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News.bytes Extra, issue 514

Volunteers Help Clean the Imperial Sand Dunes

Hundreds of volunteers gathered in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend for the 15th Annual Dunes Clean Up. This event is coordinated by the Bureau of Land Management's El Centro Field Office and the United Desert Gateway, along with help from many other organizations helping promote stewardship and care for the recreation area. (text continues below)

a crowd of folks near OHVs gear up for a dunes cleanup
Volunteers gather at the Glamis Flats event location for the 15th annual Dunes Clean Up. These volunteers, along with more from other sites across the recreation area, picked up trash and debris from across the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

Volunteers scoured the sand collecting trash throughout the recreation area and were then given a raffle ticket for every bag of trash collected. The raffle was held after the cleanup with prizes donated from numerous sponsors from around the community. Lunch and an event t-shirt were also provided to all who volunteered.

"This event helps exemplify the America's Great Outdoor initiative by partnering with local communities and organizations to help connect people with their public lands," said Tom Zale, Associate Field Manager of the BLM's El Centro Field Office.

This year's event had an increased emphasis on public safety and injury prevention, with many agencies and organizations represented – including the BLM, US Border Patrol, Reach Air Medical Services, and De Anza Search and Rescue. BLM park rangers handed out safety material which highlighted wearing seatbelts on and off the road and driving 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of campsites or other people. ATV safety classes, which promote safe riding practices, were also held in conjunction with the event. 

Since the inception of this event, the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area has become a cleaner and safer place to recreate.

For further information on the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, visit

BLM rangers pose near their off-highway patrol vehicles
Bureau of Land Management EMS Park Rangers and Law Enforcement Rangers, along with US Border Patrol Agents spread the word about responsible and safe off-highway vehicle recreation at the 15th annual Dunes Clean Up.

- Michelle Puckett, BLM El Centro Field Office (January 17, 2012)

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