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SO! General Meeting

Tuesday, November 9, 5:30 pm

Social half-hour on the terrace at 5:30 with snacks & refreshments, then meeting and program inside from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Face masks are required when indoors.

Title: Public Lands: Where, Why and How?

Speaker: Walt Dabney

Presentation summary: In this presentation, Walt Dabney will provide answers to these and more questions: Where did our public lands come from? Why do the western states have lots and other states almost none? How were states formed? What does the Constitution say about these lands? What was the effect of the Homestead Act and the Railroad Act? How were National Parks and Forests established? Why are these lands held “in common” so important to us today?

Speaker bio: Walt graduated from Texas A&M with a BS degree in Recreation and Park Administration. He spent the next 30 years with the National Park Service as a ranger in Yosemite, district ranger at Mt. Rainier and Grand Tetons, Resource Management Chief in Everglades, NPS Chief Ranger stationed in Washington, DC. and the last eight years as the Southeast Utah Group Superintendent over Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep. He retired from NPS in 1999 to become the Director of the Texas State Parks System overseeing 123 state parks and historic sites and 1800 employees. Retiring in 2010 after 11 years as the Texas Director, he still teaches a variety of park management courses and presents talks on The History of US Public Lands around the country. Residing in Moab, Utah, he also spends lots of time in our public lands mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and trying not to be old.

Meeting Place:

Durango Rec Center 5:30 pm

Difficulty Info:

Easy, fun and informative.