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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 5, 1997 25 Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1.800-952-5400 by F TOrnch severe... You lean= forecast when sudd\\;enlythe radio signal weakens and dies as your lights al dim d go out. night at the RV park in Kingman. You outside with a flashlight to fix the problem, only to find that your twin deep cycle batteries are completely dead. No power. Nothing. What went wrong? This is a worrisome situation which could easily become life-threatening. However, a few.simple rules and paying careful attention to your battery and charg- ing system can help avert such problems. It's not sufficient to merely Check the water level and charge the batteries whenever convenient. Loss of battery power means to full capacity. percent i-e- Nevada's National Forest plan undergoing revision by Ed Tomchin The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is revising the Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) for all National Forest System lands in Nevada as well as some 700,000 acres across the border in California. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests are the largest in the continental U.S., and are as diverse as the State of Nevada, encompassing ecosystems from high desert to alpine tundra. When completed, the revision will affect 6.5 million acres of Nevada forestland, including the Spring Mountains, lo- cated in Nye and Clark county, and the upper Nye County forestlands in the hammerhead are included in the revision and will impact Nye County residents. Federal law requires all national forests to conduct revi- sions of their forest plans every 15 years. These plans govern how national forests are managed. The Humboldt-Toiyabe plan was last revised in 1986 and the current revision must be essentially complete by 2001. Revision includes re-evaluating forest goals, objectives, standards, guidelines, and re-examining each management area's direction, as well as determining the suitability of the land for various resource-usage. Plan revisions are also required to make recommendations for wilderness and other congressional action. Finally, it must also set and implement monitoring standards. Spring Mountain National Recreation Area's Plan was two years in revision. It was completed in November, 1996. A total of 14 managemertt area revisions will be necessary to complete the entire plan for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. Dee Gardner, of the Spring Mountain NRA office, says this revision is different in that the USFS is seeking public involvement in more diverse ways. Rather than town hall forum, the USFS office held an open house, with various experts in office holding group discussions with the public of various areas of the plan. Gardner said it was a very successful public format. It allowed them to develop more alternatives and to explore avenues they had not thought of in revising the plan. The USFS plans to use this type of public forum quite extensively for all management area revisions. In addition to the public having a greater impact on the management of Nevada's forestlands, Gardner also said that formal comments, i.e., those presented to the USFS in writing, will become part of the permanent record. The USFS has prepared a road map of what the revision process looks like, with ideas on how people may choose to participate in addition to the open house and by written comment. Write to the Humboldt-Toiyabee National Forests, Revision Team, 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431. Questions pertaining to the Spring Mountain NRA can be directed to Dee Gardner in Las Vegas at 873-8800. Regard- ing the Tonopah/Austin/Ely Management Area, contact Monica Schwalbach in Ely at (702) 289-0148. June blooms at Red Rock Canyon The Bureau of Land Management offers monthly pro- grams at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area including hikes, walks and lectures. All programs are free of charge, however, reservations are required. Saturday, June 7 -- "Pine Creek Loop" explores the natural history along the new segment of the Pine Creek Trail. Geology, plants and canyon ecology will be discussed on the 2 l/2-mile walk.. Sunday, Juhe 8 -- "Animal Talk." Bring the family and discuss the many ways in which our desert animals commu- nicate during this two-mile hike along the Fire Ecology Trail at Pine Creek. Tuesday, June 10 -- "Man, It's Hot." Learn how plants, animals and people adapt to life in the Mojave Desert during an easy one-mile evening walk along the Lost Creek Trail. . Wednesday, June 11 -- "Wheeler Springs Ecology Walk." Explore the interrelationships of soils, plants, wildlife and human influence on this unique riparian environment. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15 -- "Frogs or Toads." Bring the family and take a hike and look for frogs and toads. Will discuss the differences and similarities. Saturday June 14 -- "Desert Survival." Are you prepared to face an emergency in the extreme heat of summer? Learn Fishing safety Whether it's bass, walleye or mackerel you're after, it's hard not to get hooked on fishing. But keep these tips in mind: Plan ahead - Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be bacL Wear your life jacket- Always wear one in a boat and make sure others do, too. Wear one on shore or on the dock if you're not a strong swimmer. Bring warm clothes - Dress in layers and pack a wind and water proof outer shell. Minimize alcohol us - Impaired judgment could comtxx raise your safety. Watch the weather - In a stoma, seek shelter on  in a desert survival techniques at this 3 112- hour program which includes a short walk and demonstrations. Friday and Sunday, June 20 and 22 -- "Amphibians and Reptiles." Many people Confuse these creatures. Bring the family and learn more about the amphibians and reptiles in Red Rock Canyon. Saturday, June 21 -- "Exploring the West Fork of Gateway Canyon." Unique rock formations and (possible) wildlife await. Sunday, June 22 -- "Desert at Dusk." As the hot summer day fades away, many animals begin to stir. Learn about desert nightlife during an easy two-hour walk in the Lost Creek area, Friday, June 27 -- "Evening with the Stars." Bring the family and enjoy learning something new about our night sky. Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 -- "Ants." Ants are everywhere in the desert, bring the family and explore your curiosity at this fun program and craft project. Saturday, June 28 -- "Top of the Canyon." Travel up Lovell Canyon, then hike to the top of the escarpment on this special geology-ecology program. For more information, call (702) 363-1921. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. building or vehicle, In an electrical storm, get offthe lake and out of your boat. Don't abandon ship- If your boat gets swamped, stay with it. Most people overestimate their swimming ability. Boats usually stay afloat and drift to shore. Have a first aid kit - Be prepared for cuts, sprains, bites, strains, stings, and, yes, embedded hooks (get help from a doctor for those). If you're allergic to insect stings, stock a kit containing epinephr (adrenaUne). Procyourselffrom sunburn -Wear a hat and use sunscreen with a sun protection factor rating of at least 15 Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic Health letter may 1997. Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nenula Dlrisios of WdlO'e LAKE MEAD --Reports from the lake indicate the striped bass fishing has hit a snag in recent days and most anglers are struggling to catch fish. Fishing was good last week above Callville Bay and most boaters were filling their creels with small stripers. By the weekend the fish had scattered and angler success plummeted. Largemouth bass fishing is only fair to slow with a few fish being found in coves and along dropoffs. Artificial worms continue to be the preferred method for catching the fish. LAKE MOHAVE --Striped bass fishing continues to be fair in the Cottonwood Cove area. Small stripers are being caught with anchovies at depths of 60-80 feet off the cliffs in the narrows above Cottonwood. The Willow Beach Hatchery is scheduled to plant 2,000 rainbow trout Thursday at Willow Beach. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA --Rainbow trout fishing is slow at Haymeadow and Cold Springs reservoirs, while the largemouth bass fishing has been fair at Haymeadow. On Monday an angler reported catching several bass while casting near the dam at Haymeadow. Small large- mouth bass are still being caught at Adams-McGill Reser- voir. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR --Anglers continue to reap the rewards from the large amount of trout that were stocked this spring by the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Those fishing at the lake report having good success for rainbow trout, while the fishing is more difficult for brown trout. Power Bait continues to be the preferred method for catching rainbows. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR -- Rainbow trout fishing is only fair while the action for largemouth bass and crappie continues to be fair to good. Flies and small jigs are the best bets for crappie while artificial worms are catching the bass. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR --Sporadic success is still being found for small rainbow trout in the lake. The better action for rainbows is being found in the stream below the reservoir.