U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Volunteers clean up at Steele Peak SKR Reserve
On Saturday, March 24, the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office hosted a volunteer cleanup at Steele Peak, located approximately four miles west of Perris, California. The project was in the Steele Peak SKR Reserve, an area set aside for the protection and management of the federally endangered Stephen's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi). (text continues below)
Illegal dumping and misuse of the area has resulted in an accumulation of garbage including household refuse, broken target boards, spent shotgun shells, and other items littering the ground. Twenty three volunteers, including students from the College of the Desert and Perris High School, helped BLM staff fill an entire 40-yard dumpster full of trash. BLM Law Enforcement Rangers and a Riverside County Sheriff's deputy cleared the area of target shooters to allow for a safe cleanup. Several target shooters were inspired by the hard work of the volunteers, and they also decided to join in the cleanup efforts. Removal of the garbage will help return the area back to its natural setting, thus enhancing the habitat for the Stephen's kangaroo rat.
- Jennifer Taylor, wilderness / volunteer coordinator, BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office