UM Hosts International Group of Land Managers for Seminar

July 13, 2015

Participants in the International Seminar on Protected Area Management gather in the nation’s capital this week after meeting with high-level U.S. Forest Service personnel. Photo by Sean Kelley Photography.

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host two dozen protected-area land managers from around through world Sunday, July 26, while they explore Western Montana as part of the 15th annual International Seminar on Protected Area Management.

Participants in the seminar, sponsored by the Wilderness Institute and the College of Forestry and Conservation at UM, arrived in Missoula on July 10 after spending two days in Washington, D.C. UM serves as the base camp for participants while they take educational excursions to four national forests, two wilderness areas, the Flathead Indian Reservation, several rural communities and Yellowstone National Park.

The 24 mid-career protected-area managers represent Palestine, Georgia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moldova, Brazil, Guyana, Israel, Zambia, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Gabon, India, Ecuador and Nepal.  

“What better place than Missoula to bring this diverse group from the around the world to explore public landscapes in the western U.S. as inspiration to discuss challenges and successes faced by people who manage protected areas around the globe?” said Wilderness Institute Director Natalie Dawson, who also directs the seminar.

The International Seminar on Protected Area Management, which also is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, is an integrated, state-of-the art course that examines strategies to conserve the world's most special places. The seminar is designed for mid-career planners and managers of nationally significant protected areas worldwide, and focuses on evaluating the policies and institutional arrangements that sustain both people and natural resources.

For more information, call the Wilderness Institute at 406-243-5361, email or visit

Contact: Natalie Dawson, director, UM Wilderness Institute, 406-552-5550,