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Plum Creek Contributes
Funding for Teacher Workshops


by Anne Dahl
Swan Ecosystem Center
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
May 7, 1998


Swan Ecosystem Center in Condon is developing a series of teacher workshops for the 1998-99 school year with partial funding from Plum Creek Foundation.

A team of workshop presenters, including local experts and professionals, will teach educators in the region about natural systems and the role people play within them. The first two workshops-"Forest Dynamics and Forestry" and "People in Forests"-will be held during the fall 1998 semester.

Using the Swan Valley as a case study, the workshops will lay the groundwork for the study of streams, birds, wildlife, forest management and other topics. Educators will learn teaching methods and practical hands-on activities for sharing the information with students.

The three-day sessions will be conducted both indoors and out. Participants can earn one University of Montana credit per workshop. Some scholarships will be available.

Plum Creek Foundation contributed $4000 to Swan Ecosystem Center in April, 1998 to develop a the series of five annual workshops. Plum Creek is the major landowner in the Swan Valley. The workshops will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Condon Work Center.

Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC) is a citizens' cooperative with an office in the Condon Work Center. SEC assists the Forest Service and develops projects that benefit the environment, economy and culture of the upper Swan Valley. SEC will also provide some scholarships.

Pyramid Mountain Lumber is also assisting. The Seeley Lake lumber mill will provide a workshop presenter and a scholarship for a local teacher. SEC will also provide some scholarships.

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