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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 333

12th Annual Moose Anderson Days – cleanup, then fun

"Moose Anderson Days 2008 was a great opportunity to keep our public lands clean and to educate the recreational users of our Public Lands," said Eduardo Duque, park ranger with the Bureau of Land Management's Ridgecrest Field Office. Organized with the support of BLM staff and the Friends of Jawbone, the Saturday event attracted 164 volunteers, plus another 17 from the Kern County Sheriff's Department and 19 BLM staff. The volunteers tackled five work projects.  (text continues below) 

Volunteers on the job, working hard
Above: The SCA's Chas Robles led eight SCA staff and two other volunteers in restoring 60 meters of undesignated trail in the Jawbone Area.

The largest group of volunteers filled a dumpster at Jawbone Off-Road Open Area with 40 yards of debris, including invasive tamarisk removed from the area. Led by the BLM's Rob Enriquez, this was the largest group. The tamarisk removal project led by the BLM's Glenn Harris and Alex Neibergs had a great impact.  About 17 volunteers learned more about the invasive weed -- then treated, pulled, and packed four full-sized pickup trucks completely full. 

Volunteer workers pose for a group portrait in front of two trucks full of invasive tamarisk they have just finished pulling:
One group of volunteers poses for a field portrait in front of support trucks

A trash cleanup in Dove Springs Off Highway Vehicle Open Area was led by the BLM's Randy Masner. Volunteers filled a dumpster placed at Dove Springs with 15 yards of debris.

Two other crews, led by the BLM's Sam Fitton and Ruby Allen,  installed eight "closed area" signs to mark the boundary of the Jawbone Open Area.

 An overflowing parking lot is a sign of the full turnout...

The crews came back from their work projects for lunch, educational instruction, and fun time.

Highlights included:

  • A K-9 demonstration by BLM law enforcement ranger Reed Hopkins.
  • A talk by Ed Waldheim -- president of the Friends of Jawbone and California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) – on the importance of staying on designated routes, except in open areas.
  • A wildlife education program by the BLM's Carrie Woods and Bob Parker.
  • A landing by Kern County’s helicopter, and a presentation on the helicopter and its purpose.
  • Free no-risk OHV sound checks by BLM law enforcement ranger Ronnie Lewis and BLM staff.
  • A burro from BLM's Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Facility -- there for outreach and petting.

Festivities ended with blow-up amusements. The dunk tank was the big attraction with BLM's Ridgecrest Field Manager, Hector Villalobos being the first to be dunked in the water. Following him were Waldheim; vice president of the Friends of Jawbone, Paul Kober; BLM law enforcement ranger, Jason Woods, and the SCA’s Mitchell Gravley-Novello.
Special thanks go to the event's sponsors, supporters and volunteers.

A good shot sends a sitter into the dunk tank

- Eduardo Duque, 5/08

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 333

Last updated: 05-29-2008