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Gonzaga Students Present Free Film April 30 on Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area

The Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area. Photo: Arthur Carhart National Wilderness. Training Center

The Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area. Photo: Arthur Carhart, National Wilderness Training Center.

Event Also Includes Film ‘Wild by Law’ and Presentation

SPOKANE, Wash. – Marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 30th anniversary of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area, the Gonzaga University student-led organization Friends of Salmo-Priest will present an original short film about the wilderness area at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

Gonzaga students Nicole Disque, Matt Jones, Jesse Perry, Chris Resnick, Chance Wilcox, and Elizabeth Yoder created the film, which is approximately 5 minutes in duration. In addition, the group will present the film “Wild by Law: The Rise of Environmentalism and the Creation of the Wilderness Act,” a 1991 one-hour documentary produced by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Also, Gayne Sears, district ranger at the Colville National Forest, will discuss wilderness in the Pacific Northwest. The event is free and open to the public.

Tucked among the Selkirk Mountains in the far northeastern corner of Washington, the U-shaped and 43,348-acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness extends its borders along those of Idaho and British Columbia. Its most prominent features are two very long ridges, generally running southwest to northeast, connected near their northern ends by a ridge crowned by 6,828-foot Salmo Mountain. Water from the eastern ridge flows into Idaho’s Priest River while the remaining wilderness drains generally westerly via Sullivan Creek and the Salmo River into the Pend Oreille River. 

Gonzaga Students created Friends of Salmo-Priest to bring knowledge and understanding of local wilderness areas to the Spokane community.

For more information please contact Lexie Yoder at (425) 214-2722 or via email at

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