U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Outward Bound Adventures - Invasive Fountain Grass Removal Project
Serving the Greater Los Angeles area, Outward Bound Adventures (OBA), is a nonprofit organization providing meaningful nature-based education that promotes positive self-development, environmental responsibility, and outdoor career exposure for urban underserved youth. On Sunday morning December 4, 2011, Thirteen OBA students with three OBA staff and one staff member from the Bureau of Land Management gathered for a project to remove invasive species fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum).
Beautiful weather conditions provided a pleasant morning for about 6 hours of work. To the great wonder and enjoyment of all participants, they sighted two of the endangered peninsular bighorn sheep. One small male and one large adult male sheep appeared at the top of the canyon rim.
Everyone worked hard and dug approximately 278 individual plants from the wash sand near the back of the canyon. Seed heads were cut off first and bagged separately before the plants were dug. A total 51 trash bags (each at 40 gallons) -- 49 filled with grass bags plus two with seed heads -- were brought to the Art Smith trailhead parking lot for removal and disposal.
- Steven D. Harris, outdoor recreation planner, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (12/6/11)
|Last updated: 12-12-2011|