VWR Training & service work: Earth Day weekend a smashing success

 

Volunteers and Glen Canyon staff pose by a naturalized pullout on Muley Point

Volunteers accomplished projects at Muley Point with NPS, and new Visit with Respect ambassadors are trained and ready to go.

BLM staff lead discussion on archaeological sites at ambassador training

April 22, Earth Day, dawned bright and sunny as a determined crew headed to Muley Point to assist National Park Service staff from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with a host of projects. The following day another group of volunteers gathered in Bluff to train as Visit with Respect ambassadors.  This hands-on work and visitor education training is paramount to FCM’s efforts to protect the sensitive cultural resources in this beloved area.

Muley Point projects included collecting trash from the parking lots and view points, naturalizing a pullout by an archaeological site, and GPS mapping 60 campsites or fire rings in the area. The baseline information collected will inform future management planning for the area. It wasn’t all work, though – when projects were completed, volunteers enjoyed their picnic lunches with a great view.

The following day, Friends of Cedar Mesa, in conjunction with the BLM, held the first Visit with Respect ambassador training. Fifteen volunteers participated and spent the afternoon practicing educational visitor interactions, learning the logistics of this new program, and training on safety considerations. They also received their new trail attire – shirts emblazoned with the Visit with Respect logo and the BLM’s “Respect and Protect” logo. The new ambassadors will spend their time at heavily visited priority sites in Bears Ears National Monument, providing a friendly presence on the trail and positive education for visitors.

Visit with Respect ambassador training

We are offering our next training for Visit with Respect ambassadors on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Bluff, UT. Please contact Erica if you are interested in learning more and joining the team.

By the end of the Earth Day weekend, our success can be highlighted through some numbers: 15 new ambassadors trained, 55 volunteer hours provided to NPS, 60 campsites or fire rings at Muley Point charted, many bags of trash collected, and one pullout naturalized. We knew we could “count on you!”

 

Author: Erica Tucker

Erica Tucker is the Visit with Respect Program Manager with Friends of Cedar Mesa.

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