Prairie Research Institute Anniversary Lecture Series
Ecological Services, Urbana, Illinois
Former Chief Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
The Illinois Prairie and its People: Past, Present, and Future
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
4:00 P.M. Lecture; Reception to follow
Beckman Auditorium, The Beckman Institute
405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, Illinois
People have had a close relationship with the Illinois prairie for thousands of years. Human activities helped shape the prairie, and the prairie shaped people’s lives. Join us for compelling stories about people who lived on the prairie, who studied it, and who worked to protect it. Explore how the University of Illinois and the Illinois prairie can together address some of today’s biggest environmental challenges.
John White is the foremost authority on the environmental history of the Illinois prairie. He grew up on the prairie farmland of central Illinois. In 1965 he rescued plants along a railroad and began restoring a prairie. In the 1970s he designed and directed the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory, which received national recognition for its pioneering methods and excellent results. During the 1980s he was Chief Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, working nationally and internationally. He is currently writing a book about the environmental history and stewardship of Illinois wildlands.