Final lecture in Native American stewardship series, Sunday

Roylene Rides at the Door.   - Contributed photo
Roylene Rides at the Door.
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Washington State conservationist Roylene Rides at the Door will discuss traditional Native American conservation efforts and current tribal conservation issues, state and nationwide, Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m., at Skagit Valley College’s Friday Harbor Campus.

Rides at the Door directs the state’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” NRCS provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands.

The program is free.

Rides at the Door’s presentation is the eighth and final program of a series held this summer and fall that explored First Nations/American Indian stewardship of the San Juan Island environment and throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada and arctic regions. The series has been co-sponsored by San Juan Island National Historical Park and the Madrona Institute.

Born and raised on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, Rides at the Door attended Montana State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in range science with a minor in soils. Growing up on her family’s ranch, she developed a cultural value of caring for the land that contributed to her pursuit of a career in conservation.

For info, call NPS at 378-2240, ext. 2233.


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