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2014 Black Rock Rendezvous

Group photo of volunteers, BLM staff, The Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and The Friends of Black Rock High Rock after assembling a single rail fence during the Black Rock Rendezvous.

The 2014 Black Rock Rendezvous was a great success. The event lasted three days over Memorial Day weekend as approximately 175 volunteers, BLM staff, The Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and The Friends of Black Rock High Rock partnered to complete service projects, activities, and guided natural and cultural interpretive tours led by field experts. The Rendezvous was an opportunity for all groups and the public to continue the development of partnerships and promote volunteerism on national public lands.

Outdoor Recreation Planner Rory Glueckert and volunteers assembling a single rail fence.

On May 24, a group of 10 volunteers and BLM staff installed eight metal posts marking the Calico Wilderness boundary. Also a group of 34 volunteers and BLM staff teamed at Trego Hot Springs to construct over 225 feet of single rail fence and oiled the new and existing fence posts and rails on site. The fence is aimed at deterring motor vehicles traveling off designated routes and protecting sand dunes in the area. The group also cleaned up trash at the site and naturalized off-highway vehicle tracks off designated routes.

Featured on the left is the Trego Hot Springs fence service project and event led by Outdoor Recreation Planner Rory Glueckert.

Dan Westermeyer (right) acting Black Rock Field Office assistant field manager prepares a dish for the Dutch oven cook off.During the evening participants were treated to a Dutch oven cook off and bonfire. Music as well as cowboy poetry was the entertainment for the evenings. The dishes presented at the cook off were diverse, as the dishes ranged from chicken curry to spicy camp chili. Evenings were full of laughter, relaxation, and a great time to kick back with friends and family after a busy day.

On May 25, field experts led guided tours including High Rock Canyon natural and cultural interpretive tour, Soldier Meadows history and wildlife tour, geode and geology tour at Black Rock Point, and a public spring inventory training. Trips were filled with educational stops and presented opportunities for the participants to ask questions and engage trip leaders. Each tour was a success garnering positive reviews and providing beneficial experiences for everyone involved.

By Rory Glueckert, outdoor recreation planner for the Winnemucca District Black Rock Field Office

Black Rock Rendezvous group photo