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Environmental Studies Program Speaker Series featuring David Tingley

November 5, 2009

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host environmental speaker David Tingley on Friday, November 13 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room.             

The presentation is part of the Environmental Speaker Series on campus. The event is free and open to the public.            

Tingley will present a talk on the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture umbrella. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for various conservation activities, primarily on agricultural land.             

He will touch on the history behind the agency and then get into some specific activities and projects that are being worked on in the St. John Valley region.  He also will discuss some of the primary federal programs that the NRCS is involved with in this part of the state.            

Tingley earned a bachelor of science’s degree in plant and soil science from the University of Maine. He has been working for the NRCS agency for more than 28 years. Tingley started his career as a soil conservation technician working in the Houlton field office. He has worked as a soil conservationist and currently is the district conservationist serving the Fort Kent field office.                       

The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations are open to the public and cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year.             

For more information on the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Steve Selva at (207) 834-7617.