U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Interagency Cooperation at Work in the High Desert
In the space of two weeks, the Bureau of Land Management’s Barstow Field Office worked with two agencies and three different partnerships groups to both rehabilitate public lands and promote conservation themes in the surrounding communities. Activities within the two weeks included: rehabilitation efforts in multiple locations, putting in multiple barriers to prevent illegal Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use, repairing riparian areas, working on fencing near grazing allotments, education events and outreach opportunities and reshaping walking paths leading to popular destinations. At the center of all these activities in the High Desert were five members of the Student Conservation Association’s NLCS WildCorp.
The second interagency project involved a shared National Park Service and BLM border near the town of Joshua Tree. Project leads Miriam Vamstad, a restoration ecologist for the park, and Mizuki Hanford of the Mojave Land Trust arranged for a day of rehabilitation work near the newly-donated land near Nolina Peak. Park Service vegetation program manager Josh Hoines and the Park’s SCA interns met up with BLM field staff, the SCA WildCorp crew and 10 dedicated Mojave Land Trust volunteers on Saturday December 1. The day’s schedule included rehabilitating some lands disturbed by illegal OHV use, reinforcing barriers on the shared BLM/NPS border and installing signs indicating what was being done.
Lastly, BLM Barstow personnel and the SCA WildCorp branched out with some of the Barstow Field Office’s partners to participate in some unique outreach opportunities. An informational booth was organized with Jenny Wilder of the Friends of Juniper Flats at the Victorville Farmers’ Market. The morning was spent talking to local residents about outdoor recreational possibilities within the area and discussing how these lands are being managed. Another informational table was held up in Shoshone during the town’s Old West Days event. SCA WildCorp also participated in educational sessions in Barstow and staffed a BLM booth in Juniper Flats during Thanksgiving weekend. WildCorp members talked to OHV riders, handed out maps of the area, passed along hunting information to interested parties and answered questions about how they came to the Mojave Desert. “We were able to connect the field work we are doing with the people using the lands,” said SCA WildCorp member Marcus Perry.
- Tim Williamson, Wilderness Specialist, BLM Barstow Field Office (December, 2012)
|Last updated: 12-07-2012|
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