SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Wilderness Association is hosting two prominent speakers on wilderness at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum in Big Horn. The Sheridan Trolley is offered as transport to the Bradford Brinton. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Wyoming Wilderness Association office, 325 E. Loucks, for free trolley transport.
The talk kicks off the "50-year Commemorative Camp-Out," where the speakers and others will tour the Rock Creek Roadless Area of the Bighorns, which has been recommended by the Bighorn National Forest for Wilderness.
Dr. Mark Harvey, professor of history at North Dakota State University and author of "Wilderness Forever — Howard Zahniser's Path to the Wilderness Act" and "A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement," will talk about the literary contributions from Howard Zahner, who wrote 66 revisions of the Wilderness Act, which finally passed in 1964.
Zahner's son Ed Zahniser is an author, poet and editor whose family camped in the Cloud Peak in 1956.
His work has appeared in more than 60 publications. His books of poetry include "The Way to Heron Mountain," "A Calendar of Worship and Other Poems" and a chapbook "The Ultimate Double Play."
His latest book of poems, "Mall-hopping with the Great I AM," has just been released by Somondoco Press.