Wilderness Institute Plans UM Lectures

March 07, 2018

MISSOULA – The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana will present two lectures in March that address land management issues facing Europe, Chile and the U.S. Both events are free and open to the public.

Verena Gruber with the European Wilderness Society will present “Is There Wilderness Left in Europe?” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in University Center Room 332.

Participants are invited to bring lunch and listen as Gruber discusses definitions of wilderness in Europe, the organizations that protect wilderness and management differences between the U.S. and Europe.

Laurel Genzoli, North American program director for Ríos to Rivers, will discuss “From Ríos to Rivers: Sharing Lessons from the Klamath River with Chilean Patagonia” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in UC 332.

Chile is now constructing large hydro-dams, while dams on Oregon and California’s Klamath River are slated for removal. Youth from Chile and the Klamath Basin recently spent three weeks in each other’s homelands, learning from one another about ecology, politics, people and the future of those rivers. This talk will explore why dam-building continues in Chile while dams are being removed in North America.

The Wilderness Institute is based in UM’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation. To learn more visit http://www.cfc.umt.edu/wi/.

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Contact: Joanna Campbell, assistant director, UM Wilderness Institute, 406-243-6916, joanna.campbell@mso.umt.edu.