By Robin Mayo
The planning team for the Copper River Basin Symposium is excited to announce our second keynote speaker, Kathryn Martin of Mentasta. Kathryn will address our theme of Tradition, Science, and Stewardship from her unique perspective as a member of the ‘Ałts’e’tnaey (One Way People) clan, mother of six, and Senior Vice President at Ahtna Inc. Kathryn has been honored by Copper River Native Association, the Alaska Legislature, the Bureau of Land Management, and University of Alaska for her many achievements.
The other keynote speaker will be Terry Chapin, ecologist and professor emeritus at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Copper River Basin Symposium will be held February 18-19, 2020 at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center. The public will be invited to attend at no charge. Registration will open soon with the option to purchase a meal ticket.
The team has also been sorting over 30 proposals for presentations, and putting together a program which will include about 25 short oral presentations, two panel discussions, keynote speeches, an evening talk, and a poster session. Topics include Geology, Wildlife Biology, Fisheries, Anthropology, Archaeology, and more. Youth from the Copper River Stewardship Program will give a special presentation.
For more information, go to www.copperriver.org/copper-river-basin-symposium
Who We Are
WISEfriends are several writers connected with Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment, a nonprofit organization located in Alaska's Copper River Valley. Most of these articles originally appeared in our local newspaper, the Copper River Record.