BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 552

Volunteers help mark National Public Lands Day at Big Morongo

two women hoist a tarp full of tree trimmings

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!

a volunteer operates a trimmer as others pick up debris

a volunteer in a red shirt picks up vegetaion debris

volunteers work along the boardwalk

two volunteers take a break on the boardwalk

a young volunteer gets ready to wield branch trimmers

volunteers move a tarp full of cut vegetation

a young man tackles a branch with trimmers

- Jennifer Taylor, Wilderness / Volunteer Coordinator, BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office (October 2012) 

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