The University of Montana College of Forestry is continuing a series of presentations about the 1964 Wilderness Act and how wilderness has evolved since its passage.

The lectures began last Tuesday with former Montana Congressman Pat Williams and will continue weekly into April. The series is co-sponsored by Conservation Wilderness Institute and presentations are at the Gallagher Business Building - Room 122 on the UM campus, starting at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Here's what is planned:

  • February 4 - Can We Keep Wilderness Wild? - Kevin Hood, wilderness manager at the USDA Forest Service Alaska Region and UM forestry professor Andrew Larson.
  • February 11 - Wilderness: Where We Have Come From and Where We Are Going - journalist and author Hal Herring.
  • February 18 - Getting Beyond Rock and Ice, Prairie Wildlands and the Next 50 Years of Conservation Under the Big Sky - Panelists Rick Potts of the CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron Sapp of Montana Wildlands Association and Hugo Turek, a Montana rancher.
  • February 25 - Human Spirit and Wilderness: A Personal Story of Wilderness Passion - former US Forest Service Region One supervisor Gloria Flora.
  • March 4 - US Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell will have a public address about current wilderness areas.
  • March 11 - The People's Lands: Tribal Wilderness, Indigenous Lands and Their Future - local tribal leaders, advocates and wilderness managers TBA.
  • March 18 - Wilderness Strategies in the 21st Century - Panelists George Nickas of Wilderness Watch, Peter Aengst of Wilderness Society Northern Rockies Program, UM assistant professor of law Martha Williams.
  • March 25 - Mountains and Rivers are Myself Turned Inside-Out: Tales of the Wild - author, essayist, fly-fisher David James Duncan.
  • April 8 - Keeping it Wild in the 21st Century: Wilderness for a New Generation - UM students and program coordinators TBA.

    For more information, contact Rachel James at (406) 243-6916 or check the online information.