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Northern California District
Release Date: 03/31/14
Contacts: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-14-41

BLM, Partners Offering Spring Outings along Clear Creek

Spring outings focusing on topics from gold rush history 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:

Clover Fire Walk, April 5, at 10 a.m., will be led by Tim Bradley, fire management officer for the BLM Redding Field Office.  Touring the area burned by last year's Clover Fire, he will discuss fire ecology, looking at fire as a disturbance force and how it causes change within the environment.

Gold Rush History Walk, Saturday, April 12, 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. Julie Clark, a BLM interpretive specialist, will lead the walk.

Clear Creek Wildflowers and Wild Plants, Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m., will be led by David Ledger, of the Shasta Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

2014 Whole Earth & Watershed Festival, Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m., takes place at Redding City Hall and & Sculpture Park. More information is available at

Early Bird Watchers, Saturday, May 3, 8:30 a.m., is an opportunity to enjoy an early morning bird watching with local expert Barbara Peck. Bring binoculars.

Bugs on the Bottom, Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m., will feature a look at the stream-bottom ecology of Clear Creek. Shasta College instructor Morgan Hannaford, Ph.D., will invite participants to wade along with him.

Native Plant ID and Uses, Sunday, June 1, 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.


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Last updated: 03-31-2014