News.bytes Extra, issue 528
Desert Advisory Council Field Trip
As part of its April 2012 meeting, BLM California's Desert Advisory Council took a field trip wound through Mesquite Canyon to the crest of the El Paso Mountains southwest of Ridgecrest. Outdoor Recreation Planner Craig Beck briefs members of the public and the council on the complexities of route designation in the West Mojave.
Volunteers and BLM staff maintain the old post office building. Emergency water and cots are available for anyone needing to overnight in the remote location.
The tour previewed the expanded Jawbone Visitor Station, which will open this Saturday, April 28, in special ceremonies. The station serves visitors to the Jawbone Canyon Open Area, as well as those traveling to the Eastern Sierra.
From Jawbone Canyon, the tour headed northwest over designated routes to Dove Springs, later crossing the mile-high Pacific Crest Trail shown here.
Craig Beck listens to 87-year-old Keith Axelson describe the joys of converting an abandoned shooting gallery into his off-the-grid home surrounded by a bird sanctuary. Axelson meticulously records the return of wildlife to his Kelso Valley refuge.
DAC member Richard Rudnick, owner of the Onyx Ranch, shows his expertise barbequing ribs for the field trip BBQ.
With DAC members April Sall and Meg Grossglass on her side, Barstow Field Office Manager Roxie Trost is serenaded by Margaret Goodro, Jennifer Wohlgemuth, and Bekki Lassell. Roxie will be leaving California BLM to become Arizona's Colorado River District Manager.
Happy Trails to Roxie.
- David Briery, Public Affairs Officer, BLM California Desert District (April 16, 2012)
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