A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue 577 - April 25, 2013 

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America's Great Outdoors logo features a family paddling a canoeGET OUTSIDE IN AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS

Take your kids fishing! This is the best time of the year to fish the Trinity River for steelhead and salmon. Popular with fisherman and pleasure boaters alike, the 43 miles of the Wild and Scenic Trinity River from Lewiston to Pigeon Point is a class I and II segment that flows out of the Trinity and Lewiston Lakes. This clear, cold section of the river is world famous for its fly fishing. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/recreationmain/reddingrecreationtrinity.html


blunt nosed leopard lizard...The blunt nosed leopard lizard is truly a success story for land stewardship. The Hollister Field Office has been monitoring populations and managing the habitat for this endangered species. https://www.facebook.com/blmcalifornia


rushing river
...This is a photo of the Merced Wild and Scenic River. Check out our BLM California Flickr page for amazing photos from all over California's public land. http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmcalifornia/

RELATED: "Merced Wild and Scenic River" (Mother Lode Field Office)
From the high country of Yosemite National Park, the Merced River shows no mercy on its headlong rush through glacially-carved canyons, rugged mountains and foothills to the San Joaquin Valley. Ample access points allow you to punch rapids at your own pace.


california condor

Photo by C. Barr, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

After a particularly large meal, California condors:

(a.) usually behave as if they are about to migrate south for the winter
(b.) may have to spend hours on the ground or a low branch before they can fly again
(c.) tend to focus their next hunt for a meal on slower-moving animals that are easy to catch
(d.) try to cover any remains with leaves and branches, to save it for their next meal
(e.) bury any remains, so as not to attract scavenger animals to their hunting territory
(f.) Burp hugely, a cultural affectation that shows they appreciate the quality of the meal, as well as the quantity offered them

See answer at the end of this News.bytes.

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

"Ocotillo Wind Project Area Deemed Sacred"
(Imperial Valley Press, 4/25/13)
The project area where the controversial 112 wind turbine project is located was recently deemed a "sacred site" by the Native American Heritage Commission, a ruling seen as symbolic victory by some opposing the project. The Native American Heritage Commission is the primary government agency responsible for identifying and cataloging Native American cultural resources. http://www.ca.blm.gov/j3kd

RELATED: "Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility" (El Centro Field Office)

"Size of 'World's Largest' Solar Plant Cut By More Than Half" (KCET ReWire, 4/24/13)
According to documents filed with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and posted on the agency's website, NextEra Energy Resources -- the Florida-based developer of the Blythe Solar Project in Riverside County -- will be slashing the size of its finished project from 1,000 megawatts to a maximum of 485 megawatts.

RELATED: "Blythe Solar Power Project" (Palm Springs Field Office)

silhouettes of wild horse and of a burroWILD HORSES AND BURROS

"Norco: Horse Parade Marches Through Town" (Press Enterprise, 4/20/13)
Hundreds of horses and riders rode Sixth Street in Norco, Saturday, April 20, for the city's 43rd annual Horseweek Parade. A posse of more than 50 mustangs and one burro, adoptees from Bureau of Land Management's adoption program, astonished onlookers with sheer numbers. http://www.ca.blm.gov/k3kd

burro and a child"Loomis' Earth Day Celebration" (News.bytes Extra)
The BLM Wild Horse and Burro program was invited to participate in the town of Loomis' Earth Day Celebration. Volunteers Michele and Steve DeCamp brought their wild horse and burro to the event as ambassadors, and assisted BLM staff with running the booth. We answered many people's questions and even provided nostalgia to some elderly citizens who used to own horses. We are very grateful that the Town of Loomis includes us in their celebration.


"Senator Boxer Introduces Legislation to End Mining Leases in Soledad Canyon" (Imperial Valley News, 4/19/13)
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today introduced the Soledad Canyon Settlement Act, legislation that would resolve a two decade-long mining dispute between the City of Santa Clarita and CEMEX USA by requiring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cancel current mining contracts in Soledad Canyon and prohibit future mining at this site. http://www.ca.blm.gov/g3kd

ohv on rocks"Cook Proposes Johnson Valley Compromise"
(Daily Press,4/19/13)
Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) proposed a plan Friday to stop the westward expansion of the Twentynine Palms Marine base into Johnson Valley by federally designating the area. The Yucca Valley congressman and retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel said his plan would create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, which would keep the land under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management.

RELATED: "Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area" (Barstow Field Office)
Johnson Valley is a varied landscape for the off-highway vehicle driver. It is punctuated by steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes. Elevations range from 4,600 feet at Hartwell Hills to 2,300 feet at Melville Dry Lake. Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, annual grasses, wild flowers and Joshua Trees.

"McCarthy Introduces Legislation to Shift Land to China Lake from BLM"
(The Daily Independent, 4/24/13)
Congressman McCarthy Tuesday introduced legislation to permanently convey the land used by Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) at China Lake from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the Department of the Navy. McCarthy said the move would help secure China Lake's future and save taxpayer money. http://www.ridgecrestca.com/article/20130424/NEWS/130429881


"Alabama Hills Day a Success" (News.bytes Extra)
Hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Alabama Hills Day, coordinated by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group. The day-long event included multiple field trips into the Hills, lectures at the Lone Pine Film History Museum, and tabling by over 30 vendors at the local civic center. The BLM's "walk-and work" field trip, done in partnership with Friends of the Inyo, provided a lesson in geology to volunteers who also helped to remove illegal-use off road vehicle tracks. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2013/577_extra_-_alabama.html

RELATED: "The Alabama Hills" (Bishop Field Office)

people cycling"Sea Otter Classic at Fort Ord National Monument"
(News.bytes Extra)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had a busy weekend at the Sea Otter Classic on April 18-21 at the Fort Ord National Monument. Known as a sprawling and energetic "celebration of cycling", Sea Otter is cycling's North American season opener and uses the world class trails on the National Monument. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the pilgrimage to the Monterey area to participate in some of the sport's most competitive and enduring events.

"BLM Has Openings on Resource Advisory Council" (BLM, 4/18/13)
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has two openings on its Northwest California Resource Advisory Council, which advises the agency on diverse public land and natural resource issues. The nomination deadline has been extended to April 29. Both openings are to fill one-year terms in a membership category representing local elected officials, the public at large, Native American tribal interests, teachers involved with science and natural resources, and state agencies involved with natural resources. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/april/nwrac-openings.html

"Cache IN Trash Out Earth Day Event" (News.bytes Extra)
Shasta Geocachers, Cache IN Trash Out Earth Day Event was a big success as almost two tons of trash was cleaned up at an old abandon homestead adjacent (Meadow Ranch) to the Sacramento River Rail Trail (Hornbeck Trail Segment). This is the 4th year that the Geocachers have volunteered to cleanup trash for the BLM Redding Field Office. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2013/577_extra_-_shasta.html

"Enviroment Groups Sue to Stop New Calif. Oil Leases" (The Sacramento Bee, 4/18/13)
Two environmental groups are suing the federal government over the December auction of nearly 18,000 acres of oil leases on prime public lands in Central California. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that the Bureau of Land Management auctioned off the rights to drill for oil and gas without adequately considering the potential risks to the region's water supply, wildlife and air posed by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

offshore oil rig"In Time it Takes Feds to Approve Oil-Drilling Permits You Could Watch 'Die Hard' 3,349 Times" (CNSNews.com, 4/19/13)
The House Committee on Natural Resources revealed that the time it takes to obtain a permit for oil and gas exploration on state lands is about 12 to 15 days - a short time compared with the average 307 days to obtain a permit for onshore drilling on federal land. That means a person could watch the movie "Die Hard" 3,349 times, according to the committee, which provided facts at the hearing to demonstrate just how lengthy the wait is for a federal drilling permit. http://www.ca.blm.gov/h3kd


May 11: Fort Ord National Monument One Year Anniversary Celebration

May 9 - 11: "BLM Advisory Council Plans Meeting in Visalia"
(BLM, 4/17/13)
Land management issues for Central California will be on the agenda when the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Central California Resource Advisory Council meets in Visalia on May 9-11. A business meeting will be held Friday, May 10, at the Anthony Community Center, N. Jacob and W. Center streets, beginning at 8 a.m., followed by a field trip that afternoon to BLM lands in the Case Mountain area. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/april/VisaliaAdvCouncil.html

WILDLIFE TRIVIA answer and related websites
(b.) may have to spend hours on the ground or a low branch before they can fly again

SOURCE: "California Condor" (BLM California wildlife database)
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