MISSOULA – The College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana will host a lecture by Char Miller, an expert on U.S. environmental history and politics and federal public lands management. Miller will deliver “Cutting Through the Past: Foresters and Conservation at the University of Montana” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the North Underground Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Miller directs the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College and serves as the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis. He is a Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and author of the column “Golden Green,” which addresses environmental issues in California and the West. Miller was the former history department chairman and director of urban studies at Trinity University in Texas.
His talk will position UM’s forestry college within the larger development of forest and environmental management in the United States, which has evolved over the last century. Miller will use historic images to illustrate some of the key moments of transition and will address some of this century’s new environmental tensions and social challenges.
Following the lecture, Miller will sell and sign his most recent books, which include “Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot,” “Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy” and “Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism.”
Miller’s lecture is one in a series of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the College of Forestry and Conservation at UM. The school officially was formed in 1913 by the Montana Legislature after first starting in 1909 as a ranger school to train new Forest Service employees.
Miller also will give a seminar to UM Global Leadership Initiative students and to forestry graduate students.
Note to Media: Miller will be available for interviews on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 8. Call Leana Schelvan, UM College of Forestry and Conservation communications director, at 406-243-6693 to arrange interviews.