This years Red Rock Day event was hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and held on a beautiful spring day at the First Creek Trail within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Forty-seven volunteers as well as eight staff members from the BLM, Southern Nevada Conservancy, and the Friends of Red Rock Canyon participated in Red Rock Day.
Volunteers formed into six teams and they successfully cleaned approximately 25 graffiti sites along the First Creek Trail. An additional team removed one mile of old cable and eight fence posts.
Morning snacks were provided by REI, and lunch by Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Southern Nevada Conservancy staff assisted with registration and lunch as well as staffing an Earth Day education table for volunteers and hikers.
October 28 was a clear mild Saturday where 66 volunteers contributed 362.5 hours completing several maintenance projects at the Red Rock Canyon Campground.
Ten staff members from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Friends of Red Rock Canyon (FORRC) and Southern Nevada Conservancy (SNC) assisted the volunteers.
The volunteers replaced tent pad frames at 13 campsites, filled tent pads with sand; installed new sign posts to identify campsite numbers, planted 15 mesquite trees, lined campsite and walkways with boulders and removed trash and dead foliage.
The volunteers were treated to a BBQ lunch, complements of Friends of Red Rock Canyon.
National Public Lands Day was held on Saturday, September 23rd at the Calico 1 and Sandstone Quarry parking lots. The Bureau of Land Management, Southern Nevada Conservancy, Great Basin Institute and Friends of Red Rock Canyon staff teamed up with volunteers to install split rail fence at the Calico 1 and Sandstone Quarry parking lots. Volunteers also cleaned up trash around the parking lots and performed trail work between Calico 1 and the Moenkopi Trail.
REI provided morning snacks, coffee and REI t-shirts. The BLM also provided National Public Lands Day t-shirts to participants.
With help from the BLM staff, two-man augers were used to dig the holes for the fence posts. A high turn-out of ninety-two volunteers including employees from Dignitas and Wyndham corporations resulted in 378 volunteer hours beginning in the morning and extending into early afternoon. Volunteers completed the split rail fence project at both parking lots, after more than six hours of difficult work.
Friends of Red Rock Canyon provided the hard-working volunteers and staff a lunch of sub-sandwiches, fruit, chips and cookies.