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Butterbredt Spring Designated Camping Area

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, If anyone as comments regarding the following information, PLEASE do so off list as the intention is to provide information only, not to get a discussion
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2010
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      Hi,

      If anyone as comments regarding the following information, PLEASE do
      so off list as the intention is to provide information only, not to
      get a discussion going to be ended by the listserv moderator with
      "This thread is closed."

      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
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