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Nov 18 Conservation on the Northern Plains

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 AM North Regional Library 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis (We will meet in the meeting room on the second level of North Regional Library.) There is ample parking in the library lot.

This program will be a panel discussion which challenges widespread assumptions about people and nature, reframing understandings of both in the process. They seek in the Plains to find the people, places, and stories that define conservation. In addressing conservation’s reach, they reflect on the ordinary, the extraordinary, and the spaces in between, covering species ranging from horses to honeybees and pheasants to wolves. This is a call to revisit conservation and re-engage in discussions of use and the environment. Conservation issues in eight states and Canada are considered, giving special attention to Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Our panel members: Anthony J. Amato grew up in southwestern Minnesota and lives in Marshall. He is an Associate Professor in the Social Science Department at Southwest Minnesota State University. His research interests focus on places and cases where economy, environment, and culture converge. He is editor of the book Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives (2017). Tony's father, Joe Amato, is a retired history professor and a frequent contributor to MISF programs. A poet and an author of numerous books on a wide range of subjects, he will provide perspective on the rich history of conservation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bill Hoffman will talk about an ecology based on energy.

The library opens at 9:00; we begin gathering at 9:30; and the meeting, then the talk begins at 10:00.


Please NOTE the new temporary location for our fall meetings. We will be back in the Washburn Library in January.

Guests are always welcome. There is no admission charge for our meetings.


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