The non-profit Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks and the National Park Service (NPS) have been working with officials from Grand County and San Juan County, retired park rangers, and the Canyonlands Natural History Association to plan the celebration, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization.
Initial planning efforts included a contest for NPS employees to create an anniversary theme. Neal Herbert won the contest with the theme “50 years of Inspiration, Solitude and Adventure.”
A nationwide contest was then conducted for an official anniversary logo. Sue Jasper, a graphic designer from Las Vegas and a regular visitor to Canyonlands, won that contest. The theme and logo will be used for events and materials associated with the official anniversary celebration. An anniversary website will be launched soon.
Several events will occur throughout 2014 including a rededication ceremony taking place on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. More information on upcoming events and programs will be available on the anniversary website.
The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks was founded by family members of Bates Wilson, who was instrumental in the establishment of Canyonlands and served as its first superintendent from 1964 until his retirement in 1972. Wilson dedicated countless hours to exploring and mapping Canyonlands’ diverse geology, and his famous camping trips and cowboy cookouts helped persuade the country’s decision-makers that Canyonlands was worthy of national park status. On Sept. 12, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Canyonlands National Park.
More information on the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks can be obtained from the organization’s website www.bateswilson.org, or by contacting the group’s executive director, Joette Langianese at 435-259-0108.
For information about Canyonlands National Park visit the park’s official website at www.nps.gov/cany.