Monday, March 31, 2008

Rainbow Mountain Wilderness- March 8, 2008

On Saturday, March 8th, Friends of Nevada Wilderness organized a volunteer restoration project with the Spring Mtn. NRA of the U.S. Forest Service. The project involved decommissioning an unauthorized route in the Mountain Springs area of the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness. There were a total of 9 volunteers present with Friends of Nevada Wilderness that participated on this project.

The crew began the day with a safety talk and sign-in, then drove up to the Wilderness boundary and set to work at the site. Boulders from the surrounding area were put in place behind the Wilderness boundary sign to help create a natural barrier. The volunteers went to work “pitting” the route (using pulaskis and pick mattocks) in order to decompact the soil to allow for seed collection and future growth. The volunteers also collected dead and downed plant materials to use for slash, and scattered it across the route to help disguise the scar.

The volunteers enjoyed the chance to get out and enjoy the Wilderness on a beautiful winter day in Southern Nevada while also working to restore the natural character of the land.

*There was a total of 54 volunteer hours recorded for this project.
*There was a total of $810.00 in-kind labor contributed on this project.

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