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Bruce Babbitt Lecture

January 22, 2013

Join us for an evening lecture with former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt: Land use, prosperity, and the future of wild places.  The event will be held Thursday, February 7th at 7pm in the Kulynych Auditorium at the Byrum Welcome Center.

Bruce Babbitt earned a BA in geology from Notre Dame, an MS in geophysics from the University of Newcastle, England, and an L.L.B. from Harvard Law School.  His political career began in Arizona, where he served as the state’s attorney general for four years before becoming governor. During his eight-year tenure, the Arizona State Park system grew from one of the smallest to one of the most impressive in the country, boasting one of the highest percentages of public land.

Mr. Babbitt was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 to serve as Secretary of the Interior.  While in this position, he focused not only on environmental protection, but also on restoration.  Babbitt helped to shape policies for old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, preserved desert landscapes in California, sought to protect headwaters and their surrounding forests, and began the work of restoring the Everglades in Florida.  Babbitt also revitalized the Endangered Species Act, and personally brought the first wolf back into Yellowstone National Park to begin reintroduction of the species to the park.

This event is free and open to the public.