MISSOULA – The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana invites UM students and the public to the annual Wilderness Issues lecture series. The series kicks off at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Gallagher Business Building 122.

This year’s lecture series, “What’s the Wild Worth? The Price of Nature’s Amenities Through a 21st Century Conservation Lens,” will focus on the relationship between the natural amenities of land, water, wildlife, fish, intact ecological relationships and natural systems, and how these natural amenities are related to land conservation through economics and local, regional or national well-being. 
“As we continue as a nation, and a global economy, to focus more on cost-benefit analyses regarding nature and human activity, lessons in economics and valuation become an ever-increasingly important piece of the dialogue,” said Natalie Dawson, director of UM’s Wilderness Institute.
The lecture series will feature perspectives from scholars, economists, recreationists, writers, managers and storytellers about the intrinsic and extraneous worth of wild places.
All lectures will be held Tuesdays from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 122. The schedule is:
·         Feb. 2: John Duffield, Bioeconomics Inc. president and principal
·         Feb. 9: Jeffrey Englin, professor in the Morrison School of Agribusiness, WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
·         Feb. 16: Terry Anderson, William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow and former president and executive director of The Property and Environment Research Center; John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
·         Feb. 23: John Baden, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment and Gallatin Writers, Inc.
·         March 1: Richard Barrett, UM economics professor emeritus and Montana state senator.
·         March 8: Evan Hjerpe, executive director, Conservation Economics Institute.
·         March 15: Kimiko Barrett, geographer, Headwaters Economics.
·         March 22: TBA