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The Natural Wonders of the Chippewa River is the
Topic of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Luncheon

RELEASED: Nov. 16, 2007

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — The Lower Chippewa River Valley is a world-class natural area right here in western Wisconsin's own backyard. Dr. Sean Hartnett, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor of geography and anthropology, will discuss what makes this region so special and the best ways to experience the Lower Chippewa River at a Nov. 28 luncheon. Hartnett will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's Restaurant titled "The Lower Chippewa River: A World-Class Natural Area." The presentation is the first of a series on the Chippewa River and is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

Hartnett will discuss experiencing the Lower Chippewa River with a paddle in the water or a bike on land.

"With shallow water and an abundance of sand and gravel bars on the Lower Chippewa, a canoe or kayak is the best mode of travel and exploration," Hartnett said. "The Chippewa River bike trail, from Eau Claire to Durand, provides a great way to take in the Chippewa River flood plain. There are a few miles of the trail right alongside the river."

Hartnett's areas of expertise includes bathymetric mapping, the geography of the marathon and the Lower Chippewa. He is a founding director of The Confluence Center for Chippewa River Studies. Hartnett has taught cartography, and geographic techniques at UW-Eau Claire since 1984. He received a master's degree and a Ph.D. in geography from UW-Madison, and a bachelor of arts degree from Beloit College.

There will not be a "Let's Do Lunch program in December. The next "Let's Do Lunch" will be on Jan. 30. The speaker will be Dr. Doug Faulkner, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography and anthropology, who will continue the series on the Lower Chippewa River with a talk titled "Reconstructing Historical Change of the Lower Chippewa River."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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