A group of conservation partners including Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep, California Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service are replacing one of the historic Big Game guzzlers that was originally installed in the 70’s.
Clip from a similar event: https://youtu.be/NzBQl_77-fY
The Old Dad Mountains are somewhat unique in the Preserve. They are a limestone formation, thus much cooler temperature in summer than other mountain ranges in the Mojave Desert. The area around Old Dad Peak is a critical habitat area for ewes and lambs.
We are going to be doing this work October 4th through the 6th. We will be rebuilding a catchment dam, replacing collection pipe, removing rotted out old tanks and installing (3) new water tanks.
We will have a base camp and staging area that is 2WD accessible. From base camp, it’s about a 12 mile 4WD road to get to the wilderness entry point and base of the mountain. From the entry point it is a mile and a half hike up very steep terrain to the guzzler site (1700’ elevation gain). The terrain is steep and rugged, not really even a trail to the site. There will be plenty of 4WD for vehicles for transport if any volunteers do not have that ability.
We will be packing up tools for cutting steel pipe, drilling rock and doing mortar work on the dam. We also have to carry a pump up to transfer water from the old tanks to the new tanks as they are lifted to the site via helicopter.
***Volunteers are asked to bring their own camping gear and are responsible for themselves. All volunteers have to sign a volunteer form and release for both SCBS and CDFW. Generally, lunch and snacks are on the volunteers.