Mansfield Conference to Examine Successes, Challenges of Wilderness at 50

August 26, 2014

MISSOULA – When the U.S. Congress passed the Wilderness Act in 1964, it created a legal and ethical imperative to preserve wilderness as a public good. Now, 50 years later, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana will host a conference that celebrates the work done to fulfill that imperative and that considers the future challenges and controversies facing wilderness.

The 2014 Fall Mansfield Conference, titled “The Storied Past, the Troubled Future: The Imperative of Wilderness at 50 Years,” will be held Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 10-12, at the University of Montana. 

The conference will pay special attention to the key roles Montana and Montanans have played and are playing in pursuing, establishing and realizing the imperative of wilderness. Featured speakers include David James Duncan, Holmes Rolston, Sharman Russell, Doug Scott, Pat Williams and Donald Worster.

All sessions are free and open the public, however RSVPs are requested. To view a complete schedule of events and to register, visit


Contact: Michal Helman, project coordinator, Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program at UM, 734-834-6485,