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Time to Make Reservations for Fourth Annual Aldo Leopold Banquet

RELEASED: Dec. 16, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center will collaboratively host the fourth annual Aldo Leopold Banquet from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 27, 2009, at the Westgate Sportsman Club in Eau Claire.

The popular banquet honors the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold, celebrates his life and writings, and aims to further foster the idea of developing a land ethic.

The banquet's rustic-themed menu includes a variety of wild game dishes as well as vegetarian options. Cost is $20 per person for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and community members and $12 for students. The event is limited to 400 and expected to sell out quickly, so early reservations are recommended.

The acclaimed Chris Silver Bluegrass Band will perform, and the pre-dinner program will feature six guest speakers: Matt Frank, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Tex Hawkins, a watershed biologist representing the National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Winona, Minn.; Kenny Salwey, author and star of the Emmy-award-winning film "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat, which won seven international wildlife film awards; Dr. Sean Hartnett, UW-Eau Claire professor of geography; Dr. John Hildebrand, UW-Eau Claire professor of English; and UW-Eau Claire sophomore Amy Brickheimer, Marathon, a student employee at the EAC. Hartnett and Hildebrand teach the Aldo Leopold land ethic in their classes and are involved in efforts to create an awareness and appreciation for the lower Chippewa River corridor. Brickheimer, who is involved with the UW-Eau Claire Student Rod and Gun and Hobnailers Outdoor Adventure clubs, will represent youth and the next generation.

Aldo Leopold Weekend is a collaborative effort of The Aldo Leopold Foundation, select faculty at UW-Eau Claire, the Wisconsin and Minnesota departments of natural resources and many area agencies, organizations and businesses who support the development of a land ethic.

All proceeds from the banquet benefit the UW-Eau Claire Environmental Adventure Center Student Leadership Fund.

Tickets for the Aldo Leopold Banquet are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, or at the Westgate Sportsman Club, 715-832-4548.

For more information, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616 or langlodt@uwec.edu.

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