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SO! General Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 5:50 pm


5:50-6:20 PM: Social half hour with refreshments.

6:20-7:40 PM: Meeting and presentation.

Presentation title: The Bisti Wilderness, the Bisti Beast, and the BLM’s National Conservation Lands

Speaker: Andrew Gulliford

Presentation summary: Andrew Gulliford expands on his research to look at other examples of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands. He will speak briefly about the NCL system. His talk for Seniors Outdoors focuses on the Bisti and De-Na-Zin Wilderness areas in New Mexico and the Bisti Beast, a unique tyrannosaurus or “thunder lizard” discovered south of Farmington. Because this rare fossil was found in federally protected wilderness, getting it out to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History was a special challenge. Gulliford will talk and show images about the Bisti. The perfect time to visit is early to late spring–but always do it on a bright, sunny day.

Speaker bio: Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches popular courses on wilderness, national parks, Western history, and environmental history. He is the author of many books including America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. His book The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes, published in 2018, was chosen the Outstanding Nonfiction winner for the 2019 Western Heritage Awards sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Woolly West also won the Colorado Book Award for History in 2019.

Gulliford’s latest book Bears Ears: Landscape of Refuge and Resistance (University of Utah Press) recently won the Utah Historical Society’s History Award for the best book published in 2022.

Meeting Place:

Durango Rec Center 5:50 pm
Durango Rec Center 6:20 pm

Difficulty Info:

Fun and Educational