MISSOULA – The public is invited to join researchers and representatives of organizations working on conservation, wilderness studies and more at the University of Montana’s Crown of the Continent & Greater Yellowstone Symposium on Monday, July 28, at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky.
The symposium will feature discussions and panels on the Greater Yellowstone, Flathead Lake, grizzly bear and cutthroat trout recovery and more. The event also will feature an evening lecture and presentation of 120 photos that showcase the mountains, rivers, forests, glaciers, geysers, volcanoes and wildlife of the area. All events are free and open to the public.
Researchers from UM and Montana State University in Bozeman will present, along with representatives from the Nature Conservancy of Montana, the Montana Land Reliance, The Wilderness Society, the Montana Wilderness Association, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the Yellowstone Park Foundation, the Montana Geographic Alliance and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems – a project funded by the National Science Foundation that extends to both UM and MSU.
The schedule follows:
- 9 a.m.: Opening remarks; UM President Royce Engstrom.
- 9:20 a.m.: Each organization will describe their mission and how they use donations.
- 10:15 a.m.: Presentation: “The Concept of the Greater Yellowstone;” Rick Reese, a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
- 10:45 a.m.: Presentation: “Flathead Lake and the Flathead River System;” Tom Bansak, research scientist at UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station.
- 11:15 a.m.: Panel: Discussing communications with the public. How well does each organization connect? What can be done to improve communications? Moderated by Peter Aengst of The Wilderness Society.
- 12:15-1 p.m.: Lunch on the premises.
- 1 p.m.: Presentation: “Grizzly Bears in the Crown and Greater Yellowstone – An Update,” Chris Servheen, UM researcher, associate professor of wildlife conservation and grizzly bear recovery coordinator.
- 1:45 p.m.: Panel: Discussing fundraising, bundling, etc. Moderated by Paul Reichert from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
- 2:45 p.m.: Presentation: “Yellowstone Lake – Status of the Program to Eradicate Lake Trout and the Health of the Cutthroat Trout Population,” Ken Barrett from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
- 3:30 p.m.: Panel: Discussing citizen scientists and how to get people more involved at the grassroots level, possible projects and how to organize among organizations and share. Moderated by Caroline Byrd, executive director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
- 7 p.m.: Lecture and Photo Program: “The Park and the Ecosystem.”
For more information call Rick Graetz, co-director of the UM Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative, at 406-439-9277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.