Chief of U.S. Forest Service to Speak at UM

February 27, 2014

MISSOULA – Thomas Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, will speak at the University of Montana on Tuesday, March 4, as part of the Wilderness Lecture Series. He will speak from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. in the Urey Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public

Tidwell will discuss Forest Service Wilderness Areas as part of the spring series “Room to Roam: 50 Years of Wilderness Policy, Practice, Protection and Passion.”

Tidwell has spent 37 years in the Forest Service in various positions at all levels of the agency, including district ranger, forest supervisor and legislative affairs specialist for the Washington, D.C., office. He was named chief in 2009.

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Contact: Natalie Dawson, UM Wilderness Institute director, 406-243-6956, natalie.dawson@umontana.edu.