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St. Croix River Short Documentary to Premiere

OCT. 8, 2007--A new documentary short on the federally protected riverway bordering Wisconsin and Minnesota--one of America's national treasures--will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Kinnickinnic River Theater at the University Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

The St. Croix River Institute, an on-campus partnership joining UWRF and the National Park Service/St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, will sponsor the free public premieres of "The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey" at 3 and 7 p.m. in anticipation of the upcoming 40 th anniversary of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

In 1968 the upper St. Croix Riverway was designated as one of the original eight under the federal act that protects some of America's most treasured waterways. The region's citizens--under the astute guidance of then Sens. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), the late native of Clear Lake, Wis., and known internationally as the father of Earth Day, and Walter Mondale (D-Minn.), who led the nation as vice president and now teaches and the University of Minnesota, along with Wisconsin/Minnesota environmentalist Sigurd Olson and others--are to thank for this prescient act of stewardship that the region continues to enjoy. The lower riverway, from Taylors Falls, Minn. to Prescott, Wis., received federal protection and designation in 1972.

Today this thin ribbon of protection offers a mixture of incomparable scenery, recreation and lush landscapes, all located remarkably close to a major metropolitan area.

Filmed throughout the seasons and narrated by nationally acclaimed artist Peter Thomas, the 18-minute film merges moving currents, wildlife and history with the voices of those who are inspired by the beauty and solitude of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.  

A discussion follows the film. Audience members can share their personal connection to the riverway, learn about local community and organizational connections, and ask questions about the riverway and the film and its creation.

The 3 p.m. showing includes a discussion led by UWRF biology Professor John Wheeler and student Chelsie Harder.   The 7 p.m. screening includes a discussion led by longtime River Falls resident and UWRF alumnus Keith Rodli, a river enthusiast who helped to establish the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust.

Another discussion event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings, Minn., at 12805 St. Croix Trail South (Washington Co. Hwy 21) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.   The film can be also be seen upon request beginning Saturday, Oct. 6 at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, located at 401 Hamilton St. in St. Croix Falls, Wis.  

The St. Croix River Institute's mission is to understand and sustain the river and its valley communities by engaging people in experiences on, along and in the region served by the river and its watershed. The institute provides and facilitates academic courses, enrichment experiences, applied research and service opportunities that are focused on the St. Croix River and its watershed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway preserves, protects and interprets an unrivaled combination of exceptional natural and cultural resources and scenic, aesthetic and recreational values. The riverway includes 154 miles from near Gordon, Wis., to its confluence with the Mississippi River at Prescott, Wis., and the entire 98 miles of the Namekagon River, its largest tributary.

For more information contact Dale Cox, a ranger with the National Park Service, at 715-483-2272 or email . For more information about the event at UWRF or the St. Croix Institute, contact the UWRF office of outreach and graduate studies at 715-425-3256 or 1-800-228-5607 or email . The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway web site is at ; St. Croix River Institute information can be found at


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