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News Release 11/03/07


NOVEMBER 3, 2007

Stewart Brandborg, Lifelong Wilderness Advocate to Speak, Friday, November 9

Stewart Brandborg, son of a long time Bitterroot Forest Supervisor, who led the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. for twelve years, did the seminal research on mountain goats in the Rockies, and led successful efforts to expand the Wilderness Preservation System in the lower 48 and in Alaska soon after passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, will be speaking in Moscow, Friday, November 9.

“Brandy,”  grew up in the Bitterroots and returned to the area following successful leadership roles with TWS, the National Wildlife Federation, and the National Park Service. He worked with TWS under the leadership of Wilderness Act Howard Zahniser, and then directed the organization for the longest stint of any other director, with the exception of famed wildlife biologist Olaus Murie. According to his closest friends and those that worked with him over the years his greatest accomplishment was organizing citizens on a local level; building awareness and momentum for wilderness protection through grassroots community building.

Brandborg will be speaking at Friends of the Clearwater’s annual meeting celebration at the 1912 Building (412 East 3rd St.) Friends of the Clearwater was founded in 1987 by a group of citizens concerned about loss of pubic wildlands in the Clearwater drainage and declining water quality due to an increasing and unregulated logging and road-building program by the US Forest Service. Today FOC serves its dual mission of Education and Ecosystem Defense by presenting educational programs to local schools and community groups, leading public hikes, conducting citizen science monitoring projects, and by responding to USFS project proposals to ensure the agency abides by environmental rules and regulations.

The annual meeting celebration seeks to thank all of FOC’s members, volunteers, and supporters for another year of their efforts. As always, the event is a potluck dinner and includes, wonderful live music, a silent auction, and lively program. Beer and wine will be served by Mikey’s Gyros. The general public is invited to attend. And all attendees are encouraged to bring an item for the silent auction.

Remember to bring your favorite dish and beverage ’cause we do this potluck style.