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Wilderness Volunteers

Providence Mountains, Mojave National Preserve, CA (Mar 15th - Mar 21st 2020)

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The ultimate desert solitude is to be found in this remote and surprising National Monument. Located between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 with the passage of the California Desert Protections Act. This 1.6-million-acre park protects a range of natural features from the Kelso singing sand dunes, to volcanic cinder cones, to forests of Joshua trees, and carpets of wildflowers. Mojave's natural history is stunning in its vastness and beauty, with three of the four major North American deserts present; Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin, and all their assorted flora and fauna -- Joshua trees, yucca, desert tortoise and roadrunners just to name a few. A visit to its canyons, mountains, and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. The American history is vibrant, ranging from explorers meeting native Mojave people for the first time in 1776, to early mail carrier routes down the Mojave Road in the mid-1800's, to historical traveler outposts scattered in hidden pockets of the landscape.

Our service project is aiding Park Service biological staff by removing invasive Sahara mustard plants and constructing two short sections of barbwire fence, if time allows, keeping livestock out of Wilderness areas. Sahara Mustard is a non-native species invading the biotic communities of Mojave National Preserve. We have made significant progress in controlling the population by the Kelso Dunes; that is why this year we will also be constructing two short sections of fence, 450ft and 1400ft long, in the Providence Mountains and Hole-In-The-Wall area to keep livestock within their allotment. Due to shallow soils, rock baskets will need to be constructed which will entail hauling rocks between a couple hundred feet up to 1/8 mile and using rockbars to dig holes for t-posts in certain places. The project timing has been planned in early March to both reduce next year’s growth dramatically by removing these invasive plants before they go to seed, and for the pleasant daytime temps and cool desert evenings. We'll spend the week car camping among re-emerging wildflowers and unique wildlife including desert tortoise and bighorn sheep in this quiet desert treasure.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

See more photos of our project last year at Mojave National Preserve in our photo gallery.

Dates

Mar 15th - Mar 21st 2020

Service Project

Invasive plant removal

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Free Days

Hike to area peaks, Kelso Dunes, cinder cones, lava beds, petroglyphs, and more!

Accommodations

Tent camping near cars

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Bending, digging, walking

Leaders

Kathleen Worley
Maidie Kenney

Equipment List

Desert