It’s taken a lot of work from organizations like the American Sand Association (aSa) and many committed volunteers, but 40,000 acres of currently closed sand dunes are being reopened for off-road recreation.

The aSa, in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, is looking for volunteers to start the process of removing the closure stakes in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Specifically, th small central closure near Gecko Campground and the 160 acres in Buttercup. According to the aSa, the Buttercup project will also call for assistance with the re-installation of the critical habitat closure near the US/Mexico border.

If you want to help remove the closure stakes and be among the first to ride this area, contact Nicole Nicholas Gilles at [email protected] Here are the details of the great stake-removal event:

DATES: May 2nd – Volunteer registration from 6PM-9PM May 3rd – 5:30AM briefing, volunteer registration TIME: Due to the excessive heat during this time, we expect to be finished by 11AM LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED AFTERWARDS LOCATION: Gecko Campground & Buttercup Ranger Station EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Bring your Buggies, OHVs, Quads, SxS, Trucks, Trailers, EZ-Ups, Goggles, Gloves, Shovels, Rope, Tie-Downs, Moving Blankets

If you aren’t physically able to remove stakes, there are plenty of other areas we can use volunteers. People are needed to help with set up, signing up volunteers and assisting with food & refreshments.



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  • Joey Rocket

    Great article! Thanks for spreading the great news! Here is a video I just finished on the event.

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