Jan. 15 folk life program to focus on sustainable forest management
1/7/2008 -

The “Living with the Land” folk life series will continue at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Jan. 15, with a presentation on “Sustainable Approaches to Forest Management” by forester and WCU faculty member Peter Bates.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Bates is associate professor and director of WCU’s natural resource conservation and management program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry at the University of Montana, a master’s degree in soil science at Montana State University, and a doctoral degree in forestry from the University of Minnesota.

For the past six years, Bates has been active in developing the Western Carolina Forest Sustainability Initiative, which seeks to promote sustainable forest management practices in Western North Carolina by designing, implementing and monitoring those practices on nearly 20,000 acres of family and municipal lands.

The Mountain Heritage Center is presenting the folk life series in conjunction with WCU’s Office of the Provost, Philip Coyle of WCU’s ethnography laboratory, and Tom Hatley, the university’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor in Cherokee Studies.

The museum is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call (828) 227-7129 or visit www.wcu.edu/mhc on the Web.

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