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USU Hosts 2012 Restoring the West Conference Oct. 30-31

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

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'Balancing Energy Development and Biodiversity' is the theme for 2012’s Restoring the West Conference Oct. 30-31 at USU. Photo courtesy BLM.

Utah State University hosts the 2012 Restoring the West Conference Oct. 30-31, at the Eccles Conference Center. A registration discount is offered for students.

Balancing Energy Development and Biodiversity” is the theme for this year’s gathering, which features talks and workshops led by scientists and land managers from throughout the western United States. This year’s conference examines how the American West’s boom in energy development is affecting many plant and animal species of the region.

Featured speakers include Cody Stewart, energy advisor to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert; Pat Deibert, National Sage Grouse Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Bill James, Energy Development/NEPA Coordinator, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; Jonathan B. Haufler, vice president, Wildlife Society, Ecosystem Management Research Institute; and Jim Gazewood, Renewable Energy Program coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office.

A full agenda and registration information is at the conference website or call USU Conference Registration Services at 1-800-538-2663 or 435-797-0423.

The two-day conference is sponsored by USU Cooperative Extension, with additional sponsorship from the USU Department of Wildland Resources, USU College of Natural Resources, USU Ecology Center, USDA Forest Services, State and Private Forestry and the Western Aspen Alliance.

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Contact: Michael Kuhns, 435-797-4056, 

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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