CHECKING IN AT THE BLM MOCCASIN MOUNTAIN TRACKSITE, UTAH: TEN YEARS OF SCIENCE AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
In the spring of 2008, an overall strategy for managing the MMT was devised which included scientific documentation and the creation of interpretive materials. Photogrammetry, both close-range and low-level aerial, were utilized to image the surface, resulting in 2D maps and 3D data sets. Products from the photogrammetry were used in interactive signage installed at the site and a printed brochure. The brochure (containing photographs and descriptions of the diverse ichnofauna) and a map lead “track explorers” on a self-guided tour, which points out select footprints and encourages finding and documenting tracks not included on the map. In use for the past ten years, the “track explorer” vest (equipped with digital camera, GPS unit, measuring tape and other equipment for documenting and measuring the tracks) may be checked out from the Kanab Field Office. Events at the site, such as the “haunted tracksite," which takes place in October continue to be popular and well attended. A podcast (available to download from the website) highlights the important features of the site, bringing the MMT story to a wider audience not able to visit. This cadre of educational and interpretive materials provides an effective tool for presenting the uniqueness of the MMT to the public and encourages children of all ages to explore the paleontological wonders in America's Great Outdoors.