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News.bytes Extra, issue 504

Trash cleanup marks National Public Lands Day

A dozen members of the Over the Hill Track Club, together with the BLM's Ridgecrest Field Office, celebrated National Public Lands Day on Oct. 8 by cleaning up “Shooters Canyon” in the Rademacher Hills on the south side of Ridgecrest.  The area is popular among locals for its opportunities for hiking, jogging, horseback riding, and mountain biking on an 8.5-mile network of trails through the scenic mountainous desert terrain. 

Not so scenic, however, was the nearly 3,000 pounds of debris left by shooters in the area – meticulously removed by volunteers on National Public Lands Day.  Mission accomplished, the volunteers grilled lunch and shared stories about Ridgecrest.  A huge “thank you” to the Over the Hill Track Club Ridgecrest Chapter; they made the clean-up a success!

a group poses for a photo in a staging area
Over the Hill Track Club members removed 3,000 pounds of shooting debris from the Rademacher Hills on the south side of Ridgecrest.

- David Briery, BLM California Desert District, 10/21/11

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Last updated: 10-27-2011