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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Sunday, September 8
A Visit with Bill then hee,hee, hee
Lake Powell National Park Service, Deputy Superintendent, Bill Pierce:

Facts about Glen Canyon National Recreation Area:


2 million visitors a year
Lake has dropped 70 feet this year because of lack of winter snowfall. Expected to fall another 30 feet before January.
The dam was built to create the reservoir for irrigation and flood control—the power was added to help pay for the dam
Grand Canyon meets Glen Canyon at Lees Ferry
There are 90 side canyons off Lake Powell
Most of the canyons are sandstone, Navajo and Chinle . Most is plain white and stained by iron oxide and creates the “red”
Some areas held a lot of clay, it was a different, wetter environment, the vegetation was different.
Dinosaurs roamed this area. ( We have seen dinosaur prints)
There are about 1.25 million acres in the Lake Powell Park ( WOW!), most is back country.
13 % of the park is Lake Powell and receives 90% of usage of the whole park
It has more arches than Arches National Park
More archeological sites than most, more than 1200 buried when the dam was built.
Created to protect the environment and maximize recreational opportunities
80% of the fees charged are used in the park. 20% goes to Washington D.C.
Public Safety – Human waste an issue, floating restrooms and floating pump stations created to lessen impact. Water quality patrols – boats must carry port-a-potties. Big educational programs to stop area beaches from having to close because of human factual count.
Fluctuation of the lake created problems for the concessionaires. Concessionaires like “range leasers”
Complicated management but not insurmountable. Just like a community where there are trash pick up, medical services, fire service, structural maintenance, water treatment, law enforcement and resource patrols are all taken care of by the Park Service within the park.
Back country zones- proposed wilderness still has grazing – wrestling with this issue since the drought. One solution, like in Capital Reef, private entities buy grazing rites and then choose not to graze.
Water resources have the most impact on humans and animals.
Environmental education in the area – small program in the city of Page school system – students help raise endangered species ( fish) in ponds on the golf course the distribute in Little Colorado River.. (cool!). Also trying to work with native plants and re-seeding. Trying for more outreach in environmental issues.
Dilemmas about PWCs (person water crafts). Public process to determine outcome.
Henries last place to be explored in the United States.


Insights gleaned from Bill’s talk:
As country becomes more urban what is the tie to National Parks and its issues to care for them for the future generations? Local usage and visitation of National Parks has dropped 25 % in the last five years. International use has dropped 50%. In the “graying” of America there is less back country use. The urbanization of America, dual careers and cultural changes have created a shift in society values, a shift in “what is useful”.
National Park employees, like Bill, are in it for the long haul – to “maintain natural and cultural resources, to preserve them intact”.



After lunch
I was thinking the other day, we hike and I get use to that and we change. We mountain bike and I get used to that, and we change. We ATV and I get used to that and we change. Now we are on a houseboat for a few days …..how will I get used to that….hee, hee, hee.


We pull away from the noise and odor of the marina to continue our journey on the Colorado River via the houseboat. I felt unsettled in the mist of motor smells and the crowdedness. It looked like a science fiction movie set. I couldn’t understand what people saw to draw them to this area.
A storm followed us coming up through the city of Page and threatening to douse us with buckets of rain. We watched as the gray wall of much needed water poured won upon the parched land behind us. The gentle rocking of the boat and the gray skies made my tired mind and body draw me to my bed on the second level. Before I fell asleep for a short nap I could see the monumental Navajo sandstone nature sculptures drift past my window.
Steve Ward, our captain, later docked our houseboat on a quiet beach at Padre Cove.
The scenery and colors were stunning, still looking like a movie set. I found out later that this area has been used for the filming of famous movies like “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, both “Planet of the Apes” , “Maverick”, “Broken Arrow” and many more. Also commercial and music videos have used this scenery as their back drop.
Before the sunset, Steve, took us for a ride in the motor boat to giant rounded rocks on the other side of the river. There we saw pocket holes of water formed thousands of years ago. We played like kids, running up and down with Jan and Julie jumping in for a swim. As the sunlight faded, its changing intensity painted new scenes on the same formations.

Just some thoughts:

Everyday holds some phenomenal natural feature, each more grand in its own category. There are less visitors to Public Lands now. How can we balance the number of visitors to Public Lands with the development of a love for Public Lands. Coming to Public Lands takes time, money and commitment. How can the generation now growing up be connected enough to be involved in making decisions to keep Public Lands for the people; people with diverse interests and understandings. How can we help them want to “want to”?

How about getting involved and putting YOUR ideas on the discussion board on the main page of this site? I look forward to seeing your input.

Cathy

“So glad its Public Lands or there would be condominiums all over”, Bob Hammond, American Frontiers A Public Lands Journey Group Leader


for Sunday, September 8
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
A new look for the teachers lounge: Cathy K gets suited up to go riding the dual-sport motorcycles.
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Friday, October 18
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Thursday, September 26
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Wednesday, September 25
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Tuesday, September 24
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Tuesday, September 24
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Monday, September 23
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Friday, September 20
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Thursday, September 19
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Wednesday, September 18
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Tuesday, September 17
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Monday, September 16
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Sunday, September 15
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Sunday, September 15
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Friday, September 13
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Wednesday, September 11
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Tuesday, September 10
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Monday, September 9
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Saturday, September 7
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Friday, September 6
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Saturday, August 31
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Friday, August 30
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Beginning the Walk Down
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Tuesday, August 27
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Watch that Step
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Monday, August 26
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Sunday, August 25
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" Listen to All"
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Saturday, August 24
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Trees, more or less?
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Friday, August 23
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Dirt and Treasure and Sharing
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Thursday, August 22
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Be ready to change
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Wednesday, August 21
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Wednesday, August 21
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Another Short Day
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Tuesday, August 20
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A Short Day
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Monday, August 19
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Monday, August 19
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Saturday, August 17
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Friday, August 16
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Thursday, August 15
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Wednesday, August 14
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Tuesday, August 13
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Tuesday, August 13
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Monday, August 12
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Monday, August 12
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Sunday, August 11
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A Different Look At Burned Areas
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Saturday, August 10
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Take a Leap
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Friday, August 9
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Thursday, August 8
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Wednesday, August 7
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Wednesday, August 7
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