BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 563

Desert Cleanup – Goler Gulch

Running through the heart of Southern California’s El Paso Mountain range – an area rich in mining history - is the Edith E Mine of Goler Gulch.  The history of the area about 13 miles southwest of Ridgecrest is a rich source of folklore – and still viewable in the area’s mine sites.  When ore bodies were mined out and miners left to find other deposits, they often left behind a legacy of abandoned mines (adits, shafts, and trenches).  Recreation activities such as trail riding on quads, jeeps, or motorcycles make up the largest part of visitation of the El Paso Mountains. (text continues below)

a group picks up trash in the desert

A work force recently completed a trash cleanup at the Edith E Mine. Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew members and BLM staff led by Lori Ford, BLM’s Ridgecrest Field Office Abandoned Mine Lands and Hazardous Materials Specialist, removed more than than 1,000 lbs. of trash and debris.   Ford lauded the “focused SCA workforce” for conservation work that would otherwise go undone.   The site has undergone several cleanups over the past couple of years, and Ford reminds visitors that littering or creating a public safety hazard with debris is against the law.  “We ask that you always clean up your recreation area by removing ALL trash and debris,” Ford said.  She added that  picking up trash left by less thoughtful people helps maintain the scenic beauty of your public lands and prevents future littering. 

If you see anyone dumping trash on public lands, BLM encourages you to write down a license number, a description of the vehicle, the date, time and location, and report this information to the nearest BLM Field Office.  If it is safe to do so, getting a photo of a vehicle involved in the activity is also helpful. Tips from the public greatly increase BLM’s ability to track down violators.

“We encourage the public to report instances of dumping and other crimes and to provide any identifying information in a safe manner without compromising their safety,” said Sterling White, BLM California Desert District Abandoned Mine Lands and Hazardous Materials Specialist. “With the vast amount of public land in Southern California, many of these dumpsites would not be discovered as quickly without the public’s assistance.”

To report dumping on public land in Kern or Inyo Counties please call the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office at (760) 384-5400 and ask to be put in touch with a BLM Ranger.

- Sterling White, BLM California Desert District Abandoned Mine Lands and Hazardous Materials Specialist (January 2013)

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