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BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
 
Release Date: 12/02/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Podcast of Dinosaur Tracksite Now Available


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office announces that a podcast featuring one of the premier dinosaur tracksites in the world is now available for online viewing. 

 

Family searches for tracks.
A family searches for tracks at the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite.

Steve Dondero is interviewed for the podcast. 
BLM Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Manager Steve Dondero is interviewed about the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite for the podcast.

 

The Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite (RGDT), located approximately 10 miles east of Greybull and four miles west of Shell, is the largest tracksite in Wyoming and one of the most extensively and intensively studied dinosaur tracksites in the world.

The podcast showcases the unique Middle Jurassic (164 million to 174 million years ago) paleontological resources preserved at this site, which provide information about a population of meat-eating dinosaurs walking on an ancient tidal flat 167 million years ago. The podcast also highlights some of the state-of-the-art photogrammetric work done on dinosaur footprints in northern Wyoming.

BLM Regional Paleontologist Brent Breithaupt is extremely happy with the results of the podcast. "The Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite exemplifies Wyoming’s tremendously rich fossil heritage and provides a unique opportunity for the public to experience one of the world’s unique dinosaur tracksites," said Breithaupt.

BLM Worland Field Manager Becky Good hopes the podcast will encourage people to visit this national treasure in person. "The podcast is a wonderful introduction to the significant paleontological resources found on public lands right here in our own backyard," said Good.

The tracks were first reported in 1997 by Greybull native Erik Kvale. The tracksite was then developed for public visitation and officially dedicated by the BLM in 2002. The RGDT continues to provide important information about the dinosaurs and paleogeography of western North America during the Middle Jurassic Period.

Beginning with the RGDT project in 1998, BLM scientists have pioneered photogrammetric techniques currently used around the world that allow tracks and other fossils to be digitally documented for research and curation.

The podcast can be viewed on YouTube (search for Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite) or from the RGDT website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Worland/Tracksite.html. For more information, please contact the Worland Field Office at 307-347-5100.



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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 12-02-2013