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National Public Lands Day - Red Cliffs Tumbleweed Removal

To celebrate National Public Lands Day this year, a group of about 10 volunteers led by BLM St. George Field Office Park Ranger Braden Yardley, and Range Technician Mason Peebles, spent the morning pulling tumbleweeds throughout the Red Cliffs Recreation Area, inside the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. They also spent time removing graffiti from the sandstone walls along the Red Reef Trail. Both Braden and Mason, along with ACE americorps member Emily Casell, explained Tread Lightly's responsible recreation principles and gave the volunteers materials to take with them.

Removal of tumbleweeds along roadside edges is a mitigation technique to prevent future wildfires, since they are extremely flammable when dry.  These volunteers did a fantastic job, pilling the weeds up several feet high. Park Ranger Yardley, impressed with their enthusiasm and hard work, remarked, "We can't thank the volunteers enough for spending their Saturday with us to further the cause of fire prevention."

A group of volunteers happily posing by a large mound of tumbleweeds at the end of the day

Emily Casell, an ACE americorps member, providing Tread Lightly information to NPLD participants

Two volunteers posing with their shovels

Two volunteers busy shoveling tumbleweeds out of theWhite Reef  parkling lot