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Volunteers support Moose Anderson Days

A swarm of nearly 200 volunteers descended on the Jawbone Visitors Station, Saturday, April 25, for Moose Anderson Days.  Their goal: to help enhance our public lands in the Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs areas in Eastern Kern County. (text continues below)

Volunteers reconstruct a section of fence
Volunteers reconstruct a section of fence

These volunteers came to the desert to support the Friends of Jawbone's Thirteenth Annual Moose Anderson Days by donating their time and labor to enhance this beautiful environment that users love to visit.  BLM’s Ridgecrest Field Office Staff led five projects on Saturday:

  • The Trash Cleanup was led by Rob Enriquez and Randy Masner which removed 2,200 pounds of trash and debris from the Dove Spring and Jawbone Open Areas.
  • The Tamarisk Project was led by Glenn Harris which removed 500 cubic feet of non-native vegetation.
  • The Restoration Project was led by Chas Robles from the Student Conservation Association that restored 3 incursions and constructed a camping overlook area.
  • The Fencing Project led by Eduardo Duque which reconstructed 100 feet of fence and installed 3 large signs. 

Also  contributing to the work effort were 30 young boys and girls from the Kern County Sheriff's Activity League.

After working up an appetite in the gusty winds, the participants returned to Jawbone Station in the early afternoon, and were treated to a BBQ lunch that was cooked by the members of Kern County Search and Rescue Team.  After lunch Ed Waldheim and BLM staff gave a short presentation on how to keep our public lands open.  Then awards and raffle prizes were presented to the lucky ticket holders.  More than 100 items were given away by the Friends of Jawbone including gift certificates, motorcycle helmets, riding apparel, tools, t-shirts, toys and a portable generator.

A road grader, tractor, water truck and dump truck, along with other equipment acquired through grants were on display.  The equipment is used throughout the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office’s Management Area for trail maintenance.

The event continued Sunday morning, April 26, beginning with a hot breakfast sponsored by the California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA).  Motorcycle riders then embarked on a poker run and jeep enthusiasts went on a 4-wheel drive interpretive tour in the Jawbone area to end the day and event.  Key supporters of the event included Friends of Jawbone, Student Conservation Association Crop Members, and Kern County.

Volunteers prepare to erect a large sign
Volunteers prepare to erect a large sign

A group of youngsters loads trash into a dumpster
A group of youngsters picks up trash and loads it onto a trailer 

An especially young volunteer goes incognito as volunteers gather for the barbecue and prize giveaway
An especially young volunteer goes incognito as volunteers gather for the barbecue and prize giveaway

- Eduardo S. Duque, Park Ranger / ATV Chief Instructor, BLM Ridgecrest Field Office

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 381

Last updated: 05-06-2009