Luncheon – March 16, 2001

Title: Dinosaur Ridge: Past Successes and Future Plans

Speaker: Joseph C. Tempel

Date: March 16, 2001

Publication: The Outcrop, March 2001, p. 4

The presentation will include a review of the master plan for Dinosaur Ridge, which is a 10-year plan with the goal of protection of paleontological and geological resources on the Ridge, and public education about these resources. The plan, which is partially funded by a grant from the RMAG Foundation, also includes construction of an 18,000 sq. ft. visitors’ center. Dinosaur Ridge has been in “business” since 1989 and visitation numbers have gone up each year since. During 2000 more than 65,000 people visited the Ridge. It is estimated visits will exceed 150,000 in 10 years. These visitors now come from all over the world.

Recent research conducted at bone and track sites also will be reviewed. Anecdotes regarding 19th century excavations will be given. Come hear about the past and future of Dinosaur Ridge!