Chances are this weekend you have visited the Alabama Hills where nearly 400 films have been shot since 1920.
Protecting this landscape and its semi-primitive natural state has become an important priority for The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group (AHSG). Created in 2006, the 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 has forged a strong, community-based partnership to maintain the area’s landscape integrity and vital tourism economy.
The AHSG's objectives are to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the Eastern Sierra's Alabama Hills and that they remain a protected landscape and visual legacy of the area's film heritage. The organization's motto: “Don’t Crush the Brush” speaks directly to the importance of visitors helping to protect these lands and their rocks.
This fall the organization will be restoring two areas that have been badly abused. The area known by locals as “The Bowling Alley” but by movie fans as "the Gravesite” (from Rawhide where Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward buried Edgar Buchanan) has seen significant damage to the brush and landscape tracked over by motor vehicles and large RVs. The islands of plants that enhanced the natural beauty have disappeared as renegade drivers have needlessly carved a new road around the perimeter of the area. All visitors are asked to not camp in this area this year so a natural recovery process can begin.
A second site that has also been badly damaged is the parking area just off of Movie Road, east of where the rock, “The Shark Fin” is located. Parking and driving off the designated area has done extensive damage to sensitive brush and flora and has caused the roads to widen and has, unfortunately expanded the area. This site too, will also be undergoing restoration work this year.
The campaign to secure legislation for a significant area of the Alabama Hills as A Bureau of Land Management - National Scenic Area (NSA) began with the launch of AHSG and continues to gain momentum towards passage. The group is working in Sacramento, with Senator Diane Feinstein’s Office and Congressman Paul Cook of the 8th District to make this a reality. Over 40 user groups have joined in this campaign to preserve and protect the Alabama Hills with an effective and long-term management plan complemented by supporting funds for proper program implementation and management of the area.
Every film buff and movie tourist loves the Alabama Hills for its film heritage, and it takes all of us to keep its landscape from deteriorating. Join AHSG TODAY!
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February 11, 2014
The Stewardship Group in partners with the Lone Pine Film History Museum and with BLM has been working in the Alabama Hills recently to restore damage that has been done to the Gravesite location (Rawhide, I Cover the War, Posse From Hell and other movies). Locals also call the site the Bowling Alley because of the round rock (bowling ball) and odd shaped rocks that look like bowling pins. The BLM and Stewardship volunteers spent