News Release

For Release:  July 30, 2007              
Contact:  David Christy, (916) 985-4474

Public Invited to Resource Tour of Carrizo Plain National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management and the managing partners of the Carrizo Plain National Monument are inviting the public to a day-long tour of the monument. BLM, The Nature Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game, in conjunction with the Monument Advisory Committee, will hold the tour of the Carrizo on Aug. 11.

“We are looking at a number of resource issues in developing a new Resource Management Plan for the monument. This tour will provide a hands-on opportunity to see some of the areas of interest,” said Johna Hurl, monument manager.

The tour will leave from the California Valley Community Services District building on Soda Lake Road, located about three miles south of Highway 58 next to the Cal Fire  Station 42, at 8 a.m. and conclude about 4 p.m. Participants will need water, snacks, hiking shoes and transportation. A carpool will be formed at the start of the tour. The Friends of the Carrizo will provide lunch at the Washburn Ranch for the tour participants.

“We will start on the northern end of the monument and end up on the southern end down by Highway 166 and Soda Lake Road at approximately 4 p.m. We will make various stops along the way to experience the suggested sub-regions for the planning effort. We will be discussion current management practices, species information and other points of interest,” Hurl said.

For planning purposes, please contact Ryan Cooper at (661) 391-6048,, if you plan to attend or for more information.