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Human-Environment Systems Workshop to Explore Future of the West

Idaho landscape

Researchers from across the West who work on issues related to sustainability will converge at Boise State May 7-10 for a workshop, “The Social-Ecological Future of the American West.”

Human-Environment Systems, an initiative within the College of Innovation and Design, will host the three-day event.

The workshop will explore environmental sustainability in the region with the aim of developing effective management strategies. Topics will include the causes and consequences of shifting ecological communities on multi-use landscapes, the sustainability of natural resources and climate change, human development and other land-use pressures, and the governance of public lands in the face of different values and expectations.

Organizers say the workshop will build new collaborative networks and offer an exchange of knowledge and expertise.

The workshop will include a reception for workshop participants as well as anyone in the community who is interested in sustainability and the West. The reception is from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Double R Ranch Room in the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State.

The workshop is sponsored by Research and Economic Development at Boise State, the College of Innovation and Design and Idaho EPSCoR.