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Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office

Tamarisk Removal - Volunteers Needed

NOTE DATE CHANGE BELOW!!

The Palm Springs-South Coast BLM office is hosting two tamarisk removal events in the Santa Rosa Wilderness to be held November 14th and December 12th, 2009. 

Volunteers will hike approximately 1 mile into Sheep Canyon, an area important to the federally endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni), to help remove the invasive plant species tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima). 

Hand saws, loppers and gloves will be provided, but quantities are limited, so volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools as well. In addition, light snacks and drinks will be provided. Volunteers should bring any personal safety supplies such as sunscreen, hat, closed toe shoes, etc.
 
For both the November 14th and December 12th dates, volunteers are to meet at the Palm Springs BLM office located at 1201 Bird Center Drive at 8AM to carpool to the site, and people should plan on returning to the office by 1PM. Participants shall also receive a 2009 National Public Lands Day t-shirt. 

The December 12th date has been changed to January 30, 2010 due to the possibility of rain.

Interested parties should RSVP to either Jennifer Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator at 760-833-7117 ( j5taylor@blm.gov ) or Kevin Doran, Natural Resource Specialist at 760-833-7137. 

 Sumac Springs in Sheep Hole Canyon, Santa Rosa Mountains
Sumac Springs in Sheep Hole Canyon, Santa Rosa Mountains