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Crystal Lake in the Mission Mountains Wilderness.

The establishment of wilderness areas, the conceptual evolution of wilderness and the future of wilderness will be explored in the 33rd annual Wilderness Institute Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

The series, “Room to Roam: 50 Years of Wilderness Policy, Practice, Protection and Passion,” is sponsored by the College of Forestry and Conservation Wilderness Institute. It will feature speakers who include legislators, activists, federal and state officials, scientists, tribal representatives, authors and adventurers.

The lectures are free and open to the public. They will be held from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Jan. 28 through April 8, in the Gallagher Business Building, Room 122.

The schedule is as follows:

• Jan. 28: “Montana’s Wilderness: A 35-year Dilemma,” Pat Williams, former Montana congressman.

• Feb. 4: “Can We Keep Wilderness Wild? The Future of Science, Research and Management on our Public Lands,” Kevin Hood, wilderness manager, U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region; and Andrew Larson, UM forestry professor.

• Feb. 11: “Wilderness: Where We Have Come From and Where We are Going,” Hal Herring, award-winning journalist, writer and editor.

• Feb. 18: “Getting Beyond Rock and Ice, Prairie Wildlands and the Next 50 Years of Conservation Under the Big Sky,” panelists Rick Potts, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge manager; Cameron Sapp, Montana Wildlands Association prairie wildlands outreach coordinator; and Hugo Turek, Montana rancher.

• Feb. 25: “Human Spirit and Wilderness: A Personal Story of Wilderness Passion,” Gloria Flora, director and founder of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions and former U.S. Forest Service Region 1 supervisor.

• March 4: Public address on U.S. Forest Service wilderness areas by Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell.

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• March 11: “The Real People’s Lands: Tribal Wilderness, Indigenous Lands and Their Future,” wilderness managers, advocates and local tribal leaders.

• March 18: “Wilderness Strategies in the 21st Century,” panelists George Nickas, Wilderness Watch director; Peter Aengst, the Wilderness Society Northern Rockies Program director; and Martha Williams, UM assistant professor of law and former deputy solicitor of the division of parks and wildlife for the U.S. Department of Interior.

• March 25: “Mountains and Rivers are Myself Turned Inside-Out: Tales of the Wild,” David James Duncan, author, essayist, fly-fisherman, public speaker and river guardian.

• April 8: “Keeping it Wild in the 21st Century: Wilderness for a New Generation,” UM students, mentors and program coordinators.

For more information on the lecture series, call Rachel James, interim assistant to the director, at 243-6916 or email wi@cfc.umt.edu. More information about the lecture series is available at cfc.umt.edu/Wi.

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