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Autumn 2011 Newsletter

Mission of the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy: * Preserve, protect, and promote the unique natural beauty, ecological integrity, and rich cultural history of Mojave National Preserve * Build a community dedicated to the enduring stewardship of Mojave National Preserve

Message from the President
Friends of the Conservancy, Thank you for your continued support of the Mojave National Preserve and the Conservancy. As summer’s scorching heat lessens, the Preserve comes alive with fall activity from people, wildlife, and plants alike. Hikers return to climb desert mountains and rocky washes; baby tortoises hatch and migratory songbirds and raptors return to our trees and sky; fall blooms such as rabbit brush and lupine add color to the sweeping landscape. Fall also presents members the opportunity to participate in several of the Conservancy’s most exciting events: the Fall star party and our wilderness restoration project. Our star party has become an annual tradition. It is an event where families can learn about the cosmos from highly trained astronomers, get a peek into deep space using their amazing telescopes, and spend time in the scenic Hole-in-the-Wall region by camping with the Conservancy below a pristine night-sky. For those who want to help the Conservancy make a difference on the ground, please consider attending our National Public Lands Day (Oct 8) Restoration event. The group will be removing old fencing from wilderness areas in the Preserve, and camping at the Hole-in-the-Wall group camp. The removal of fencing will improve the scenic vistas in Preserve wilderness and will allow wildlife to move freely through their habitat. Fall is a great time to get to know the Preserve and the Conservancy better. Join us at one or both of these events, and build in some time to explore the stunning Mojave National Preserve. More information will be provided in this issue of our newsletter. Hope to see you under the pristine night sky, David Lamfrom Board President

Mojave National Preserve Fence Project
Reporting by Sid Silliman, Project Coordinator

An energetic and congenial group of Mojave National Preserve Conservancy members, National Park Service staff, and other friends removed nearly one mile of barbed-wire fence from the Mojave National Preserve on March 26th during the first service

project of the Conservancy. The targeted fence to the east of the railroad tracks along the Kelso-Cima road had been abandoned by a rancher of years past. Tim Costigan, Le Hayes, Charlie Shrimplin, and Linda Slater cut the barbed-wire stands; Sid Silliman, Greg Thornton, and Eric Williams removed fence posts; John Hiatt, assisted by Hermie Hiatt, wound the wire for recycling. Chris Mills, National Park Service, coordinated the event. The impact of the group’s effort was immediately evident as the fence removal cleared habitat for wildlife and opened access to an additional section of the Preserve for exploration by visitors. At the end of the day, there was an unobstructed view of the Providence Mountains to the east.

Congratulations to all for work well done! Photo by Board Member Le Hayes

ALL donations are tax-deductible. Bring leather work gloves. Contact Sid Silliman at gssilliman@csupomona. hosted by astronomers from Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers Telescope We are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. and historic and cultural treasures of our diverse park. Volunteering is fun. and proper field care and dressing of game from experienced hunters and park staff. water. contact Mojave National Preserve Park Service Volunteer Opportunity Fence Removal Work Party Saturday.and work through the afternoon. You can help assure the future of our special park by making a tax-deductible gift today to provide a future for our park and those who enjoy it. * Invitations to “star parties” in the Preserve. Tools will be provided. * Sponsor important National Park Service research projects in the Preserve. September 30 Location: Hole-in-the-Wall Group & Equestrian Site Participants will have the opportunity to learn gun and backcountry safety. and our community. Camping: The group campground at Hole-In-TheWall (with water and vault toilets) is reserved for Friday and Saturday nights. and lunch. Dinner is potluck—bring your favorite dish to share with the group..org or (760) 219-4916 Youth Quail and Chukar Hunt Saturday. It's healthy. RSVP with David Lamfrom at dlamfrom@npca. and * Ensure a sustainable future for the Mojave National Preserve. Layers of clothing are best as temperatures can be unpredictable. a hat. For more information. barbed-wire fence . Location: We will meet in the Kelso Depot parking lot Time: 9 a. you’re making a vital contribution to the health of our local Park. sun screen. Join with members of the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy and the National Park Service to remove another section of abandoned. It makes a difference. October 8. And it's easy to get started. Sturdy tents with strong stakes are advisable in case of high winds. Committed donors help us to preserve our park’s heritage for generations to come.Calendar of Events Stargazing in Mojave National Preserve with MNPC Saturday. including many that do not require training or a lengthy time commitment. A Sunday morning project is possible with sufficient interest. For a $25 annual membership. September 29 & Sunday . food to share. wildlife. September 24 Location: Mojave National Preserve’s Black Canyon Group Campsite (across from Hole in the Wall Time: beginning at 6:00pm What to Bring: Camping gear..gov/moja/index. Everyone is responsible for their own breakfast.Contact us directly for more information at 760-219-4616 and tell us you are calling about The Mojave National Preserve Conservancy The Mojave Preserve depends on support from folks like you.m. Join us for a fun and rewarding experience. layered clothing. about the Mojave Desert and the natural history of Gambel's quail and chukar.nps. you can: * Support much-needed youth education programs in the Preserve. Directions are available at http://www. Volunteer in the Mojave National Preserve Donate / Join Now . We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. our open space.edu regarding safety precautions for the weekend and RSVP. We invite you to join our mission in safeguarding the scenic beauty. . When you volunteer.htm.