CONVO: James W. Barton RICE Symposium Lecture


CONVO: James W. Barton RICE Symposium Lecture

Posted by Centre News in Convocations 11 Apr 2018
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Date(s) - 04/11/2018
7:00 pm

Crounse Hall - Vahlkamp Theatre


James W. Barton RICE Symposium Lecture
Appalachian forests support some of the greatest biological diversity in the world’s temperate region, but extraction of abundant coal reserves has negatively impacted the landscape. In this convocation, Dr. Christopher Barton ’89 and Director of the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center and Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, will discuss the University of Kentucky’s (UK) participation in a broad-based collaboration working to restore forests on surface mined lands. This collaboration, which included students and researchers from UK and other educational organizations, state and federal agencies, coal companies, environmental and conservation groups, landowners, and citizens, has produced improved techniques for restoring ecosystems impacted by surface mining, while outreach and engagement have advanced knowledge by demonstrating these techniques with partners. Ultimately, scholarly engagement has produced sustainable land solutions, developed a new generation of leaders who are carrying the work forward, and brought about a “reforestation renaissance” across Appalachia.