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Rosie CarterLocal Artist Rosie Carter is Mesa Verde’s First Artist in Residence for 2018

Mesa Verde, CO:  The Mesa Verde National Park 2018 Artist in Residence Program begins with Cortez artist, Rosie Carter, whose residency runs April 15-28. There are two public programs planned, one at Mesa Verde, and the other offered as a workshop through Mancos School of the West. During her residency, Rosie plans to create an illustrated map, telling the story of Mesa Verde’s geographic and cultural locations.

Program in the park-“Hike & Sketch”- Friday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 pm. Meet at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum lobby. This program is free to the public. Rosie will lead visitors in a hike, looking at some of the places that inspired her map, discussing process, and doing sketches along the way. Materials provided.

MCLC Illustrated MapIn the Community-"Narrative Map-Making ~ Telling a Visual Story” Saturday, April 28th 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Meet at Rosie’s studio at Home & Range, 2409 E Empire St. Cortez, CO. Inspired by historic maps that incorporate technical accuracy and imaginative illustration, students will explore the process of telling a story through narrative map-making. Rosie will guide students through the creative process of developing a story idea and using mixed media, tell that story in map form. There is a fee for this workshop. Register on-line through Mancos School of the West A materials fee will be collected at the class.

A self-taught artist, Rosie grew up in a family of artists and entrepreneurs who placed a high value on creativity and innovation. She works primarily in pen & ink over colorful painted washes and draws inspiration from being outside, taking in the natural surroundings. Rosie says, “I look forward to exploring the park, gathering inspiration and sketching ideas, learning about the park’s exceptional resources.”  

Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating art in our national parks. The AIR program is managed for the park by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. Learn more at and at


National Park Service Seeks Public Comments

on Environmental Assessment

Mesa Verde, CO – Today, the National Park Service (NPS) released an environmental assessment (EA) for a 30-day public comment period. The EA is meant to address the presence of trespass livestock in Mesa Verde National Park.

The preferred alternative identified in the Livestock Removal EA includes a phased approach to removing all livestock, which presently consists of approximately 12 cattle and 80 horses over five years; and improving the park’s boundary fencing over the next 10 years to prevent livestock from reentering the park.

“We are working on how to humanely remove livestock from the park and identify potential homes for captured, unclaimed livestock,” said Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent, Cliff Spencer.  

The NPS does not permit livestock grazing within Mesa Verde National Park in accordance with NPS management policy. When the park was designated in 1906, there was no boundary fencing to exclude livestock from entering the park. Since then, the NPS worked to establish fencing along its boundary; however, the number of trespassing livestock – particularly horses - has increased in the past 20 years.

Based on public comments and suggestions received during the scoping process conducted in 2015 and 2016, the NPS developed a range of alternatives. The EA analyzes the impacts of each alternative. The primary capture methods identified in the preferred alternative includes baited pen trapping and horse-back roundups. The NPS will coordinate with the Colorado Brand Inspection Division and local brand inspectors to identify possible owners of the trespass livestock, and will follow the most humane methods as defined by the American Veterinarian Medical Association.

The 30-day public comment period for the draft Livestock Removal Environmental Assessment will open on Friday, April 13, 2018. Comments are requested by Sunday, May 13, 2018.
The NPS uses the Planning, Environment and Public Comment site for public involvement in the planning process. The easiest way to view and comment on the document is online at
A printed copy will also be available for review at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center Library, please call the park at 970-529-4465 to make arrangements for reviewing a paper copy of the document.
Comments may also be submitted by mail to the following address:  Superintendent, Mesa Verde National Park, PO Box 8, Mesa Verde, CO 81330-0008.

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