Well at least the world isn’t spinning uncontrollably around a huge ball of fire…
Feb. 2014 Photo by ME
We’re rounding out national wildlife week today with the desert tortoise. This cute tortoise that was spotted on public lands near Jean, Nevada by Melanie Cota, Wildlife Biologist for Bureau of Land Management - Nevada. Did you know that a desert tortoise can live up to be 100-years-old?!
Mine looks a bit like this one and is, 105 years old!
This man does it to and for me! Give me a couple minutes to myself please.
Christopher Walken is here to save a world in crisis — with an awesome dance mash-up cut to C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).”
|—||Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer|
Veterans Conservation Crew Restores Trails at National Monument
Sledge hammers, shovels, crow bars and pure muscle were the tools used by 13 members of a Veterans Conservation Corps and 21 community volunteers as they worked side-by-side on a trail restoration project in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, just outside Palm Springs, California.
The volunteers came out for a one-day joint project organized by Friends of the Desert Mountains and the Desert Trails Hiking Club. Working together, the whole team repaired almost two miles of trail.
The trail restoration work is part of a longer four-week project by an all-veterans conservation crew to improve popular hiking trails in the Monument. Edison International awarded a $35,000 grant to the Conservation Lands Foundation for this effort.
The 13-person crew is made up entirely of post-9/11 military veterans and is part of the California Conservation Corps. They will be making improvements to the Art Smith, Hopalong Cassidy and Bear Creek Oasis trails to help stop erosion, repair trail berms and clear brush —making the area more accessible and easier for visitors to hike in the monument.
"We’re grateful for the funding provided by Edison International because it has created a powerful partnership," said Charlotte Overby of the Conservation Lands Foundation. "It provides jobs for veterans, accomplishes some much-needed restoration work on a beautiful National Monument, and results in real benefits for the public."
The crew will tackle work on more than 10 miles of trail, much of it rugged and remote. The goal is to improve three popular trails — one of which goes through a Wilderness area — for visitors and to enhance the surrounding habitat.
The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument includes spectacular desert scenery, critical wildlife habitat for animals including Peninsular bighorn sheep, and more than 300 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and some for mountain biking. The monument receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is part of the National Conservation Lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in coordination with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other partners.
In addition to pay, crew members also receive training and mentoring that can help them apply for permanent positions with public land management agencies.
"This is a unique project for the CCC, and we’re pleased to work together with all the different partners," said Rhody Soria, Conservation Supervisor for the CCC. "For our veterans crew, they have the chance to gain great trail-building skills while increasing the recreational opportunities in the area."
"This project is a win-win for both the vets and the community. It will make a positive difference in the lives of the veterans and give them hands-on restoration experience while making substantial improvements to the trails so more people can enjoy the beauty of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument," said Steven Harris, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner.
-BLM California State Office Public Affairs
My backyard! I’ve seen these crews in action on the trails and they are fantastic. They work so hard to keep the trails in great shape. Thank you.
|—||Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life (via observando)|