News.bytes Extra, issue 174

11th Annual
National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 18, 2004

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year nearly 80,000 volunteers worked in 550 locations and in every state. Now, 9 federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands. Join us Saturday, September 18, and help us care for our public lands.

Barstow, California
The Desert Discovery Center is a 7,000 square foot building located on 11 acres of public land in the heart of Barstow, CA. It is in need of a facelift. We will be cleaning up the building & grounds, painting the building, pulling weeds, repairing the asphalt, doing trail work, and repairing the irrigation system.

Near Barstow, California
ecopa Trailhead Project volunteers will construct a trail and maintenance on an existing trail. For more information, contact Brad Mastin, BLM, 760-252-2480 or email Bradley_Mastin@ca.blm.gov

Near El Centro, California
Volunteers will work in McCain Valley to restore illegal OHV vehicle tracks on trails that restrict motorized vehicles, install signs, and remove trash. This work will improve the health of the land and the recreation site.

Near Ridgecrest, California
Volunteers will do maintenance work on the historic 1913 era Siebert Cabin and two adjacent buildings – an assay lab and a storage shed. Maintenance work will be done on 0.75-mile of hiking trail which leads to the old gold mine. A trail gate will be installed where a primary trail begins from the cabin site. Four wooden posts with trail signs will be installed at trail junctions. All four campsites will be cleaned and smoothed.

Near Redding, California
At the Trinity River National Wild and Scenic River, volunteers will float on rafts down the Trinity River and pick up garbage and hike it up to nearest highway edge. For more information, contact William Kuntz, BLM, 530-224-2157 or email wkuntz@ca.blm.gov

Cedarville, California
At the Granger Canyon Fuels Reduction Project, volunteers will clear flammable brush, and piling for future prescribed burn. For more information, contact Garth Jeffers 530-279-6101 or email gjeffers@ca.blm.gov

Old Town San Diego, California
Please note: we are not recruiting volunteers for this project. Open to spectators and recreational visit only.
Local staff and volunteers from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will stage a living history reenactment of the exploration and surveys of public lands at the Historic Park. The BLM will stage a living history reenactment of a frontier General Land Office “depot” and a public land surveyor’s camp, circa 1870. The encampment will include displays and information on the history of the BLM and the evolution of public lands, from the early era of “disposal” through the present era of “conservation”.

Other National Public Lands Day opportunities:

Saturday, September 25 - Fort Ord, California
Trail maintenance, native seed collection, weed removal, improve facilities, habitat restoration at Fort Ord near Monterey, California.

Saturday, October 9 - Near Bishop, California
At the base of Mount Tom, volunteers will be involved in a Bitterbrush planting project.

Saturday, November 20 - Near Bishop, California
At the Volcanic Tablelands, volunteers will build trails, clean-up, and perform OHV restoration.