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Seminar at ESF Celebrates Three Anniversaries


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A commemorative seminar scheduled for September 3 on the campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will celebrate three noteworthy anniversaries.

The seminar will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the USDA Forest Service's Northeastern Research Station in Radnor, PA, the 20th anniversary of its Urban Forestry Research Unit at ESF, and the 50th anniversary of the State University of New York.

The seminar's theme, "Natural Resource Management in an Urbanizing Environment," will highlight increasing demands on forest resources by a growing and urbanizing population; pressures to maintain biological diversity and forest health; recognition of the role of forests in regulating the atmosphere and its impact on human health; importance of forests to urban and urbanizing areas; and impacts of humans on our forest lands.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Illick Hall Auditorium, the program will feature several outstanding speakers on a variety of natural resource topics.

Scheduled to make presentations during the seminar are Dr. Ross S. Whaley, ESF president; Dr. H. Fred Kaiser, Jr., director of resource valuation and use research for the Forest Service, speaking on "A National Management Perspective on Natural Resource Management in an Urbanizing World"; and Peter Duncan, deputy commissioner for natural resources for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, speaking on "A State Perspective on Natural Resource Management in an Urbanizing World."

Also scheduled on the program are Dr. Bov Eav, director of the Forest Service's Northeast Research Station, speaking on "A Research Perspective on Natural Resource Management in an Urbanizing World"; and Dr. Rowan Rowntree, USFS senior scientist and former director of the Urban Forestry Research Station at ESF, who will speak on "A Changing Perspective since the Start of the Urban Forestry Research Unit 20 Years Ago."

The seminar, expected to conclude at 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.