Monday, February 11, 2008

Additional Facts about the changes at Dinosaur National Monument



From: Dale Gray
Date: Feb 10, 2008 11:02 PM
Subject: Additional Facts about the changes at Dinosaur National Monument
To: VRTPALEO@usc.edu

Here are some accomplishments of the two positions being eliminated at Dinosaur NM since the 2002 attempt to eliminate their positions. These are actions related to partnerships, outside funding, researchers, etc. This was done in conjunction with performing normally assigned responsibilities.

GEOLOGIST
  • Found external funding sources for 7 GIP interns.
  • Hired 4 seasonal employes through the Student Conservation Association (SCA) program.
  • Recruited numerous volunteers that have contributed 10,733 hours of work.
  • Brought on one international preparation intern, for 5 months, with funding from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
  • Brought in outside professionals to do work at Dinosaur National Monument. These have been Doug Sprinkle (Utah Geologic Survey), Jim Kirkland (Utah Geologic Survey), and Greg Ludvigson (Iowa Geological Survey). (Attempts to bring in two other researchers were stopped by management)
  • Arranged for State Radiological experts to evaluate radiation and radon issues with specimen storage.
  • Received a $7,000 grant from the Colorado Plateau - Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit for dating the Cedar Mountain Formation using pollen.
  • Obtained hundreds of dollars worth of equipment from outside organizations and private individuals.
  • Obtained thousands of dollars worth of in-kind work from the Utah Geological Survey and Iowa Geological Survey.
  • Actively participated in the design of the proposed Curatorial Facility.

CURATOR

  • Secured over $900,000 in Park Service funds for the all collections of Dinosaur NM. not just Paleo. Some of the funds are for future needs of the proposed Curatorial Facility.
  • Actively participated in the design of the proposed Curatorial Facility.
  • Utilized contract help to work on the curation backlog.
If Dinosaur NM. is looking for someone to attract funding, researchers, partnerships, contracts, volunteers and interns to meet the needs of changing program projects, these people have demonstrated their interest, skills and abilities to do that. What Dinosaur should do is get out of the way and let them continue getting it done.

Dale Gray
President, Uinta Basin Chapter UFOP
daleegr@aim.com
435 789 5585

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