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Release Date: 08/04/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM High Desert District Participates in
Oregon-California Trails Association National Convention

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) field offices will participate in the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) National Convention from Aug. 8 – 12 at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) in Rock Springs, Wyo.

On Aug. 8, Rawlins Field Office (RFO) Archaeologists James MacNaughton and Martha Hemphill will lead a tour of the Cherokee Trail. Hemphill will also discuss the petroglyphs and wikiups prevalent in the Powder Wash area.

On Aug. 9, BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson will provide opening remarks. Additionally, Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) Outdoor Recreation Planner Jo Foster will lead a tour of the Oregon-California, Mormon-Pioneer and Pony Express trails and the Sublette Cutoff. Foster will also take part in OCTA’s Western History Day at Expedition Island in Green River, Wyo., on Aug. 13.

On Aug. 10, RSFO Archaeologist Jaci Wells will present the Hiawatha Programmatic Agreement process as it relates to the Cherokee Trail, RFO Archaeologist Patrick Walker will discuss the historic trails in the Atlantic Rim natural gas project and Pinedale Field Office Archaeologist Dave Crowley will present his research on a previously forgotten branch of the Lander Road.

On Aug. 11, Kemmerer Field Office Archaeologist Lynn Harrell will lead the Fort Bridger bus tour of Expedition Island, the historic town of Bryan, Wyo., the Granger Stage Station and Church Buttes on the Overland, Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails.

On Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m., the RSFO, in conjunction with Sweetwater County School District No. 1, will host OCTA at a dedication ceremony for the Overland Trail interpretive signs installed at Sage Elementary School at 903 Summit Dr., Rock Springs. The public is invited to attend.

HDD cultural staff will be available throughout the convention to answer questions and provide materials about the BLM’s work along the historic trails on public land.

Members of the public may attend any part of the convention for a fee. Participants are encouraged to make advance tour reservations since space is limited. For more information on the OCTA National Convention and its agenda, please visit

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.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 08-08-2011