10.28.13

Team Rendezvous Lends a Hand to Steelhead Falls

More than 70 Friends Rendezvous participants joined BLM staff early Sunday morning at the Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area to knock out a quick service project.  These quick service trips are a highlight for Rendezvous attendees, who take a break from networking indoors to do what they love best–hit the trails and get their hands dirty.

The group planted hundreds of native plant saplings to stabilize a washed out a trailhead parking area and moved hundreds of rocks to stabilize the iconic Steelhead Falls trail. Carol Bankosky, District Manager for the BLM’s Prineville District, was thrilled with the amount of work the group accomplished. Even though the clouds opened up and soaked some of our volunteers, the native plants got watered as if on cue!

Thanks to both Friends and Neighbors and the Oregon Natural Desert Association for their efforts to steward the area and achieve permanent protection.  There are hundreds of wonderful areas just like Steelhead Falls WSA across the American West that can be added to the National Conservation Lands, and the work of the groups in the Friends Grassroots Network is critical to protecting these amazing resources.