Mason Conference Spotlights National Park Service Resources

Posted: March 29, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke

Members of the Mason community can learn about National Park Service (NPS) programs in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area at the biennial Spotlight on National Park Resources Wednesday, March 29, to Thursday, March 30.

Sponsored by NPS’ National Capital Region and Mason’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy, the conference will take place in the Johnson Center Cinema from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days.

The conference will feature presentations by NPS staff, faculty from area universities, scientists from cooperating federal agencies and other diverse partners. Presentations will include 10-minute talks and posters on research projects involving natural and cultural resources in the region.

The conference will focus on the management, protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources in the area. Among the subjects to be presented are:

  • Recent advances in archeology and paleontology
  • Processes and science behind the restoration of historic buildings and monuments
  • History of the creation of the National Mall
  • Creation of fish passages in Rock Creek Park because of outside development
  • Salvaging of natural and cultural resources after the recent hurricanes
  • Research on native species such as bees and white-tailed deer
  • Balancing of legislative mandates, resource protection and recommended preservation practices

Conference attendees will include local and national NPS resource managers, interpreters and educators; researchers and partners from other academic institutions, such as the University of Maryland, Georgetown University and George Washington University; researchers from other federal agencies, such as the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Agriculture; and local consulting groups that assist with projects at NPS sites.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, e-mail Chris Jones, Environmental Science and Policy chair, or Giselle Mora-Bourgeois, Science Education Coordinator, Center for Urban Ecology, National Park Service.

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