VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver will host a forum on the costs and benefits of ensuring salmon survival in the Pacific Northwest. “The Endangered Species Act and the Pacific Northwest: Can We Afford (Not) to Save the Salmon?” sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in the Student Services Lecture Hall.

Robert Lackey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will moderate the forum discussion and establish the topic’s importance and timeliness. Panelists include John Freemuth, professor of political science at Boise State University; Robert Turner, National Marine Fisheries Service; Peter Shoonmaker, director of Institute for the Northwest; and Mark Plummer, The Discovery Institute.

A panel on environmental protection also will take place earlier in the day featuring Edward Weber, acting director of the Foley Institute, and Mark Stephan, visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Department of Government.

Weber will discuss “Collaboration, Environmental Protection and Democratic Accountability: Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together.” Stephan will speak on “Swimming Upstream: Citizens and Environmental Decision-Making.” The panel begins at 2:50 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Room 130.

The Foley Institute was established at WSU in 1995 to foster Congressional studies, civic education, public service and public policy research in a nonpartisan, cross-disciplinary setting.

Both the forum and panel are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Long, director of the program in public affairs, 360/546-9737 or long@vancouver.wsu.edu .

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., off the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205.