University to host program Oct. 24 on conservation law
Shippensburg University will host a free, public program Oct.
24 on conservation law.
The program begins at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of
the Ceddia Union Building. Chad Eyler, chief of the Special Permits Enforcement
Division of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will present “Crimes Against Nature: Conservation Law and the History of
Wildlife Protection in the South Mountain Region.”
The program is the final lecture of the year
in the South Mountain Speaker series. The lecture is
sponsored by Shippensburg University, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Appalachian
Trail Conservancy, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the
South Mountain Partnership.
“From state hunting seasons to international bans on ivory,
conservation law plays an important part in wildlife protection here in South
Mountain and around the world,” said Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history at
Shippensburg University and the chair of the South Mountain Partnership speaker
State Sen. Richard
Alloway, majority chair of the Senate Game and
Fisheries Committee, will provide brief opening remarks. His committee oversees the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission was established in 1895 as
one of the Progressive-era reforms spearheaded by conservation leaders such as
Joseph Rothrock, Gifford Pinchot and Mira Lloyd Dock.
Eyler will explore the evolution of conservation law in the
South Mountain region and the nation. After the lecture, he will be joined for a panel discussion
on contemporary conservation law issues by Rich Mislitsky, chair
of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation;
and Dr. Nathan Thomas, assistant professor of biology at Shippensburg
Though this is the final lecture in the series for 2013, the
series will return next year. The series is envisioned as a
revival of the talks given by Rothrock in the late 19th century as part of his
work to preserve and restore Pennsylvania’s forests and natural landscape.
by DCNR’s Conservation Landscape Initiative, the South Mountain Partnership is
a group of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, academic
institutions and government representatives in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and
York counties, working together to protect and enhance the landscape.
Some of the earlier
lectures in the series are available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SouthMtnSpeakers.
For more information about the series, visit http://southmountainspeakers.blogspot.com.