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California Desert District
Release Date: 09/17/09
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220 or Steve Razo , 951-697-5217
News Release No. CA-CDD–09-71

National Public Lands Day Events Scheduled Sept. 26 for Southern California

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert District announces its National Public Lands Day events for Saturday, Sept. 26.  National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, and planted more than 1.6 million trees.

Los Angeles County Fair (Pomona).  The "Caring for the Land" one-acre habitat site showcases native flora from five ecosystems common to Southern California. Featured are land ethics, conservation, public land diversity, and free tree seedlings.  "Arty," a mustang mascot for BLM's wild horse & burro adoption program will be there along with "Mudslide," a yearling burro.

Airport Mesa (Jacumba).  Volunteers needed to assist in clean-up and renovation of an area used for target shooting.  Staff archeologist will give a briefing on archeological resources in the area.  Call (760) 337-4400 for details.

Kids Fishing Day (Moabi Regional Park, Needles).  BLM will provide a limited amount of rods and tackle for young anglers on a first-come, first-served basis.  All kids will receive a participation gift and drawings will be held for prizes. Children must be more than five years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a California fishing license.  Call (760) 326-7000 for details. 

Poste Homestead Natural and Historical Area (14 miles NE of Twentynine Palms).  Volunteers will assist in the massive cleanup and restoration of the 100-year-old adobe homestead site.  They will erect signs and place barriers to protect sensitive habitat and historical resources. Local groups have been working to protect this historical and natural resource that is home to sensitive wildlife species and magnificent displays of spring wildflowers. Volunteers meet at 7:30 a.m. for pastries, coffee and tea at the parking lot of the Palms Bar and Restaurant. They will be shuttled from the parking lot to the Poste Homestead site, about 4 miles to the east. After the clean-up, a free BBQ lunch will be provided back at the Palms, followed by a free live-music concert as part of the Wonder Valley Music Festival. Call (760) 252-6011 for details.

Radamacher Hills View Shed Management Area (Ridgecrest).  Volunteers will clean-up litter and improve trails, trailheads, and picnic day-use sites.  Call (760) 384-5447 for details.

Indian Wells Canyon Recreation Area (15 miles NW of Ridgecrest).  Volunteers will help maintain one mile of the Campo Alto Trail, clean-up and help maintain five campsites, restrooms, parking areas, and day-use areas.  Call (760) 384-5446 for details.


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos      Moreno Valley, California 92553  

Last updated: 10-01-2009