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Release: Sept. 9, 2002
UI graduate to speak about fighting Western forest fires Sept. 13
summer of devastating fires in the West has left behind many questions about
wildfire management in the National Forests. University of Iowa alumnus Don
Scheese will talk about his experiences watching for and fighting fires in
Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 in 704 Jefferson
Building. His presentation "Mountains of Memory: Nature and Environmental
Studies in American Studies," is part of the American studies department
Floating Friday lecture series.
Sheese, who earned his doctorate in American studies in 1991, is now an
associate professor of English and director of the environmental studies program
at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. His lecture is based on his
book "Mountains of Memory: A Fire Lookout's Life in the River of No Return
Wilderness," published by UI Press last year.
The book paints a complex portrait of the natural, institutional and historical
forces that have shaped the great forested landscapes of the American West.
A student of nature writing as well as a fire lookout with over a decade of
experience, Scheese recounts his life at the top of the world, along with
daring adventures such as backpacking and mountaineering in the Bighorn Crags
and kayaking down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.