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High Country Speaker Series continues with Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D., March 18

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Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D., teaches popular courses on wilderness, national parks, Western history and environmental history and is the author of “America’s Country Schools,” “Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions” and “Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale."
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What: “Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology,” with Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D., from Fort Lewis College in Durango.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

Where: Avon Public Library, 200 Benchmark Road, Avon.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call the library at 970-949-6797.

AVON — The 15th annual High Country Speaker Series continues today with Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D., professor of history and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Gulliford will speak on his book “Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology.” The book won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for nature and environment and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Best Book on Arizona because of the many references to the Grand Canyon. “Outdoors in the Southwest” also won the Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology.

Continuing with the Speaker Series theme of change in the high country, Gulliford will read and reflect on passages from the book with particular reference to looking for history and what can be learned from archaeological and historical sites on America’s public lands. He will also discuss catch and release arrowhead hunting and wilderness tithing, or giving back to public lands through volunteer projects. He encourages audiences to share their hiking and mountain climbing experiences and to bring new thought and energy to embracing and protecting our public lands.

Awards and Teaching Ventures

Gulliford teaches popular courses on wilderness, national parks, Western history and environmental history and is the author of “America’s Country Schools,” “Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions” and “Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale,” which won the Colorado Book Award. He edited “Preserving Western History,” which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. Between books and teaching duties, Gulliford writes columns about the West for the Durango Herald, Utah Adventure Journal, New Mexico WILD! and High Country News.

He has received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness education and a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture for outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources. For a decade, he held a federal appointment to the Southwest Colorado Resources Advisory Council of the Bureau of Land Management. In 2016, he was one of two senior fellows awarded the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency at Tres Piedras, New Mexico, to research and write in the bungalow Aldo built for his wife in 1912 on the Carson National Forest.

Join sponsors Walking Mountains Science Center and the Avon Public Library as they welcome a scholar of the American West for a discussion with wide-ranging intrigue in a changing paradigm of public lands.


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