CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 |
The California Coastal National Monument would be expanded in Mendocino County, making it the first onshore addition to the site, once a bill approved by the House this week clears Congress. The expansion would add about 1,255 acres to the national monument north of San Francisco. The national monument covers the entire California coastline. "By providing lasting national protection, we're making the California Coastal National Monument more accessible to visitors and we're raising the visibility of 1,200 acres of spectacular Mendocino County coastline," said the bill's sponsor, freshman Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 |
A new federal plan for managing the Imperial Sand Dunes calls for reopening to off-road vehicles 40,000 acres that have been closed since 2000, when the site became embroiled in a legal battle involving threatened plant species. Counting that acreage, 84% of the 215,000-acre dunes system would be open to motorized recreation under the Bureau of Land Management plan, released Tuesday. The plan is the result of a 13-year process that moved in fits and starts as each iteration from the agency was challenged in court.
May 13, 2013 |
Ranchers often argue that cattle grazing is the best way to combat cheatgrass, an aggressive invader that has taken over vast areas of the Great Basin, destroying the native sagebrush ecosystem and fueling huge wildfires. But a study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology arrives at the opposite conclusion. Reseachers who studied 75 Great Basin sites invaded by cheatgrass found that greater grazing intensity promoted the alien's spread. “Our findings raise serious concerns regarding proposals to use cattle grazing to control [cheatgrass]
April 17, 2013 |
Plan a camping or road trip to California's northern border with a new recreation map that makes it all so easy. The recently updated Northern California Recreation Map includes routes and facilities at national forests, parks and other public lands from Lake Tahoe in California to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon - and it's free for the asking. The deal: The beauty of this map is that it lists facilities for more than 200 campgrounds, parks, marinas, trails, refuges and recreation areas that span eight public land areas.
April 12, 2013 |
Officials in Nevada's isolated Pershing County want to make it perfectly clear: When it comes to the wild-and-wacky Burning Man festival held each year in their midst, they're not going to get burned financially. Not even close. The want to increase their bill for law enforcement and security for the Labor Day weekend bacchanal in the Black Rock Desert, on land overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. So far, state legislators aren't buying any price increase plans. A Nevada legislative panel this week narrowly approved a bill to prevent the sprawling county (population 6,734)
March 25, 2013 |
President Obama on Monday established five new national monuments, including one in Washington's San Juan Islands and one in northern New Mexico. The Río Grande del Norte National Monument elevates protections for 242,550 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management holdings northwest of Taos. A variety of wildlife, 500-year-old trees and extinct volcanoes are found in the monument, which lies between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. The monument includes parts of the 800-foot-deep Rio Grande Gorge, carved by the river as it flows across highlands that feature petroglyphs and archaeological sites.