Simon to Present at Statehood Conference
The panel takes place on Saturday, October 18, 8:00-9:20 a.m. on the UAA campus.
Sociology professor Alex Simon is presenting a paper on contrasting views of the value of wolves in the last frontier at the upcoming Alaska Historical Society and University of Alaska Statehood Conference in Anchorage.
Simon’s presentation will be similar to his October 3 Evening at Egan talk. He argues that by embracing European notions of predator species, Alaskan leaders have often implemented policies which undermine Alaska’s ecological well-being. Moreover, decimating wolf populations diminishes the quality of various forms of wilderness recreational experiences, e.g., hunting and backpacking, for humans.
The presentation is part of the Panel Session: Visionaries of Alaska Conservationism. Bill Brown of the National Park Service will serve as moderator. Other panelists are Charles Wohlforth, who will give a talk on William Langille, a Klondike stampeder who became a key figure in conservationists’ earliest victories in Alaska and Roger Kaye on Olaus and Mardy Murie’s Campaign to establish The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.