U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 450
Youth work with Mother Lode Field Office
The Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office took advantage of youthful energy this year to protect homes from fire, clean up mine sites and preserve native plants, among other projects from Pine Hill Preserve to the Cosumnes River Preserve.
Students in various programs, AmeriCorps participants and volunteers – about 30 in all - worked in a variety of programs. (text continues below)
"This was a tremendous help," said Bill Haigh, Mother Lode Field Office manager. "We were able to get badly needed work done throughout the quarter-million acres managed by the office. We also hope to see some of them return as BLM employees as current employees retire."
In the fire program, AmeriCorp participants and others built fuel breaks at Pine Hill Preserve, abandoned mines and other locations, and participated in fire training exercises.
Nine AmeriCorps participants logged hundreds of hours of work at the Cosumnes River Preserve cutting back trail and roadside brush, building pathways, removing non-native invasive species in preparation for a native grass and forb planting, and removing vegetation around 73 water control structures and a dozen pumps.
The Cosumnes preserve also hosted two interns this year. One intern performed land management activities such as mowing 22 miles of wetland levees and roads, disking, repairing equipment and facilities, mowing and removing downed trees and brush. The second intern helped Cosumnes partners with vernal pool, riparian forest, and floodplain vegetation monitoring. He also did trail maintenance, vegetation surveys in 45 wetland management ponds and assisted the wetlands manager.
At Pine Hill Preserve, students collected seeds from native plants in the Seeds of Success program. The program (SOS) was established in 2001 by the Bureau of Land Management in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) to collect, conserve, and develop native plant materials for stabilizing, rehabilitating and restoring lands in the United States. The initial partnership between BLM and MSB quickly grew to include many additional partners, such as botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, and municipalities. These SOS teams share a common protocol and coordinate seed collecting and species targeting efforts. SOS is a vital part of the Native Plant Materials Development Program.
To date, SOS has over 8,163 native seed collections in its National Collection. This material is being used for direct seeding in local restoration projects and research such as germination trials, common garden studies, and protocol establishment. Portions of each collection are also being held in long-term storage facilities for conservation.
In June of 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Bureau of Land Management, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, New England Wild Flower Society, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, North Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Zoological Society of San Diego. The MOU ratifies Seeds of Success as a national native seed collection program in the United States coordinated by BLM.
- David Christy, BLM Central California District, September 2010
BLM-California News.bytes, issue 450
|Last updated: 09-29-2010|
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