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Release Date: 09/21/11
Contacts: Larry "E" Crutchfield , 435-691-4310  

Third New Dinosaur Found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Unveiled

(Kanab, UT) - The public saw the unveiling of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s newest dinosaur, Talos Sampsoni and enjoyed a community picnic celebrating 15 years of the Monument’s “Learning from the Land,” Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Kanab’s Jacob Hamblin Park.

The type of raptor, a dinosaur is the sixth entirely new species of dinosaur discovered on the 1.9 million acre Monument. Two new marine reptiles have also found since the Monument was created September 18, 1996.

The event began with a brief unveiling ceremony followed by a picnic lunch. Several of the Monument’s traveling dinosaur exhibits including the “super crocodile” were on display; and dinosaur-themed children’s activities took place.

Carl Rountree, director of the Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System; Jeff Rawson, acting BLM Utah state director and Rene Berkhoudt, Monument manager were on hand greeting those attending.

The event was co-sponsored by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, the Monument’s Friend’s group; and Glen Canyon Natural History Association.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-21-2011