Author to discuss trek along proposed Keystone XL pipeline

What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land? Journalist, author and backcountry park ranger Ken Ilgunas will explore this question when he visits Salve Regina to discuss his trek along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Ilgunas will present “Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the McKillop Library atrium.

In 2012 and 2013, Ilgunas walked nearly 2,000 miles across North America, following the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, from Hardisty, Alberta to the Gulf Coast of Texas. On his journey, he encountered stampedes of cows, charging moose and climate change deniers.

His adventure, which was featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, CBC News, Men’s Journal and more, is the world’s first modern journey across private property, on which he trespassed over one of the most ignored, yet beautiful, regions of our continent – the Great Plains.

Ilgunas will discuss the people of the heartland, the right to roam and the stories that form the basis of his book, “Trespassing across America.”

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