August 3, 2008
St. Lawrence County Environmental Management Council to host NYS Conference on the Environment
The St. Lawrence County Environmental Management Council will host the 2008 Conference on the Environment Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19th at St. Lawrence Univeristy in Canton, NY.
The theme of this year's Conference will be The Future of EMCs and CACs -- Research, Education, and Involvement. Through workshops, field trips, keynote presentations, and the invaluable networking that occurs each year, the 2008 Conference will enable Environmental Management Councils and Conservation Advisory Councils to make good use of the considerable research potential across the State to address environmental issues, and to bring results of this research to decision-makers and the public.
As part of the 2008 Conference theme, the idea of "Citizen Science" will be a unifying concept throughout the Conference. "Citizen Science" involves putting interested persons together with professional researchers to complete projects that advance scientific knowledge. Conference organizers think that CACs and EMCs are already doing significant amounts of "Citizen Science" in their current local projects. The concept of "Citizen Science" can further stimulate collaborative efforts between EMCs/CACs and professional scientists to research and resolve environmental issues in local communities, and across the State.
Scheduled speakers for the 2008 Conference on the Environment include Pete Grannis, DEC Commissioner; Janice Dickinson, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a leader in the "Citizen Science" movement. Scheduled workshops will address topics including: biofuels; invasive species/biodiversity; open space issues and the Adirondacks; climate change; water use; wetlands; presentations by CACs and EMCs about local projects; presentations of student research; among others.
Aug 3, 2008: SLC EMC hosts NYS Conference on Environment