Despite chilly weather and the threat of blustery winds, almost one hundred volunteers gathered to go out and help pick up trash in the greater Jawbone Canyon area. Volunteers were rewarded with relatively mild weather as they went out to the designated clean-up sites.
This year the focus was once again on trigger trash out in the desert, with volunteers helping to pick up shotgun casings, targets, and trash left at popular shooting sites in the area. A welcome addition this year was members of the Mojave Elks Lodge #2049 who showed up en-force to help comb through the desert for the detritus left behind by careless recreationsts.
Despite strong, frigid winds and the occasional spatter of rain, around 150 people participated in the 19th annual Moose Anderson Day Cleanup. This year breakfast and announcements were held inside the station to avoid the unsavory weather. The Moose Anderson cleanup, the largest event of its kind organized by the Friends of Jawbone in April of every year, focused on cleaning up the Middle Knob area. This gorgeous, remote area of trails is home to secluded canyons and spectacular mountain vistas, which makes it popular with recreational shooters, and, unfortunately as a result of that popularity, prone to large piles of trigger trash.
Heavy rain the night before, snow in the mountains, and a cold, extremely blustery morning did nothing to keep the dedicated volunteers from showing up for the annual Moose Anderson Days clean-up. About 66 volunteers started gathering around eight o’clock in the morning to volunteer for work parties and warm up with a cup of coffee.
Work crews this year were sent out to the Middle Knob area, a beautiful but little-known riding area that was in need of a little love. It's an unfortunate truth that even the most remote desert areas are often used as dumping grounds for household trash by those too lazy to drive it to the dump.
It was another day of volunteering, raffles, and burgers at Moose Anderson Day on Saturday, April 27.
The weather was warm, the wind was down, and spirits were high when everyone started gathering to sign in, have some breakfast, and collect their lunch tickets. Volunteer work crews spent the day installing new benches, picking up trash, and clearing tamarisk, among other tasks put before them. When they returned in the afternoon well-earned burgers were already sizzling on the grill. The rest of the day was spent chatting with friends, talking to visitors, learning a little more about tortoises and fire safety and, of course, anxiously awaiting the start of the raffle.
By all accounts it was a perfect day for the grand opening of the new Jawbone Canyon interpretive center this past weekend on April 28th.