The Wofford College Environmental Studies Program will host the 3rd Annual Tyson Family Lecture on Restoring and Preserving Southern Ecosystems in the Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building, on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Julie Moore of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will speak on the role of the private landowner in conservation. The event is free and open to the public.

Although federal and state parks, reserves and refuges play a key role in protecting endangered species, “almost 80 percent of all species listed under the Endangered Species Act live to some extent on land managed by private landowners,” says Moore. Her lecture “will explore [why and how] property owners and communities are making substantial contributions to stabilize and recover populations of declining birds, reptiles, mammals, butterflies and plants.” 

Within the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Moore works with the Branch of Candidate Conservation and Communication in the Endangered Species Program. She is also the national coordinator for Safe Harbor and Candidate Conservation Agreements and has participated in the development of the national Health Forest Reserve Program and the Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She is the author of “Managing the Forest and the Trees,” a guide for longleaf forest landowners funded by The Nature Conservancy and the Longleaf Alliance. She is active in native plant conservation organizations and local land trusts and is a board member of the Longleaf Alliance and has served on the Woodlands Committee of the American Forest Foundation.

The Tyson Family Lecture on the Preservation and Restoration of Southern Ecosystems, established in 2012 by Dr. George Tyson, a 1972 Wofford graduate, is an annual lectureship devoted to issues related to the preservation, restoration and sustainability of Southern ecosystems.

For more information, contact Christine Overcarsh in the Environmental Studies Program at Wofford College, overcarshcb@wofford.edu or (864) 597-4967.