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Arizona Strip District
Release Date: 11/09/12
Contacts: Rachel Tueller, Public Affairs Officer    
  Phone: 435-688-3303 or E-mail:    

2012-2013 Season's Noontime Brown Bag Lecture Series

St. George, Utah—Each Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and its’ partners host the popular Brown Bag Lecture series. The lectures provide unique opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the benefits of the area’s natural resources and public lands. Speakers including geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, rangers and other specialists who will delve more deeply into subjects tied to the Arizona Strip and surrounding public lands. For those who want to learn more before venturing out or are otherwise unable to access some of these remote and rugged landscapes, the lectures are an excellent way to bring the resources and related issues to the community’s doorstep.

The noontime lecture series are hosted at the Interagency Information Center, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah.  Programs begin at noon and last for one hour.  Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series.  Obtain tickets in advance from the Interagency Information Center to reserve a seat.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.  For more information about the upcoming lectures call the Interagency Visitor Center at 435-688-3200.

November/December 2012 Brown Bag Schedule

November 9:  "Through the Eyes of the Elders: Understanding the Rock Art of the Dreamtime." The rock writings of Northern Australia are still a living part of indigenous culture. Archaeological investigator Dave Lee will share what he learned after examining twenty-seven of these sites and interviewing their last living caretaker.  Attendees are bound to enjoy Mr. Lee’s studies of Australian Aboriginal writings and may even find similarities and insights that parallel some of our own regions’ archeological findings.

November 16:  "Paiute 101—Lifeways of the Paiutes and their Culture in Perspective."  This lecture will be the pinnacle of our celebration of Native American Heritage Month.  Pipe Spring Ranger Benn Pikyavit will share with us his insightful views of Paiute culture.  This program is a must see for those who wish to appreciate the full significance of the American Indian heritage, history, and legacy of our region. 

November 23:  No program—Happy Thanksgiving!

November 30:  "Texas Tea; Exploring for Black Gold and the ins and outs of Petroleum Exploration." Guest lecturer and geologist extraordinaire Marc Deshowitz will provide a penetrating view of the tracking down one of Earth’s most significant resources.  You will have the opportunity to learn why Utah is such a valuable place for petro-geologists to explore.

December 7:  “The People’s Tree.” In 1996 the National Forests in Utah selected and delivered a 75 foot Engelmann Spruce to the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  This kind of effort begins long before the tree is delivered.  Bevan Killpack, District Ranger of Dixie National Forest, will share the experience of selecting and transporting the tree to DC, its decoration, and the resultant celebration of Utah all across the nation. 

December 14: “Color Country Companion.” Author Lyman Hafen will share insightful and entertaining glimpses into various aspects of our regional history.  Hafen, who became a horseman on the family ranch in Clover Valley, Nevada as a youth has been heralded as an accomplished writer since 1980 with the majority of works centered on life on the Arizona Strip. Hafen has been honored by the Utah Arts Council on several occasions and published the story of the 2005 Washington County Flood titled “Portraits of Loss—Stories of Hope.” Hafen also founded the Zion Canyon Field Institute in 2003 where he still serves as the Institutes’ Director.

December 21 & 28: No Program—Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 04-06-2015