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Tickets still available for Aldo Leopold Banquet

RELEASED: Feb. 5, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — There is still time to purchase tickets for the fifth annual Aldo Leopold Banquet, which is set for 5-10 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Westgate Sportsman Club in Eau Claire.

The popular banquet — collaboratively hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center — 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 several wild game recipes as well as vegetarian options. The cost is $25 per person for community members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $15 for students. Seating is limited, so advance registration is requested.

The program will feature music by Warren Petryk and six guest speakers, including 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; Dave Carlson, WQOW-TV personality and host of the award-winning show "Northland Adventures"; George Meyer, retired secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and current executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation; Dr. Sean Hartnett, UW-Eau Claire professor of geography; Dr. Kate Hale-Wilson, UW-Eau Claire sustainability fellow; UW-Eau Claire senior Adam Koble, Wasecam Minn., of the UW-Eau Claire Cycling Club; and sophomore Sam Lynch, Menomonie, a student employee in the Environmental Adventure Center.

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 will benefit the Environmental Adventure Center Student Bicycling Program.

Tickets for the Aldo Leopold Banquet are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC(8932), 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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