U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Gila District Office
|Release Date: 02/25/13|
BLM Gila District Offers Six Arizona Archaeology Month Events
SAFFORD, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gila District and its partners will celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month by offering a series of free events in southeastern Arizona in March. Locations include Safford, Sonoita, and Sierra Vista.
“We hope that Arizonans will enjoy this opportunity to learn more about these important heritage sites,” said Acting Gila District Manager Kelly Castillo. “Our public lands are rich in historical, archaeological and paleontological resources that offer a glimpse into the past.”
March 1 – Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Presentation and Tour – 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
The day will start at the BLM office at 7:00 a.m. for a presentation explaining the history of the CCC and the Sanchez Camp. After that, participants can carpool out to the site, where McGrew will lead a guided tour. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for unpredictable weather. Bring water and a sack lunch. Meet at the BLM office, located at 711 14th Avenue in Safford. Contact McGrew, 928-348-4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
March 2 – Fairbank Day – 9 am to 3 pm
March 9 – Empire Ranch Headquarters Tours – 11 am & 1 pm
Join docents for two tours of the historic Empire Ranch Headquarters, located within the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. The 22-room ranch house was begun in the 1870s, and remains a working cattle ranch today. Tours will meet at the main parking area at 11:00 am and 1:00pm. Bring water, food or snacks, sunscreen, hats, and wear appropriate shoes. From I-10, take State Road 83 south toward Sonoita. At approximately 18 miles, look for a sign on the right: “Empire Ranch Historic Site.” Turn left on the well-maintained dirt road and follow signs to the Ranch Headquarters, approximately three miles. Contact the Empire Ranch Foundation at (888) 364-2829 or email@example.com.
March 16 – Presidio de Santa Cruz de Terrenate Tour – 9 am
Tour the Presidio de Santa Cruz de Terrenate, one of three Spanish colonial presidios located in Arizona. Bring water, food or snacks, sunscreen, and hats, and wear appropriate shoes. The tour will meet at the parking area. From I-10, take State Road 90 south toward Sierra Vista. At Whetstone, turn left (east) on State Highway 82. After approximately eight miles, turn left on In Balance Road; the parking area and trailhead are approximately 1½ miles north, on the right. Contact: Friends of San Pedro River at (520) 459-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 23 – Dedication and Walking Tour – 10 am
Complete information about many more Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month events can be found at http://azstateparks.com/find/arch_calendar_2013.html.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
|Last updated: 02-25-2013|
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