CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico to Host Northern California Botanists 2008 Symposium

Date: 11-19-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Kristina Schierenbeck
Department of Biological Sciences

California State University, Chico will host the Northern California Botanists Symposium—Northern California Plant Life: Celebrating What We Have With an Eye to the Future, Jan. 14-16, 2008, on the CSU, Chico campus.

The 2008 Symposium will attract hundreds of professional botanists, scholars, plant biologists and students who will participate in a full schedule of peer-led sessions, poster presentations and networking opportunities.

Session topics will focus on several emerging issues in the field, including new ecological discoveries, mitigation and restoration efforts, vegetation mapping, ethnobotany and the effects of global climate change on Northern California’s plant species.

President of the Northern California Botanists, Linnea Hanson, of the U.S. Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, will open the event, which will feature more than 40 presenters representing federal and state government agencies, the leading environmental consulting firms in the region, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving our natural resources.

The keynote speaker, Connie Millar, of the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, will present “What to Do about Climate Change? Conservation, Blink, and the Art of Beginner’s Mind,” Monday, Jan. 14, during the annual Symposium Dinner.

Three post conference workshops are also scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, on the CSU, Chico campus, and will focus on the identification and assessment of rare plants and historic land restoration practices.

Students in the field can apply for an academic stipend to help defray the cost of the symposium. There will also be a session focusing on career planning for students interested in becoming professional botanists.

Northern California Botanists is dedicated to establishing a forum for botanical issues in Northern California among professional botanists, students and those with interest in the field. As a professional organization, it also provides a job forum, student scholarships and general support for students interested in becoming professional botanists.

To register or for more information please visit the Northern California Botanists Symposium Web site at http://rce.csuchico.edu/norcalbotany or call CSU, Chico Continuing Education, 530-898-6105.