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UW-Eau Claire Hosts Two Events to
Celebrate Aldo Leopold Weekend

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center will host two events to celebrate "Aldo Leopold Weekend."

First, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, the film "The Greatest Good" will screen at the EAC in the basement of Hilltop Center on the upper campus. The film, produced as part of the U.S. Forest Service's 100th Anniversary, documents our rich natural heritage from the West Coast to the East and traces the Forest Service's evolving journey from the "wise use" of resources to the idea of a "land ethic." Admission is free.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 1, the Second Annual Aldo Leopold Banquet will honor the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold and further foster the idea of developing a land ethic. Items on the banquet's rustic-themed menu include smothered venison steak, elk stew, walleye, and duck breast. A vegetarian option is also available. Cost is $10 per person. The event is expected to sell out quickly, so early reservations are requested.

P. Scott Hassett
P. Scott Hassett

Guest speakers are Department of Natural Resources secretary P. Scott Hassett; watershed biologist Tex Hawkins; and UW-Eau Claire professors Dr. Sean Hartnett and Dr. John Hildebrand, both of whom teach the Aldo Leopold land ethic in their classes.

Hassett has been a part of several projects to improve Wisconsin environment, including the "Bring Back the Rivers" initiative, aimed at restoring the aesthetic and ecological integrity of urban riverways; efforts to contain and eradicate Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin's whitetail deer; and acquiring land under the state's Stewardship Program to assure outdoor recreational opportunities for hunters and anglers.

Hawkins is a watershed biologist for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. His collaborative efforts help reduce flooding, sediment and nutrient impacts to the Mississippi backwaters and the Gulf of Mexico by protecting or restoring critical upstream habitats. Hawkins spent a year alone in Central America conducting a white-winged dove research project, as well as five years in Costa Rica as a Peace Corps volunteer, training consultant and national park and refuge adviser. At the banquet, Hawkins will discuss some of his father's early work with Aldo Leopold.

Hartnett, a professor of geography, has research interests in historical geography, cartography, Global Positioning System and Geographical Information Systems, and the geography of the marathon. Hartnett's expertise lies in bathymetric mapping, where he has developed a set of integrated GPS surveying, GIS surface generation, and cartographic visualization techniques used in the production of more than twenty lake maps. Hartnett is also an internationally recognized expert in the marathon and has published more than 100 articles in Track & Field News and The Kenyan Athlete.

Hildebrand is an English professor and the author of three nonfiction books that deal with a variety of environmental issues: "A Northern Front," "Mapping the Farm: The Chronicles of a Family" and "Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon." Hildebrand received the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship Award and the Excellence in Scholarship Award from UW-Eau Claire. He has also been awarded a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, the BANTA Award from the Wisconsin Literary Association and a Friends of American Writers Literary Award.

"Aldo Leopold Weekend" is a collaborative effort of The Aldo Leopold Foundation, select faculty at UW-Eau Claire, and the Wisconsin and Minnesota DNRs and Friends of the EAC. For more information, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or langlodt@uwec.edu.

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