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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 01/05/11
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
News Release No. CC-11-20

January Activities Planned for Alabama Hills


Interpretive hikes to view natural arches and a volunteer day to restore native plants are among the activities planned for the Alabama Hills area in January.

Back by popular demand, interpretive hikes to view arches in the Alabama Hills will continue during the winter and spring of 2011

Dave Kirk, Alabama Hills steward for the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office, will lead the hikes on Sunday Jan. 16 and Saturday Jan. 22, weather permitting.

“There are hundreds of arches throughout the Alabama Hills. Find out what geologic processes lead to their formation. This is a relatively moderate hike that enables you to view several arches in a seldom visited corner of the hills including the elegant ‘Hitching Post’ Arch. There will also be an option to make the hike into a loop, passing some historical movie locations and even more arches,” Kirk said.

Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Whitney Portal and Movie roads. The hike will take 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours and includes one moderately strenuous portion along a dirt road that descends and climbs out of a wash. Each hiker should carry at least one liter of water and dress in layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions. For more information, call Kirk at (760) 920-1412.

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and BLM Bishop Field Office will sponsor a volunteer day on Jan. 15. Volunteers will restore formerly disturbed areas.  Participants should meet at the corner of Whitney Portal and Movie roads at 10 a.m. to carpool to restoration site.  Gloves and tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own personal items such as sunscreen, hat, closed-toed shoes, lunch, etc.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact: Kirk, (760) 920-1412, David_Kirk@ca.blm.gov; Jim Jennings, (760) 872-5027, James_ Jennings@ca.blm.gov; Elevation outdoor store in Lone Pine, (760) 876-4560.




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Last updated: 01-05-2011