BLM events: Lecture on OHV use, Grand Canyon-Parashant; artifacts exhibit; solar viewing

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ST. GEORGE — The “Brown Bag Lecture” series continues Friday with National Park Ranger Jason Bulkley discussing off-highway vehicle regulations on the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and the Arizona Strip. The one-hour lecture begins at noon at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, free to the public but reservations are recommended; telephone 435-688-3200.

The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is located in northwestern Arizona and jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. It is a great place to explore the vast and scenic landscapes that exemplify the independence and solitude that the American West holds, National Parks Superintendent Rosie Pepito was quoted in saying in a recent Park Service press release.

“I would like to personally invite anyone that is interested in this amazing backdrop to come visit the Parashant during National Park Week,” Pepito said.

The public is invited to explore the monument through a rugged and remote 4-wheel drive self-guided experience, according to the service’s press release. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Interagency Information Center in St. George for information on road conditions, a map of the monument, and safety guidelines.

National Park Week and the Interagency Information Center

National Park Week is April 18–26.

The Interagency Information Center has an exhibit of historical artifacts spanning 1,500 years relating to the Arizona Strip District of lands managed by the BLM on display and is holding a special solar viewing with telescope available to the public on April 21 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

About the Brown Bag Lecture series

The “Brown Bag Lectures” are hosted every Friday by the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Forest Service. The lectures provide 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 others who delve more deeply into subjects tied to the Arizona Strip and surrounding public lands.

The lectures bring the resources and public lands issues to the community’s doorstep, benefiting those who want to learn more about the region’s remote and rugged landscapes, cultures and people.

The lectures begin at noon and last one hour. They are held at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George. 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.

Brown Bag Lecture schedule for April

  • April 10 – Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Ranger Jason Bulkley will discuss off-highway vehicle regulations on the Monument and the Arizona Strip
  • April 17 – Mike Small, retired BLM Arizona Strip District wildlife biologist, will speak about the initial and forthcoming California condor releases held each September on the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
    • As of June 30, 2014, there were 71 condors in the wild in the rugged canyonlands of northern Arizona and Southern Utah; the world’s total population of endangered California condors numbers 439, with more than half of them in the wild in Arizona, Utah, California and Mexico
  • April 24 – Meet the board of directors for the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association and learn more from the board about this nonprofit organization’s mission to garner greater understanding of the Arizona Strip and Southern Utah’s history and natural resources

Bureau of Land Management purpose statement

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 subsurface 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 its mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Event details

  • What: Brown Bag Lecture Series
  • When: April 10, at noon
  • Where: Interagency Information Center, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George
  • Tickets: Free; reservation recommended | Visit the Interagency Information Center or telephone 435-688-3200

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