These interpretive panels are on a short interpretive loop trail in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. An important goal for this site was to inspire people to treat the many pictograph and petroglyph sites scattered in the canyon with respect. To strengthen this message about respecting rock art and all cultural sites in Hells Canyon is included on each of the four panels.
The oval shares and dark/light bronze anodized aluminum material of the signs was selected to complement the rounded, dark brown basalt boulders and usually brown grasses in the landscape at the site.
"Images On Stone" introduces the different types of rock art found in the canyon. "As I Record" and "In My Dream" panels were written to present the different perspectives of an archaeologist and a Nez Perce Indian (The "quotes"are both ficticious.) "Protect the Hells Canyon Story" is designed to give an interpretive slant to the law enforcement message seen at many cultural sites. At Pittsburg Saddle, approximately 10 miles up the access road to Pittsburg Landing, a sign interpreting Hells Canyon geology follows the thematic presentation by presenting the story from the perspective of geologist Tracy Vallier, an expert on Hells Canyon.
All but the fabrication of the signs was done by a Forest Service project team that included:
Project manager: Jane Rohling
Research, writing: Jane Rohling, Sandi McFarland
Graphic design, illustrations: Mary Lorish Jahn
Archaeologists, content specialists: Sandi McFarland, Bruce Womack
Geologist: Tracy Vallier