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Team: South
Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Southern Team Starts Trek
Mexican Border, New Mexico.

The team will start the trek by hiking one mile to the Mexican border, then hiking back and traveling in a four-wheel drive truck to Massacre Peak, where they will camp in an undeveloped backcountry site. In the following 60 days, the team will tavel 1582 miles on public lands, by four-wheel drive, ATV, mountain bike, horse, motorcycles, raft, houseboat, motorboat, and on foot to their final destination at This is the Place State Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Team: South
Friday, August 2, 2002
Cook-Out and History Program
Location: Lake Valley, at BLM-managed historic Lake Valley School House

Program on Historic Mining and Cook-out

Host: Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office
Contact: Jim Talent 505-525-4400
  Lake Valley Scenic Byway--
  Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office--
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Team: South
Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Wilderness Roundtable Discussion
Location: Silver City
Wilderness Roundtable Discussion

In the early years of the 20th century, Aldo Leopold worked as a Forest Ranger in the mountains of what is now the Gila National Forest. He recognized the need to manage natural areas as complete ecosystems, and his writings on the subject influenced Congress to set aside certain undeveloped areas as wilderness. Today, we face many difficulties in managing our wild areas. As populations increase, these areas face pressure from mounting recreation and natural resource needs, as well as unique difficulties, such as reintroducting predators.

Host: PLIA
Contact: Stephen Maurer, 505-345-9498
  Gila Wilderness--
  American Frontiers Wilderness Exhibit--
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Team: South
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Wolf-Reintroduction Program
Location: Alpine Ranger Station

Nature Conservancy program on wolf re-Introduction.

The last decade has seen a push to reintroduce predators to balance our wilderness ecosystems. But these predators, including wolves and grizzly bears, face opposition from many people who live in these areas, who fear attacks on pets and livestock. How can we meet the needs of humans while restoring our natural world to health?

Host: Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service/ Gila National Forest, US Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Game & Fish
  Luna Lake Campground--
  The Nature Conservancy--
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Team: South
Saturday, August 17, 2002
Tour of Wildfire Site
Tour of Rodeo/Chediski Fire.

This devastating wildfire burnt over 400,000 acres on Apache tribal lands, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, and on private lands bordering these areas. The fire consumed not only thousands of acres of forest, desert, and rangeland but also destroyed hundreds of houses. Destructive fires like this force us to examine how we can better prevent and control fires like this in the future.


Host: USDA Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Contact: Supervisor's Office (928) 333-4301
  Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest--
  Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area--
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Team: South
Monday, August 19, 2002
Living History Program: The Battle of Big Dry Wash
General Springs, Coconino National Forest


Host: Forest Service employee and local resident Jim Beard

Contact: Valerie Guardia 505-842-3151
Dennis Lund – 928-779-1450
  Coconino National Forest--
  General Crook National Recreation Trail--
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Team: South
Friday, August 23, 2002
Tour of Elden Pueblo
Location: Elden Pueblo

Tour and discussion of pre-Columbian cultures in the Southwest.
Who were these people? By carefully preserving their artifacts, including a great network of houses, villages, and roads, we can begin to understand the lives of the Anasazi, the Mogollon, the Salado, Sinagua, and Hohokam cultures.


Host: USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest
USFS local: Jim Beard

Contact: Valerie Guardia, Regional Office 505-842-3151
Dennis Lund – 928-779-1450
  Elden Pueblo--
  Coconino National Forest--
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Team: South
Saturday, August 24, 2002
Presentation on Fire and Fire Restoration
Flagstaff, AZ

Topic: Fire/Forest Restoration

How do fires contribute to forest health, and how can we manage or assist these important natural processes?

Host: Northern Arizona University, National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), USDA Forest Service
  National Interagency Fire Center--
  Kaibab National Forest--
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Team: South
Sunday, August 25, 2002
Tours of Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon National Monuments
Tours of Walnut Canyon National Monument and Sunset Crater National Monument.

Walnut Canyon is famous for its archeological treasures, including cliff dwellings, rock art, and artifacts dating from about 1100 to 1250 AD. Sunset Crater Volcano had just erupted when people moved to Walnut Canyon, and these prehistoric people undoubtebly witnessed the awesome event.

Host: National Park Service
Contact: Kim Watson: 928-526-1157x228
  Walnut Canyon National Monument--
  Sunset Crater National Monument--
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Team: South
Monday, August 26, 2002
Living in the West presentation & barbecue.
Location: C O Bar Ranch

The CO Bar ranch, operated by the Babbitt family, is a prime example of a working ranch managed in harmony with the land.

Host: C O Bar Ranch
Contact: Dennis Lund – 928-779-1450
  CO Bar Ranch --
  American Frontiers Exhibit on Cattle Ranching in the West--
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Team: South
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
GPS Skills Testing
The CO Bar Ranch contains "checkerboard land," where equal-sized areas of public and private land form a checkerboard pattern. The trekkers will navigate through the ranch only on the Arizona state trust lands, using handheld GPS devices.
  CO Bar Ranch--
  Arizona State Trust Lands--
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Team: South
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Interpretive Programs at Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

1) School Program
2) Program on Park Issues and Park Tour

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the world's most treasured natural areas. But the millions of annual visitors take their toll on the natural world. How can recreation and conservation be balanced so as to preserve our natural heritage?
  Grand Canyon National Park--
   Grand Canyon Natural History Association--
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Team: South
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Arizona Trail
Team South will travel the Arizona Trail, which stretches from Utah to Mexico. They will travel with representatives from the Kaibab National Forest, the Park Service, and the Arizona Trail Association.

When they reach Hull Cabin, their destination for that night,they will enjoy a program on the historic cabin and the significance of Native American culture in the area.
  Arizona Trail Association--
  Arizona Trail recreation info with area map--
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Team: South
Saturday, August 31, 2002
Grand Canyon National Park
Campfire talk by Hatch River Expeditions about the Colorado River.
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Team: South
Sunday, September 1, 2002
Campfire Program at Phantom Ranch
Campfire talk by National Park Service staff about history of Pahntom Ranch, recreation and other issues.

When John W. Powell first navigated the Colorado, it was terra incongnita. Today, not only is every mile eagerly enjoyed by rafters and anglers, but every drop is carefully accounted for by the Bureau of Reclamation and the seven southwestern states which depend on this life-giving river. What will happen to the Colorado as pressure mounts from environmentalists, recreationists, and water-hungry Southwestern cities?
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Team: South
Tuesday, September 3, 2002
Post-fire forest ecology, tour of historic ranger cabin
Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest

1.Presentation on post-fire forest ecology on the North Rim.
2. Tour of historic ranger cabin at Jacob Lake

Host: USGS, Kaibab NF
American Frontiers exhibit on US Geological Survey
  Grand Canyon National Park--
  Kaibab National Forest--
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Team: South
Wednesday, September 4, 2002
Presentation on Condor Reintroduction
Team South meets representatives of agencies and organizations who played and continue to play an important part in reintroducing condors to northern Arizona. The day begins with a roundtable discussion at Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center in Jacob Lake at 10 am, followed by a visit to the Peregrine Fund's observation ramada in House Rock Valley.

The Vermilion Cliffs were chosen to be the first site outside of California for the reintroduction of condors into the wild. The condor populations in California are beginning to stablize, but to ensure a healthy gene pool, biologists decided to split the flocks. The birds were carefully divided so as to create the most genetic diversity possible, and the chosen few were released into this site, chosen for its remote location, its terrain, and its vegetation. Condors have marked preferences for roosting, flying, and nesting, and although there is no historic record of condors living in the Vermilion Cliffs, the released birds seem to be doing fine. Biologists and other condor lovers are eagerly awaiting the first chick hatched into the wild here; the first wild chick hatched in California just 5 months ago.

Host: Kaibab NF, BLM, Peregrine Fund, PLIA
  American Frontiers exhibit on Condor Reintroduction--
  Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness--
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Team: South
Thursday, September 5, 2002
Hike into the Wave, in the Coyote Buttes Area
View
Jake hikes through a mind-blowing and jaw dropping sandstone formation

Jake hikes through a mind-blowing and jaw dropping sandstone formation
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

View
Jan scopes out dinosaur tracks in the Wave area of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Jan scopes out dinosaur tracks in the Wave area of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Courtesy Jan Nesset

House Rock Valley/The Wave area

Hike into the Wave; a fabulously beautiful white Navajo Sandstone formation in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.

Host: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip Office
  Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness--
  Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip Field Office--
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Team: South
Friday, September 6, 2002
Colorado River Management Plan
1) Location: Hatch River Expedition Headquarters, Marble Canyon
Theme: Colorado River Management Plan: the view from the commercial outfitters side

Host: Hatch River Expeditions

2) Location: Lees Ferry
Tour of Lees Ferry, Lonely Dell
Host: National Park Service

3) Location: Glen Canyon Dam
Theme: Media event
Host: Bureau of Reclamation;
  Glen Canyon National Recreation Area--
  Lees Ferry--
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Team: South
Saturday, September 7, 2002
Paria Canyon overlook, Lake Powell
1) Tour of Paria Canyon Area

Host: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip Office
Contact: Becky Hammond 435-688-3323;

2) Program on recreational uses of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area & tour of Wahweap Marina area/Lone Rock area

Host: National Park Service
  Glen Canyon National Recreation Area--
  Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness--
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Team: South
Sunday, September 8, 2002
Up and Around Lake Powell
Team South will be briefed today by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Deputy Superintendent Bill Pierce about management issues.

Host: National Park Service
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Team: South
Monday, September 9, 2002
Native American Issues at Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Presentation by Pauline Wilson on Native American Issues.

Rainbow Bridge is considered an extremely sacred place to the Dine (Navajo) and other neighboring native tribes. How does the Park Service meet everyone's needs when they manage a sacred site which is also a popular recreation area?

Host: National Park Service
  Rainbow Bridge National Monument, with area recreation maps--
  Rainbow Bridge National Monument, NPS site--
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Team: South
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
USGS Presentations
On Lake Powell. What are the impacts of our daily lives on the fish who share our lands? How have pollutants, dams, and development changed aquatic habitats, and what are we doing to mitigate it?

USGS Aquatic Ecologist Mark Anderson will brief Team South on resource management issues at Lake Powell, followed by USGS Fisheries Biologist Gordon Mueller who will present a historical perspective on the endemic fish species of Colorado River drainage.

USGS Biological Reserves scientists are conducting studies on the effects of trace elements in irrigation drainage water on the survival, growth, and behavior of endangered fish in the Green River Basin. Studies of pike minnow, bonytail chub, and razorback sucker are providing important information to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of recovery efforts for these species.

Hosted by USGS
American Frontiers exhibit on US Geological Survey
  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources / Fishing--
  Glen Canyon National Recreation Area--
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Team: South
Thursday, September 12, 2002
Tours of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Area
Programs and tours of the Hole in the Rock area in the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument

Host: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip Office
Contact: Brian Bellow 435-826-5626
  Grand-Staircase-Escalante National Monument with area recreation maps--
  Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, BLM site--
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Team: South
Friday, September 13, 2002
School programs at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Invasive plant species, including noxious weeds, are plants which are not native to an ecosystem but which have taken over that ecosystem and are endangering native species. This is an urgent and potentially disastrous problem throughout the public lands of the West, where invasive plants are destroying riparian areas, aggravating fire hazards, killing off native species, and even poisoning the soil. What can we do to combat this widespread and urgent problem?

Host: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip Office, USGS
American Frontiers exhibit on US Geological Survey
  Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument--
  BLM Noxious Weed Website--
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Team: South
Thursday, September 19, 2002
The Paiute ATV Trail Roundtable
Richfield, Utah

Roundtable discossion about the Paiute ATV TRail, a on public-state-private partnership, and how it has affected ATV use and tourism in central Utah. Tour of the Paiute ATV trail during the Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree.

Hosts: Fishlake NF, BLM
  American Frontiers Exhibit on ATV use in the Fishlake National Forest--
  Paiute ATV Trail--
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Team: South
Monday, September 23, 2002
Prehistory of Utah
Tours of Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, Manti LaSal Mammoth Site, Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum

Hosts: Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, City of Price, USDA Forest Service
  Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry--
  Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office--
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Team: South
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Fishing in Strawberry Reservoir
The Trekkers take a day off & try their luck fishing in this 17,200-acre reservoir stocked with rainbow & cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon.

Interpretive programs include Fire Management, the Strawberry Valley Restoration Project, and Winter Recreation


Host: USDA Forest Service, Uinta National Forest
  Strawberry Reservoir campground & area recreation map--
  Uinta National Forest--
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Team: South
Thursday, September 26, 2002
Tour of Johnson Battalion Historical Site
Location: Johnson Battalion Historical Site

Host: USDA Forest Service
Contact: Dennis Lund – 928-779-1450
  Mill Hollow Campground & area recreation map--
  Uinta National Forest--
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Team: South
Friday, September 27, 2002
Team Joining Ceremony & Reception
Pine Valley Campground, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Team Joining Ceremony Barbecue/Reception celebration of ending of Trek w/dignitaries. By invitation only

Host: PLIA, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Contact: Stephen Maurer, 505-345-9498
  Pine Valley Campground with area recreation map--
  Wasatch Cache National Forest--
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Team: South
Saturday, September 28, 2002
National Public Lands Day Celebration
This Is The Place Heritage Park, Salt Lake City
National Public Lands Day

Large public event to celebrate National Public Lands Day and the conclusion of American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey. Re-enactment of team joining ceremony, Smokey hot air balloon, exhibits, entertainment, dignitaries.

Host: PLIA
Contact: Stephen Maurer 505-345-9498
  This is the Place State Park with area recreation map--
  National Public Lands Day--


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