|Julia enjoying an audio tour|
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
|Mill Building with Walkway Superstructure|
Thursday, December 22, 2011
|Ute Ulay adventure loop|
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
|old flume path trail|
Monday, December 19, 2011
|Burro ride to the Ute Ulay anyone?|
Sunday, December 18, 2011
|1880s Redwood Water Tank as Camera Obscura|
Sunday, November 27, 2011
|Piet Hein Eek's log cabins imagined at the Ute Ulay|
Monday, November 21, 2011
|hostel or cabin interior|
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
|Aeolian Harps in the Ute Ulay adits|
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
|historic structure splinting|
Monday, October 10, 2011
|protective and decorative tarps|
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|Bioremediation Research Center|
|Art and Educational Programming Precedent|
Sunday, October 2, 2011
|ground stabilization and grading|
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
- At town site: the headframe, boardinghouse, two log cabins, and water tank.
- At the mill site: the mill, assayer’s office, and flume head.
|structures in need of immediate care|
- Redwood Water Tank
- Eastern Log Cabin
- Western Log Cabin
- Flume Head
- Miner's Boarding House
- L-shaped Cabin
- The Mill
- Assayer's Office
Monday, September 26, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
|Ute Ulay upper site|
|Group meeting in 'The Moose' cabin. [image Bland Hoke]|
|Lake City downtown|
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
(Image courtesy of Social Innovation Solutions)
In a recent trip to Silverton Colorado, the Hard Rock Revision Team presented their initial ‘sketch’ vision for the Ute Ulay mine to a crowd at the Mountain Studies Institute. Overall the presentation went well, minus the lack of visual information we had yet to generate to illustrate the vision. What is transpiring is a menu of options and ideas that extend the boundaries of possibility for the Ute Ulay mine.
The innovative nature of many of the ideas is a direct response to one of the goals the team established – not to feel bored with the ideas we are pursuing. Whereby most of the community feedback was centered around preserving buildings, or having the opportunity to stay on the site, our preliminary vision did not extend well beyond these actions. During a picnic with Stan Whinnery, Hinsdale the County Commissioner, we asked him what his ideal vision was for the site. Commissioner Winnery basically summed up what we had come up with over the past 3 weeks in a short 2 minute pitch. It was at this moment that I thought (assumably with others), “what have we done for the past 3 weeks?” This realization jumpstarted the ideation process as we all tapped into our last reserves for the final week.
The results speak for themselves. Ideas evolved and turned into wonderful examples of creativity and innovation, balancing preservation and deep rooted heritage.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
We took the Alpine Loop yesterday over to Silverton to tour the Old 100 Mine and Mayflower Mill, as well as give a talk about our project at the Mountain Studies Institute.
First we stopped at Animus Forks, an old mining ghost town that's been fixed up marginally and left to explore. Then, we went deep into the Old 100 Mine in little carts and felt the cold and hardrock damp. At the Mill, we admired their cross-valley tramway and pressed buttons.
The trip was great in order to see the things that have already been done on the Alpine Loop with mine sites, and the Ute Ulay, we hope, will reflect some of the same themes while being quite different.
Our talk was well-received in Silverton by an interesting group of folks. There's a lot of enthusiasm about creative community re-purposing of old mine structures over there!
Finally, we made a moonlit pilgrimage to the Christ of the Mines shrine that looks down over Silverton, keeping miners safe.
Monday, August 8, 2011
It was a 7.6-mile roundtrip hike from the wastewater treatment facility in Lake City (oooh, bubbling wastewater) up to Waterdog, through aspen groves and meadows of wildflowers. And just for the record, yes, we did swim in the lake, too--though not without some trepidation concerning alpine gators and tentacled aliens lurking in the weedy waters...
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Alpine pennycress (Thlaspi caerulescens) is a plant that is usually thought of as a wild flower or a weed. It’s a member of the brassica family that grows in western Colorado, Wyoming and up to Montana. It’s often found at high elevations in the Rockies as well as in the Alps and the Pyrenees, among other places.
In an earlier post about phyto or green remediation, I wrote about the possibility of using plants to draw heavy metals out of contaminated soil. Alpine pennycress is a particularly promising plant for remediation because it can tolerate high amounts of cadmium, lead, and zinc. It has also been shown to draw cadmium and zinc out of the soil and can be used to mitigate erosion on lead contaminated soil.
We’ve found alpine pennycress growing on the site of the Ute Ulay. It’s small and scrubby but it’s there. This seems to be a promising sign, both for the soil and for the possibility of phytoremediation.
And there’s more: alpine pennycress’s cousin field pennycress is being developed in the US as a source of biodiesel. Pennycress is not useful as livestock feed, though its leaves and seeds are a good source of oil, and it’s production would not compete with land for food production because it is used as a winter cover crop.
As far as we can tell, alpine pennycress is not being tested for bio-fuel possibilities, perhaps because it has fewer leaves and smaller seeds and doesn’t grow in the mid-west, where most of the field pennycress research is going on. But what if it was useful for bio-fuel on a small scale? We could use the plants for soil remediation and then process them as bio-diesel to run the Buckeye Engine.* An almost perfect loop!
*This plan is not scientifically verifiable.