DATE: May 17, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-33
PUBLIC LANDS DAY TREE PLANTING CHANGES
Tree planting activities in celebration of National Public Lands Day along the South Fork of the Humboldt River just downstream from the dam on Saturday, May 21 are still a go despite recent heavy moisture. Access to the project area, however, is not possible from the Ten Mile Road or from South Fork State Park as originally planned.
Access to the project site for all participants will be via Bullion Road in Elko to a turnoff just north of the Bullion Road bridge, and then on a well-marked route to the project site. Bullion Road starts at the intersection of 5th Street and Wilson Avenue in southwest Elko. Follow Wilson Avenue west and it becomes Bullion Road. Signs will be posted leading participants to the site, beginning at the point where Bullion Road changes from pavement to a graded dirt road, approximately three miles west of 5th Street. High clearance vehicles are highly recommended for those driving out to the site.
Transportation will also be available in large, multi-passenger vehicles from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning for people needing transportation. Individuals are encouraged to convoy out to the site starting at the BLM office at 8:00 a.m.
The weather forecast for Saturday is calling for partly cloudy skies with only a slight chance of rain, and high temperatures in the 70's, so an enjoyable day is on tap. According to Tamara Hawthorne, National Public Lands Day Coordinator, "We are going out to plant trees, pick up garbage, and enjoy a great barbeque and Dutch oven lunch no matter what the weather is.”
For more information about participating in the tree planting or for questions about access to the site, call either Steve Dondero or Tamara Hawthorne at the BLM office at 753-0200.