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Natural resource scholars to speak on environment issues

Keith Blatner, professor and chair of the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at WSU, and Roje S. Gootee, a WSU doctoral candidate, will speak on the “Committee for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO): A Brief Overview” on April 12.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute, is part of the Environmental Studies Colloquium Group Brown Bag Lecture Series. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in CUE room 518, and lunch will be provided.

CEREO has focused on providing aid to those performing environmental research, education and outreach. Its primary mission has been to promote system-wide interdisciplinary environmental scholarship and engagement that are regional, national and global in scope. The mission’s three goals are: to facilitate high-quality environmental research, teaching and collaboration at WSU; to promote development of grant proposals for environmental research and outreach; and to stimulate productive relationships of research and education with diverse stakeholder communities to share information, provide service and promote collaboration.

Blatner will speak on “Stakeholder Collaborations in Environmental Management: A Model for Designing More Effective Outcomes.” Blatner has served as department chair for the past five years and has chaired the CEREO planning committee for the past two years. He also has an active research program, with research interests in two areas: analysis of the forest products sector under existing and potential future environmental, social and political constraints; and the changing role of non-industrial private forest owners in the forest products sector of the Pacific Northwest. He was elected a fellow in the Society of American Foresters in 2001.

Gootee, a doctoral candidate in the Natural Resource Sciences Department at WSU, will speak on “Merging Public and Private Domains: Implications for the Design and Implementation of Natural Resource Management Policy.” She is a rancher and private forest owner, and also has experience with the U.S. Forest Service as a forester and range conservationist.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by Monday, April 10.

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