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Signs installed at Canyons of Ancients

Marcie Ryan and Diane McBride of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance worked with Acting Visitor Services Director David Sanders and Acting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Manager and Anasazi Heritage Center Director Emily Palus to install two of the 30 signs that the alliance contributed in March 2014 as part of its mission to support Canyons of the Ancients National Monument through financial and volunteer resources.

The signage will inform visitors to the monument about proper transportation practices, such as staying on designated roads. More collaboration is planned.

To help, email McBride at diane.mcbride@swcocanyons.org.

Proposed livestock removal at Mesa Verde

The National Park Service is proposing to remove trespass livestock, including but not limited to cattle and horses, from Mesa Verde National Park.

Currently, there are about 80 horses and 12 head of cattle distributed throughout the park. The park will prepare an Environmental Assessment to analyze removing trespassing livestock and preventing them from re-entering. Capturing and removing trespass livestock from the park would be done humanely and would comply with National Park Service policies and regulations.

The park is seeking suggestions from the public about ways to remove trespass livestock, prevent future trespassing and related issues or concerns, which will be incorporated into different alternatives analyzed in the environmental assessment.

Written comments can be submitted at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/meve_livestock. The deadline to submit comments is Jan. 8. Commenters should be aware their entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. Commenters can request the National Park Service withhold this information, but removal cannot be guaranteed.

To receive future updates about this project, email meve_livestock_removal@nps.gov and include an email address. Public comments will not be accepted at this email address.

Arborglyph project receives history award

San Juan Mountains Association announces that The Wooden Canvas: Arborglyphs as Reflections of Hispano Life Along the Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway has received the 2015 Carolyn Bancroft History Award.

The arborglyph project included field documentation, public presentations, field trips, museum and photographic exhibits and a project book to study and to help interpret the tree carvings left by Hispano sheepherders as they drove their sheep to seasonal pastures.

The association partnered with local and regional photographers and historians to develop and produce the book. The three-year project was funded by History Colorado’s State Historical Fund, the San Juan National Forest, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Ballantine Family Fund and the SJMA.

For more information, email Ruth Lambert at ruth@sjma.org.

Herald Staff

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