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Films celebrate 50 years of wilderness Thursday

Holly Weiler and Ed Bowers of the Spokane Mountaineers hike down off Little Snowy Top Mountain during a day-long trek on the 20-mile Salmo Loop in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. In the background is Crowell Ridge and Gypsy Peak, highest point in Eastern Washington.  (Rich Landers)
Holly Weiler and Ed Bowers of the Spokane Mountaineers hike down off Little Snowy Top Mountain during a day-long trek on the 20-mile Salmo Loop in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. In the background is Crowell Ridge and Gypsy Peak, highest point in Eastern Washington. (Rich Landers)

PUBLIC LANDS  –  A free mini-film festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is traveling through the Inland Northwest this summer.

The beauty, history and adventure of wilderness areas, the highest level of protection offered for America’s public lands, is featured in 10 short films totaling just over an hour of entertainment suited to all ages.  Screenings still to come include:

  • Spokane – Mountain Gear Store, 2002 N. Division, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26.
  • Metaline Falls – Cutter Theater, 7:30 p.m., June 27.
  • Colville – Rendezvous Theater, 7 p.m., Sept. 25.

Films include: American Values – American Wilderness, Last Light, Sage Steppe, North Cascades Wilderness Ranger, and a production by Gonzaga senior students highlighting the Salmo-Priest Wilderness in northeastern Washington.

The films are being presented by Colville National Forest District Ranger Gayne Sears and partners from the Lands Council or Kettle Range Conservation Group, who will answer questions and hand out door prizes.

Info: Gayne Sears, (509) 447-7300.




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