webUntitled-0-00-24-48Utah Bad Ass* Botanists Training & Fieldwork –FULL

Dates: July 16-22, 2014
Location: Manti-La Sal National Forest – Abajo Mountains near Blanding, UT
Cost: Member $175, cost sharing of event training materials/venue, camping expenses, meals, and fuel.

Includes 6 nights camping (2 in Blanding), breakfast/dinner each day, tour of edge of the Cedars museum collection, expert botany training, training materials and more!

Events begin with happy hour/dinner on the first date listed and end with breakfast on the last date listed.

Join Rose Chilcoat and others to become part of a regional team of knowledgeable, passionate and committed botany volunteers who will stop at nothing to provide plant identification for critical decisions on the Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-La Sal National Forests and Grand Staircase National Monument. You will work with the Grand Canyon Trust’s Forest Program staff, led by the truly GREAT Old Broad Mary O’Brien, doing field work to collect plant data that will be used strategically to increase protection and restoration of native plant communities on southern Utah public lands. If you don’t know how to identify plants, from grasses to forbs to shrubs, don’t worry…you will after this training!

Regional experts will provide a basic overview of plant taxonomy and common Utah plant families, with a focus on grasses, sedges, willows and exotic species. After intensive training, we’ll dive right into field work.

We’ll spend our first nights camped near Blanding and have a full day of classroom training at the Edge of the Cedars State Park (along with a special tour of their amazing collection of Ancestral Puebloan artifacts). Then we’ll move up onto the mountain to apply our new found knowledge and continue learning in the field as we establish transects in the newly designated White Mesa Cultural and Conservation Area…the only ungrazed allotment in all of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. We’ll be at about 8,500 feet in elevation so we expect pleasant temperatures and perhaps afternoon thunderstorms.

Anyone is welcome but we’d especially like to cultivate a team of folks from the region who would be able to return in the future to help with re-reading the transects and study plots we establish. You too can become a Bad Ass Botanist!

*Urban Dictionary definition of Bad-Ass
1. (adj.) having extremely favorable qualities
2. (adj.) pertaining to a person or thing that is rugged, strong, and/or ready to show these qualities

Go to greatoldbroads.org/events/broadworks to read our cancellation policy and sign the liability release form. All participants are required to sign the release form.

To register, go to our e-cart at greatoldbroads.org/events-payment or send your check with name, address, phone, e-mail, and any other information you think pertinent to Great Old Broads for Wilderness, PO Box 2924, Durango, CO 81302

For more information, contact Rose at rose@greatoldbroads.org