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Author and Wildlife Refuge Manager to Speak on Burning Rivers

By Staff | Apr 24, 2012

On Wednesday April 25, at 7 p.m. author and refuge manager John Hartig will present “Burning Rivers: The Revival of Four Urban Industrial Rivers That Caught Fire” in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center.

Hartig presents a thoughtful look at one of our worst environmental horror stories of the 20th century when four urban-industrial rivers in North America were so polluted they actually caught fire. This conservation cautionary tale helped spur the environmental movement to clean up and restore these rivers. Hartig presents an encouraging and instructive account of how man’s destructive effect on the environment can be overcome. Former Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at Wayne State University, John Hartig has authored and co-authored over 100 publications on the Great Lakes ecosystem. He is currently the manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

The presentation is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. It is part of a monthly “Conservation Lecture Series” held at the National Conservation Training Center located on Shepherd Grade Road in Shepherdstown, WV 25443. For more information please contact Mark Madison at (304) 876-7276 or mark_madison@fws.gov or visit the lecture series web page at: nctc.fws.gov/history/publiclectures.html

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