U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 448
The King Celebrates 40 years!
On a foggy Sunday afternoon in Shelter Cove, more than 200 King Range fans celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the King Range National Conservation Area.
Festivities began with BLM Arcata Field Manager Lynda Roush being upstaged by David Simpson, an actor and early leader in the effort to restore salmon habitat in the Mattole watershed. “Dead Smellin’ Dave” gave King Range fans a history lesson with his biting satire. (text continues below)
BLM Acting State Director Jim Abbott and BLM Director Bob Abbey then spoke, both of them honoring the future stewards of the King Range.
Ray and Marie Raphael received a standing ovation from the crowd after they both spoke on Sunday. Ray and Marie founded Nick’s Interns in memory of their son, who worked with the BLM King Range National Conservation Area trail crew and local conservation organizations throughout his high school and college years. This unique program provides work opportunities for high school students, freshmen to graduates. Interns work on a range of restoration projects such as stream repair, invasive species removal, trail building, sediment and fuel hazard reduction, salmon habitat enhancement and more.
Gary Pritchard-Peterson, King Range Manager introduced a few of the many important partners that make the King Range what it is today. Leaders of the California Wilderness Coalition, The Mattole River and Range Partnership, Lost Coast Interpretive Association, International Mountain Biking Association and the California Conservation Corps spoke of their experiences and accomplishments working in the King Range NCA.
Music continued with ShinBone and many enjoyed local beverages and desserts with proceeds benefiting King Range Partners.
- Leisyka Parrott, BLM-California Arcata Field Office, 9/14/10
BLM-California News.bytes, issue 448
|Last updated: 09-15-2010|
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