Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Northern Michigan University to host community forum on conservation, local sustainability Feb. 21-22

MARQUETTE -- A community forum about conservation and local sustainability will be held this Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

All events will be in the Mead Auditorium, 2701 West Science. The forum is free and open to the public. It is presented by the NMU Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department.

Curt Meine, author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, will give a presentation on connecting conservation efforts across landscapes at 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21. Meine is also a senior member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

On Friday, Feb. 22, there will be a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, at 9 a.m., followed by a community panel discussion on local sustainability efforts from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The overarching question is, "What might a land ethic in our community entail?" The panelists, representing various perspectives, include Karen Bacula, environmental science teacher, Marquette Senior High School; Aimée Cree Dunn, contingent instructor, NMU Center for Native American Studies; John Frye, NMU undergraduate and co-owner of Dancing Crane Farm; Jessica Koski, mining technical assistant, Natural Resources Department, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold Foundation; Jessica Thompson, assistant professor, NMU Department of Communication and Performance Studies.

The audience will first hear from each panelist on his/her thoughts about the Leopold movie, but the bigger objective is to engage audience members in a meaningful conversation of conservation and sustainability today. For details, call 906-227-2587 or email Teresa Bertossi at

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