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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 11/14/13
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-06

BLM Unveils Interpretive Kiosk at Buttercup Ranger Station

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area will unveil a new interpretive kiosk at Buttercup Ranger Station on Friday, Nov. 22.  The kiosk, made possible through grants from both Imperial County and Kawasaki Motors Corp., will serve to orient and educate visitors about the dunes.  This will be the first interpretive kiosk to be installed at the relatively new ranger station in the south dunes.

Funding from Imperial County and Kawasaki was obtained through the partnership efforts of both the United Desert Gateway (UDG) and the American Sand Association (ASA) on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 

"Partners are an invaluable asset," remarked Tom Zale, El Centro field manager. "Without them, many of these types of projects just would not be possible." 

The funding obtained not only provides for this new kiosk, it will also provide a facelift for the existing kiosks in the dunes, including the re-installation of the old Wash Road kiosk.  Visitors should expect to see that kiosk re-installed at the Wash 4 restrooms sometime this season.

Federal and county officials will be joined by representatives from Kawasaki, UDG and ASA for the official unveiling at 2 pm.  The public is welcome to attend.

The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in California.  They were formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla and extend more than 40 miles in a dune system averaging five miles in width.  More than a million off-highway vehicle enthusiasts recreate annually on the dunes, which can rise more than 300 feet above the desert floor.  The dunes also offer unique scenery, as well as opportunities for solitude and viewing rare plants and animals.

For further information contact the El Centro Office at: (760) 337-4400


California Desert District Office   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 11-14-2013