U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 398
Friends of Jawbone speeds up desert task
The Friends of Jawbone, one of BLM's partners in the Ridgecrest Field Office, promotes wise off-highway vehicle use on public lands in the California Desert, including public lands in the Jawbone recreation area near the town of Mojave, Calif. Part of this effort is to install signs in OHV areas, to educate riders on the importance of staying in approved areas or on approved routes. Friends of Jawbone recently developed equipment to make it easier to place these signs in the ground. (text continues below)
After a short training sessions, installers can drive a truck-mounted power auger to the site and make proper holes for the signs. These photos show a prototype the group developed with inventor Michael Sellard. After training one morning, several members of Friends of Jawbone were able to drill holes themselves, to install new signs. “The key is to get the job did right the first time, not have to come back again and again putting signs into the ground so they stay,” said Ed Waldheim of Friends of Jawbone. “Also key is that anyone, I mean anyone can do the job now.”
Waldheim said the group is already planning the next generation of equipment, a smaller size that can be put in the back of a pickup truck.
|Last updated: 09-02-2009|