Wild in Montana

  Two former high-ranking Forest Service officials known for their blunt criticism of the agency headline the Montana Wilderness Association's 36th annual convention in Great Falls, Dec. 2-3. Tom Kovalecky, retired supervisor of the Nez Perce National Forest, and John Mumma, former regional forester for the northern region of the Forest Service, will speak about changes afoot in natural-resource management. Panelists of ranchers, activists and state agency officials will also discuss building bridges between the private and public sectors to protect open spaces and wild places. A traditional string band will play for dancing the first evening, while a silent auction and awards banquet cap the event. For more information, contact the Montana Wilderness Association, Box 635, Helena, MT 59624 (406/443-7350).

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