U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Volunteers help mark National Public Lands Day at Big Morongo
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), and Friends of Big Morongo teamed up to host a National Public Lands Day event at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Volunteers from the Twenty-nine Palms Marine base, Friends of Big Morongo, College of the Desert, and local Morongo Valley youth residents helped BLM staff trim back vegetation surrounding the boardwalk trails throughout the Preserve. BLM firefighters from Black Rock were also there to trim overgrown mesquite trees and to provide extra help and emergency medical support, if needed. A total of 47 people were in attendance to remove the more than 10 cubic yards of compressed vegetation, accounting for roughly 188 volunteer work hours.
Lunch was provided, and special guest Professor Ruth Nolan from the College of the Desert conducted a poetry workshop in the afternoon. Although the temperature reached into the 90s, it was a great day filled with camaraderie, laughter, good food, and lots of hard work!
- Jennifer Taylor, Wilderness / Volunteer Coordinator, BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office (October 2012)