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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 297

"Test" wedding in the Alabama Hills

The wedding certainly wasn't a "test" for the participants -- they really got married.  It was a test of how the BLM and area communities can best use the Alabama Hills, but still maintain their character. (story continues below)

The happy couple exchange vows under an open sky, before a crowd of well-wishers in folding chairs.

The BLM and community leaders have been discussing a stewardship strategy for the Alabama Hills, an effort endorsed by BLM's Central California Resource Advisory Council. One idea was to test the concept of holding weddings in the Hills, and evaluate the results. In fact, the idea was raised at the first public meeting on the Hills, when a local couple proposed the idea. Community members at the meeting largely supported the idea.

The BLM's Bishop Field Office worked with the couple to find a suitable location and to develop terms and conditions to minimize potential impacts.

"Well, the 'test' wedding occurred last Sunday and from all accounts appeared to be a success," said Bishop Field Office Manager Bill Dunkelberger. " We saw a happy couple and guests and happy BLM personnel who monitored the event. We will now work with the stewardship group, reviewing lessons learned and then develop and adopt a formal wedding policy for the Hills."

 Guests await the wedding party...

 Guests await the wedding party...

 ...attendants approach...
 ...attendants approach...

...followed by the bride.
 ...followed by the bride.
 
 
- B. Dunkelberger
 
 
BLM California News.bytes, issue 297

 
Last updated: 09-05-2007