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Yuma Field Office
Release Date: 04/10/13
Contacts: Lori Cook - 928-317-3243 or 928-246-8560    

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Tree Planting

Yuma, Ariz. – To celebrate Earth Day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites volunteers to help plant 2,500 trees in an area ravaged by fire in the spring of 2011. BLM Colorado River District and Yuma Field Office personnel will host a volunteer tree-planting opportunity from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in an ongoing restoration site adjacent to Betty’s Kitchen Watchable Wildlife Area (Betty’s Kitchen) approximately 8 miles northeast of Yuma. Volunteers will be planting 2,500 lower Colorado River cottonwood trees.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Betty’s Kitchen parking lot. If you are coming from downtown Yuma, take U.S. Highway 95 east, turn left on Avenue 7E, and continue on the paved road for 7 miles.  When the road turns into dirt, travel approximately ¼ mile and turn left at the Betty’s Kitchen sign. The parking lot is approximately 50 yards on your left. 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hats, long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots, and gloves.

The 751-acre Laguna Fire destroyed valuable marsh and riparian habitat, while also destroying the Betty’s Kitchen Recreation Area. Since the fire in May 2011, the native seed has been allowed to germinate, invasive species have been cleared, and holes have been drilled in preparation for the tree planting. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 04-10-2013