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U.S. Forest Service participates in science symposium

Newtown Square, PA, June 7, 2007 - The Northern Research Station (NRS) has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, and Retired & Senior Volunteers of America (RSVP), Delaware Valley Chapter, to host a science symposium at Overbrook Elementary

School in Philadelphia on Thursday, June 7, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This effort is a pilot program designed to assist educators in their effort to ensure the youth of Pennsylvania are equipped to pass the Academic Standards for Science and Technology, and Environment and Ecology which are given in grades 4,7,10 and 12.

The science symposium provides an excellent opportunity for science based agencies to educate the public as it pertains to their missions, and the various services the agencies provide the American people.  This combined interagency effort will enable agencies to promote and encourage today’s youth to pursue advance studies in math and science with the hope that they will later seek future careers with our agencies.  In doing so, our agencies and the nation will remain leaders in the areas of sustaining our Earth and its resources.

“The Forest Service is committed to improved environmental education and sustaining our planet Earth,” said Northern Research Station Director Michael T. Rains. “This partnership can eventually lead students to become interested in a natural resource management career, develop into a national leadership role in environmental education and to help our communities contribute toward a stronger conservation ethic.”

The NRS is part of the research and development section of the USDA Forest Service and works at the forefront of science to improve the health and use of our nation’s forests and grasslands. Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since its inception in 1905. Today, more than 500 researchers work in a range of biological, physical and social science fields to promote sustainable management of the nation’s diverse forests and grasslands. Their research includes programs in all 50 states and territories.  The researchers work independently and with a range of partners including other agencies, academia, nonprofit groups and industry. The information and technology produced through basic and applied science programs are available to the public for its benefit and use.

For more information, contact Sheree Johnson at (610) 557-4027 to learn more about the agencies involved, visit: : www.nrs.fs.fed.uswww.epa.gov   www.fws.gov  www.rsvpdelco.org

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The mission of the Forest Service's Northern Research Station is to improve people’s lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

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Last modified: June 7, 2007