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Arizona Strip District
Release Date: 11/12/13

Free Programs Offer Interpretive Information on
Forests, Music, Scenic Byways Birding and Invasive Species

St. George, Utah—Every first and third Friday of the month, the Bureau of Land Management and it’s partners host the popular Brown Bag Lecture series which provides unique opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the area’s natural resources and public lands. Speakers include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, rangers and other specialists who 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 lecture, which begins at noon and lasts one hour, will be held at the Interagency Information Center, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah.  Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series.  To obtain tickets visit the Interagency Information Center or call 435-688-3200.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. 

The 2013-2014 brown bag lectures will be limited to fewer programs than previous years but will continue on a monthly basis.

Nov 15, 2013 Dixie National Forest's Joe Harris and Ken Henson will speak on Fuels and Fire Ecology in the southern Utah area. Topics will include the emerging trend of more active and longer fire seasons, prescribed fire implementation, mechanical treatment, and overall forest health issues. Harris and Henson will also give a recap of the Capitol Christmas Tree Tour’s stop in St. George scheduled for November 13th.

Dec 6, 2013 Holiday Music & Cheer with Musician Keith Behunin!

Join in as Keith plays all your favorite holiday melodies on old time instruments including washboards, band saws, and spoons. If you enjoy banjo music and are ready to be filled with the holiday spirit, this event's for you!

December 20, 2013  No Program. Happy Holidays!

Jan 3, 2014 As a member of the Scenic Byway 12 committee, Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association's Executive Director Ken Sizemore's adoration is great for the scenery and discoveries along the route with its’ quaint, rustic towns that dot the meandering highway east of Bryce Canyon National Park. Come take an "armchair tour" with Ken of this gorgeous route, voted by Forbes Magazine as one of "America's Best Snowy Drives" in the Jan 2009 edition. 

Jan 10, 2014 Join birding enthusiast Marshall Topham to gear up for the 11thannual Audubon Society "Winter Bird Festival" which runs Jan 23-25, 2014. Come learn all the interesting factors which make this area a unique, biologically diverse, landscape to study our feathered friends.  Topham, a Southern Utah native, majored in zoology with minors in botany and chemistry at Southern Utah University and was later recruited by the University of Hawaii to study entomology in Honolulu. Known to many in Washington County as a positive force for and representative of education through his lengthy career from high school and college teacher to 19 years of administration service for the Washington County School District, Topham’s enthusiasm for education and birding is unsurpassed.

Feb 7, 2014  Join American Conservation Experience volunteer Nolan Hahn to learn more about the invasive plant "Arundo Donax". This large reed which grows along riparian zones is similar to tamarisk in its’ voluminous consumption of water. The plant also creates fire hazards. Find out why Hahn's sole job is to eradicate this reed and get ahead of this invasive species before it gets out of hand. But that battle's too big for a one man job. Come see what you can do to give Hahn a hand. To learn more go to: Special guest Jason Metzger will also share more information about the organization Hahn works for, the American Conservation Experience (ACE). 

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: 11-12-2013