February lineup spotlights area hiking, geology, Old West outlaws; Brown Bag Lecture series

ST. GEORGE – Each Friday, the Bureau of Land Management hosts the popular Brown Bag Lecture series, which provides unique opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the benefits of the area’s natural resources and public lands.

Speakers include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, 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 lectures are hosted at the Interagency Information Center, located at 345 East 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. Please obtain tickets in advance from the Interagency Information Center to reserve a seat.

Febuary 2013 Brown Bag schedule

  • Feb. 8 –  “Southern Utah’s Bad Boys”

Join author Leo Schafer for a glimpse back in time and a candid look at some of the more colorful characters from Utah’s Dixie who were less than saintly. Schafer’s tales highlight some of the adventures of these rabble-rousing ruffians who lived freely and were often one step ahead of the law.

  • Feb. 15 –  “A Color Country Sampler”

Locally renowned for his enthusiasm and involvement in many outdoor adventures, Bo Beck will delight the audience with an armchair hike through some of the area’s most spectacular trails.  Beck, author of “Favorite Hikes In and Around Zion National Park,” will share stories, experiences, photographs and observations which are sure to enhance your appreciation for the land we know and love as “Color Country”.

  • Feb. 22 – “The Tectonic History of the Southwest”

Join scientist Marc Deshowitz for a fascinating geological explanation about how the forces within the earth have molded our region’s mountainous areas and formed the unique and spectacular landscape that we call home.

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 upcoming lectures, call the Interagency Visitor Center at 435-688-3200.

Submitted by: The Bureau of Land Management.

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