Can one of America’s greatest wildlife success stories continue? A discussion between Dr. Chris Servheen, who oversaw grizzly conservation in the US for 35 years, and journalist Todd Wilkinson.
Wednesday, February 1
Doors open at 6:00PM | Discussion starts at 7:00PM
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The state of the grizzly in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and the looming impacts of increased human development and recreation on the grizzly and the rest of the Yellowstone system.
Christopher Servheen retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 after 35 years as the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator. Servheen was an Adjunct Research Associate Professor in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana from 1992 to 2018. As the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, he was responsible for coordinating all the research and management on grizzly bears in the lower 48 states and working closely with grizzly biologists in Alberta and British Columbia.
Servheen wrote the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan and was the EIS Team Leader for the Bitterroot Grizzly Bear Reintroduction EIS and was responsible for the delisting rule for the Yellowstone grizzly population in 2007, and he drafted the delisting rule in 2016 prior to his retirement.
His interests involve bear conservation and management and the relationships between human activities and bear distribution and survival. Servheen has worked in many countries in Asia and in Europe on bears and bear conservation including Japan, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Laos, Greece, Austria, France, and Spain. He was a Fulbright Scholar working on brown bear conservation in Greece in 1994.
He is currently the President and Board Chair of the Montana Wildlife Federation, and Co-chair of the North American Bears Expert Team for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Todd Wilkinson has been a professional journalist since 1985. He is founder and writer in chief of the Bozeman-based conservation journalism non-profit, Mountain Journal (mountainjournal.org) which has readers around the globe. A native of Minnesota’s North Woods, he began his career as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago.
Wilkinson’s work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications, ranging from National Geographic and Christian Science Monitor to The Washington Post and many others in-between. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed books on topics ranging from Ted Turner and scientific whistleblowers to the harrowing life of famous Jackson Hole grizzly bear mother 399 featuring photographs by Thomas Mangelsen.
Proudly, he adds, “I was also a grunt cook working minimum wage for the park concessionaire at Canyon Village in Yellowstone during two summers of college.” For more on Todd’s background, go to toddwilkinsonwriter.com.
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