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25 Years of Wilderness Science and Training

Aldo Leopold (left) and Arthur Carhart (right)
Since 1993, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center have conducted more than 300 wilderness science projects, trained over 30,000 women and men responsible for wilderness stewardship, and provided information and education to millions of wilderness visitors. These organizations both celebrate their 25th anniversaries this year.

They carry forward the passion, determination, and hope of their namesakes, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) - father of wilderness conservation and wildlife ecology, and Arthur Carhart (1892-1978) - first federal employee to propose protecting public lands in their undeveloped state, championing the idea of wilderness protection in the United States.


Arthur Carhart
Aldo Leopold
A student conducting invasive plant inventory using a GPS unit is a public wilderness information website formed in 1996 through a collaborative partnership between the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute--the federal government's wilderness training and research arms, respectively--and the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.

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