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Preservation at the Great Basin Station 2017 - Manti-La Sal NF - UT

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South_house_painted_2016.jpg by Charmaine Thompson, US Forest Service ArchaeologistSanpete Valley and the adjacent Wasatch Plateau in central Utah ring with the history of western settlement and its environmental consequences. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, valley communities were repeatedly hit by catastrophic summertime floods off the Plateau. The Great Basin Experimental Range was established in 1912 on the Manti-La Sal National Forest as one of the first range research stations in the world. Its job was to discover how livestock overgrazing contributed to these floods, and how grazing practices needed to change. The connection between the Plateau and the Valley lives on because the facility is now the Great Basin Environmental Education Center operated by Snow College in nearby Ephraim. This project is partnership between the Forest and the College, and we will complete a variety of maintenance projects, including painting. Come and enjoy the beauty of the landscape, and the unique beauty and history of these buildings as you help care for them!

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