The 2018 Wilderness Speaker Series is presented by The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Montana Wilderness Association, Flathead-Kootenai Chapter, Northwest Montana Fire Lookout Association, and Natural Resources Conservation Management Program at FVCC. The speaker series is hosted at the Flathead Valley Community College's Art and Technology Building, in room 139. Lectures are held monthly from February through April from 7-8:30 P.M. and are free to attend.
2018 WILDERNESS SPEAKER SERIES
FEBRUARY 7TH: “Wild & Scenic Rivers: 50th Anniversary”
Speakers: Colter Pence, Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River Manager of The Forest Service - Flathead National Forest, U.S. Forest Service and John Fraley, author and Adjunct Instructor at Flathead Valley Community College of Wildlife Conservation
Inspiration for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act took place in the upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River in what is now the Great Bear Wilderness Area. In celebration of this important legislation, these two wilderness river experts will describe it's history and outline the present management methods of the Three Forks of the Flathead.
MARCH 7TH: “The Untrammeled Observatory: Lessons from Wilderness Fire”
Speaker: Andrew J Larson, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, Department of Forest Management, University of Montana
Mr. Larson will present results of several years of fire and forest ecology field research in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Topics includethe scientific and educational value of wilderness, the fire ecology of the Northern Rocky forests, and the importance of wilderness areas as a source of information to help society sustainably manage non-wilderness lands.
APRIL 4TH: "The Recovery of Grizzly Bears in Montana"
Speaker: Rick Mace, Wildlife Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Mr. Mace will outline the history of the road to recovery for these large carnivores and what it means to have them removed from the Endangered Species Act.