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BLM & Tread Lightly Survey on looting/vandalmism

Posted by UPAC on December 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM


Greetings, Friends, Colleagues, and Stakeholders of Utah's Archaeological and Paleontological Resources,


I am very pleased to announce a new partnership between BLM-Utah and Tread Lightly! to develop a public outreach campaign that aims to eliminate the looting and vandalism of archaeological and paleontological resources in Utah. As I'm sure you're aware, there have been numerous media stories regarding the looting and vandalism of these resources in Utah that have made international headlines, and BLM-Utah has decided to develop a proactive and positive message about these illegal behaviors. This effort will eventually be incorporated into Tread Lightly!'s existing “Respected Access is Open Access” public outreach campaign, which reaches an estimated 10 million people each year. I am now inviting you and your respective organizations to join this exciting partnership. I truly believe the public outreach campaign's messages will be more powerful if we all speak with one voice regarding the responsible enjoyment of archaeological and paleontological resources.


To kick things off, I am asking you and your respective organizations to please take 10 minutes to complete an online survey that will assist us identifying which particular behaviors and issues you believe the public outreach campaign should focus on. The survey can be accessed at the below link through January 31, 2015. I also encourage you to pass this information and link along to your friends and colleagues who may also be interested in participating in the survey.




Once the survey results are compiled, BLM-Utah and Tread Lightly! will be reaching out to those stakeholders who have expressed an interest in participating in the development and implementation of the outreach campaign for a partnership kick-off meeting sometime in early 2015. If you need any additional information or have any questions about this public outreach campaign, I encourage you to contact the partnership's primary points of contact listed below:


Aaron Curtis

Branch Chief for Outdoor and Heritage Resources

BLM Utah State Office

(801) 539-4225



Dianne Olson

Assistant Director

Tread Lightly!, Inc.

(801) 627-0077 ext 13



I appreciate any and all support you and your organizations may be willing to provide to help us protect and celebrate America's cultural and natural heritage.




Juan Palma

State Director


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