Sigurd OlsonThe Sigurd Olson Lecture Series has brought visionary conservationists to speak in Minnesota each spring since the 1982 death of writer, naturalist and wilderness advocate Sigurd F. Olson.

Each year, the lectures highlight current natural resource issues by national conservation leaders. All lectures are free and open to the public. Speakers typically present lectures in Ely, MN at Vermilion Community College and in the Twin Cities.

2014 Sigurd Olson Lecture Series

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, working with Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, is pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 Sigurd Olson Lecture Series, featuring Mike Clark.

As head of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition during the Clinton years, Clark led a successful decade-long effort to halt a proposed gold mine on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. The mining area has since been reclaimed by the U.S. Forest Service and a vibrant tourist economy remains intact.Clark will talk about how the campaign to stop the mine was organized, the challenges of protecting public landsMike Clark when mining operations are proposed, and how public lands provide the economic engine for many rural areas adjacent to protected public lands and wilderness areas.His talk, entitled “Yellowstone: More Precious than Gold,” offers important lessons for Minnesotans who are grappling with the risks posed to wilderness from copper-nickel sulfide mine proposals like PolyMet and Twin Metals.

Mon, April 7
7:00 PM
Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium
St. Catherine University
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tues, April 8
9:40-11:10 AM
John Davis Auditorium
Campus Center, Macalester College
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tues, April 8
7:00 PM
Expedition Room
Midwest Mountaineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wed, April 9
12:00 PM
R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences
University of Minnesota
1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Wed, April 9
7:00 PM
Room CL104
Vermilion Community College
Ely, Minnesota

Thurs, April 10
12:00 PM
UM-Duluth Library, 4th Floor Rotunda
University of Minnesota

Thurs, April 10
3:00 PM
Erlenbach Hall SWEN 1004
University of Wisconsin Superior

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Past speakers:

  • 1999 – Steve Whitney, Charlie Raines, Christine Weller – “The Endangered Forests of Washington’s Cascade Crest”
  • 2000 – Julie Wormser, Bob Perschell – “The Great Northern Forest”
  • 2001 – Dave Foreman – “Rewilding North America”
  • 2002 – Jaime Pinkham – “Voices of Wilderness”
  • 2003 – Bob Ekey – “Yellowstone to Yukon”
  • 2004 – Pete Morton – “Environmental Land Economic Impacts of Drilling in the Rocky Mountains”
  • 2005 – Flip Hagood – “Our Land, Our Youth, Our Future and the Role of Environmental Education”
  • 2006 – Lee Frelich – “Conservation Challenges and Policy Responses for BWCAW Forests – An Ecological Perfect Storm”
  • 2008 – Will Steger and J. Drake Hamilton – “Eyewitness to Global Warming”
  • 2009 – Jerry Greenberg and Frank and Audrey Peterman – “Science, Politics, and Values in Conservation and Resource Management”
  • 2010 – Brian O’Neill – “Yellowstone and the BWCAW: A Political History of Two Landscapes”
  • 2011 – Amy Vedder – “From Gorillas to Grizzlies:  a Conservation Journey”
  • 2012 – Spencer Phillips – “Wildland Conservation and Local Economies”
  • 2013 – Tim Bristol – “Watersheds: Clean Water, Wild Places, and Healthy Communities”