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Fwd: Update on Situation at the St. George Dinosaur Tracksite at Johnson Farm...
(Forwarded from Vrtpaleo - hopefully plain text version)
In a message dated 3/31/2004 2:26:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Just a quick note to send my appreciation for all of your passion and
enthusiasm in attempting to preserve a truely irreplaceable trace fossil. I
had no clue this ball of mass emails and phone calls had started rolling since
the two news reports on Sunday (Today Show and KSL 5 News). It appears as
though efforts made by those of you who wrote emails may have sparked new
discussions today on how to deal with the recently discovered squatting
Eubrontes trace. Further excavation of trace surfaces outside of the planned
museum walls have been stopped, however mapping and photographing of track
horizons will continue this week until further notice. Here is an update on
what took place today:
- Kent Perkins, Gary Sanders, a city surveyor, a city engineer, and myself met
at noon at the tracksite. First off, Kent asked if I could try and stop the
emails coming into his office, etc. I said that I would try my best (on that
note, please don't send anymore because they get the message - thanks!). We
looked at the future positioning of footings for the northwest wall along
Riverside Drive and determined that one of these 9 foot footing would sit
smack-dab in the middle of the squatting trace.
- The City including myself are looking into several opnions which includes
going in front of the Board of Adjusters once again and moving the planned
position of the building for a second time. One move of the future structure
that will definitely occur is shifting the building 6 feet to the
north-northeast so the squatting Eubrontes trace and continuing trackway with
taildrag will not be impacted by the footings. The specimen will either be
quarried out in several large, stabilized blocks, or an extension off the
northwest wall will be constructed to protect the specimen in situ.
Unfortunately Riverside Drive is in the way, but we are trying our best to to
save this one of a kind trace! Tomorrow we begin a large latex peel of the
squatting trace and trackway outside of the museum walls ... I should say,
outside of the walls for now. Joe Iacuzzo (Jurassic Foundation) helped by
contacted many people who have really helped out in getting the necessary
supplies together to prepare this latex peel. As you may already know, two
previous attempts at making latex peels of the specimen ended up being far too
thin due to lack of supplies (don't bother looking for latex in southwest Utah
for quite some time ... we purchased all of it!).
Thanks to Triebold Paleontology for generously donating, and arranged for the
donation of, more than 20 gallons of latex, along with cheesecloth, burlap and
other materials. Michelle Jones, from the Las Vegas Natural History Museum,
will be traveling to St. George on Wednesday, the 31st, to work with the
on-site staff and volunteers in making these very important molds. Many thanks
to Mike Triebold, Walter Stein, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Sculpture
Depot, and Ball Consulting for their generous donations.
I'll keep you posted.
Andrew R. C. Milner
St. George Dinosaur Tracksite at Johnson Farm, St. George, Utah
Home Phone: (435) 477-9467