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Penn State Law invites experts to "gather round" fire conference

Penn State Law invites experts to "gather round" fire conference

Conservation professionals, wildlife enthusiasts, forest managers, and government officials are invited to Penn State Law for “Fire in the Eastern United States,” a symposium sponsored by the Penn State Environmental Law Review on April 1. Featuring keynote speaker Professor Stephen J. Pyne, this interdisciplinary event will focus on formulation of fire policy in the Eastern United States. The public is welcome.

“We expect the symposium to inform policy makers and land managers—those responsible for forests and ecology—on a wide range of issues that impact fire policy east of the Mississippi. An example of that would be a discussion on the reintroduction of low intensity fires to the landscape in this part of the country," said Samuel Wiest ’10, symposium editor of the Penn State Environmental Law Review.
Professor Pyne, Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, will deliver the keynote address at 7:00 p.m. A former member of the fire crew in Grand Canyon National Park, Professor Pyne is a member of the Wildlife Advisory Group for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the author of more than a dozen books on fire and its history.
“Fire and humanity have become inseparable and indispensable. Together they have repeatedly remade the earth,” he wrote in his 1995 work World Fire: The Culture of Fire on Earth.
Other panelists include:
  • Lincoln Bramwell, historian with the U.S. Forest Service
  • Fred Cheever, associate dean of academic affairs of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, who writes about federal public land law, the Endangered Species Act, and land conservation transactions
  • Todd Sampsell, director of conservation operations of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
  • Annecoos Wiersema, assistant professor of law at Ohio State University, who researches the development of national and international legal institutions that protect species and ecosystems
  • Professor Marc Abrams of the Penn State School of Forest Resources, who researches disturbance ecology and the impact of fire exclusion on mid-Atlantic forests
  • Professor Erica Smithwick, assistant professor of geography at Penn State and director of Landscape Ecology at Penn State, who studies ecosystem-wide impacts of forest fire and other disturbances 
The event begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium of Lewis Katz Building at University Park, Pennsylvania and will be simulcast to Penn State Law facilities at 333 West South Street in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 
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