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St. Croix River Film To Be Shown

By Laurel Kolkind
UWRF University Communications

NOV. 9, 2007--A free viewing of a new documentary on the federally protected riverway bordering Wisconsin and Minnesota will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, Minn., at 12805 St. Croix Trail South (Washington Co. Hwy 21.)

The St. Croix River Institute, an on-campus partnership joining the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the National Park Service/St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, sponsors this public showing of "The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey." The documentary, which has been aired at the National Park Service Visitor Center and the UWRF in recent weeks, is in anticipation of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Dale Cox, a National Park Service ranger, has been pleased with the turnout for the showings so far. When Cox said, "[Turnout was] tremendous. It's a film that really lets the river speak for itself." He also said that the community will feel connected to the river after viewing this documentary.

In 1968 the upper St. Croix Riverway was designated as one of the original eight under the federal act that protects some of American's most treasured waterways. The region's citizens--under astute guidance of then Sens. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), the late native of Clear Lake, Wis., and the founder of Earth Day, and Walter Mondale (D-Minn.), former vice president and currently a University of Minnesota professor--are to thank for this prescient act of stewardship that the region continues to enjoy. The lower riverway, from Taylor 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.

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. Representatives from the National Park Service, the St. Croix River Institute and river groups will be available for questions.

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.

For more information contact Cox at 715-483-2272 or email dale_cox@nps.gov . For more information about the event 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 outreach@uwrf.edu .

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