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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 329

Earth Day dedication for Little Lake Overlook site 

On Earth Day, BLM-California's Ridgecrest Field Office held a dedication ceremony for its new interpretive site at Little Lake Overlook. The overlook is southeast of Fossil Falls off the Power Line Road. (story continues below)

Looking out over the Little Lake Overlook
Above: BLM archaeologist Don Storm points out Native American locations of interest to visitors after the dedication.

About 25 people took part in the event. Dave Sjaastad, Resources Branch Chief, discussed the history of Earth Day and how our air and water is now much cleaner. He also talked about the challenges that the BLM faces in managing resources as a multiple agency. Don Storm, BLM archaeologist, talked about the Native Americans that lived in the Little Lake area and how they adapted to 10,000 years of climatic changes.

Lee Sutton of the Kerncrest Audubon Society talked about the many bird species that use Little Lake and the surrounding marsh and cliffs. Participants set up spotting scopes and viewed a loon, several duck species, a yellow-headed blackbird, various hawks, and a swift, swallows, and many other species.

Steve McLaughlin of the Bristlecone Pine Chapter of the California Native Plant Society mentioned various desert plants that are blooming along the road to the Overlook. The Keysia daisies, purple mats, apricot mallows, Mojave asters and indigo bushes are displaying vibrant colors. The beavertail cacti are blooming along the path to the three interpretive displays.

Everyone enjoyed cake and cookies as they gazed out at the expansive views of Little Lake and the majestic Sierra Range. Off in the distance, we could see a red-tailed hawk fly high up, somersault, and then dive straight down on another bird. The weather was perfect, and it was a memorable day.

- S. Ellis, 4/08

Bureau of Land Management in California, News.bytes issue 329

Last updated: 04-30-2008