April 13 & 14, 2012
Thirty-six miles west of St. George, Utah, across the Beaver Dam Mountains, is a natural oasis known as the Lytle Preserve. This remarkable area of beauty and biological diversity - one of the West's most delicate and unique ecosystems - is preserved for study and enjoyment. The Lytle Preserve is in the southwest corner of Utah where the Basin and Range Province of the Mojave Desert is juxtaposed to the Colorado River Plateau. The Preserve is at an unusual place in North America where unique geological formations and ecosystems overlap. The 462-acre Preserve is situated along the Beaver Dam Wash drainage at an approximate elevation of 2800 feet, one of the lowest points in Utah. Beaver Dam Wash drains south into Arizona, where it joins the Virgin River, a Colorado River tributary.
Plant and animal diversity offers an ironic contrast in what seems, at first, to be an inhospitable environment. The low elevation course of the entrenched Beaver Dam Creek has provided a pathway for plants, animals, and humans into the Beaver Dam Wash vicinity. A year-round water source on the Lytle Preserve is an unusual feature in the margin of the Mohave Desert, which extends into Utah at this point. The unusual combination of geology, climate, elevation and water supply supports many trees, shrubs, and wildlife, most of which are unique to this part of Utah.
Join a ZCFI geologist and botanist for a multi discipline study of this incredible natural resource. We will be camping on site at the Preserve. Each participant will need to bring their own camping gear and all food and drink supplies for two dinners, two breakfasts, and one or two lunches. NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED ON THE PRESERVE. There are showers and restrooms available on site as well.
Fee: $160.00 NO DISCOUNTS!!!!!!!!!!!
Instructors: Ben Everitt and Walt Fertig
Ages: 16 years and up
Meets: 4 pm, April 13 at Lytle Preserve. Directions provided upon registration.
Price: US $160.00