Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Hosts Third Science Symposium


BLM Press Release

Kanab, Utah—Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) invites everyone to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary by exploring ten years of research discoveries on your local public lands.  GSENM’s Third Science Symposium will be held in Kanab and Escalante for three days, Aug. 2-4, with phenomenal field trip opportunities in the nation’s largest outdoor laboratory!

From the thrill of dinosaurs to the unsolved mysteries of ancient peoples, world-renowned scientists and local experts will be your guides.  Come learn how some of our most visually-stunning landscapes have microbes to thank.  The general public is encouraged to attend and all events are free, although all guided field trips on August 3 will require personal transportation (many of which require 4-wheel drive high-clearance vehicles or car-pooling).  Science presentations and field trips are possible with the generosity of many volunteers, partners and supporters of this, and all other, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 20th Anniversary events.

For a complete schedule of events, go to or call 435-826-5499 for further information. Posters and session schedules will be available at local businesses, and all GSENM visitor centers and Kane and Garfield offices of tourism.

For additional project-specific information, please contact LeAnn Skrzynski (435) 644-1238.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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