CSU, Chico News

Statewide Geography Conference Held at CSU, Chico

Date: 05-01-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Approximately 300 teachers, professors and students of geography from across the state are expected at the 62nd annual conference of the California Geographical Society to be held at California State University, Chico May 2-4.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Conservation and Planning for Sustainability.” Professor Jacquelyn Chase, chair of CSU, Chico’s Department of Geography and Planning, said CSU, Chico has hosted the conference three previous times, in 1954, 1975 and 1985. Approximately 115 papers, posters or maps are expected to be presented at the conference.

Jessica Lundberg, chair of the board of Lundberg Family Farms and manager of the farm’s seed production and nursery, is keynote speaker for the conference. She will tell the story of the Richvale-based farm and the role of its “eco-positive farming methods” in the development of sustainable land use in North State and beyond.

Some of the excursions planned for the conference attendees include trips to the Sacramento River and Butte and Big Chico Creeks and tours of Butte County vineyards and historic Chico sites.

Founded in 1946, the California Geographical Society is the oldest statewide organization devoted to enhancing the understanding of geography as well as promoting interaction among academic and applied geographers, and members of the general public who share an interest in geography.

The California Geographical Society gives out nearly $3,000 in awards and scholarships each year for students and teachers of geography. The organization annually awards a David W. Lantis scholarship to one undergraduate and one graduate student. David Lantis was a long-time professor of geography at CSU, Chico until his death in 2000.

For more information about the conference, contact Chase at 898-5285 or at jchase@csuchico.edu.