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National Public Lands Day:  Long Canyon Cleanup

BLM, in collaboration with the Community and Cultural Affairs Commission of Desert Hot Springs and Desert Valley Disposal, seeks assistance with cleanup efforts within Long Canyon.  This canyon is adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, and as such, is a gateway to the park.  Cleaning the area will benefit local wildlife by returning the area back to its natural setting, and residents of the Coachella Valley will be able to enjoy this scenic canyon even more.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS WILL DOVolunteers will assist BLM staff and local community groups with the cleanup of Long Canyon, an area just east of Desert Hot Springs.  Volunteers will be picking up garbage, tires, yard waste, target shooting remnants, and other household refuse littering the sides of the road.  Volunteers will receive a NPLD t-shirt and Fee Free pass to any BLM, National Park Service, or US Fish and Wildlife Service site that charges an entry fee.

WHEN: Saturday, October 22 at 8 a.m.

WHERE TO MEET:  Volunteers are to meet at the corner of Long Canyon Road and Hacienda Ave in Desert Hot Springs (a Google Maps search for "Long Canyon and Hacienda Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA" will provide a street map).

WHAT TO BRING:  Gloves will be provided for those who don’t bring their own.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own personal and safety items such as gloves, sunscreen, hat, closed-toed shoes, lunch, etc.  Light snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.) and drinks (waters, Gatorade) will be provided.  Volunteers under the age of 18 will have to have their parent or guardian sign the Volunteer Services Agreement.

For more information, contact: Jennifer Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator, at 760-833-7117, or by email at