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Environmental Speakers Series on the UMFK Campus this fall

September 8, 2008


The Academic Outreach Office and the Environmental Studies program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will host four speakers during the fall semester for its Environmental Speakers Series.       

All events run from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and will be held in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.  The general public is encouraged to attend all events.  Refreshments will be provided and the events are free. The series runs throughout the academic year. 

"We are very pleased to bring these environmental professionals to UMFK," said Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Kim Borges-Therien. "They will discuss important regional environmental issues, and they will introduce our students and the community to a variety of environmental careers."

Beginning on Wednesday, September 17, the series will kick off with Ann Pistell who will discuss “Achieving Environmental Protection through Product Stewardship.” Pistell is an environmental specialist in the Division of Solid Waste Management, at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.            

On Wednesday, October 22, the campus will welcome Monsignor Charles Murphy. Murphy’s presentation will be on “Theology & Environmentalism.”  

Msgr. Murphy earned a Master in Education from Harvard University in 1958, and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in 1982. He has served as Rector of the North American College, in Rome from 1978-1984 and is the founding Director, Office for the Diaconate, Diocese of Portland. He has authored several books, including “At Home on Earth. Foundations for a Catholic Ethic of the Environment,” and has been a featured speaker at various campus and community programs.             

Steve Young, of “Habitat Planning,” will discuss “Sustainable Management in the Acadian Forest Region” on Friday, October 24. Steve is a wildlife biologist with years of experience in the northeast and the Pacific Northwest.  Young’s company, Habitat Planning offers a complete forest habitat and biodiversity management planning services for customers ranging from the small woodlot to the landscape scale.                                                                 

In addition to the series, Ed Pontbriand, a Schoodic district ranger at Acadia National Park will present a documentary film entitled “Thin Green Line.”  The film will be shown on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The documentary takes viewers around the world and illustrates the hard work, dedication and danger involved in being a park ranger.             

The following day, on Wednesday, November 12 at 12 noon in Nadeau Hall teleconference room, Pontbriand will discuss “Wildland Fire – Ecology & Management.”  He has extensive experience with wildland fire in the western United States, and also talk about the role it plays in the ecosystem.             

For more information contact Don Eno at 834-7835 or visit: