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BLM-California News.bytes
News.bytes Extra, issue 487

Service First work project improves Monument campsites

The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service completed a joint Service First project this month to improve camping amenities on Santa Rosa Mountain.  The project was planned and administered through the Forest Service, with funds acquired under The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that paid for fire rings and other campsite amenities, with materials to install them.

The BLM provided labor support, through our Service First partnership with the Forest Service to co-manage the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. This particular project was on Santa Rosa Mountain -- and within the Monument -- at a Forest Service-managed camping area. Generous help was provided by about a dozen staff and volunteers from the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, HIKE crew, San Bernardino National Forest, Urban Conservation Corps, and Friends of the Desert Mountains.

a dog lies down in the shade of a picnic table stamped with the monument logo
Our mascot Brutus looks on from the cool shade of a recently-placed picnic table that has the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument logo stamped on the leg.

Volunteers and staff just starting to install a new fire ring 
The U.S. Forest Service had acquired ARRA funds to purchase fire rings and materials.  This weekend, our hard-working crew installed them.

People digging the three holes needed for each fire ring Pins are placed through each fire ring into the newly dug holes. The fire ring is then leveled to pass the don't let the hog dog roll test. 

Concrete is then mixed and poured into all the holes to ensure the new fire rings stay secured in place.  

Three men removing an old fire ring to make room for the new ones  

group takes a lunch break on a deck overlooking a wooded canyonAnother view of the deck which BLM firefightes helped install 

Five people shoveling after lunch break  

People installing a fire pit and enjoying the weather 

staff and volunteers posing for a group photo 
Staff and volunteers pose for a group photo.

A man sits in front of a fire he just started to keep warm as the evening cools.  

sunset from the cabin deck 

The volunteers returning the next day to finish installing the fire rings

- Steven D. Harris, outdoor recreation planner, Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 6/22/11

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Last updated: 07-01-2011