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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 385

BLM Recognizes Big Morongo Canyon Volunteers

The BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office recognized 67 volunteer docents at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve on May 19.  Of the 67 docents that volunteer at the Preserve, 30 attended a luncheon provided by the Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.  Field Manager John Kalish and Preserve Manager Greg Hill presented each of the docents with award certificates, BLM commemorative pins, and "years of service" pins. (text continues below)

A lkarge group of people poses among trees

The docents provide all the visitor services, interpretation, environmental education, and facilities maintenance at the Preserve.  Combined, they contributed over 12,000 hours to the Preserve over the last year.  Their duties and skills include trail maintenance, renovation and construction of facilities, vegetation and habitat restoration, leading bird walks and interpretive hikes, and environmental education.

Some of the docents have logged over 500 hours of volunteer time, some over 1,000 hours, and six docents have been with the Preserve over 10 years.  Eight docents received special award plaques for their contributions over 1,000 hours or for special service such as developing and supervising the environmental education programs for the local school districts.

Because of these volunteers, the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a well known destination for birders, hikers, and nature lovers from throughout the region and from around the world.

- Greg Hill, planning and environmental coordinator, BLM-California Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 385

Last updated: 06-03-2009