Grand Canyon National Park Announces Speakers for 2012 "Conversations on the Edge" Community Lecture Series
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park's Division of Science and Resource Management will once again be presenting monthly community lectures in Flagstaff, Arizona in collaboration with the Grand Canyon Association and Northern Arizona University's Cline Library. The Ranger Lecture Series, Conversations on the Edge, features park resource specialists speaking about the National Park Service's scientific work monitoring, managing and preserving Grand Canyon's natural and cultural resources.
According to Grand Canyon Association Executive Director Susan Schroeder, "Grand Canyon Association has been presenting Canyon Country Community Lectures since 2004. We added the Ranger Lecture Series in 2009 to offer a way for people in northern Arizona to connect directly with park researchers about science and resource management at the Grand Canyon."
The 2012 Conversations on the Edge lectures will take place the first Thursday of each month, February through May, and will include the following four lectures:
February 2: Science and Resource Management Deputy Chief Jan Balsom and Tribal Program Manager Janet Cohen present "Bridging the Gap: Finding the Intersection between Park Management and Tribal Values." Park managers will share their experiences working with the park's traditionally associated tribes to maintain lasting relationships that recognize the significance of Grand Canyon in tribal histories, on-going culture and daily lives.
March 1: Physical Sciences Program Manager Deanna Greco presents "It's Not Just Scenery: The Physical Sciences of Grand Canyon." While some may think that landscape features are merely unchanging scenery, they are dynamic resources that require preservation and management. Greco will give a brief history of physical science management at Grand Canyon, and share some of the program's new directions and emphasis areas.
April 5:Resource Planner and Wilderness Coordinator Linda Jalbert presents "Keep It Wild: Managing Wilderness in Grand Canyon National Park." More than 93% of Grand Canyon National Park's area qualifies for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System and must be managed in the same manner as congressionally designated wilderness. Jalbert will explore the challenges and benefits of managing Grand Canyon wilderness.
May 3: Watershed Stewardship Program Manager Todd Chaudhry presents "Thinking Big and Starting Small: Watershed Stewardship in Grand Canyon National Park." Grand Canyon's Watershed Stewardship Program was established in late 2010. One of the program's first emphasis areas is a pilot stewardship project at Granite Camp and Monument Creek.
All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Cline Library, located at the intersection of Knoles Drive and McCreary Road on the Northern Arizona University campus. Parking is available to the west of the library (Lot P13 on Riordan Road).
"We are very pleased to be working with the Grand Canyon Association and Cline Library on a lecture series that provides an invaluable opportunity for park Science and Resource Management staff to share information with the Flagstaff community about some of the issues affecting Grand Canyon National Park," stated park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.
For additional information on the 2011 Ranger Lecture Series, Conversations on the Edge, please contact Allyson Mathis, Grand Canyon National Park Science and Education Outreach Coordinator at 928-638-7923 or Beth Hickey, Grand Canyon Association Membership Program Manager at 928-638-7022.
Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.