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Next Meeting

Donald Irwin
What's Up Down Below?
Forest Service Heritage Management on the Monticello Ranger District, Manti-La Sal National Forest
May 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Baldridge Hall, Montrose United Methodist Church
(at the corner of S. 1st Street and Park Avenue)
Don Irwin

The Moab-Monticello Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest manages over 500,000 acres of forested lands in San Juan and Grand Coun-ties, Utah, including much of the "Shash Jaa" national monument as currently defined. The title refers to the Abajo (meaning “below” in Spanish) Mountains right west of Monticello. The discussion focuses on current and future management of cultural resources on the Monticello District. It begins with information on forest planning efforts and provides a brief introduction to the District’s archaeology, describing current conditions and trends as well as future needs for managing its cultural resources. Following this introduction to management issues, the discussion turns to the archaeology of the Monticello District and focuses on recent Pueblo I period community studies and insights in the core area of the District. The talk concludes with a brief discussion of future directions of the District Heritage Program.

Donald Irwin serves as the Moab-Monticello Ranger District Heritage Manager of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, managing cultural resources on over 500,000 acres in the Abajo and La Sal Mountains areas in Southeast Utah. Don obtained his Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in 1993 and has worked professionally in the Southwest for the past 39 years. Don currently resides in Southwest Colorado.