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Northern California District
Release Date: 08/01/12
Contacts: Rachel Sowards Thompson , (707) 986-5411  
  Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 (  
News Release No. NC-12-80

Amphibian Quest Featured in Next King Range Summer Hike

A free, guided discovery hike to learn about amphibian habitat near the abandoned Queen Peak Mine will be offered Saturday, August 18, at 12:30 p.m. starting at the King Range Project Office, 768 Shelter Cove Rd., Whitethorn.

Hike leader David LaFever, a U. S. Bureau of Land Management forest ecologist at the King Range National Conservation Area, will lead the outing by exploring two different amphibian habitats, Bear Creek and the pond at the Queen Peak Mine.

Hikers should be prepared for a moderate three-mile roundtrip hike that will cross Bear Creek.  They should wear hiking boots or shoes that can get wet, and bring food and water. The BLM recommends hats and sunscreen. Dogs are not allowed.

The group will return to the King Range Project Office at approximately 4 p.m.

More information on the hike is available by calling the King Range Office, (707) 986-5415, or by emailing

LaFever has been with the BLM Arcata Field Office since September 2009. His formal education in wildlife ecology began at Virginia Tech, where he focused on the diverse salamanders of the Appalachian Mountains. He continued studying wildlife ecology at Texas A&M University where he studied the effects of land management and global climate change on endangered species in the Florida Keys. During this time, he also studied amphibians and reptiles in Texas, New Mexico, and Costa Rica.

He and his wife, Kristin, served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco.

The hike is part of a summer-long series of King Range outings offered by the BLM King Range National Conservation Area and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association.

The King Range NCA is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.  More information about the area’s natural resources and recreation opportunities is available at


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Last updated: 08-01-2012