U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM takes part in Mule Days
Bureau of Land Management personnel and volunteers from around California participated in the annual Mule Days celebration this year in Bishop. (text continues below)
Ranger Reid Hopkins from BLM's Bakersfield Field Office and the 1 Spade Youth Packers participated in a variety of Mule Days events.
Hopkins, a a BLM Bakersfield employee, has used horses and mules -- including some gathered from BLM land -- for more than three decades, to help youth headed for trouble turn their lives around. The annual program starts in January and finishes in May when they participate in the Bishop Mule Days. Youngsters learn how to ride and pack, care for the animals and behave in the backcountry. The youth represent Rotary in the parade with BLM wild horse and burro mules and take part in competition.
1 Spade Youth Packers -- an earlier article with photos and more information about this program
- David Christy, BLM Central California District, 6/13/11
|Last updated: 06-17-2011|