KALISPELL - The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation will kick off its annual Wilderness Speaker Series Wednesday night at Flathead Valley Community College.
The lectures will be held the first Wednesday of every month from February through April from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and are free to attend.
Wednesday night's talk will be on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Now in its 50th year, two wilderness experts will tell the story of this important legislation that got its start right here in the Flathead National Forest on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River which comes out of the Great Bear Wilderness.
Speakers include author and wildlife expert with Fish, Wildlife and Parks for more than 40 years and Adjunct Instructor at FVCC John Fraley and Colter Pence the Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Manager of the Flathead National Forest, and U.S. Forest Service.
The event now in its sixth year is presented by the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, the Montana Wilderness Association and the Northwest Montana Fire Lookout Association.
"The Bob Marshall Foundation carries out Bob Marshall's legacy by providing stewardship for the landscape by opening trails and doing other conservation projects to preserve the landscape," said Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Executive Director Carol Treadwell.
The speaker series begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Flathead Valley Community College's Art and Technology Building, in room 139. Seats are expected to fill up fast.