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05/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/22/2019 11:02

BLM to host South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area fire recovery volunteer event

UKIAH, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office invites volunteers to come help repair fire-damaged recreation facilities and trails in the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day.

The off-highway vehicle area has been closed since July 2018, when it was heavily damaged by the Mendocino Complex fires. The BLM appreciates the significant progress our partners and volunteers have already made in restoring the OHV management area to help us reopen it as soon as possible.

Volunteers are vital to managing sustainable, working public lands. Helping hands are still needed to install trail markers, signage and culverts; construct barriers; repair and maintain trails and complete trail surveys. The work will require hiking, digging, hauling and moving rocks and heavy material. The BLM will provide all necessary tools and materials.

Volunteers should check-in at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Westside Staging Area on South Cow Mountain. It is recommended that participants wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, sturdy footwear and bring sunscreen and gloves. Volunteers should also bring a lunch and plenty of water. All volunteers are welcome, whether they can help both days, just one day or only part of the day.

Tent camping will be available for volunteers at the Red Mountain Campground. Please bring a tent, camping equipment and enough food for both days, if volunteers plan to stay overnight.

More than 80,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands within the Ukiah Field Office jurisdiction burned last summer. The BLM requested the assistance of the Department of the Interior's Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response team to assess the damage from the Ranch and River fires that formed the Mendocino Complex. Read the team's story map regarding these fires at https://bit.ly/2Dp9pM4.

As stewards the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in our pursuit of our multiple-use mission. For more information, or reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact the Ukiah Field Office at 707-468-4000.