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Barstow Field Office marks National Public Lands Day with restoration and cleanup

Nearly 70 people showed up for the National Public Lands Day volunteer event held by BLM-California's Barstow Field Office.  With their efforts, the Poste Homestead Improvement Project was highly successful. Registration began at 7:00 a.m. in 29 Palms, with participants ready to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand on public lands.  Volunteers were shuttled to the site where they worked on the massive cleanup and restoration of the homestead. (text continues below)

Workers intall kiosk posts before adding a sign
They erected an information kiosk with a map of the route network in this limited use area...

...restored two illegal routes using the “vertical mulching” technique...
A man and a woman distribute branches and dried vegetation on the ground

A signpost next to a dirt road marks an "open route"
...signed over 10 miles of open routes surrounding the homestead site...

Workers stir up some dust as they fill large trash bags with refuse from the desert ground
...and  cleaned up nearly 40-yards of trash and debris surrounding the site.

After the work ended, the volunteers collected their NPLD T-shirts and were treated to a fantastic barbecued chicken lunch prepared by the Palms Restaurant.  The volunteers were delightfully entertained by a talented local “all women” band during lunch.  Volunteers enjoyed the wildlife display from Dr. Mike Glassey, a medical entomologist who works with the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division at Ft. Irwin.  His display includes birds, insects, tortoises, spiders, small mammals, and a lot of great information on desert wildlife.  Other displays were set up by Park Ranger Dora McKeever from the Mojave Preserve, Alex Misiura from the Integrated Training Area Management at Ft. Irwin NTC, and Pat Flanagan from the Mojave Desert Land Trust.  Guest speakers for the event were BLM Resource Branch Chief, Mickey Quillman, and Phil Klasky from Community ORV Watch. All expressed their gratitude to the volunteers for their participation in the day’s activities.

workers assemble near a sign that tells about the site

Three women sing and play two guitars and a banjo on an outdoor stage

- Rose Beardshear, BLM-California Barstow Field Office, 9/28/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 402

Last updated: 09-30-2009