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"Green Fire," the first full-length, high-definition documentary film made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy, will premiere in Missoula and Hamilton this week. The film explores Leopold's life in the early part of the 20th century and the ways his idea of land ethic continues to be applied all over the world today.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilma Theatre with a gallery art show and a panel discussion of "Citizen Conservation and Contemporary Reflections of Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic."

The art show will be a collection of student and professional artwork hosted by the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Rocky Mountain Research Station on the University of Montana campus and the Arthur Carhart Wilderness Training Center in conjunction with the Flathead National Forest. Tickets are free, but advance tickets are recommended. Email mdleuschen@fs.fed.us or call 329-3095.

The film also will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, 553 Old Corvallis Road, in Hamilton, with a special introduction given by Forest Service Chief Emeritus Jack Ward Thomas, who appears in the film.

This screening also is free and several Leopold books will be available for purchase. The Bitterroot National Forest, GSK and the Natural History Council of the Ravalli County Museum are teaming up to host the premiere.

For more information, visit www.GreenFireMovie.com, www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot, www.brvhsmuseum.org, or call the Bitterroot National Forest at 363-7100.

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