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Liability Waiver & Rules for Use

All visitors to Canyonlands Research Center (CRC) must read and sign the Liability Release below, and read the Rules for Use that follow. This requirement also applies to each individual in a group that is visiting CRC.

Please print the Liability Release (PDF); bring the signed copy or copies with you when you arrive at CRC.


ACKNOWLEDGMENT, RELEASE, WAIVER, AND INDEMNIFICATION

(Researcher)

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING

 

The undersigned individual (“Participant”) acknowledges that Participant is willingly participating in the following activities at the Dugout Ranch Preserve and Canyonlands Research Center located in San Juan County, Utah (the “TNC Property”):  biological, wildlife, and other scientific research activities under a separate written license agreement (the “Activities”). The TNC Property is owned by The Nature Conservancy, a District of Columbia non-profit corporation (“TNC”). In consideration for being given permission to enter the TNC Property and participate in the Activities, Participant agrees as follows:

 

  1. Activities. Participant fully recognizes the dangers of participating in the Activities, and Participant voluntarily assumes all risks associated with participation in the Activities. Participant understands that the dangers participants may encounter in connection with the Activities include, by way of example only and without limitation: standing water; cold water with currents, rocks, snags, and other unforeseeable risks; wild animals; poisonous snakes; harmful insects and vegetation; narrow trails; boardwalk trails with no railings; floods; and rough terrain; and extreme weather conditions and temperatures, including but not limited to, lightning, hail, high winds and tornados, and excessive sun, heat, dust,, wind and remote and hazardous driving conditions.

 

Participant understands and agrees that Participant’s travel to, on, and from the TNC Property is Participant’s own responsibility and at Participant’s sole risk.

 

  1. Lack of Medical Care and Facilities. Participant recognizes that, in participating in the Activities, there is a risk of a participant(s) becoming seriously sick, ill, or injured in an area remote from medical care, and that TNC cannot guarantee the availability of emergency medical services or emergency transportation to medical facilities.  TNC is informed that rescue and emergency services might be conducted through San Juan County Search and Rescue; but such services are neither available from nor conducted by TNC or its employees or agents.

 

  1. Rules of Participation. Participant has familiarized him/herself/themself with the rules applicable to use of the TNC Property listed on Schedule 1 attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, of which Participant has been or will be given a copy to keep or which have been verbally communicated to Participant. Participant must comply with such rules, and with all instructions posted on signs at the TNC Property, except to the extent (if any) that explicit written permission to deviate from such rules has been given to Participant by TNC.  Failure to follow the rules will result in termination of Participant’s ability to engage in the Activities on the TNC Property.

 

  1. No Representations or Warranties by or on Behalf of TNC. Participant hereby acknowledges and agrees that no representation or warranty of any kind or nature whatsoever has been given to Participant regarding the condition of the TNC Property, any facilities or equipment located on or at the TNC Property, or any means of transportation to or on or from the TNC Property, whether by TNC or any of TNC’s employees, agents, representatives, volunteers, contractors, officers, and/or directors; and Participant agrees, furthermore, that neither TNC nor any of TNC’s employees, agents, representatives, volunteers, contractors, officers, and/or directors shall be liable for any alleged negligence pertaining thereto.

 

  1. Consent Regarding Images. Participant grants TNC permission to take photographs and video recordings of Participant and to display, publish or otherwise use any photographs, video recording, or any other media associated with the Activities, including any media which contains Participant’s image or likeness, for TNC’s purposes. Participant also consents to the use of Participant’s name in connection with such images. Participant’s heirs, personal representatives, executors, and assigns shall be bound by this consent.

 

  1. Release of Claims and Agreement Not to Sue. Participant, individually and on behalf of Participant’s heirs, personal representatives, executors, and assigns, hereby releases TNC and all of TNC’s employees, agents, representatives, volunteers, contractors, officers, and directors from any and all claims and liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever for or with respect to, and Participant agrees not to make a claim of any kind or nature whatsoever against, or sue or attach the property of such parties for or with respect to, any damage, injury, sickness, infection, illness, or death of persons, or damage to or destruction of property, arising from Participant’s activities and presence on the TNC Property, howsoever caused, except to the extent (if any) directly caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of TNC or any of TNC’s employees, agents, representatives, volunteers, contractors, officers, and/or directors.

 

  1. Indemnification of TNC. Participant, individually and on behalf of Participant’s heirs, personal representatives, executors, and assigns, agrees to indemnify and defend TNC and all of TNC’s employees, agents, representatives, volunteers, contractors, officers, and directors against, and to hold the same parties harmless of and from: (a) any and all claims and liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever for damage, injury, sickness, infection, illness, or death of persons, or damage to or destruction of property, arising from Participant’s activities and presence on the TNC Property; (b) any and all claims and liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever for any injury, sickness, infection, illness to any person or damage to any property, or for the death of any person, to the extent caused by Participant during participation in the Activities, or during Participant’s presence on the TNC Property; and (c) any and all claims and liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever that might result at any time by reason of the use of Participant’s image and name, including, without limitation, claims of privacy; in each case except to the extent (if any) directly caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of TNC, or any of TNC’s employees, agents, representatives, volunteers, contractors, officers, and/or directors.

 

  1. COVID-19 Conditions. TNC makes no representations or warranties as to the risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to accessing the Property or any improvements on the Property.  Licensee acknowledges that third parties, including but not limited to cleaning and maintenance personnel, agricultural tenants, science permittees, other licensees, contractors, and recreational users might have access to the Property and any improvements on the Property and that TNC makes no representations or warranties regarding those third parties.  In using the License and engaging in the Activities, Licensee must comply with the following conditions until such time, if any, as TNC informs Licensee in writing that the following conditions no longer apply or have been modified by TNC:
    (a)  Licensee must have a written COVID-19 safety plan;
    (b)  Immediately following each use by Licensee, Licensee must wipe down with bleach all gates and other fixtures and TNC equipment and TNC personal property used by Licensee;
    (c)  Licensee is prohibited from having physical contact with TNC personnel, TNC contractors, and other TNC licensees.  Meetings and other communications with TNC personnel, TNC contractors, or other TNC licensees should be conducted by Internet, phone, text, or other means besides in-person, but if in-person interaction becomes necessary or unavoidable, Licensee must maintain social distancing of at least thirty (30) feet from such TNC personnel, TNC contractors, and other TNC licensees and must properly wear face masks, face shields, or respirators of the type and as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (provided, however, that children under the age of 2 and anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask, shield, or respirator without assistance is exempted from the requirement to wear a mask, shield, or respirator).
    (d)  Licensee is prohibited from visiting or accessing the TNC Dugout Ranch headquarters unless Licensee receives specific written permission from TNC to visit or access the headquarters.

 

Participant signature:  ____________________________________________

 

Date:                                                   

 

Printed Name:                                                  

 

Phone Number:  _________________________

 

 

See Consent and Signature of a Parent or Guardian of a Minor and Rules for Use of the TNC Property below.

 

Consent and Signature of Parent or Guardian of a Minor

 

(if Participant is under 18 years of age):

 

As the parent or guardian of                                                                                                     , the minor Participant who is signing this Acknowledgment, Release, and Indemnification in favor of The Nature Conservancy (“TNC”), I acknowledge that I have read and understood this Acknowledgment, Release, and Indemnification, as well as any license, permit, lease, contract, or other agreement pursuant to which Participant will engage in the Activities (where that is applicable); and I agree, individually and on behalf of my child or ward, to all of the terms of this Acknowledgment, Release, and Indemnification (of which I have been given a copy to keep); and give my permission to my child or ward to participate in the Activities.

 

Signature:                                                                   

 

Date:                                                                          

 

Printed Name:  _________________________

 

Address:                                                                                                       


City:                                                            State:               ZIP:                   

 

Telephone Number:                                                                                   

 

Email:                                                               

 

City: _______________________________ State: _______ ZIP: __________

 

Telephone Number: _____________________________ 

 

Email: _________________________________

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping maintain this TNC Property for present and future generations.

Schedule 1

Rules for Use of TNC Property

TNC Property is very remote and largely undeveloped, with few if any safety or communications facilities available. TNC Property is ecologically significant, used for research, natural studies, and resource management. There are a wide array of plants and animals at the TNC Property, some of which may be rare or unique in the world, so the introduction of other animals, rabies, insects, plants, etc., could be extremely detrimental to the flora and fauna at the TNC Property. The following rules have therefore been promulgated by TNC for the TNC Property:

(1)No smoking or building of fires of any type is allowed at the TNC Property for any reason, due to fire danger.

(2)Always place trash in trashcans. All trash must be completely removed from the TNC Property upon departure; carry in, carry out. Recycle when possible (i.e., aluminum, plastic and wet). Be aware of small pieces of paper and plastic wrap that may fall out of pockets unnoticed.

(3)Participants may not bring or discharge firearms or other weapons on TNC Property.

(4)No plants, seeds, or cut flowers, and no animals or pets of any kind (including, but not limited to, cats and dogs) are allowed to be brought onto the TNC Property.

(5)Camping is allowed at the TNC Property only in the specially designated camping area. Sleeping bags, tents and other camping equipment is allowed to be used in the specially designated camping area. Do not store food in tents.

(6) No collecting, trapping, killing, or other harming or molestation of any animal or bird life at the TNC Property, or any fish or other animals in any waters at or adjoining the TNC Property, is allowed, unless authorized collection permits have been issued by TNC.

(7) No cutting down, injury, picking of, collection of, or other disturbance of any trees or other plants or vegetation is allowed at the TNC Property, whether or not the plants are living or dead, unless TNC has granted prior written authorization to engage in the activities.

(8)No collection of souvenirs or specimens of anything found at the TNC Property may be disturbed or taken from the TNC Property, nor is any digging in any Indian mounds or other architectural remains located at the TNC Property allowed.

(9)Mountain bikes and vehicles of any kind (motorized or non-motorized) are allowed only on established roads. Participants should leave cars in the designated parking lot while conducting Research Activities in the field.

(10) No fuel, oil, petroleum products, or other hazardous materials shall be brought onto, stored, or disposed of in, on, or under any part of the TNC Property in carrying out the Research Activities, except for fuel or oil contained in appropriate vehicles and reasonable amounts of fuel for camping purposes. There are unleaded and diesel fuel tanks on the TNC Property, which Participants may use by entering an authorized access code.

(11) Field equipment brought to the TNC Property shall be stored in the lockable storage units.

(12) The tents and the pavilion on the TNC Property are designated research facilities, and the back half of the barn is the resource lab. Participants may access these shared areas. Otherwise, no entry into other buildings or ranch facilities/residences at the TNC Property or interference with TNC operations is allowed.

(13) Changing conditions on the TNC Property may make any road, trail, or other part of the TNC Property unsafe to use at any given time, particularly in the rainy season, and it shall be the sole responsibility of the Participant to determine in advance of any Research Activities if such Research Activities can be conducted safely. All of the Research Activities shall be conducted with extreme care, and shall insure the highest possible level of standards of safety during all travel to and from the TNC Property and during the Research Activities.

(14) No publishing, publicizing, or making any commercial use of any information or data collected, or photographs taken, at, of, or from the TNC Property, or otherwise regarding the TNC Property, is allowed without the prior written approval of TNC.

(15) No unauthorized visitors or guests are allowed on the TNC Property.

(16) All University rules applicable to Participants continue to apply while Participant is on the TNC Property.

(17) Miscellaneous.

(a) Energy and Water Conservation Guidelines

· Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.

· Always turn off taps completely when not in direct use, for example, when washing hands, brushing teeth, taking showers, washing dishes, etc. Conserving water also conserves energy, both of which are limited at the TNC Property.

(b) Waste Management Guidelines

·Bring only as much food as you will need, and reduce packaging. Always store food properly and never in tents.

·Pavilion Kitchen. Always completely clean the kitchen immediately after use, never leave a mess, and use water sparingly. Never leave food out—not outside, not evencrumbs, and not inside tents. Food attracts animals, including flies, ants, and rodents.

·Minimize noise pollution out of respect for the surrounding wildlife, other field station visitors, and field station staff. Please observe quiet hours between 9 PM and 8 AM unless otherwise directed as part of a planned group activity.

(c) Electronic Resource Access Guidelines

·Computers, printers and Internet are for program-related activities and granted by permission of the director of the TNC Property. Cell phone coverage is non-existent.

 

 

(d) Security and Safety Guidelines

· Do not bring expensive personal items (like jewelry) onto the TNC Property.

· Only drink water from drinking water taps; never drink untreated water from streams, ponds, or unlabeled taps.