'From Ecology to Community' is Topic of Presentation at Center
04/22/10 (19:00 - 21:00)
A conservation leader who has been called “a national treasure” will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.
Peter Forbes, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Whole Communities in Vermont, is a writer, photographer, farmer, conservationist and student of the relationship between land and people. His topic will be “From Ecology to Community.” The event is co-sponsored by the LandTrust for Central North Carolina and Conservation Trust for North Carolina.
Forbes helped protect threatened portions of Thoreau’s Walden Woods, launched a program to protect and revitalize urban gardens and farms across New England and helped to add 20,000 acres of wild lands to New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.
He has earned a national reputation as a champion of a new brand of community-based conservation that gives equal status to the health of people and the health of the land. Forbes has been honored as an “Environmental Friend of New England,” the highest award given to an individual by the Environmental Federation of New England, a coalition of 38 environmental groups.
The event and following reception are free and open to the public, but registration is required.