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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Corridor Re-Opens for Spring

The Friends of Jawbone is happy to announce the repairs to the Bright Star Wilderness Corridor are complete and it is now open.  Due to severe storm damage, the corridor was closed to protect the wilderness from impacts by OHV's.  Please remember to use care and stay on the designated trail.

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Friends of Jawbone Asking the Public for Help

The Friends of Jawbone are inviting members of the public to join them for a collaborative meeting to discuss illegal off-highway vehicle travel through the Cantil Area. The meeting will be held on April 23, 2016, from 1-3 p.m., at the Jawbone Station Visitor Center.

In Spring of 2015, the Friends of Jawbone were awarded a grant from Kern County OHV funds to work with the citizens of Cantil to sign and repair damage on private property. Since then, route planning and signing has taken place. We want to encourage the citizens of Cantil to come and hear what work has been done using the grant as well as provide input on possible future projects to help deal with this pressing issue.

Meeting will be held on April 23, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Jawbone Station Visitors Center off Highway 14.

The Friends of Jawbone is a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to the promotion of outdoor recreation in Jawbone Canyon, Dove Springs and surrounding areas of public lands. Formed in 1998, Friends of Jawbone supports and develops projects to improve, protect and maintain existing trails. In addition to these projects, Friends of Jawbone works to promote understanding, education and cooperation among all users of public lands. For more information about Friends of Jawbone visit:

Mad 2016 Cleans Up!

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.

Cold Wind no Deterrent to Moose Anderson Volunteers

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.

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A Blustery Day for Moose Anderson 2014

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.

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2013 Moose Anderson Day a Success!

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.

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Moose Days 2011

The Friends of Jawbone would like to the thank all those who participated in making the 15th Annual Moose Anderson Days a terrific success.  It was a great time with lots of great people.  Each year, Moose Days seems to get better and better and we can’t wait to do this again next year!

The cleanup project was productive and well attended.  Participants were happy to see the desert was relatively clean and while there was not as much trash to clean up as there had been in the past, it was a great opportunity to give back to the desert.  This project also served as a reminder of the importance of preserving the desert’s cleanliness and beauty.

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Who is Moose Anderson?

Mark "Moose" Anderson, the person for whom our annual event was named, loved motorcycle riding in the Jawbone Canyon area and served as a governor appointed Commissioner on the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Commission.  

As a college graduate with a degree in Natural Resource Planning, Mark was just the person to work toward the unification of the off-road vehicle industry and the education of government agencies.  He had been racing motocross since age 15, and had a unique understanding of the issues facing OHV enthusiasts and the BLM.

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