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News.bytes Extra, issue 439

ARRA funds used to remove safety hazard, increase habitat

A project on the Carrizo Plain National Monument has removed a public safety hazard at an abandoned ranch while providing additional habitat for special status species.

A house and other structures at the Selby Ranch house were demolished and removed through $125,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. A half-dozen workers spent a week on the project. (text continues below)

A worker uses a power shovel to load trash into dumpsters

“Cleaning up this site decreases the chance of the public getting injured or harmed while visiting the Carrizo,” said Johna Hurl, monument manager. The building had lead and asbestos. Removing the source of the contaminants reduces the potential for harm.

The cleaned area can now provide habitat for the special status species in the area such at the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, giant kangaroo rat and San Joaquin kit fox.

A lizard sits on a man's hand
A loader drops debris in a large dumpster
A worker digs with a power shovel

Cleared of debris:
An area cleared of debris

- David Christy, BLM Central California District, 7/1/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 439

Last updated: 07-08-2010