Posted by: Dennis Hinkamp on Sep 25, 2012
Restoring the West Conference
|USU Extension forestry specialist|
|USU Extension writer|
USU Extension Sponsors Restoring the West Conference
LOGAN, UT – Utah State University Extension sponsors the 2012 Restoring the West Conference, “Balancing Energy Development and Biodiversity,” Oct. 30 and 31at USU’s Eccles Conference Center.
The conference will examine how the boom in energy development occurring in many parts of the West is affecting or may affect the well-being of plant and animal species in the region.
Keynote speakers include Cody Stewart, energy advisor to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, “How Utah Balances Energy Development with Biodiversity,” and Pat Deibert, national sage grouse coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cheyenne, Wyo., “Managing Energy Development to Minimize Sage Grouse Impacts.”
According to Michael Kuhns, USU Extension forestry specialist, those invited to attend include biologists, land managers and owners, energy development firms and students.
“We want to come together to discuss which plants and animals are at risk, how energy development affects these creatures and how we might mitigate these effects to maintain biodiversity and promote responsible energy development,” Kuhns said.
Additional sponsors include the USU Wildland Resources Department, USU College of Natural Resources, USU Ecology Center, USDA Forest Services – State and Private Forestry and the Western Aspen Alliance.
Registration fee is $120 if received by Oct. 5 and $140 after and includes conference materials, breaks, lunches and a reception. Student registration fee is $30 by Oct. 5 and $40 after.
For conference schedule and registration information, visit www.restoringthewest.org. Contact Kuhns with questions at Mike.Kuhns@usu.edu or 435-797-4056.