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Yuma Field Office
Release Date: 02/18/14
Contacts: Lori Cook , 928-317-3243 or 928-246-8560  

Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting

Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs volunteers to help plant 4,000 trees in an area damaged by fire in the spring of 2011. BLM Colorado River District and Yuma Field Office personnel will host a volunteer tree-planting opportunity from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in the Betty’s Kitchen area approximately 8 miles northeast of Yuma. Volunteers will be planting at least 4,000 mesquite tree poles into already drilled holes.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Betty’s Kitchen parking lot, which is located south of the Mittry Lake boat ramp. If you are driving from downtown Yuma, take U.S. Highway 95 east, turn left on Avenue 7E, and continue on the paved road for 7 miles.  The road will turn into a dirt road and go approximately ¼ of a mile and turn left at the flagging towards Betty’s Kitchen.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hats, long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots, and gloves.

The 746-acre Laguna Fire destroyed valuable marsh and riparian habitat, while also destroying Betty’s Kitchen Recreation Area. Since the fire in May 2011, the native seed has been allowed to germinate, invasive species have been cleared, and holes have been drilled in preparation for planting native species vegetation.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Yuma Field Office   2555 East Gila Ridge Road      Yuma, AZ 85635  

Last updated: 01-06-2015