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Northern California District
Release Date: 03/16/13
Contacts: Bill Kuntz, (530) 224-2100    
  Jeff Fontana, (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-13-47

BLM, Partners Offering Spring Outings along Clear Creek

Spring outings ranging from trail maintenance projects to a look at "Bugs on the Bottom" of Clear Creek will be offered this spring by the Bureau of Land Management’s Redding Field Office and the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve.

The events are free. Participants will meet at various times at the parking area for the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve on the Clear Creek Road, seven miles west of the junction with Highway 273.

Events include:

  • "Trail Maintenance," Saturday, April 13, at 9a.m., offers volunteers the chance to prepare the trails for spring visitors.
  • "Early Bird Watchers," Sunday, April 21, at 8:30 a.m., is a walk led by local bird expert Barbara Peck, and will focus on spring migrant birds.
  • "Clear Creek Wildflowers and Wild Plants," Saturday, May 4, at 9 a.m., will be led by David Ledger, of the Shasta Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
  • "Gold Rush History Walk," Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m., will focus on local gold rush history and the founding of Horsetown at the second major gold discovery site in California’s gold rush of 1849.
  • "Bugs on the Bottom," Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m., will feature a look at the stream-bottom ecology of Clear Creek. Shasta College instructor Morgan Hannaford, Ph.D., will show fascinating insects from the stream bottom, inviting participants to wade along with him.
  • "Butterfly Bonanza," Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m., will be a walk to see local butterflies and learn about the plants that sustain them. Local expert Chris Gray will lead the outing.
  • "Native Plant ID and Uses," Sunday, June 2, at 1 p.m., provides the chance for walkers to join Ted Dawson, a local Wintu Tribe member, as he finds native plants and explains their uses. He’ll even show how to make a natural poison oak remedy.

Complete details about each outing can be found by clicking on the Upcoming Events link on the BLM Redding Field Office webpage,


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Last updated: 03-18-2013