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"World of K.D. Swan: Early 20th Century Photographer and Conservationist" on MontanaPBS Feb. 12.

February 1, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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MontanaPBS presents "World of K.D. Swan: Early 20th Century Photographer and Conservationist" on Saturday, February 12 at 5 p.m. The show airs again on Sunday, February 13 at 10:30 a.m.

This documentary describes the establishment and early years of the National Forest as told through the life and remarkable photographs of K.D. Swan. For 37 years, this forester-artist recorded the beauty and value of natural landscapes in Montana and surrounding states. He documented some of the most breathtaking landscapes of the Northwest in large-format black-and-white images that populated Forest Service offices and brochures for decades.

In 25 minutes of interviews layered with approximately 120 of Swan's photographs, the documentary explores the personal story and historical context of the Massachusetts-born photographer who helped change the way Americans view their national forests.

MontanaPBS serves over 150 communities and can reach across the state via over-the-air signals, cable, DISH Network, DirecTV and online. MontanaPBS is comprised of KUSM-TV Bozeman and KUFM-TV Missoula, each a non-commercial educational licensee of Montana State University - Bozeman and The University of Montana - Missoula, respectively.

Quality television has the power to elevate our understanding of the world, encourage respect for one another, and influence our lives in a positive way. MontanaPBS shares diverse stories; connects our citizens; discovers common ground; and celebrates the independent spirit and beauty of Montana.

Aaron Pruitt at 406-994-5021 or aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org