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Conservation leader to speak at UF forestry conference

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Mickie Anderson mickiea@ufl.edu, (352) 392-0400

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The leader of a national conservation group is this year’s featured speaker in the John Gray Distinguished Lecture Series.

Lawrence A. Selzer, president of The Conservation Fund, will speak May 2 at Gainesville’s Paramount Plaza Hotel on “Forest Conservation in the 21st Century.”

Selzer’s talk, which is open to the public, is the keynote speech for the 38th spring symposium for the Florida Division of the Society of American Foresters, hosted by UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

Selzer’s nonprofit organization, which has helped preserve more than 5 million acres since 1985—an average of 1,000 acres a day—works to help protect land and water resources, including wildlife habitat, rivers and wetlands, forests and historic sites.

Selzer, who has a master’s in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Wesleyan University, is chairman of the Sustainable Forestry Board and on the Wildlife Habitat Council’s board of directors.

The lecture series began in 1994 to honor Gray, director of the UF forestry school from 1964 until 1977.

For more information on the symposium, contact Shibu Jose, sjose@ufl.edu, or Alan Long, aj12@ufl.edu, or call (352) 846-0891 or 846-0872. The symposium’s Web site can be found at www.flsaf.org.

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