BLM Unveils Interpretive Kiosk at Buttercup Ranger Station

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From Left to Right, BLM El Centro Field Office Manager Tom Zale, Imperial County Supervisor Ray Castillo, American Sand Association Executive Director Nicole Nicholas Gilles, Kawasaki representative Scott Shaffstall and Charla Teeters, Executive Director of the United Desert Gateway.

IMPERIAL COUNTY – On Friday, November 22, 2013 the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area unveiled a new interpretive kiosk at Buttercup Ranger Station.

The kiosk, made possible through grants from both Imperial County and Kawasaki Motors Corp., will serve to orient and educate visitors about the dunes. This will be the first interpretive kiosk to be installed at the relatively new ranger station in the south dunes.

Funding from Imperial County and Kawasaki was obtained through the partnership efforts of both the United Desert Gateway (UDG) and the American Sand Association (ASA) on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“Partners are an invaluable asset,” remarked Tom Zale, El Centro field manager. “Without them, many of these types of projects just would not be possible.”

The funding obtained not only provides for this new kiosk, it will also provide a facelift for the existing kiosks in the dunes, including the re-installation of the old Wash Road kiosk. Visitors should expect to see that kiosk re-installed at the Wash 4 restrooms sometime this season.

Officials from the BLM joined County Supervisor Ray Castillo and Kawasaki representatives Scott Shaffstall and Jeff Hertzog at 2pm for the unveiling. Representatives from the UDG, ASA, and a few members of the public were also in attendance.

For the past six years Kawasaki has worked with the partners and donated a Teryx ROV for use in the south dunes by volunteer camp host and BLM staff. At the unveiling Kawasaki exchanged the older model Teryx with a brand new 2013 Teryx 750 4×4 vehicle.

These vehicles have allowed BLM to reallocate the host’s vehicle to an emergency responder, increasing BLM medical services. The host uses the ROV extensively, riding the south dunes picking up trash, cleaning the public restrooms and handing out safety information.