Each Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and its’ partners host 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, 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 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.
January 2013 Brown Bag Schedule
January 4: "What’s Bugging You?" Enjoy Entomologist Bill Hoy for an eclectic overview of some of the creatures that compose 80 percent of Earth’s living species. At any given time, Hoy estimates there are some 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual living insects on earth. Join Hoy as he leads us through some fascinating, hair-raising, skin-crawling information on bugs & their essential role in our ecosystem.
January 11: “Antonio Armijo” Join Historian Leo Lyman as he recounts the travels of this 1829 Spanish explorer who at the young age of 25, led sixty men and a string of one hundred mules across 1,200 mile of little-unknown desert and mountains between Santa Fe and Southern California.
January 18: “Southern Parkway Project Paleontology” Surveys along the proposed route for the Southern Parkway have revealed discovery of several highly significant fossil localities. Dinosaur Discovery Center Curator Andrew Milner will describe two significant sites located within the Lower Jurassic Kayenta Formation (195-193 million years old); one which records uniquely, well-preserved plants, and the other contains nearly 600 dinosaur tracks.
January 25: No program. Please join the 10th Annual St. George Winter Bird Festival, January 24 – 26.
The BLM manages more land – 245 million acres -- than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.