Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to speak

September 17, 1997

Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to speak at U-M

EDITORS: Babbitt will speak with 10-15 invited U-M representatives, predominately students, involved in practical research or advocacy related to climate change issues at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Kalamazoo Room of the Michigan League. There will be no audience for this exchange, but media is invited.

Broadcast media is welcome to set up in the Mendelssohn Theatre during Babbitt’s presentation and/or in the Kalamazoo Room at 6:30 p.m., or following the presentation. Broadcast attending the presentation in the Theatre should contact Joanne Nesbit at (313) 647-4418 in advance, giving technical requirements.

ANN ARBOR–Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, will speak in the University of Michigan’s Mendelssohn Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Babbitt, who will present “Global Warning: A call for action on climate change,” is appearing in conjunction with the School of Natural Resources and Environment’s (SNRE) Sept. 25 symposium “Ecosystem Management: For a world we can live in.” A question/answer period will follow Babbitt’s presentation.

Appointed to his post by President Clinton in 1993, Babbitt has led the Department of the Interior in the development of environmental restoration projects including restoration of the ecosystems of South Florida, the Everglades and Florida Bay and has been instrumental in implementing a multi-species regional plan for the Pacific Northwest that protects millions of acres of old-growth forest while providing for a sustainable level of timber harvest.

SNRE’s Sept. 25 symposium, open to the public and free, begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Alumni Center Founders Room and concludes at 4 p.m. Topics to be presented and discussed at the symposium include an introduction to ecosystem management and case studies that range from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Serengeti, Indonesian Borneo and the occurrence of Kirtland’s Warbler in northern lower Michigan.

Among those presenting at the symposium are SNRE’s dean, Daniel Mazmanian, and SNRE faculty members Steven Yaffee, James Diana, Burton Barnes, Michael Wiley, Julia Wondolleck and Lisa Curran. Mark Boyce of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and Andrew Dobson of Princeton University are also among the presenters.

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