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Environmental restoration ecologist to speak


Steven Handel, director of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology and professor of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, will address the challenge of environmental restoration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in 128 Pearson Hall.

“Can We Restore Nature Where We Live and Work?” will focus on the future of the environment in which we live and work.

“Cities can be places where healthy, diverse habitats can be rebuilt using ecological principles, adding beauty and services, and saving us money,” says Handel.

Handel will address the destructive practices that have contributed to the downfall of wetlands, forests and lakes, such as Ohio’s Grand Lakes St. Marys. As a distinguished plant ecologist, Handel has worked on restoring damaged landscapes in the United States, including the Kills landfill, where materials from the World Trade Center were placed after 9/11.

Handel’s lecture is a part of the Gene and Carol Willeke Frontiers in Environmental Science lecture series. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sandra Woy-Hazleton at 529-5811 or

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