CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico to Host the California Invasive Plant Council’s 17th Annual Symposium

Date: 09-29-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Joe Picard
Continuing Education

California State University, Chico is proud to host the California Invasive Plant Council’s 17th Annual Symposium, Oct. 2-4, on the CSU, Chico campus.

The California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium is expected to draw more than 300 invited scholars, scientists, land management professionals and students to Chico.

The symposium will consist of a full schedule of academic, poster and discussion sessions supported by exhibits, field trips and networking opportunities for the participants.

Professor Emilyn Sheffield, Department of Recreation and Parks Management, will present the keynote address, The Evolving People and Landscapes of California, Thursday, Oct. 2.

“We are delighted to host such a significant academic conference on the Chico campus,” said Doug Johnson, Cal-IPC executive director. “Through Cal-IPC we share the latest research that supports the protection of native habitat throughout the state. Chico makes a perfect forum for this type of meeting, as well as a base camp for our field trips to Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, local creek restoration projects, the Sutter Buttes and Lassen Volcanic National Park. We look forward to a great event where conferees—including students and those new in this emerging field—share professional knowledge, and everyone gets to experience the amazing natural heritage of the region.”

To address the educational needs of the future generation of researchers and stewards, the 2008 symposium will support academic and poster sessions and field opportunities especially structured for students and recent graduates.

The Cal-IPC Symposium will also sponsor a special field course in revegetation techniques to facilitate hands-on experience for students, professionals and anyone planning a career in habitat research and land management.

Established in 1992, The California Invasive Plant Council is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to support the protection of wildlands from invasive plants through restoration, research and education. For more information please visit the Cal-IPC Web site, http://www.cal-ipc.org.

The California Invasive Plant Council Symposium is administered through CSU, Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education.