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A panel of five experts are ready to take questions from the audience at the ICA

CES presents "Run Wild Run Free" and panel discussion as part of the RVA Environmental Film Festival

February 8, 2019

The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) was proud to be a sponsor of the film “Run Wild Run Free” as part of the 2019 Richmond Environmental Film Festival. VCU’s Institute of Contemporary Art played host to the screening to an almost capacity crowd. This film provided an opportunity to share with the Richmond-area community some of the topics covered in the CES's newly developed courses, Scenic Natural Resource Assessment & Policy and Wilderness and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts along the River of No Return.

“Run Wild Run Free” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which provides protection for the remaining free-flowing rivers that meet specific criteria based on their values and unique characteristics.  The Act was signed into law on October 2, 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Following the film, an expert panel was on hand to answer questions from the audience. Participants included Thomas Tedesco, Environmental Studies graduate and River Studies and Leadership student; Karl Schmidt from VCU’s Outdoor Adventure Program; Ralph Hambrick, Professor Emeritus at VCU; Lynn Crump from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; and Risa Shimoda from River Management Society.


Learn more about the Rivers Studies and Leadership Certificate.


Photos can be found on the Center for Environmental Studies Facebook page.

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