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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Monday, August 26
Passion and Information
2002 Passion and Information

The golden sunlight of dawn kissed the black silhouette of the forest. We were riding toward the Grand Canyon in time to see sunrise on the magnificent natural phenomenon that seven of us had never seen before. Steven had driven us the night before to a spot in the Kaibab National Forest, undetermined until we arrived there. This was part of the forest that is not the regular campsite area, just a spot in the wilderness. We each had our sleeping bags, nothing more and were going to sleep out under the stars. We quickly nestled in and each of us stared at the magnificent star-show above us, more stars that most of us had ever seen.
This is what I have come to know as my favorite way to camp. No electricity, no city lights, nothing but nature all around. I wondered if the elk and deer we had seen on the drive in would come to visit. As I lay on the ground looking up, I felt an incredible sense of peace come over me. Seeing the stars, hearing the crickets, knowing all is well in this moment in time. We drifted quickly to sleep with the forest as our keeper. This is the kind of healing moment I know that this type of experience on Public Lands can offer anyone coming to visit that allows it to occur.
It would have been dark when we gathered our belonging if the moon had not been shining, lighting the opening in the forest where we had spent the night. It was a poetic moment to beginning the ride to the Grand Canyon
Words are too tiny and pictures too small to give a description of the grandeur of the Canyon. The fascinating color changes as the sun rises, the impossible understanding of elevation and space. It is a tapestry we longed to reach out and touch that took millions of years to create and is unfathomable in spectrum of colors, shapes and sizes. So many wonders were right before our eyes. It is only our first experience, with so much more to come. What more can they hold in a place filled with awe and mystery for those who come to discover?

We arrived back at the C O Bar Ranch campsite shortly after 9 a.m. We were in for a treat of information shared with passion and succinctness on making a living on public lands. The emphasis was on how the Coconino Plateau Natural Reserve Lands, formerly called the Babbit Ranch, work together with the agencies for long term regional planning.
Gene Waldrum who has been with the Forest Service for 27 years complimented the Babbit Ranch for having great insight into managing lands. There is always Conflict, Controversy and Collaboration because people have interest in public lands and expect a lot. Of course everyone's desire cannot be met; the Forest Service does what it can. He explained how a lot has been done on a large scale, that this has been a model in collaboration of many people and relationships. Even with disagreements it has lead to progress because of respect for one another.
Kim Watson from the Park Service of 28 years favorite working environment is interpretation and education. The number of answers for problems are usually as diverse as the number of people involved. Discussions have gone on throughout history of needs and wants of the people involved. Sometimes regulations interfere with issues important to a group of people, such as the Hopi being able to collect eagle feathers for ceremonies now is tied up in court in Washington. What does preservation mean? There are many different views. What about archeological sites? If there were no regulations would that mean that people couldn't work together in a sense of obligation and responsibility? There are no easy or quick answers. It makes for a spirited discussions and process. The goal "protects lands and service people."
There are many eyes looking at the same thing. There are no longer any real natural areas; everything has been manipulated in some way. What so we want for the future?
Roles of public agencies have changed, public expectation has changed.



We had an interesting but short conversation with a gentleman who runs cattle on some private property next to the acreage of public lands we were trying to cross. When I asked him about his views of public lands he was very emphatic about cattle needing to be grazed on public lands to keep it healthy, that in his view cattle were the only way to keep the grass at the correct level. He explained that it takes 80 acres a year to feed one cow and in his words the best protein on earth. It was definitely one point of view held by some people in the long list of interests in public land uses.

for Monday, August 26
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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
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