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Carrie Simmons (from left), Director of the National Conservation Landscape System Carl Rountree, and Jenny Blanchard

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News.bytes Extra, issue 507

 El Centro’s “Yuha Desert Audio Tour” wins national interpretive award

Carrie Simmons, archaeologist for the El Centro Field Office, accepted an “Excellence in Interpretation or Education” Silver Award at the National Association of Interpretation conference in Minnesota last week.  Carrie shared the award with Jenny Blanchard, archaeologist for the Anchorage Field Office (formerly El Centro) for her efforts creating both a downloadable audio tour of the Yuha Desert, and an accompanying poster.

The audio tour highlights both the natural and cultural history of this unique desert resource.  Visitors learn about the fossil shell beds, Juan Bautista de Anza’s expedition to colonize Alta California, and the Yuha Geoglyph, a large, abstract image created on the desert surface by Native Americans.  Hugely popular with both on and off site visitors, the audio tour has reached over 5,000 school children, 150,000 web visitors, and 1.3 million off highway vehicle users.

The tour is available on CD (contact El Centro Field Office at 760-337-4400  for your free copy), or as a download to your device from our webpage at www.blm.gov/ca/elcentro.

- Joya Szalwinski, BLM El Centro Field Office, 11/17/11

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Last updated: 11-17-2011