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Release Date: 02/07/14
Contacts: Contact: Rachel Tueller, Public Affairs Officer    
  Phone: 435-688-3303 or E-mail:    

Spring 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series

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 lectures, which begin at noon and last one hour, are 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. Once tickets are reserved, seating is first come, first served among ticket holders.

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. The February 21, 2014 lecture will be announced at a later date.

Feb 21-- Characters of the Beaver Dam Slope Researcher Milt Hokanson will share the new oral history program being developed by BLM & SUNCLF. Beaver Dam Wash is our little piece of the Mojave Desert, a world away from the red cliffs of St. George. While most widely known for peaceful vistas and Joshua Tree forests, it also has a rich and varied history of ranching. Hokanson will share the best photos, videos and oral histories he has compiled of the cowboys out on the slope.

March 7-  Exploring Wilderness Join Ashley Gilreath, Land Outreach Coordinator for Southwest Utah's National Conservation Land Friends (SUNCLF), on a photo-journey of some of the most remarkable Wilderness Areas in southern Utah!  In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, learn more about this enduring piece of legislation. Remarkable in its own right, the Act has undergone no major revisions since its inception.  Gilreath will share how the Wilderness Act was born and recap some of the early days of its implementation.  

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.

Last updated: 01-06-2015