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Rainforest Symposium is a Success

More than 35 speakers, academics at leading universities, researchers and directors from state and federal agencies, resource managers, policymakers, traditional knowledge bearers, and educators.

The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center brought together scientists from throughout the United States and Canada at a symposium to synthesize best practices, foster collaboration for future projects, and improve community engagement in science and resource management.

Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities took place April 17-19 in Juneau.

The three day event included impressive keynote speakers such as Dr. Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist and Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Kirk R. Johnson, Member of the Committee on the Importance of Deep-Time Geologic Records for Understanding Climate Change Impacts and Dr. Dolores Garza, Professor Emerita of the University of Alaska, presenting on Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

There were more than 35 speakers, academics at leading universities, researchers and directors from state and federal agencies, resource managers, policymakers, traditional knowledge bearers, and educators. The presentations and discussions linked with projects in ecosystem management, land planning, forest management, recreation and wilderness resources, fisheries management, transboundary data integration and policy decision making, conservation, climate change, and education.

Symposium sponsors were the University of Alaska Southeast, U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region, Tongass National Forest, Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service AlaskaRegion and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Wilburforce Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, and Juneau Economic Development Council.

Based at University of Alaska Southeast, the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center is a collaborative environment designed to integrate science, resource management and communities.

Speakers at symposium

Provost Rick Caulfield thanks organizers of the first annual Alaska Coastal Rainforest Symposium at the closing dinner, April 19, 2012. Photo by Katie Bausler.

 
 

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