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In the works: new trails at Scotts Bluff National Monument

November 12, 2012

Sometimes, the verbiage that comes out of federal agencies can be a bit dull. There’s all those requirements to hit in the press release, hiding the imaginative opportunities that lie beneath.

Here’s some text from one such recent public notice:

The National Park Service announces that Scotts Bluff National Monument will hold a public meeting to discuss and receive input from the public that will go towards developing a draft trails plan and environmental assessment (Draft EA). This document will guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations and use of the trail system and its associated amenities over the next 15 years, while keeping with the purpose, mission and significance of Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Sounds rather dull, eh?

Hardly!

This is the community’s opportunity to have some input on the hiking trails and other amenities that are developed at Scotts Bluff National Monument in the near future!

TONIGHT! (Nov. 12) 6-8 p.m.! Farm And Ranch Museum!

I went to the last open house event on this subject, and was amazed at the level of detail being presented with this project, thanks to the work of Bret Betnar’s students at UNL. (The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is such a great resource for this community, even if we are far away from the main campus!) I don’t think the students will be back tonight, but I bet their work will be there.

At the last open house, the students briefly introduced themselves and the information contained in the posters around the room.

I’m telling you, there’s some good information there, on all kinds of subjects! Microclimates, slope and erodability …

The history of the people on this landscape.

A comparison among hiking opportunities and public health measures in various communities.

The level of “urbanization” of various areas of SBNM. Drooool . . . (Note: I earned my master’s in geography, so I get extra geeked out by spatial representations of data.)

And – geeky coolest of all – a computer-printed model of the topography of Scotts Bluff National Monument! Including pins and wire to represent power lines! (Note: the scale was tweaked to make the elevation changes visible on the model.)

I uploaded this one at full resolution, so you can click to enlarge and marvel.

If you enjoy hiking at SBNM: the old picnic area, the canal road, the south bluff … if you enjoy biking the bluff … if you care about the historical resources in the park … if you’d like to someday see ox-drawn wagon rides between Legacy of the Plains (FARM) and SBNM … get yourself over to FARM this evening and make your voice heard. It’s your park, after all.

PS – If you can’t make the meeting but still want to comment, the contact in the public notice is Ken Mabery, Superintendent, 308-436-9700.

Copyright 2012 by Katie Bradshaw

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2012 10:55 am

    And this is one of the reasons that I follow your blog…I find out about events and opportunities going on here that I otherwise wouldn’t hear about. Thanks!

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