Brown Bag Lecture Series begins Oct. 21, 2011


ST. GEORGE – The Bureau of Land Management will recommence its long-running and popular Brown Bag Lecture series on Fridays beginning Oct. 21, 2011, and continuing through March 2012.

The noontime lecture series is hosted at the Interagency Information Center, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George. Programs begin at noon and last for one hour. Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series. Obtain seat reservation tickets in advance by telephoning 435-688-3200.

“This event has been hosted at the Interagency Visitor’s [Information] Center for years,” said Ken Welton, Brown Bag Lecture Series Facilitator and BLM Volunteer.

For those who may be new to the region or wish to delve more deeply into subjects tied to public lands and the Arizona Strip, the lecture series is an excellent educational resource.

“The series covers a diverse range of subjects including prehistory, geology, biology, and current events. It’s also a great opportunity to bring the resource issues and interpretive interests regarding public lands to the community’s doorstep,” said Welton.

The Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, BLM, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service sponsor the lecture series.

Fall 2011 Brown Bag Schedule

Oct. 21: Join Eric Fleming, Manager of the Wells Fargo Museum, for his lecture on “Silver Reef and the Wells Fargo Museum.” The lecture includes an entertaining visual tour of the museum and associated historic locations. Silver Reef represents a unique blend of geology and history easily accessible on your way to Dixie National Forest and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.

Oct. 28: “Bringing Power to Your Home.” René Fleming, Conservation Coordinator for the City of St. George, will provide an overview of how power is transmitted into our county and to your home. Information on the various power resources and efficiency programs will be illuminated.

Nov. 4: Join Paul T. Tueller, Ph.d. for, “Global Warming Views of a Vegetation Scientist & Skeptic.”  Gain the insights that Tueller has amassed over decades of research of natural plant communities and through review of scientific literature on global warming. One of Tueller’s theses is that it is not really clear exactly what factors are working to allow or cause fluctuations in earth’s temperature, but that one often cited cause (carbon dioxide) is baseless. Tueller is a retired professor, with 41 years of research and teaching at the University of Nevada Reno’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

Nov. 11: “The History, Mission, Vision, and Values of the Back Country Horsemen.”  Freddy Dunn and Craig Allen share adventures of the Back Country Horsemen and the significant volunteer projects the group accomplishes to enhance public enjoyment of federal lands, including Dixie National Forest.

Nov. 18: Enjoy a fresh, entertaining, and revealing review of, “Southern Utah History” with Dr. Leo Lyman, author and historian. Lyman’s presentation will challenge attendees to rethink predominant information and histories of the region.

Nov. 25: No Program; Thanksgiving Break

Topics on subsequent lectures will be published separately as received by St. George News.

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