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Some participants in March 2 Aldo Leopold Banquet to hike 7 miles to event

February 17, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — People attending the seventh annual Aldo Leopold Banquet and silent auction March 2 are invited to hike to the event as a way to celebrate the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold.

People who want to make the seven-mile trek from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus to the Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club should meet on the Central Campus Mall at 2:30 p.m. March 2.

The event — which will introduce students and community members to the Aldo Leopold land ethic and pass the conservation torch to the next generation — will run from 5-10 p.m. at the Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club.

Those who walk from campus to the Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club will be recognized during the banquet. Event organizers will help find the walkers a ride back to Eau Claire when the event ends.

Tickets are still available for the banquet, collaboratively hosted by UW-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center. All banquet attendees, including those hiking to the event, must purchase a ticket in advance.

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation recently received a 160-acre land donation from the James Leary family near the confluence of the Chippewa and Flambeau rivers. The Foundation also purchased the 112-acre St. Bede Monastery property on the outskirts of Eau Claire.

"In the spirit of Aldo Leopold, these additions to the university offer immense program possibilities for students, faculty and the community," said Dan Langlois, event coordinator.

The dinner will feature comments by Kenny Salwey, author and star of the Emmy-award winning film "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat." Speakers also will include a member of James Leary's family and Kimera Way, executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Author and outdoorsman John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English, will be the program's emcee. Music will be provided by the EAC's student staff.

The menu includes barbequed chicken, venison meatloaf donated by Gunderson Foods of Mondovi, vegetarian options and pies donated by Norske Nook and the Student Rod and Gun Club.

The cost is $20 per person for community members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.

Proceeds will benefit UW-Eau Claire's Wisconsin Youth Success Program, which introduces youth to the outdoors.

For tickets, contact the UW-Eau Claire Service Center at 715-836-3727 or 800-949-8932.

Event hosts include the EAC, the UW-Eau Claire Confluence Center, Watershed Institute, Student Rod and Gun Club and the Wisconsin Youth Success Program.

For more information, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or



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