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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 378

Volunteers, visitors take to the Alabama Hills

On March 28, a group of 15 Boy Scouts showed up for volunteer work in the Alabama Hills.  The scouts rehabilitated an unauthorized makeshift "road" -- raking out the surface ,and mulching vertical areas to blend in with the surrounding area so that it does not appear to be a road. (text continues below)

Boy Scouts rake out an unauthorized roadway, as snow-capped mountains loom over the scene
Scouts rake out a piece of trampled ground after heavier equipment was used to loosen the compacted soil.  The raking restored the ground to its more natural condition and appearance.

After their hard work, the scouts were led on a hike to the Alabama Hills arch, where several of them posed for a group portrait.
Several Boy Scouts pose for a portrait under the Alabama Hills arch, with snow-capped peaks behind them

That Saturday the Alabama Hills saw a lot of visitors, with a BLM ranger making contact with 30 of them.  Yellow flowers carpeted the ground in areas, making for a picturesque view with snow-covered mountains in the background.  A film company was even building a set (with BLM permits) -- a number of movies and many commercials have been filmed in the area.

Below: Golden llinanthus carpet the valley. In the background is the snow-capped Sierra Nevada range, Mount Whitney and Lone Pine Peak.
Yellow flowers carpet the ground, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains

- Scott Justham, BLM park ranger, 3/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 378

Last updated: 04-16-2009