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Team: North
Michael Murphy
Monday, September 16
Canoe

Dear America:
Field Report, Day 48

Just when we were getting used to not having walk arounds, we get a very steep ridge to climb. At the top of the ridge without a trail we met Mike Brown and John Henderson form the Bureau of Land Management. They drove us down the spine of Deadline Ridge and onto BLM land. We stopped to add Martin Hudson to the caravan and he discussed recreation and the wilderness study area we drove by. Much of the general area is leased to oil companies, who have wells sunk into a very large pool of natural gas. The well sites are painted the same light brown color of the surrounding desert.

They also talked about 23 feeding grounds set aside for the migrating elk. Since part of the upper Green River Basin has gas wells and the requisite roads associated with wells, the migration patterns have been disrupted. The feeding grounds help mitigate the problem.

Mike Brown, during dinner, told great stories about the people who traveled on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. Those three trails are the same in the Green River area. They split off farther west. He talked about the three major zones of crime and punishment associated with the trails. Each zone was within 50 miles of Sacramento, CA, St. Joseph, MO, and Green River, WY. Sacramento because it ended the California Trail and was close to the gold fields. St. Joseph because it was the starting point and Green River since the trails split near there. Disputes tended to happen at the beginning, middle and end of the trails.

I like paddling a canoe. You can view a lot from your seat. As you paddle calm water you can concentrate on the scenery and not the work. The BLM guys drove us to the Green River where we met Chris Pipkin, Grand Junction, CO, BLM, who will be our river guide for the next seven days. I shared a canoe with Chris; you get more information when you hang out with the leader (teacher).

QUESTION: What is a scaler?


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