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The Bureau of Land Management and Friends of Jawbone Canyon have
established a fenced, designated, self-contained camping area just
above the parking area at Butterbredt Spring, Kern County. The
camping area looks to be large enough to hold 20+ cars/pick-up
trucks/vans. It is accessed via the short dirt road on the left just
above the parking area ... part way along the strip of Tree of
Heaven. This short spur road no longer rejoins the road up
Butterbredt Canyon. The camping area is enclosed by a fence.
GOOD NEWS: Camping at Butterbredt Spring is now not only allowed, it
is provided for via this designated camping area which is several
feet above the roadbed (but which would all but surely be in the path
of a rare, significant flash flood).
BAD NEWS: This designated camping area will no doubt be an attraction
to the Off-Highway Vehicle users who use the area, and might even
encourage increased use of the area right around the spring. It might
receive especially heavy use Memorial Day Weekend. Time will tell if
the OHV users of the area will confine themselves to the designated
routes only restriction and camping area or continue to trespass into
the surrounding desert and spring area. Strongly worded signs
threaten closure of the area to OHVs should violations take place.
But, OHV trespass evidence since the signs (and extensive fencing and
barriers) were recently installed is widespread.
BLM, Friends of Jawbone Canyon, and Keith Axelson (the "Father" of
Butterbredt birding) are working hard to direct OHV use in the area.
Birders might wish to serve as eyes and ears regarding trespass
during birding forays into Butterbredt Spring.
NOTE: The first two OHVs of the day passed by this morning c. 10:15am
as I headed back up to Jawbone Canyon Road to head out to CA Hwy. 14.
The 5:45am-10:10am birding time was wonderfully quiet and enjoyable.
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California