BLM announces brown bag lecture schedule for February

ST. GEORGE —Southern Utah’s stunning landscapes and ideal winter temperatures, blended with today’s fast paced lifestyles creates a paradox for many area residents and visitors. Others may experience a touch of irony from simply being unfamiliar with or unable to access remote, rugged back-country areas that seem both enticing yet elusive.

Federal partners have created one of the easiest and most cost efficient solutions to this dilemma with the Brown Bag Lecture Series Each Friday from October to May, natural resource specialists and scientists bring the most interesting aspects of outdoor recreation and resource management to the public’s doorstep.

Hosted at the Interagency Center at 345 East Riverside Drive in St. George, the free lectures provide outstanding information on a diverse range of subjects like recreational aspects of photography, four wheeling and hiking or scientific findings  on issues such as prehistory, geology, biology, and current events.

Sponsored by the Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service, the free weekly lectures are presented at noon and last for one hour. In order to maximize the lunch hour, attendees are welcome to bring their own sack lunch to enjoy while learning from the presentations.  Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series. To reserve a seat obtain tickets in advance either at the Interagency Visitor Center or by calling 435-688-3200. 

February 2012 Brown Bag Schedule

Feb. 3:  Where to Go, What to See.  Known among Southern Utah audiences as one of The Spectrum’s best, seasoned outdoor & travel columnists, writer Brian Passey will share a vast array of compelling photos and stories recapping his many adventures throughout Southern Utah and beyond.

Feb. 10:  Preserving Our Precious Resource; the Night Sky.   Join geologist Marc Deshowitz for an illuminating anthology of fact and fiction regarding light pollution. Deshowitz details many of the realistic and routine steps everyone can to take to help preserve this valuable natural resource.

Feb. 17:  When the Movies Came to Town.  File Commission Member and Dixie State College Professor of Arts Glen Blakely gives an insider’s, behind-the-scenes perspective on movies filmed on location, right here in picturesque Dixie.

Feb. 24:  Discovery in Silver Reef”  Nearly 150 years ago John Kemple discovered a shiny vein of silver running through the stone in an unlikely location in Southern Utah’s dusty desert. Join Kemple’s grandson Jim as he shares his grandfather’s experiences from 1886 as the first miner at Silver Reef, Utah near Leeds.

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