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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 351


 Horse education and the SRSJM National Monument

Tracy Albrecht, interpretive specialist with the Santa Rosa Mountains and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, and Jo Ann Schiffer-Burdett, outdoor recreation planner with BLM's California Desert District, teamed up to host a booth for the Back Country Horsemen’s Association Education Day at the Yucaipa Pumpkin Patch, on Sept. 20th. (text continues below)

Making an appearance at the event was Burt, a three-year-old mustang brought by Linda and Chip Herzog.
Making an appearance at the event was Burt, a three-year-old mustang brought by Linda and Chip Herzog.

Tracy spoke with equestrians about trail opportunities in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, and JoAnn tied "Leave No Trace" equestrian minimum impact principles to the Back Country Horsemen’s "Gentle Use" program. Cadette Troop 348 and 407, San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council, recruited visiting children as actors for an "Impact Monster" skit. They also distributed brochures, and showed visitors how to read mustang freeze brands.  Visitors heard about weed free, seed free, feed alternatives when trail riding in new areas and discussed the “Rights of the Trail” etiquette for horse and rider safety.  Linda Herzog, San Gorgonio Back Country  Horsemen’s unit stressed, "When meeting a horse or pack string on the trail the safest approach for hikers is to stay together and find a durable surface on the downhill side of the trail. If hikers string-out along the trail, and a horse spooks, there's a good chance it will take out one of the hikers." 

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 348 and 407 members work diligently on a sign for a BLM booth at the event
Girl Scout cadets work diligently on a sign for a BLM booth at the event

The Impact Monster strikes
The Impact Monster strikes, in a skit

Tracy Albrecht, interpretive specialist with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, acts out the part of a sleeping camper...
Tracy Albrecht, interpretive specialist with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, acts out the part of a sleeping camper

...who then awakens for a lesson in "Leave No Trace" camping
...Tracy Albrecht then "awakens" for a lesson in Leave No Trace camping

J. Schiffer-Burdett, 9/24/08


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 351


 
Last updated: 10-01-2008