The silence, open vistas and natural beauty of the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine reflect a sense of peace, a respect for the land and accessibility for the responsible user. The goal the community of Lone Pine, BLM, and individual stakeholders is to work together as good stewards.
From the grand scale of geography to the smallest details of flowers, from the sudden power of the wind to the timeless processes of geology, the Alabama Hills draw people to wander, contemplate, experience solitude and enjoy an incredible range of discovery and activity.
While visitation and multiple use by outdoor enthusiasts, sports lovers, artists and visitors is increasing, the rocks, roads, hiking paths, creeks and flora remain scenic and unspoiled. Film industry use continues, but with a heightened sense of history for both the area and the films of Hollywood.
The fragility of the area, management for sustainable activity, and the mutual respect of the stakeholders add to the area’s unique and special needs. The play of light and quality of air lift the spirit and assure the participants that all challenges can be addressed and solutions found by listening and working together. These Alabama Hills continue to foster an important and complex relationship with all of us.
The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group was established to promote the long term vision, conservation, use, enhancement, and enjoyment of the Alabama Hills’ Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) public land resources. The Group, in association with the BLM and its local Resource Advisory Council (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac/ccrac.html), has forged a strong, community-based partnership to maintain the area’s landscape integrity and vital tourism economy.
The Stewardship Group has worked collaboratively to create a vision and action plan to address priority management issues in the SRMA.The Group, chartered by the BLM Central California Resources Advisory Committee (CenCal RAC), has accomplished a lot since its inception in November 2006.Completed projects include an entrance station rehabilitation; creation/marketing of the “Don’t Crush the Brush” campaign for locals, the film industry, and visitors (http://www.lonepinechamber.org/recreation/ohv.html ); implementation of a Community Spirit Day to conduct conservation activities associated with National Public Lands Day; development of the Alabama Hills Arch Trail; publication of the Alabama Hills Movie Tour Guide; position development and recruitment of a volunteer stewardship coordinator; providing input to area management policies and programs; and prioritization of conservation projects.
This Group has successfully galvanized a community, historically distrustful of government, to identify and protect the environmental and economic values of the Alabama Hills public lands adjacent to Lone Pine, California Breaking through perception barriers, the BLM and the group have formed a successful partnership that encourages true citizen-centered stewardship of these lands, requiring much less government oversight and regulatory action.The Stewardship Groups’ efforts have substantially reduced BLM’s maintenance and management costs, created less reliance on government, and improved personal accountability of interested individuals, user groups, and communities.
Don't Crush The Brush
The Don't Crush the Brush campaign was created by the Bishop Area Bureau of Land Management and the Community of Lone Pine California in an effort to educate and encourage the visitors to the Alabama Hills to help protect the desert environment.
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