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Urgent- help protect the St. George dinosaur trackways
Paleontological community action is urgently needed to preserve the important
new discoveries at the St. George, Utah dinosaur track site. Many of you are
familiar with the "dinosaur sit site" which was announced last week (and was
also featured on The Today Show on Sunday, March 29). This site will be
destroyed in the building of the new museum:
"Researchers made rubberized casts of this latest discovery - since
construction crews tomorrow will begin tearing up the area to make way for St.
George's new one-point-two million dollar dinosaur museum. That building will
eventually protect all the other tracks found at this historic site."
Sources close to the excavation have told me that removal of the rock at the
top of the site has just started, but that workers are moving very slowly in
hopes of someone stopping this destruction.
The large latex peel that was made is too thin and needs to be stabilized first
to have any chance of being a good replica. All of the latex stock in town has
been used (and they have been working by flashlight). Those who are trying to
study the site need more time to finish mapping the area, as they are finding
more tracks as they clean. They also need time to finish a proper latex peel.
What is needed right now is for the city to ask for a variance to build closer
to the roadside. This new, rare dinosaur trackway deserves protection and
study as a world-class site--and a time extension and zoning variance are
Please write to the following key e-mail addresses to express your support for
the protection of these scientifically unique and important tracks:
Martin Stephens, Speaker of the House, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Harper, House of Representatives, email@example.com
Kent Perkins, St. George Leisure Services Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan McArthur, Mayor of St. George, email@example.com
Gary Sanders, Community Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org