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GET OUTSIDE to America's Great Outdoors

group of rvs with mountain in backgroundTake your kids camping! Tremendous camping opportunities can be found on public lands throughout California. These include developed campgrounds, dispersed camping opportunities and long term visitor areas. Give your kids cherished memories of the great outdoors.

America's Great Outdoors logo features a family paddling in canoesAMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS

"The Sheep are Baaaack at Fort Ord National Monument" (News.bytes Extra)
The wooly weedeaters are back at Fort Ord National Monument. The sheep have grazed the grasslands of Fort Ord long before the Bureau of Land Management began managing the land, said BLM Interpretive Specialist Tammy Jakl. The sheep spend the winters in Los Banos and arrive at the Fort Ord National Monument in February. They stay until the grass no longer provides them with nutrients, usually around July.

tree at Fort OrdRELATED: "Fort Ord National Monument - Recreation Opportunities" (BLM Hollister)
The Fort Ord National Monument offers world-class recreation for residents and visitors to the Central California Coast. Fort Ord offers 86 miles of trail on approximately 7,200 acres - open every day from dawn to dusk for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, wildlife/wildflower photographers and nature enthusiats. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/fort_ord/_recreation_fo.html

two people riding bikes on dirt path"Cycling: Big Sandy Race Gets Wider Recognition"
(Fresno Bee, 3/30/13)
The secret's out. Now in its sixth year, the Big Sandy Point to Point Mountain Bike Race no longer can be considered a locals-only event. Not when riders from the Central Coast and Sacramento sweep the top placings at the annual knobby tire celebration that starts at the San Joaquin River Gorge Management Area outside Auberry and finishes at Millerton Lake.

RELATED: "San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area"
(Bakersfield Field Office)
Warm weather the past few weeks has caused the hillsides to begin to come alive with color. This year's dry weather in CA may make for a short wildflower season, so get out soon!


rocks on the beach at sunset...Who wouldn't like to walk along this beach? California Coastal National Monument is partnering with Coast Walk California to help protect California's iconic coastline for walkers to enjoy for generations to come. Get Outside! Find more amazing BLM recreational areas on: https://www.facebook.com/blmcalifornia


eggs in a nest

...Egg hunt in Petticoat Peak Wilderness Study Area, Idaho! The National BLM Facebook page has gorgeous photos of public lands from all over the country. https://www.facebook.com/BLMNational


question mark

Short-nosed, giant, chisel-toothed, agile, and big-eared - what animal are these subspecies of?
(a.) Pacific bullfrog
(b.) Banded gecko
(c.) Spotted bat
(d.) Kangaroo rat
(e.) California sea lion
(f.) Blunt-nosed leopard lizard
(g.) MMA fighter

See answer - and more wildlife stories - near the end of this News.bytes.

Renewable energy graphics represent solar, wind and geothermal power, plus transmission lines RENEWABLE ENERGY

"Walker Ridge Wind Park Moving Forward"
(Colusa County Sun-Herald, 4/2/13)
After a short hiatus, developers of the Walker Ridge Wind Park are again moving forward with the project. AltaGas - a Calgary-based business - has filed a new plan with the US Bureau of Land Management in Ukiah to construct a wind park saddling Lake and Colusa counties on Walker Ridge.

RELATED: "Walker Ridge Wind Energy Project" (BLM Ukiah)

WILD HORSES AND BURROSsilhouettes of wild horse and of a burro

"Ridgecrest Wild Horse and Burro Corrals Hosted Japanese Students" (News.bytes Extra)
On Friday, March 29, the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals hosted 26 teenage students from Japan and their host families as part of the Ridgecrest Exchange Club goal to exchange cultures with other countries. The students, age 13-17 were from Kagoshima and Myazaki and spent 10 days in the Ridgecrest area.

RELATED: "California Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Schedule" (BLM California)


"Bitterbrush Planting Volunteers are Heroes for a Day" (News.bytes Extra)
A cadre of volunteers met in the high desert northeast of Susanville Saturday, March 30, and planted more than a thousand bitterbrush seedlings in an area burned by last summer's Rush Fire. The project, hosted by the Bureau of Land Management's Eagle Lake Field Office and the Mule Deer Foundation, will be featured as a Field and Stream Magazine "Hero for a Day" project.

boulders"Climbers Clean-up Jacumba Wilderness" (News.bytes Extra)
Twenty climbers, a baby and a dog helped clean-up the Jacumba Wilderness on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The group, representing Allied Climbers of San Diego, spent the day combing for trash throughout the Valley of the Moon, a fantastic landscape of eroded granite rock perfect for bouldering and rock climbing. The area, part of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), comprises the Jacumba Mountains, a wildly remote area that sits on the eastern flank of southern California's coastal peninsular ranges.

"AmeriCorps Clean-up at San Joaquin River Gorge" (News.bytes Extra)
AmeriCorps crew members cleared brush, improved trails, gathered trash and helped with environmental education programs at the gorge, which is managed by the Bakersfield Field Office. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2013/574_extra_-_americorp.html

"Look Who's Rockin' at the Orange County Children's Water Education Festival"
(News.bytes Extra)
On a perfectly sunny day in a campus park with enormous trees, more than 7,000 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders converged at University of California, Irvine for the 17th annual Orange County Children's Water Education Festival. Recognized nationally as the largest event of its kind, the festival featured 65 learning stations with venues as varied as Disneyland, Eco- Magic Show, National Geographic, Jet Propulsion Lab, and BLM's California Coastal National Monument.

"Every Day is Earth Day at the Desert Discovery Center" (News.bytes Extra)
Again this year, the BLM Barstow Field Office Desert Discovery Center (DDC) partnership joined forces with the Barstow High School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy to host a huge Earth Day event at the local high school on March 28. The theme was "Every Day is Earth Day" and more than 850 5th & 6th grade students and 160 STEM high school students participated.


"BLM Releases Clear Creek Proposed Plan" (BLM, 3/28/13)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hollister Field Office released a Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the 63,000-acre Clear Creek Management Area in southern San Benito and western Fresno Counties.

RELATED: "Clear Creek Final Environmental Impact Statement" (BLM Hollister)

river with mountain in the background
"Members of State OHV Commission Tour BLM's Chappie Shasta Area" (News.bytes Extra)
An awe-inspiring view the "three Shastas," the dam, the lake and the 14,000-foot snow-covered volcano, was the opening scene, when members of California's Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission toured the BLM's Chappie-Shasta Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, Saturday, March 22. Adding to the fabulous view were success stories illustrating how public and private partners are working to provide world class riding opportunities while protecting the environment and preserving the area's history. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2013/574_extra_-_state.html

RELATED: "Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area" (BLM Redding)
Just 10 miles northwest of Redding, the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle area offers over 200 miles of roads and trails on approximately 52,000 acres for off-road enthusiasts.

plant with hill in the background"International Seismology Team Studies Ancient Chemehuevi Mountains Faults" (News.bytes Extra)
Seven geology sleuths were spotted last week in California's Chemehuevi Mountains Wilderness. According to their leader, Dr. Barbara John of the University of Wyoming, they're looking for clues in this remote Mojave Desert mountain range to better understand how earthquakes work. "By studying ancient, inactive faults that have 'surfaced' through weathering and geologic uplifting over millions of years, we have a window on what is probably occurring miles underground with active faults like the San Andreas," explained Dr. John.

"Cheatgrass Fight Gains New Hope"
(Western Farm Press, 4/4/13)
A strain of naturally occurring soil bacteria tested on national wildlife refuges and other Western lands may soon offer rangeland managers a safe new way to manage cheatgrass, an aggressive plant pest. In the Great Basin states of Nevada, Utah, Oregon and California, cheatgrass is spreading at the rate of thousands of acres per day, endangering many more animal species and habitats. In addition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, government agencies expressing interest in the natural cheatgrass inhibitor include the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

"Dust Settles on Dunes Season" (Imperial Valley Press, 4/3/13)
In addition to chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs, the Easter weekend also brought a partial close to this year's dunes season. On any Easter holiday, the dunes can attract 60,000 visitors, said Stephen Razo, Bureau of Land Management spokesperson. "The weather has a lot to do with the amount of visitors we receive," Razo said. "You won't see too many people riding around in the dead of summer."

cows in green field"Standing up for Private Property Rights"
(Orland Press Register, 4/2/13)
The Glenn County supervisors and the Glenn County Rangeland Association will be bringing back a resolution April 16 informing state and federal authorities Glenn County wishes to be included in any discussions about conservation plans, development of wilderness areas and other issues proposed by their agencies affecting the western county foothills. Supervisor Steve Soeth of Elk Creek said Glenn County already has an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management to receive input on land issues affecting forest lands.


ocean with volcano erupting in the background"Holy Smokes! See the Department of the Interior's Dramatic Volcano Pictures"
(The Washington Times, 4/2/13)
The U.S. Department of the Interior has become quite a hit recently with its striking Instagram photos, gaining more than 33,000 followers of the department tasked with "protecting America's great outdoors." The Department of the Interior, known as @usinterior, describes itself as "protecting America's great outdoors and powering our future." Its account features photos of bison running in Yellowstone National Park, the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Wyoming's National Elk Refuge and Yosemite Valley, among many others. http://www.ca.blm.gov/q2kd


"Native Plant Gardening Topic of Shelter Cove Workshop" (BLM, 4/2/13)
Information on native plants and the best species for local gardens will be the focus of a free, family-oriented workshop, set for Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Shelter Cove Community Clubhouse, 1555 Upper Pacific Dr., in Shelter Cove. The event will feature speakers, information tables, kids' activities, slide presentations and a plant identification walk on Shelter Cove's new nature trail. A new brochure, "Native Plants for North Coast Gardens," will be available. Vendors will be selling native plants, and experts will be on hand to provide advice on gardening with natives.

"Wildfire Awareness Information Event Scheduled"
(The Bakersfield Californian, 4/1/13)
The Kern County Fire Department, in association with Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service, is inviting the community to a Wildfire Awareness Expo at the Kernville Rodeo Grounds. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, the event will provide the community with wildfire awareness, hazard reduction and emergency preparedness information, a Fire Department news release stated.


(d.) Kangaroo rat

SOURCE: "Search results for kangaroo rat" (BLM California wildlife database)
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