National Public Lands Day in the Juniper Flats Area

Every year in September we celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD). This is the largest single day volunteer effort for public lands. It is through this event that many people first learn about their local public lands. When you volunteer for your public lands you show how important these lands are for you and your family. In 2017, the Friends of Juniper Flats will be supporting BLM’s a National Public Lands Day in Juniper Flats on Saturday, September 30th.  Early Registration will be at 7 am at the Kiosk on Coxey Truck Trail (aka 3N14 or JF 3255).  Come join us for a fun filled day in the great outdoors!

NPLD in the Juniper Flats Area

BLM will be presenting some educational and relaxed activities as well as a cleanup of “trigger trash” left by target shooters.  Friends of Juniper Flats will lead a hike and help with a “Riparian Rap”. In the afternoon volunteers may wish to join Friends of Juniper Flats for their Annual Meeting or join the BLM Park Ranger for a motorcycle tour.

 

 

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Registration

Please help make this a great day for everyone by registering now via email. Letting the BLM know you are coming will help them be prepared and will help the on site registration go faster and smoother.
Send your registration to Cecilia at the BLM Barstow office cfrankli@blm.gov or call her at 760 252-6037. Include your name, address, city/state/zip code, phone #, and the number in your party.
At the event, the early registration and start time of 7am takes advantage of cooler morning temperatures, morning light, and a better chance of seeing some wildlife. When you register, you may choose to participate in one of the 3 projects which are marked on the map.NPLD 2017 map annotated

Project #1-  Arrastre Waterfall

Learn more about the desert landscape and the importance of water at Arrastre Waterfall. There will be a talk about Riparian habitat (Riparian Rap) and wildlife. Help install new interpretive signs on the kiosks, pick up any trash and help fix the fence if needed.

Be sure to wear layered clothing to accommodate weather changes, long pants, a hat and sturdy shoes.  (Due to the elevation it is usually 10 degrees cooler in the area).

You will also need to pack:

  • At least a quart of water per person per hour,
  • Snacks or picnic lunch,
  • Sunscreen,
  • Sunglasses,

Optional items include:

  • Camera,
  • Printed map,
  • Binoculars,
  • Hiking stick,
  • Bird and wildflower guides.

Project #2 – Kiosk on Coxey Truck Trail

This project includes installation of signs, a small restoration project and a short interpretive hike (also including “Riparian Rap”).

The restoration project includes light raking, and placement of sticks and stones where vehicles have damaged the vegetation. This activity helps deter driving off route and helps restore the soil and vegetation.  The site is not far from the kiosk.

Friends of Juniper Flats will lead a short morning hike to introduce visitors to one of the proposed designated hiking routes that the Friends of Juniper Flats recently submitted to BLM. This is the “Short Hike from Kiosk” in our   Hiking Trail Proposal.  The proposed hiking trails are all mapped in Google Earth. However, to view the locations, you will need the “link”. This web site does not accommodate links to the google earth files (kml or kmz), but we can email the link to you when you request it. Send your request to FOJF2@yahoo.com or complete the form below.

This hike is about a mile round trip, takes about an hour and is family friendly.  The hike offers an introduction to the many uses of the area, both past and present, and some great views over Arrastre Canyon and the Victor Valley. Elevation gain/loss is about 300ft.  Register now for the hike using the form below (preferable) or on the event day between 7 am and 8 am at the Coxey Truck Trail Kiosk.  We will depart after the restoration project and return by noon. Volunteers can then enjoy the area on their own.

Be sure to wear layered clothing to accommodate weather changes, a hat and sturdy shoes.  Due to the elevation it is usually 10 degrees cooler in the area. You will also need pack:

  • At least a quart of water per person (or dog) per hour,
  • Snacks or picnic lunch,
  • Sunscreen,
  • Sunglasses,

Optional items include:

  • Camera,
  • Printed map,
  • Binoculars,
  • Hiking stick,
  • Bird and wildflower guides.

 

Project #3 – Trigger Trash Clean Up

Those interested in cleaning up trash left by target practice shooters can register at the kiosk on Coxey Truck Trail between 7am and 8am.  There is a short drive to the site off JF3253. Volunteers will caravan or carpool to the site. Some pickup trucks may be needed for hauling trash to a central collection point.

Be sure to wear long pants, work gloves, hat and sturdy footwear.  Layered clothing to accommodate changing weather conditions.

Good items to bring include:

  • One quart of water per person per hour,
  • Sun screen,
  • Snacks,
  • Bag lunch,
  • Rakes,
  • Shovels,
  • Stick or string with magnet for picking up shells
  • Trash bags

The motorcycle tour will be led by a BLM Park Ranger following the Trigger Trash Cleanup. Register at the kiosk on Coxey Truck Trail between 7am and 8am. Motorcycle riders must wear safety gear to participate in the tour.

Getting to the Registration site (Kiosk on Coxey Truck Trail) img_0785-kiosk-on-coxey-truck-trail

From Bear Valley Road travel south on Central, then east on Roundup Way to Bowen Ranch Road. This road is a graded dirt road and is passable with all vehicles to the junction of Coxey Truck Trail (3N14). The junction is the starting point for the hike to Arrastre Falls Trailhead . Some of the activities will be at Arrastre Waterfall but there is limited parking so volunteers may choose to hike in (about 0.79 miles one way).  The registration location for the National Public Lands Day event is about a mile up the hill on Coxey Truck Trail (JF3255).  This section of road is steep and may have soft sand, so a high clearance vehicle is recommended.  Many people drive up with no problem and on most days high clearance is not necessary especially if you have a front wheel drive vehicle and you have experience driving on dirt roads. Coxey Truck Trail is an historic trail that was built in the gold mining days in the San Bernardino Mountains. Kiosk on Coxey Truck Trail directions

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions or comments.

If you anticipate joining the hike please register now by completing the form below. Please include the number in your party and ages of children if applicable. Thank you.

 

 

Come and join us on YOUR lands!

 

 

 

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