Ballot Box Discovery
1st Trip: On 11/11/2000, Evan Anderson led Derek Wolfe and Shawn Kramer to the Bucking Horse Canyon area in the Half Mile Hall Section, where they discovered the Ballot Box area.
Trip Report: The KP Pit is the only way that I know to get into Bucking Horse Canyon and it is over 100-feet deep and exposed at the top. Surveying into a nearby virgin walking passage, we named several new areas, including the Campaign Trail, Battle of the Bulge, and Split Vote. We also named a 20 x 40-foot room the Ballot Box and a large balcony, the Gore Hole. All the names were in reference to the on-going
2nd Trip: On 1/13/2001, Evan Anderson led Steph Haderlie, Pat Roberson, and Steve Lester back to the Ballot Box area.
Trip Report: Our first lead was along the red/white trail on the west side. We tied into the KKL survey. We then surveyed a pit lead that I had found previously. It tied into the KKL survey again. We surveyed 1,680 feet.
3rd Trip: On 4/14/2001, Evan Anderson led Tonya Potts and Paul Mozal back to the Ballot Box area.
Trip Report: Began surveying where we left off last trip. Tied into CT8. Found west going leads that popped into the BV survey. Surveyed some mop-up around Bucking Horse Canyon. We surveyed 1,020 feet.
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Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.