05.23.14

Business, Tribal, and Conservation Groups Partner on Stewardship Event

May 22, 2014—  On a blustery, spring day outside of the Eastern Sierra California town of Bridgeport, employees from Patagonia’s Reno, NV Service Center, the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership, and the Bridgeport Indian Colony teamed up to clean up an old shooting range. The Bridgeport Indian Colony manages a cemetery in the area that until the cleanup, had been littered by over 20 years of debris from the old range. Also nearby are the beautiful and popular Travertine Hot Springs, managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The area is a gateway to 200,000 acres of public lands.

The Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership brought the team of close to 40 volunteers together for this important project.  The Partnership is working to permanently protect the Bodie Hills with a growing coalition of organizations including Trout Unlimited and Friends of the Inyo who also helped manage the cleanup project.

The Bodie Hills are located in a spectacular corner of California’s Eastern Sierra and is home to California’s official ghost town.  The area is popular for biking,  camping, bird watching, hunting, and sight seeing through aspen-tinged valleys and across high plateaus with vistas of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake and the Great Basin. The area is home to pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, mule deer, and unique plants.

Jeff Hunter, who runs the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership brought the team together, not only for the important stewardship work but also to introduce new volunteers to the beauty and importance of the Bodie Hills.

Before the project began, Jeff said, “This is a project that the BLM and the Bridgeport Indian Colony had been hoping to address for quite some time. With volunteers from Patagonia, and leadership from the project partners, we’ll be able to make a big difference in half a day.”

When the work was complete, indeed, a vast amount of trash and debris was cleared from the area.  A new shooting area has been opened nearby with the Bridgeport Gun Club that will eliminate safety issues for those visiting the Hot Springs and the cemetery.

Events are planned throughout the summer for stewardship, tours and outings. Check out www.bodiehills.org for more information.

Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership Volunteers pose with some of the waste removed from the site.

Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership Volunteers pose with some of the waste removed from the site.

 

Volunteers from Patagonia and employees from Friends of the Inyo sort debris at clean up site.

Volunteers from Patagonia and employees from Friends of the Inyo sort debris at clean up site.

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A large amount of material was removed at the site.

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Volunteers comb the area for debris.

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Bridgeport Indian Colony members use heavy equipment to remove old shooting pads.

 

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