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Volunteers remove more invasive tamarisk in Santa Rosa Wilderness

The Palm Springs-South Coast BLM office hosted a tamarisk-cutting event in the Santa Rosa Wilderness located within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument this past weekend. A total of 23 volunteers consisting of BLM staff, a California Dept. of Fish and Game employee, students from both the College of the Desert and the Desert Hot Springs High School Community Service Key Club, and other local volunteers hiked approximately one mile into Sheep Canyon, an area important to the federally endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis  nelsoni). (text continues below)

Volunteers take loppers to invasive tamarisk
Volunteers take loppers to invasive tamarisk

Using a variety of hand tools such as loppers and hand saws, volunteers started working where previous volunteers had left off clearing tamarisk on a similar event held on National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2009. By the end of the day, approximately 0.22 miles of tamarisk was removed from the wash. Volunteers are eager to return to the site next month to continue making great progress on treating the extensive infestation. 

More volunteers are welcome to help with our next event, on December 12, 2009.  Interested parties should RSVP to either Jennifer Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator at 760-833-7117 ( j5taylor@blm.gov ) or Kevin Doran, Natural Resource Specialist at 760-833-7137.  See more details.

A young man users loppers to remove tamarisk

A young lady lops off a tamarisk while another takes a brief rest

Invasive tamarisk spread across the canyon before...
Tamarisk spread across the canyon floor before

...the same scene after volunteers removed tamarisk:
After: tamarisk removed from this stretch of canyone

Volunteers pose for a group portrait:
A couple dozen folks pose for a group portrait against the rocky background

- Jennifer Taylor, Outdoor Recreation Planner, BLM-California Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 11/17/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 409

Last updated: 11-18-2009