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Tickets for Aldo Leopold Banquet still available

RELEASED: Feb. 7, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Tickets are still available for the sixth annual Aldo Leopold Banquet and silent auction set for 5-10 p.m. March 3 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

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 theme of this year's banquet is "Connecting Aldo Leopold with the 'Next Generation.'" The gathering is designed to pass the land legacy torch to the next generation.

The banquet's rustic-themed menu has several wild game offerings, including smoked buffalo, as well as wild rice, trout and vegetarian options.

The program will feature music by the Stoop Singers and five guest speakers:

  • 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.
  • Joe Knight, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram outdoor writer and author.
  • Drs. Sean Hartnett and Garry Running, representing the UW-Eau Claire geography and anthropology department, as well as the university's Confluence Center and Watershed Institute.
  • Sophomore Sam Worple, Janesville, will represent the "next generation" and the student staff at the EAC.

Tickets for the banquet, available at the University Service Center in Davies Center or by phone at 715-836-3727, are $20 for the public and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and $15 for UW-Eau Claire students. Seating is limited to 300 so advance ticket purchase is requested.

All event proceeds will help support the summer 2011 Wisconsin Youth Sports Camp and efforts to offer youth programs in canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, trap shooting, biking, and environmental/conservation service projects on the lower Chippewa River. The camp is a part of the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, which is led by University Recreation & Sport Facilities staff members.

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

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