On Saturday, November 12, 2016 Friends of Juniper Flats will be helping the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) with an event to welcome visitors to the Juniper Flats Area and help the public understand the purpose of the Restoration Project and how the public funds (OHMVR grant–OHMVR grant allocations ) are being spent.
Friends of Juniper Flats will be kicking off our First Ever Fall Foto contest at this event! Come out and pick up your flyer for more information about the photo contest or check back at this website for details that will be added later. You can enter your email address to follow this site and get updates as they occur. On the “home”page scroll down to the “follow” button.
The Public Outreach event includes 3 stations set up at different locations in the area.
The main station will be at the Kiosk on Coxey Truck Trail
Coxey Truck Trail is also known as 3n14 (USFS road) or JF3255 (BLM route numbering). This station will be hosted by BLM staff and Friends of Juniper Flats volunteers. In addition to information about the Restoration Grant, BLM will be bringing materials to share with the public about the vehicle route designation in the area including maps, Tread Lightly information, OHV coloring books for children. Friends of Juniper Flats volunteers will be have information about the flora and fauna in the area, volunteers will help with directional signs to the event, and they will help to direct traffic. Volunteers will also offer a limited shuttle service to different stations from the junction of Bowen Ranch Road and Coxey Truck Trail.
There are some large boulders at this location that we call “Renegade Rocks”. The name reminds us that Coxey Truck Trail is an historical road that linked the gold mines in the mountains with Victorville. the story told to me was that small bands of Native Americans would hide behind the boulders and ambush travelers on the road.
The second outreach station
This station will be set up at Arrastre Waterfall off the Powerline Road (JF3330). At this station Friends of Juniper Flats will have information about the flora and fauna(including some pictures for children to color , BLM brochures, maps, etc. In the afternoon Friends of Juniper Flats will offer help with nature sketching/journaling. We invite all artists and budding artists to join us and enjoy the fall colors at Arrastre Waterfall! Friends of Juniper Flats will also be identifying the plants at the Waterfall Area and we hope that if you have a background in botany, you will join us in this endeavor. Without a 4×4 vehicle access to the waterfall includes a short hike.
The third outreach station
This one will be set up near the intersection of JF3221 and Forest Service Road 3N14 near the San Bernardino National Forest boundary. This is a long and bumpy drive from the Victor Valley. Yet it is a popular drive to Fawnskin in the National Forest. We hope people enjoying this drive will stop by the Outreach Event table and find out more about the area. The roads are rough dirt roads, and high clearance is required and 4×4 is recommended to reach this higher elevation. There are fabulous views to be enjoyed all along 3N14 (also known as Coxey Truck trail).