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 News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 424

Volunteer cleanup, Wildflower Festival highlight NLCS celebration at monument

The National Landscape Conservation System 10th Anniversary Monument Clean-up was a huge success. On February 27th and 28th more than 100 volunteers came to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center to honor the NLCS with their hard work. Volunteers removed invasive mustard, picked up trash, did trail maintenance, removed Cholla clones, and more. We teamed up with the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program, which meant volunteers got free Disneyland tickets for participating. We had a lot of families show up, help out and learn more about their NLCS. (text continues below)

Young hands reach out to a hands-on display of wild flower seeds
Young hands reach out to feel a display of wildflower seeds

This was a great kick-off for the wildflower season -- and in fact, the very next weekend, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument hosted the Wildflower Festival.  Activities included games, crafts, face painting, and animal exhibits in the "Kids Zone."  Visitors also could take advantage of guided hikes, workshops, raffles, food sales and live music. Proceeds benefitted Friends of the Desert Mountains in support of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

A speaker stands on a raised area, addressing a crowd of volunteers
An speaker organizes volunteers outside the monument's visitor center

Volunteers with rakes, clippers and other tools spread out over the landscape
Volunteers get to work cleaning up

 A group of volunteers poses behind an even larger group of black trash bags
Volunteers show off some of the many trash bags they filled

A woman paints a mask on a boy's face
A young man gets his face painted during the Wildflower Festival

A man holds a guitar and looks ready to play
Wildflower Festival-goers enjoyed live music.

Children around one of the activity tables
Children enjoy one of the activity booths at the Festival.

A father watches a young child who is looking at an exhibit of animals that pollinate wildflowers
Festival visitors could learn as while being entertained.

About a dozen people gather around a woman pointing out plants
A tour host points out characteristics of one of the plants at the monument.

- Emily B. Hoerner, BLM park ranger, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, March 2010

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 425

Last updated: 03-25-2010