The holiday season is once again upon us, replete with all the good food, great company and wonderful memories that make this time of year so special. 

To celebrate the season, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, BLM Kanab Field Office and USFS Escalante Ranger District, invite members of the public, family, friends and acquaintances, to a Holiday Open Houses on December 2, in Escalante, and December 9,  in Kanab.  

“Many people embrace the tradition of including a family “year-in-review” letter with their holiday greeting cards,” said Cindy Staszak, GSENM manager, “that’s the idea behind these open houses – to give our staffs the opportunity to not just tell the local communities about all the great work accomplished in 2016, but to show them.”  

“Our staff is excited to highlight many of our projects, and have the opportunity to talk with friends and neighbors about the work we do,” said Harry Barber, Kanab Field Office Manager.  

Each Holiday Open House will feature a variety of exhibits, describing ongoing projects and scientific research including dinosaur fossils, as well as static displays of equipment used by Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service employees and volunteers.

In Kanab, the paleontology laboratory will be open to visitors. In Escalante, a video highlighting the Artists in Residence program will be shown. 

At both locations, there will be updates on the ongoing projects, as well as upcoming projects and activities. BLM and USFS specialists and managers will be ready to answer any questions visitors may have. Light refreshments will be served.

“We’re really excited to be inviting our neighbors in to see what we do here in Escalante. I look forward to sharing the evening with everyone,” said Terry DeLay, District Ranger for the Escalante Ranger District, Dixie National Forest.  

The Kanab Holiday Open House will take place at the Bureau of Land Management Administrative Building, 669 South Highway 89A. The Escalante event will be at the Interagency Visitor Center, 755 West Main Street, Escalante. Both events will run from 4 to 7 p.m. and are free to the public.