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Event to feature appearance by, documentary
about 'Last River Rat' Kenny Salwey

RELEASED: March 26, 2008

Kenny Salwey
Kenny Salwey

EAU CLAIRE — Author, river guide and veteran woodsman Kenny Salwey will make an appearance at the airing of a BBC film celebrating his life at 7 p.m. April 15 in Schofield Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The film screening and appearance by Salwey will be part of the university's Earth Week celebration, which will run April 14-18.

The Emmy award-winning film "Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat" depicts Salwey, an Alma native who has lived his life close to the land, getting by as a river guide, trapper, fisherman, hunter, woodsman and root and herb collector along the Mississippi River.

The environmental documentary is based on two books: "The Last River Rat: Kenny Salwey's Life in the Wild" and "Kenny Salwey's Tales of a River Rat." The film captures the dynamics of the Upper Mississippi backwaters and bluff country. It focuses on the seasonal ebbs and flows of the Upper Mississippi River's plant and animal life as seen through Salwey's eyes.

"The film's conservation message is extremely relevant to the Chippewa River in UW-Eau Claire's own backyard," said Daniel Langlois, assistant director of the University Recreation & Sports Facility and a member of the Chippewa River Alliance. "People are not aware that this area of the state from Eau Claire to the mouth of the Chippewa contains the highest concentration of rare and endangered species in the state and a quarter of the remaining prairie grasses. Seventy percent of the state's fish species are in the Chippewa River. Salwey's message about the Mississippi is strategically close to our own story of the Chippewa."

Tickets are $8 and are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC.

The event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Environmental Adventure Center, UW-Eau Claire Chippewa River Confluence Center, Alumni Association and the Chippewa River Alliance.

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