News Release

For Release: March 10, 2009      
Contact:  Anne Halford (760) 872-5022
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BLM Announces Eastern Sierra Wildflower Outings for Spring 2009

The Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office will hold tours this spring to view wildflowers in the Eastern Sierras. Tours will be:

Friday Field Trips to the Alabama Hills - April 3 and 17.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Whitney Portal and Movie Flat Roads.  These field outings are designed to watch the spring blooms emerge and change throughout the month of April, which is an optimal month to see a range of favorite local species  such as scarlet locoweed, golden gilia and sand blossoms.

Friday Field Trip to the Bodie Hills - June 19.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the Toyaibe National Forest Office parking lot just south of Bridgeport on U.S. Highway 395.  High-clearance vehicles recommended.  This trip will explore a transect across the Bodie Hills, a Great Basin landscape containing diverse plant communities and rare plant species unique to this region.  We will start the trip by going up the Aurora Canyon Road and descending over Geiger Grade, which ends at Bodie State Park (an approximately 14 mile one-way trip at elevations ranging between 5,000-9,500 ft.).

Field trips will last until 12:30 p.m. – bring a lunch and standard field trip items listed below. Contact Anne Halford at 760-872-5022 or email at ahalford@ca.blm.gov for more information.  All trips are easy to moderate and are a combination of driving and walking, usually not more than a mile or so.

For all field trips, be sure to bring plenty of water, good walking shoes or boots, and appropriate clothing for hot sun and/or inclement weather.  Also useful would be a hand lens, binoculars, camera and floras and plant lists.  Trips will leave at the time announced, so please arrive at the meeting sites a few minutes early. Unless indicated, the average car should do fine.  Car pooling is encouraged.

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