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Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office

Volunteer Opportunity - Steele Peak - Stephen's Kangaroo Rat Reserve Cleanup 

The Palm Springs-South Coast Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Office will be hosting a volunteer event on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8:00 AM to noon at the Steele Peak SKR Reserve located approximately 4 miles west of Perris, CA.  (Township 5 South, Range 4 West, Section 9).

The project site falls within the Steele Peak SKR Reserve, an area set aside for the protection and management of the federally endangered Stephen’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys stephensi).  Illegal dumping and misuse of the area had resulted in an accumulation of garbage including household refuse, broken target boards, spent shotgun shells, and other items littering the ground.  Because of a previous and very successful cleanup event in August, much of the old debris was removed, but there is still some to go!  Removal of the garbage will return the area back to its natural setting, thus enhancing the habitat for SKR. 

Using a variety of hand tools such as rakes and garbage pickers, volunteers will assist BLM staff in performing a general cleanup of the area.  Gloves and some tools will be provided, but quantities are limited, so volunteers are encouraged to bring their own supplies as well.  These should include personal safety supplies such as sunscreen, hat, gloves, closed-toed shoes, lunch, etc.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Volunteers are to meet at one of the following locations to carpool to the project site:

  1. Meet at the Palm Springs-South Coast BLM Office located at 1201 Bird Center Drive in Palm Springs at 6:15 AM on Saturday, October 20th. We will leave promptly at 6:30 AM.
  2. Meet in the parking lot just west of Popeye’s Chicken located at 498 E 4th St in Perris, CA at 7:45 AM. From I-215, take the 4th St / Hwy 74 West exit. Head west on 4th street approximately ¼ mile. Popeye’s will be on the right-hand side just past Jack in the Box.

Please bring with you Page 1 of the Individual Volunteer Services Agreement  (Volunteers under 18 years of age will need the signature of their parent or guardian on the form).

Interested parties should RSVP to Jennifer Taylor, BLM Volunteer Coordinator, at (760) 833-7117 or by email at j5taylor@blm.gov