U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Trail Stewardship Training at BLM Barstow Field Office
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA) hosted a Trail Stewardship Training in Barstow, California on November 16-17. The two day training was an opportunity for trail stewards to learn how to monitor designated sections of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail and participate in citizen science to preserve and protect the trail for future generations.
Day one of the training was at the BLM Barstow field office. OSTA members gave presentations on topics such as the history of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, the role of trail stewards, identifying historic trails, stewardship principles, and learning field monitoring techniques. The second day of training took place in the field. Trail stewards spent time practicing new mapping skills, identifying lithic scatters, and recording data.
The Old Spanish Trail was used as a trade route between the Mexican settlements of New Mexico and California from 1829 through 1848. The trail is approximately 1,200 miles long and traverses New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. The Old Spanish Trail, including its alternate routes, was designated a National Historic Trail by Act of Congress in 2002, and is jointly managed by the BLM and the National Park Service.
- Sara Kaner, Outdoor Recreation Planner (STEP), BLM California State Office (November 29, 2012)