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Renowned Author Wendell Berry to Open Forest Conference

Posted by at Apr 17, 2013 01:51 PM |

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John Noel Bartlett
Development Director
Foundation for Sustainable Forests
(814) 671-7437


Meadville – Renowned author Wendell Berry returns to Allegheny College on Friday, May 17 to open the second annual Loving the Land Through Working Forests Conference.

The Loving the Land speakers’ program featuring Berry begins at 7 p.m. in Ford Chapel, North Main Street Meadville near the center of the Allegheny College campus

Sometimes described as a modern-day Thoreau; Berry has authored more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry and is a recipient of the National Humanities Award, the Poet’s Award  and was the 2012 Jefferson Lecturer. He is an advocate for sustainability and an activist for the environment, which he lives in his lifestyle. His lectures are described as thought-provoking, personal and honest.

The Loving the Land Through Working Forests Conference continues on Saturday, May 18 with in-the-field sessions at a site located north of Titusville off Route 8. Saturday’s sessions cover a variety of topics sure to interest anyone interested in the health of our forested ecosystems, as well as forest landowners and land management professionals.

Saturday’s presenters include: Wendell Berry;, Mike DeBonis, executive director of the Forest Guild; Jason Rutledge, director of the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation;  Troy Firth, president of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests; Cecile Stelter, District Forester, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forests; Suzanne Boyden, Ph.D., assistant professor of ecology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Jim Finley, Ibberson Chair in Forest Resource Management, Penn State University; Sarah Sargent, Pennsylvania Audubon, J. Michael Campbell, Ph.D., Mercyhurst University, Rich Bowden, Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Allegheny College, and several others.

The conference is jointly presented by the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, a land trust and sustainable forestry education and advocacy nonprofit, and the Forest Guild, a professional organization of forest stewards, associated natural resource professionals, and affiliates.

Conference events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested for the Saturday in-the-field sessions.

Conference details and registration information can be found at the Foundation’s Web page ( under the Events/Links page tab or by emailing

A map showing the location of Ford Chapel and nearby parking is available on the Allegheny College Web page by clicking on the Visitor’s Center page link and looking on the right-hand column of offerings.

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