December 21, 2001

Contact: Janet Wiseman
Posted: December 21, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT -Mike Dombeck, chief of the U.S. Forest Service from 1997-2001 and director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from 1994-1997, will give a talk titled "The Big Ten Conservation Challenges for a New Century: Where Do We Go from Here?" at Middlebury College on Monday, Jan. 14, at 7.30 p.m. The event, the Scott Margolin Environmental Affairs Lecture, will be in Dana Auditorium in the Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125). It is free and open to the public.

According to Middlebury College Director of Environmental Studies Chris McGrory Klyza, Dombeck's tenure as chief of the Forest Service was an illustrious one, during which he worked to refocus the agency's mission on the health of the nearly 200 million acres that it manages in national forests and grasslands. His efforts included a specific focus on protecting roadless areas, restoring and improving the health of watersheds, developing a sound fire policy, and creating sustainable forest management.

"When Dombeck outlines the 10 critical natural resource issues of the next century, his list - ranging from mining law and loss of biodiversity to off-road vehicle use and the incalculable value of water - will surprise some and enlighten others. He provides a serious, thought-provoking challenge to all, but with an air of optimism and hope," said Klyza.

Dombeck is currently the Global Environmental Management Pioneer Professor and University of Wisconsin System Fellow of Global Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, his alma mater. In addition to his bachelor's degree in biology and general science, Dombeck also has a master's in biology and education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a master's in zoology from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in fisheries biology from Iowa State University.

The Scott Margolin Environmental Affairs Lecture is organized and sponsored each year by the environmental studies program at Middlebury College. The lecture, like the program itself, takes an interdisciplinary approach to the environment and human interaction with nature. The lecture series began in 1989, and in 1999 was named in honor of Scott Margolin, a member of the Middlebury College class of 1999 who died in 1996. Past speakers have included former Vermont Governor Madeline Kunin, nature writer Terry Tempest Williams, former president of the Society for Conservation Biology Dr. Reed Noss, and environmental historian Dr. William Cronon.

For further information, see the Program in Environmental Studies Web site featuring the Scott Margolin Environmental Affairs Lecture or contact Janet Wiseman of the environmental studies program at 802-443-5710 or