Lecture, Short Course at UM to Explore Vietnam’s Conservation Crisis

September 12, 2016

MISSOULA – Two University of Montana instructors will give a lecture titled “Conservation and Tourism in Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Room 204 of UM’s James E.Todd Building.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will explore the growth of responsible nature tourism in Vietnam and offer a preview of an upcoming short course that will take participants to the country in January to explore these issues on the ground.

During the lecture, UM instructors Carla Abrams and Marilyn Marler will share their experiences traveling to the region and explore Vietnam’s pressing conservation issues. They also will discuss the upcoming short course to Vietnam. Offered through UM’s School of Extended and Lifelong Learning, the course –  also titled “Conservation and Tourism in Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam” – will take participants to Vietnam from Jan. 4 to 20, 2017, where they will learn about pressing conservation issues, American war history and current Vietnamese lifestyles.

“This is an intellectually challenging, authentic look at Vietnam’s conservation crisis,” Marler said. “We will learn from the local scientists and other professionals who are devoting themselves to saving habitats and wildlife in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Participants in the class will explore these topics on a level not available to casual tourists.”

Learn more about the SELL course at http://www.umt.edu/sell/extended/vietnam/.

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Contact: Marilyn Marler, UM natural areas specialist and instructor, 406-544-7189, marilyn.marler@umontana.edu.