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Release: April 19, 2001

Botanist, forestry scholar to speak on 'Conservation with Chainsaws' at UI April 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Francis E. "Jack" Putz, professor of botany and forestry at the University of Florida and a senior research associate with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia, will give the last of three presentations in the International Programs Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, April 26.

His presentation, "Conservation with Chainsaws: Market Forces and Improved Management in working Tropical Forests," begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The lecture will be followed by a reception, both of which are free and open to the public.

Putz's tropical study sites are currently in Bolivia and Sabah, Malaysia. He works on fire, logging, and other forest uses and abuses. Frustrated by the lack of impact of his scientific publications on the ways forests are treated, he is increasingly focusing on forestry interventions for which there are economic incentives. Putz and some of his students conduct research that is intended to provide a sound ecological basis for forest product certification and forest-based carbon offsets. Putz is also affiliated with The Forest Management Trust, Tropical Forest Foundation, and Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is coordinated by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council with support from International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. The series includes distinguished scholars and environmentalists from the Czech Republic, India, Nicaragua and the United States who are visiting the UI this spring to discuss, "A Challenge for the 21st Century: Economic Development and Environmental Protection."

UI programs, departments and centers co-sponsoring the Distinguished Lecture series include: the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, Center for Human Rights, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies, and Global Health Studies. For more information about the lectures or for special accommodations to participate in this program, call the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council at (319) 335-0351.

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.