Off-road group seeks volunteers to help reopen Imperial Sand Dunes

Publish Date: 
Apr 24, 2014

GLAMIS, Calif. - The American Sand Association is working on a volunteer effort in conjunction with the federal Bureau of Land Management, to start removing the closure stakes in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

Thanks to the efforts of numerous volunteers, 40,000 acres of closed dunes will be reopened for OHV recreation. The stake removal will begin at the small central closure near Gecko Campground and the 160 acres in Buttercup. The Buttercup project will also call for assistance with the reinstallation of the critical habitat closure near the Mexican border.

Volunteers are sought to help out the weekend of May 3 to come out on their ATVs, SxSs and trucks with trailers, ez-ups, goggles, gloves, shovels, rope, tie-downs and moving blankets.

Volunteers may register from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at the Gecko Campground and Buttercup Ranger Station in Glamis. Volunteers will be up bright and early to beat the heat, starting with a briefing at 5:30 a.m. The stake removal is expected to be finished by 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided afterward.

To sign up or for questions, please email Nicole Gilles at

Posted by Holly Wagner