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Canyonlands Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service in southeast Utah.

Photo: Peggy assisting visitors at the Moab Information Center
June 26, 2013
Public Invited to Visit New Moab Dinosaur Track Site

Moab, Utah—Interested members of the public are invited to join the BLM-Utah Canyon Country District paleontologist for a tour of the new dinosaur track site in the Mill Canyon area on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Paleontologists and volunteers will be onsite excavating the track surface, and BLM paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster will lead short, interpretive hikes at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.  During these walks, participants will learn how paleontologists differentiate between tracks and the dinosaurs that made them, as well as the importance of protecting track sites like the one in Mill Canyon.  Please join the BLM for this unique, educational opportunity. 

Those interested in joining Dr. Hunt-Foster on one of the hikes, should plan to be at the site a few minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin.  From Moab, take Highway 191 north for 15 miles to Mill Canyon Rd.  Turn left onto Mill Canyon Rd. and travel approximately one mile to the “Y” intersection of Mill Canyon Rd. and Cotter Mine Rd.  Turn left onto Cotter Mine Rd. and continue for another ½ mile to a second parking area.

Participants are reminded that summer temperatures in the Moab area can be extreme and should plan accordingly and bring their own water and sunscreen.  Although the hikes are relatively short, walking in the sun and heat may not be enjoyable or advisable for everyone. Although the hikes are very short in duration and distance, participants should be aware of their own skill level and health, and proceed accordingly.

For more information please contact the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at (435)259-2100. 

 

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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred.  In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs. 


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