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Kiavah >> Map #45
SIZE: 88,290 acres
LOCATION: Kern County; 15 miles west of Ridgecrest, California
NATURAL RESOURCES: This wilderness encompasses the eroded hills,
canyons and bajadas of the Scodie Mountains Unit within the
Sequoia National Forest -- the southern extremity of the
Sierra Nevada Mountains. A unique mixing of several different species of
plants and animals occurs within the
transition between the
Mojave Desert and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Desert plants such as
burro bush and shadescale may be found in close
juniper, canyon oak and digger/grey pine.
The varied vegetation provides
habitat for a great diversity of
over a small geographic area. Species of note include
yellow-eared pocket mouse, a
variety of lizards
and a number of
resident bird species. This wilderness is part of a
National Cooperative Land and Wildlife Management Area and the
BLM Jawbone Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern, which
was designated to protect outstanding
ACCESS: Access this wilderness from the north via Kelso Valley Road from State Highway 178 west of Inyokern; and from the east via State Highway 14 and numerous routes into Cow Heaven Canyon (SC5 1), Sage Canyon (SC56) and Horse Canyon (SC65), which are four-wheel drive only, and Bird Spring Pass Road (SC120).
The Kawaiisu were of Shoshonean lineage who spoke the Southern Numic subgroup of the ...
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