UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western On the Rocks science speaker series will hold the final talk of the academic year on Monday, April 23 with “Conservation as a Means to Rebuild Rural Vitality” presented by Director of Salmon Valley Stewardship Gina Knudson and Executive Director of the Lemhi Regional Land Trust Kristin Troy. UMW NEWS BUREAU The University of Montana Western On the Rocks science speaker series will hold the final talk of the academic year on Monday, April 23 with “Conservation as a Means to Rebuild Rural Vitality” presented by Director of Salmon Valley Stewardship Gina Knudson and Executive Director of the Lemhi Regional Land Trust Kristin Troy. Knudson’s and Troy’s presentation will detail the work of their respective organizations and make the case that the conservation of local natural resources benefits rural economies and communities as well as the environment. Salmon Valley Stewardship works to promote a sustainable economy and healthy environment in the Salmon River Region. The non-profit coordinates the collaborative Lemhi County Forest Restoration Group and also leads community local food initiatives and many other projects working to connect people with the land. The Lemhi Regional Land Trust assists in the conservation of ranch land, environmental resources, and wildlife habitat in central Idaho. The organization’s main function is to provide incentives and options for property owners of ranch land to preserve their agricultural lifestyles. Knudson, a native southern Idahoan, moved to central Idaho in 2002. She has served on Salmon City Council, is currently a Lemhi County Planning and Zoning commissioner and sidelines as a freelance writer. Knudson earned a B.A. in journalism from Whitworth University and spent early career years as the environmental public affairs officer for Mountain Home Air Force Base, as a technical writer and editor for CH2M Hill and also worked as correspondent for the Idaho Falls Post Register. Troy is a graduate of Salmon High School. She and her husband have operated a whitewater rafting company in Salmon since 2000. Troy has served as the president of the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce and traveled to Washington D.C. on several occasions to advocate for the positive effect restored fisheries and working landscapes will have on rural communities like Salmon. The April 23 presentation will take place on the UMW campus in Block Hall Room Room 311 at 4 p.m. On The Rocks is a scientific colloquium sponsored by the University of Montana Western Environmental Sciences Department. All presentations are free and open to the public.