2018 Lecture Series

2018 Wilderness Lecture Series

2018 Lecture Series

The Rivers Will Run:
Celebrating 50 years of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

February-April 2018

Available for 1 credit as NRSM 371, CRN 34255 (can be taken up to three individual times for credit)

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, this year’s Wilderness Issues Lecture Series will bring forth activists, authors, scientists, policy experts, and adventurous storytellers to examine and celebrate the wilderness of waterways, the National Wild and Scenic rivers of the United States and waters waiting for these protections

First designated in 1968, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act provides for, “free-flowing” rivers which “possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values” and provides protections from dams and other developments for these rivers.   The Act was meant to respond to the increase in development across US waterways.  Since its inception, over 12,000 river miles encompassing over 200 rivers have been designated for “wild”, “scenic” or “recreational” value under the Act.  During the 50th anniversary, there is a movement to establish over 5,000 additional miles of river under these provisions.  This year’s lecture series will focus on understanding the history of these river designations, the present conditions of rivers across our nation, both protected and unprotected, and the people and processes involved in making additional recommendations for future Wild and Scenic rivers in the U.S.

University of Montana Press Release

Jan. 26, 2018

Contact: Natalie Dawson, director, UM Wilderness Institute, 406-552-5550, natalie.dawson@umontana.edu.

UM Wilderness Institute to Present Free Lecture Series, ‘The Rivers Will Run’

MISSOULA – The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana invites UM students and the public to the annual Wilderness Issues Lecture Series, held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday of spring semester in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The series begins Jan. 30.

This year’s series, “The Rivers Will Run,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, passed by Congress in 1968 to protect free-flowing, undammed portions of rivers across the U.S. 

“2018 gives us the opportunity to celebrate the wilderness of waterways – the wild and scenic rivers,” Wilderness Institute Director Natalie Dawson said. “This is especially exciting for Montanans, as we were home to some of the first rivers designated under this act. It was also the result of hard work of Montanans like Lance and John Craighead, who spearheaded this important legislation.”

The lectures will feature perspectives from scholars, writers, photographers, activists, recreationists, policy experts and managers. Each will discuss the implications of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in the U.S. and abroad.

Lectures will be held on the following dates:

Speaker Schedule for 2018 Wilderness Issues Lecture Series

January 30 — "The Salmon River - Idaho's River of No Return" Charles Ray, activist and writer


Poster for Charles Ray Lecture

February 13 — "Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy" Tim Palmer, author and photographer of 26 books about American rivers
Tim Palmer Flyer
February 20 — "Developing a Wild and Scenic Rivers Science Agenda in the US and Abroad" Alan Watson, research scientist at Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Center
Alan Watson Flyer
February 27 — "Stories Run Through It: 5000 Miles of Wild and Our Connections to Wild Rivers" Mike Fiebig, American Rivers Northern Rockies associate director
Flyer for Michael Fiebig Lecture
March 6 — "Saving the last untamed rivers in the Northern Rockies using the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act" Scott Bosse, American Rivers Northern Rockies director
Scott Bosse Flyer
March 13 — "Rapids and Eddies of Wild Scenic River Management: An Agency Perspective" Jimmy Gaudry, Forest Service program manager, and Colter Pence, Forest Service program manager
March 20 — "The Political Ecology of Wild and Scenic: Lessons for Advancing Resilient River Ecosystems" Denielle Perry, assistant professor at Northern Arizona University
April 3 — American Rivers will present one of their film selections for the 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, along with a conversation with producers of the film.
Flyer for American Rivers Film Festival