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SPREADING THE WILD WORD WILD Keeping the Uintas Wild

High atop a windy bluff overlooking Rock Springs sits the thoughtfully designed cultural center of the southwestern corner of that state, Western Wyoming Community College. On March 29 HUPC Coordinator Dick Carter and board member Margaret Pettis were invited to present an evening of information on the High Uintas.

Guests of the WWCC Western American Studies Program and Sweetwater County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Dick and Margaret presented in slides, lecture, poetry and discussion the natural and political history of the range, impacts of development on the forests, and issues the future holds for the fragile habitat and watershed of the wild country both Utah and Wyoming call their own.

A lively crowd of about 90 folks from the college, town and surrounding ranches filled the auditorium and plied Dick with questions ranging from fire to fish to freedom (yes, the local Wise Users were there, claiming the front row early.)

Margaret read some of her poems written in and about the Uintas and told tales of packing mules, horses and llamas in the West. Spreading the word of the wild, the biological importance and spiritual value of the Uintas, is no difficult task, but certainly is heard by a myriad perspectives.

We thank WWCC for welcoming our message!


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