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January 31, 2013


The definitions of wilderness across landscapes, communities, political frameworks and scientific investigations will be explored in the 2013 Wilderness Issues Lecture Series at The University of Montana.

The series, sponsored by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation Wilderness Institute, will feature speakers who manage large landscapes, live near wilderness areas and study species that roam across political boundaries.

“These lectures will challenge the audience to re-examine their definitions of wilderness,” said UM Wilderness Institute Associate Director Natalie Dawson. “The series will encourage people to imagine future wildlands outside the scope of the contemporary frameworks for wilderness management.”

The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesdays in February and March at 7:10 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 122. The schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 5: “On the Edge of Wilderness: Looking Inside While Looking Out,” UM wildland recreation management Professor Emeritus Stephen McCool.
  • Feb. 12: “Montana Legacy Project: Landscape-Scale, Community-Based Conservation,” The Nature Conservancy Western Montana Program Director Caroline Byrd.
  • Feb. 26: “The Force of Wilderness Within the Ubiquity of Cyberspace,” UM philosophy Regents Professor Albert Borgmann.
  • March 5: “Wilderness and Fire: Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Success in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness,” U.S. Forest Service Bitterroot West Fork District Ranger Dave Campbell.
  • March 12: “Wild Salmon, Wild Lands: Connections Between Intact Ecosystems and Healthy Salmon Populations in the Snake River Basin,” Save Our Wild Salmon Inland Northwest Director Sam Mace.
  • March 19: “The New Wild,” author and journalist Emma Marris.
  • March 26: “Wilderness, Wildness and Biodiversity: We Need All Three,” University of Central Florida Department of Biology Professor Reed Noss.

For more information on the lecture series, call Dawson at 406-243-6956 or email More information about the Wilderness Institute is available online at



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Contact: Natalie Dawson, associate director, UM College of Forestry and Conservation Wilderness Institute, 406-243-6956,