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Arizona Strip District Office
Release Date: 10/03/12
Contacts: Rachel Tueller, Public Affairs Officer - 435-688-3303    

Agencies Launch 2012-2013 Season's Noontime Brown Bag Lecture Series

St. George, Utah—On October 19, 2012 the Bureau of Land Management and its’ partners will recommence the popular Brown Bag Lecture series. The lectures provide unique opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the benefits of the area’s natural resources and public lands. Speakers including geologists, range specialists, biologists, archeologists, rangers and other specialists who will 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 noontime lecture series are hosted at the Interagency Information Center, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah. Programs begin at noon and last for one hour. Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series. Obtain tickets in advance from the Interagency Information Center to reserve a seat.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. For more information about the upcoming lectures call the Interagency Visitor Center at 435-688-3200.

October/Early November 2012 Brown Bag Schedule

October 19: “Bats of Utah” Learn from scientist John Taylor of Southern Utah University about eighteen species of these sophisticated and misunderstood residents of Utah, sixteen of which call Washington County home. Taylor will showcase a wide array of engaging, close-up photos of these insect-eaters, while addressing some of the most intriguing aspects of their behavior.  
October 26: “An Afternoon on the Arizona Strip Get ready for the upcoming November 7, 2012 program, “An Evening on the Arizona Strip,” with this lecture featuring the program’s star; entertainer Stan Bronson. The November 7 evening program will be held at Staheli Farms and hosted by the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (D/ASIA) will showcase the singer, songwriter, and local historian’s talents. Among his accomplishments as an entertainer, Bronson has produced ten musical albums (including one that merited a Grammy nomination). Stan also serves as Executive Director of The Native American Peoples Historical Foundation.

November 2: “Human Trafficking on the Old Spanish Trail”   Historians say the greatest lessons history can teach us is to learn from our past. The first lecture celebrating Native American Heritage Month will feature educator Sondra Jones who will reflect on a darker time from the history of the Southwest. Attendees will learn more about an unfortunate time when human merchandise was one of the most profitable commodities transported and traded on the Old Spanish Trail. The trade at that time was lucrative for Spanish and Indian traders, resulted in intertwined cultures, lured non-Indian traders into Indian lands, and incited violence. It was born out of poverty and greed, and was exploited by Indian and non-Indian merchants alike. Jone’s purpose in recounting these tales is to teach strong lessons from the dark chapters of history and provide poignant reminders of the need to respect human rights.

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.

Arizona Strip District Office   345 East Riverside Drive      St. George, UT 84790  

Last updated: 10-03-2012