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The Storied Past, The Troubled Future: The Imperative of Wilderness at 50 Years

Fall 2014 Mansfield Conference

In passing the Wilderness Act fifty years ago, the United States Congress created a legal and ethical imperative to preserve wilderness as a public good. The Fall 2014 Mansfield Conference will celebrate past work done to fulfill that imperative and consider the future challenges and controversies facing wilderness.  The conference will pay special attention to the key roles Montana and Montanans have played and are playing in pursuing, establishing, and realizing the imperative of wilderness.

The conference will feature many notable speakers, including David James Duncan, Holmes Rolston, Sharman Russell, Doug Scott, Pat Williams and Donald Worster.


The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center   Montana Wilderness Association   The Project on American Democracy and Leadership   Business for Montana's Outdoors