Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute (MKEI) invited distinguished University of Florida guest speaker to take part in the MKEI Annual Symposium. Forest Resource and Conservation professor, Dr. Ajay Sharma was the keynote speaker for their 12th annual symposium. Sharma spoke on Alternative Management Systems for Southern Pine Forests. Undoubtedly, he chose this topic because of its importance in the Florida Panhandle. Nevertheless Sharma articulated his research to a large audience thus greatly contributing to this exhilarating day of environmental topics. This annual symposium which includes an environmental focus, research presentations, discussion opportunities, and selection of hands-on workshops was held on October 18 in the Robert E. Greene Jr. Science Building at Northwest Florida State College.
MKEI empowers diverse communities with knowledge, confidence, and passion creating sustainable change, recognizing the balance between humans and nature. This Scientific Symposium provides a venue for regional scientists, educators, and community leaders to network. It’s important to note in 1997 MKEI was established to cultivate partnerships and create a sustainable environmental change to better the globe. Last but not least MKEI promotes research and teaching in ways that continually promote innovation and passion all while empowering a diversity of communities.
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