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FOREST SERVICE SPONSORS SYMPOSIUM ON ECOSYSTEMS PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS

FOREST SERVICE SPONSORS SYMPOSIUM ON ECOSYSTEMS PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS
 Opportunity to Interview Forest Service Managers and
 Policy-makers About Ecosystem Management
 RADNOR, Pa., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northeastern Forest Experiment Station of the USDA Forest Service is sponsoring a provocative symposium on ecosystem principles and concepts.
 The symposium will take place in Philadelphia on Oct. 13 and 14 at The Franklin Institute Science Museum.
 This symposium is the first of its kind since Forest Service Chief F. Dale Robertson's announcement in June 1992, of the Forest Service's policy shift to using an ecological approach in the future management of national forests and grasslands.
 The purpose of the symposium is to:
 -- 1. Increase the awareness and understanding of ecosystem principles and concepts among Forest Service employees, interested publics, media, congressional representatives, state foresters, and university cooperators;
 -- 2. provide information for understanding and participating in discussions concerning ecosystem concepts and science;
 -- 3. demonstrate the decision-making process behind the evolution of the Forest Service ecosystem management policy; and
 -- 4. demonstrate how Forest Service research relates to ecosystem management.
 The Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, a unit of the research branch of the USDA Forest Service, develops and communicates the scientific information and technology needed for the protection, management and utilization of forested land and other natural resources for the northeastern United States, and where appropriate, the nation and the world. The headquarters office is located in Radnor.
 Symposium Highlights
 Tuesday, Oct. 13
 -- 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Session 1: Ecosystem concepts and
 principles
 -- 1:45-5 p.m., Session 2: Ecosystem descriptions and how
 they work
 Wednesday, Oct. 14
 -- 9-9:45 a.m., Session 3: From science to policy
 -- 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Session 4: The Forest Service's ecosystem
 management approach
 -- 1:30-4 p.m, Panel discussion: Managing our National Forests
 Using Ecosystem Concepts and Principles
 -- 4-4:15 p.m., Wrap-up
 /Editors: A copy of the agenda is available upon request. Biographical sketches of the speakers will be available at the symposium. Media representatives will have the opportunity to interview Forest Service managers and policy-makers concerning the agency's policy shift to ecosystem management./
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 /CONTACT: Deidra L. McGee, 215-975-4112, or Roy Patton (technical), 215-975-4017, both of the Forest Service/ CO: USDA Forest Service ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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