Conference in Boulder, CO Will Explore 50-Year Legacy of America’s Wilderness Act, Sept. 4-5

Aug 7, 2014
Prominent authors and experts at Sept. 4-5 event will offer perspectives through policy, prose, pictures, poetry
To mark the 50th year since the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964, the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment and The Wilderness Society will host a conference on September 4 and 5 at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. “Celebrating the Great Law: The Wilderness Act at 50” will feature prominent authors, professors, historians, activists and Colorado’s poet laureate.  
 
This unique event will bring together the most inspiring, insightful, and compelling wilderness luminaries.  The most important invitee of all will be the public—those who make wilderness an important part of their lives, and those who simply take comfort in its existence.  The event is free but registration is required: http://www.colorado.edu/law/research/gwc/events. 
 
The Wilderness Act is the landmark conservation law that established the National Wilderness Preservation System, which has enabled Congress to protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness on the nation’s public lands.
 
Colorado contains 43 wilderness areas protected by the law, from Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Area and Maroon Bells to the South San Juan and Mesa Verde Wilderness Areas. While preserving many  intact ecosystems, Colorado’s 3.7 million acres of wilderness also play a large role in the state’s economy and help define the heart and soul of the state.
 
September 3 through November 2, the Denver Public Library’s renowned Conservation Collection will present a special exhibit of historical documents and artifacts related to the Wilderness Act and will also showcase the remarkable wilderness photographs of Colorado’s John Fielder and National Geographic’s Peter Essick.  See details at: http://wilderness.org/legacy-wilderness-exhibit. 
 
Thursday September 4, 2014
 
WHO: John Fielder, Colorado landscape photographer and nature writer
 
WHAT: “Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness” presentation and reception
 
WHERE: Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO
 
WHEN: 5:30 to 6:00 book signing, 6:00 to 7:30 presentation, 7:30 to 8:30 reception honoring all speakers at the Friday conference
 
The event is free but registration is required. Please register at: http://www.colorado.edu/law/research/gwc/events 
 
Friday, September 5, 2014
 
WHO:
  • Charles Wilkinson, distinguished professor of law at CU Law School
  • Jamie Williams, president, The Wilderness Society
  • Rick Bass, author of The Ninemile Wolves; Why I Came West
  • William deBuys, author A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the   American Southwest;
  • William Kittredge, author of Owning It All; A Hole in the Sky
  • Greg Hobbs, judge, Colorado Supreme Court
  • David Mason, Poet Laureate of Colorado
  • Panel discussions with additional speakers
 
WHAT: Celebrating the Great Law: The Wilderness Act at 50” Conference which will include remarks, readings, poems and panels featuring additional speakers
 
WHERE: Boettcher Hall, Wolf Law Bldg., University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO
 
WHEN: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
Lunch is included. Please register at: http://www.colorado.edu/law/research/gwc/events 
 
The Wilderness Society is the leading wild public lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org.   
 
The Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment continues the long-standing work of Colorado Law's Natural Resources Law Center. The newly renamed Center endeavors to serve the people of the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching and innovative problem solving in order to further true sustainability for our use of the lands, waters, and environment. 
Michael Reinemer
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