2013 Speaker Series

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Date: January 16, 2013
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

National Park Service Announces Riverway Speaker Series

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valley's national park? Join the National Park Service in exploring the heritage, natural wonders, and communities of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during this year's Riverway Speaker Series. The series kicks off on Saturday, January 19, 2013, with a program focused on sturgeon.

Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.
Lake Sturgeon in the Upper St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers:Status and Restoration
Presented by Jeffrey Kampa, Fish Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Concern over the decline of lake sturgeon populations across Wisconsin has led to support for protection and enhancement plans in several river systems. Between 2008 and 2012, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assessed distribution, movement, and abundance of lake sturgeon below dams on the Namekagon and upper St. Croix rivers and above the Trego Dam on the Namekagon. Come hear about the results of the study and what it means for the future of sturgeon along the Riverway.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, call (715) 483-2274. Callers can reserve up to 4 seats.

Save the Date for These Upcoming Presentations:

February 16:The Dakota and Ojibwe History of the St. Croix Valley
Bruce White, co-author of Mni Sota Makoce:Land of the Dakota and We Are At Home:Pictures of the Ojibwe People

March 16:Climate Change and Forests
Dr. Lee Frelich, Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

April 20: National Parks in a New Light
Ben Thwaits, Expressive Arts Director, Northwest Passage

May 4:Migration - Beyond the Bottom of the Page
Everett Janssen, Kids Saving the Rainforest

Each speaker will present at 10:00 a.m.

Reservations for each speaker will be accepted beginning one month prior to the presentation.

The 2013 Riverway Speaker Series is supported by the St. Croix River Fund. For information on the River Fund, visit http://stcroixriverassociation.org/ways-to-give/river-fund/.


The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.For 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

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