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Carter to address UC Merced parks seminar

Carter to address UC Merced parks seminar

Former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter will deliver the keynote address at the National Parks Institute seminar at UC Merced on May 3.


POSTED March 12, 2010 10:23 p.m.
Lauded for his previous works to protect America’s wild lands, former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter will deliver the keynote address at the National Parks Institute seminar at UC Merced on May 3.
Carter will join a select group of senior executives from the park and public land management sectors from across the world as they converge on the university campus for an 11-day leadership program.
Carter’s speech will focus on the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act that he signed into law in 1980. The act designated nearly 80 million acres of land for preservation, a third of which was set aside for wilderness areas.
“The opportunity for park leaders from around the world to hear from President Carter on the establishment of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act offers a spectacular learning opportunity,” said Steve Shackelton, former Yosemite National Park chief ranger and National Park Service associate director for Visitor and Resource Protection. “His vision in setting aside almost 80 million acres of public lands in 1980 offers a unique case study about organizational change within the National Park Service.”
The National Parks Institute is a combined effort by UC Merced and the National Park Service to provide management curriculum for park and public land managers. The program strives to promote scientific research in parks, foster stewardship, and develop environmentally sustainable resource management practices. It was introduced by Congress in 2003 under legislation sponsored by California congressmen George Radanovich and Dennis Cardoza.
In the 29 years since the end of his presidential service, Carter has been active in a wide variety of national and global issues dealing with conservation, public policy, human rights and conflict resolution. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his lifetime achievements in the areas of international peace, human rights, democracy and economic and social development.
“UC Merced is deeply honored to welcome President Carter to our campus in May,” said Steve Kang, UC Merced chancellor. “In his attitude and in his actions, he exemplifies extraordinary human qualities of compassion, determination, leadership and humility that are critically needed in our global society. This will be a great day for a young campus that strives to teach these same qualities to the future leaders of our state, our nation and the world.”
The NPI Executive Leadership seminar begins April 27 at the Institute of the Golden Gate in San Francisco, moves to UC Merced on May 3 and concludes with several days in Yosemite National Park. Limited to 30 participants from around the world, the seminar is not open to the public.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
 

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