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Gunderson to share life of Mission Mountains

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POLSON — “A Brief History of the Mission Mountains Wilderness” by Dr. Kari Gunderson, will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next evening program on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome.

Gunderson spent 35 seasons working as a wilderness ranger in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. During that time, she patrolled more than 52,500 miles — enough to walk around the world more than twice. It’s a good bet that there isn’t anyone that knows this mountainous landscape better than Gunderson. 

Gunderson’s slide show will describe her experiences and challenges as one of the first female wilderness rangers in northwestern Montana and offer insight into the question posed by visitors back in the late 1970s: “What’s a little lady like you doing out here all by yourself?”

Gunderson is adjunct research professor in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana as well as Adjunct Faculty in Environmental Studies at Salish Kootenai College.

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