U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
This spring season was a flurry of partnership activity for the BLM's Barstow Field Office. Kicking off the season were the Friends of El Mirage with their annual Spring Fling hosted at the El Mirage Visitor Center on March 26. Vendors attended to showcase some of the many recreation opportunities available at the El Mirage Cooperative Management Area. (text continues below)
Next on the spring agenda was Earth Day. This year the Barstow Field Office Desert Discovery Center partnership joined forces with the Barstow High School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy and hosted a huge Earth Day event at the local high school on April 20. The theme of this year’s community Earth Day event was “Save Our World” and nearly 900 5th & 6th grade students and 400 high school students were able to attend. Partners and vendors provided 25 different hands on “Earth Friendly” activities ranging from disaster preparedness training to painting murals of various desert plants and animals. The event was a huge success promoting environmental awareness in a fun and festive atmosphere.
The following week we headed to Shoshone, CA to participate in the Amargosa River Project Celebration. A “sign cutting” ceremony was hosted at the Crowbar Café celebrating the transfer of three properties from the Nature Conservancy to the BLM. The Nature Conservancy found the diverse habitats in and around the Amargosa River to be high-priority, biologically rich, threatened lands in need of long-term protection. This land acquisition is a demonstration their long term commitment to work collaboratively toward shared goals with their federal partners.
Once again, the Friends of El Mirage pulled off a great event. The 12th Annual El Mirage Day, held on May 7 was well attended and very productive. Nearly 170 volunteers participated and were successful in filling a 40 yard dumpster, planting several native plants near the adopted Joshua trees, painting shade ramadas, and working on lakebed maintenance. Although the Friends host two large annual events, they continue to make a difference in the El Mirage Cooperative Management area all year long.
As the BLM faces the growing challenge of accomplishing more work in the field with fewer operating funds, it becomes more imperative to utilize volunteers and partners in accomplishing our mission. The Barstow Field Office is thankful for these valuable human resources and looks forward to future joint endeavors.
- Rose Beardshear, volunteer coordinator, BLM Barstow Field Office, 5/24/11
|Last updated: 05-25-2011|