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Open house at Kane Ranch

The Grand Canyon Trust and Kaibab Vermilion Cliffs Heritage Alliance invite the public to an open house at the Kane Ranch headquarters on Saturday, March 21.

The open house is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a barbeque lunch served between noon and 1 p.m. (Arizona time).

The event will include lunch and informal talks throughout the day about the restoration of the ranch house, the history of the Kane Ranch, the Trust's livestock operations and the ecological and cultural restoration projects being done in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The Trust began restoring the Kane Ranch headquarters building, an example of Mormon pioneer architecture, soon after acquiring the Kane and Two Mile Ranches in 2005.

The building was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the restoration is nearing completion.

The Alliance is also helping to host a pair of programs to be presented Saturday, March 28, at the North Kaibab Ranger District Office in Fredonia, Ariz., from 2-4 p.m.

Forest Service archaeologist Connie Reid will speak on "Cowboys and Buffalo Wranglers: Historic Ranching on the Kaibab," sharing the colorful history of ranching and range management on the Kaibab Plateau.

Much of that history is linked to local families who began grazing livestock in the area as early as the 1870s. Some later became forest rangers after the Kaibab National Forest was established, and many of their descendents still live in nearby communities.

The presentation will also include an historic photo and map display. Participants who had family members or friends who ranched on the Plateau and surrounding lands are encouraged to bring photographs and tales to share.

In addition, Grand Canyon archaeologist Amy Horn will present "Stories Among the Aspen: Ranching on the North Rim," describing historic features such as fences and aspen carvings and explaining how careful archaeological research has brought their stories to life. The forest district office is located at 430 S. Main Street in Fredonia.

All the activities are part of 2009 Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

To get to Kane Ranch: Northbound - Highway 89 to the 89A turnoff to Marble Canyon, drive 13 miles past Cliff Dwellers Lodge and turn south (left) onto the gravel road at the brown kiosk for the House Rock Wildlife Management Area.

Southbound - Highway 89A to Jacob Lake, continue on 89A to House Rock Valley, go another six miles beyond the switchbacks at the base of the Kaibab Plateau and turn south (right) at the brown kiosk for the House Rock Wildlife Management Area.

The Kane Ranch headquarters is 11 miles south on an unpaved road, which is rough in places but passable for passenger vehicles.

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