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SUNY-ESF Honors Anthropologist at Commencement


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Anthropologist Marilyn Wakeland Hoskins, who has had a long career in the area of community forestry, will receive an honorary degree May 16 from the State University of New York.

photo of Marilyn Wakeland Hoskins receiving degreeHoskins will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in conjunction with commencement activities at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). In awarding the honor to Hoskins, the SUNY Board of Trustees described her as "one of the world's major innovators in new approaches in managing forests."

She will also receive an honorary degree from Syracuse University. She will receive both degrees May 16 during ESF's joint commencement exercises with SU.

During her stay in Syracuse, Hoskins will present a symposium titled, "Community Forestry-Evolution and Future Prospects of Global Movement." The program will be 3 p.m. Friday, May 14, in Room 5, Illick Hall on the ESF campus. She will also meet with members of the ESF faculty and attend a reception for ESF degree candidates.

Her career has taken her to some 40 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, where she worked on forestry and community development issues in developing nations. She is currently working in the United States, where she is helping the U.S. Forest Service in the area of urban forestry.

Hoskins' focus is community forestry, local governance, and community development. She specializes in the relationships between community residents and the tree and forest resources upon which the residents depend.

"Community forestry attempts to have the responsibility for and benefits of forestry and tree management rest with members of the local community," Hoskins said. "It's an empowerment issue."

Hoskins is a consultant with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. She previously was a senior forestry officer with the FAO's forestry department. She is the author of about 50 publications.

Hoskins has worked with ESF representatives numerous times at professional gatherings devoted to the discussion of forestry issues.