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News.bytes Extra, issue 522

Beltway to Sand Highway at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

Three members of the BLM Washington Office's Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships visited the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area on Friday, March 9. The trio had just attended the Association of Partners for Public Lands conference in Las Vegas, and since they were in the "neighborhood," traveled to the dunes for a site visit. 

Brianna Candelaria (Interpretation Lead), Trevor Needham (Partnership Lead), and Betsy Wooster (Youth Programs Lead) were interested in learning more about the dynamic recreation area and its related programs. "With back-to-back Silver Awards for Excellence in Interpretation or Education in both 2010 and 2011, the El Centro Field Office is doing something right, and we had to visit," commented Interpretation Lead Brianna Candelaria.

While at the dunes, the Washington party was given a brief overview of the area, which included updates on the various outreach, interpretive, and safety programs provided to the public, many of them possible through an extensive network of partners. A buggy ride through the dunes afforded them front-row seats for seeing why the area attracts 1.5 million visitors each year. The trio ended their visit with sand in their teeth, smiles on their faces, and an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities found only at the Imperial Sand Dunes.

a grinning man and woman in goggles in a dune buggy
Trevor Needham and Betsy Wooster prepare for their buggy ride.  Photo: BLM

a dune buggy kicks up sand
The group heads out under a blue sky.  Dunes Manager Neil Hamada provided the ride.  Photo: BLM

-Joya Szalwinski, interpretive park ranger, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area/BLM El Centro Field Office (March 13, 2012)

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