NEWS

It's Hot Out There!

The summer heat in the Mojave Desert can be a dangerous thing for outdoor enthusiasts.  It is important to understand the safety measures that must be taken during these hot summer months.  The temperature has been in the 100's in the Jawbone area in recent weeks.  It is important to remember these tips when recreating in the desert during the hottest months of the year.

Remember to drink plenty of water!  Carry water with you wherever you are recreating and drink it constantly.  It is best to drink 8 ounces every 30 minutes when you are constantly in the sun.  Symptoms of dehydration are not always easily identified and can be confused with other causes.  Water is the best way to keep your body cool and avoid heat-stroke.

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OHV Grants Announced

On Monday, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR Division) announced its Intent to Award for the 2010/11 Grants and Cooperative Agreements grants cycle.  The Friends of Jawbone is pleased to have been awarded three grants. 

The first is a grant for Operations and Maintenance that will help us continue to maintain and sign the area trails in the Jawbone region.  The second is a Restoration grant that will assist in our ongoing commitment to mitigate the effects of illegal OHV use in the area.

Our third grant, for Education and Safety, will be used to create iPhone and Android apps of our highly popular Friends of Jawbone OHV Trail Map.  This will allow smart phone users to view their location the map and access discovery points and other information while on the trail - without the need for a cell signal!

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Special Thanks to Paul Kober

The Friends of Jawbone would like to warmly recognize the influence of Paul Kober, a pioneer in the progress this organization has made in the last several years.  Paul will soon be leaving arid Southern California for warm and friendly Louisiana. 

Paul is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a love of hiking and riding.  He serves as Vice President of CTUC, Friends of El Mirage and Friends of Jawbone.  He is very passionate about conservation, specifically with regard to the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail.  He did a great deal of work to restore and preserve this area.

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Wood Pallets Prohibited In Jawbone

The Bureau of Land Management strictly prohibits the use of any firewood materials containing nails, screws or other metal hardware in the Jawbone Canyon area.  The use of wood pallets as firewood has become increasingly bothersome.  These pallets have been found lying around areas of Jawbone and it is potentially dangerous to riders.

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Inyo National Forest (North) Map Now Available at Jawbone Station

The California Trail User's Coalition is happy to announce the arrival of the Inyo National Forest (North) OHV Trail Map!  The map is now available at the Jawbone Station Store.

The full color map is complete with trail designations as well as exciting information about discovery points and fun facts.  With 30 points of interest described in detail on the back, 6 route loops and much more, this map will give you all the information you need to make your outdoor experience the ultimate adventure!

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New Open Area Trails!

The Friends of Jawbone has marked two new trails within the Jawbone OHV Open Area — SC184 and SC186.

SC186 runs along the rim of Dove Springs and it is beautiful view with a fairly easy ride. SC184, also easy, runs from SC103 to SC180 as a short cut to SC175. Both trails are now signed and graded.

It is an exciting time for Jawbone when new trails are opened, creating more opportunities for exploration. Have fun and please remember to visit the Jawbone Station with any questions or concerns during your visit!

Welcome, Mr. Ed and Ms. Emily!

Two new desert tortoises have been adopted by the Friends of Jawbone.  Unfortunately, the reason behind this adoption was that they had once been removed from their homes in the desert and had to be nursed back to health. 

Desert tortoise populations in the wild are dwindling and are threatened by a respiratory disease believed to be spread by captive tortoises release back into the wild.  Therefore, as a precaution, Mr. Ed and Ms. Emily could not be returned to their natural habitat.

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New Work Center Construction Photos

The Jawbone Station expansion is still underway and we are happy to report the construction on the 6,000 square foot work center is nearing completion.

Once the shop is complete, we will begin the expansion of the existing Jawbone Station.  An option being considered is to temporarily occupy the finished garage with the contents of the Station.  The Visitor's Center could be operated from there during the expansion construction.

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Welcome Back, Mr. Bob!

The 112 year old Mr. Bob made his appearance, coming out of hiding on March 14.  He has been dormant over the winter and is attempting to wake up for spring.  We are excited to welcome Mr. Bob back to the sun in Jawbone Canyon!

Mr. Bob has been in a type of dormancy similar to hibernation known as "brumation."  Desert tortoises like Mr. Bob will go into brumation in late fall and reappear in early spring when warmer temperatures and longer days remind them to come out.

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