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Date: September 6, 2013

Federal Wilderness Agencies Celebrate 20th Anniversary at UM

MISSOULA, Mont., September 6, 2013 – To commemorate their 20th anniversary, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center will host a celebration on The University of Montana’s Oval, featuring horse packing and crosscut saw demonstrations, local speakers, desserts and live music by Kung Fu Kongress.

The free and public event on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon, will give students a chance to engage with wilderness rangers and managers. In addition, a Pathways Program representative will be available to talk about careers in wilderness management and opportunities in federal employment.

Government agencies will need new recruits to fill vacancies left by a rising tide of retirements in the coming years. “There will be a ton of careers for students if they are interested,” Leopold Institute Director Susan Fox said.

The event celebrates the establishment of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center on the UM campus in 1993. The two organizations provide wilderness research and training for land managers, scientists, and the general public.

Wilderness areas are federally protected parcels of primitive land designated by congress. They cover over 5 percent of the United States. Connie Myers, director of the Carhart Center, hopes that Wednesday’s event will provide students an opportunity to learn about wilderness and these two national organizations that are on campus and that play a key role in the management of wilderness nationwide.

“These places are unique in all the world and they are the envy of the world, [and maintaining the integrity of these places as envisioned by congress has been, and will continue to be, a challenge] Myers pointed out. “Students are going to have to stand up and say these places matter.”

Speakers at the Wednesday event will include Perry Brown, UM provost, Natalie Dawson, director of the UM Wilderness Institute and the UM Wilderness & Civilization Program, and Jack Ward Thomas, retired chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

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