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CONFERENCE ON AGENCY PERSONNEL TRENDS, BUDGET STRINGENCIES, CHALLENGES TO HIGHER EDUCATION, AND EVOLVING ROLES OF NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCIES

In association with

 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE

October 28-29, 2003
AAAS Headquarters
Washington, D.C.
With support from

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

 

USDA FOREST SERVICE

As increasing numbers of employees become eligible to retire, federal and state agencies are losing institutional memory and having difficulties in maintaining core scientific competencies. Some changes in government's role are occurring by default and omission—without discussion and deliberation about agency missions and priorities. Other changes are deliberate and reflect the view that less government is better, even when it comes to managing and conserving the nation's natural resources and sustaining its environmental integrity. These challenges to government's role are occurring as the number of stakeholders is increasing, management is becoming more complex, resource use is rising, and science knowledge grows. An energetic and sustained outreach program to the public is desperately needed. "Resource national security" is at risk.

Compounding these demographic shifts and challenges to government's role, new fiscal stringencies are seriously threatening natural resources and science programs. Universities and professional and scientific societies must respond by aggressively supporting essential natural resources programs, and by assuring that newly educated professionals and scientists will be available. Partnerships engaging all parties are essential in assuring that natural resources conservation and management remains a priority.

A Clearinghouse of Reactions and Activities has been established. Informational items from RNRF member organizations and other professional, scientific, and educational organizations are highlighted. Organizations and individuals are invited to utilize these items to support a vigorous role for the federal government in natural resources stewardship, science and research, and to raise public and policymaker awareness of critical issues facing the nation's natural resources.

SPEAKERS

robinson

Robert Robinson
General Accounting Office

abbott

Shere Abbott
AAAS

stier

Max Stier
Partnership for Public Service

gordon

John Gordon
Yale University and Interforest LLC

ridky

Robert Ridky
U.S. Geological Survey

kusano

John Kusano
USDA Forest Service

kaplan

Marlene Kaplan
NOAA

casadevall

Thomas Casadevall
U.S. Geological Survey

panel

Panel: How Should Educational Institutions Respond?

Pictured (left - right): 
Margaret Davidson (NOAA),
Michael Orbach (Duke Univ.),
Margaret Cavanaugh (National Science Foundation),
Michael DeLuca (Rutgers Univ.), and
Jo Ellen Force (Univ. of Idaho)

PROGRAM

OCTOBER 28, 2003

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 am - 8:55 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Albert A. Grant, RNRF Chairman & Conference Program Committee Co-Chair
Sherburne B. Abbott, Chief International Officer and Director, Center on Science & Technology and Sustainable Development, American Association for the Advancement of Science

8:55 am - 9:00 am
Conference Context, Structure and Process
Robert D. Day, RNRF Executive Director
[Remarks]

Introduction of Speakers
Margaret A. Davidson, RNRF Board Member, Conference Program Committee Co-Chair, and Director, Coastal Service Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

9:00 am - 9:25 am
Federal & State Agencies Workforce Demographics: Emerging Trends
Robert Robinson, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. General Accounting Office
[PowerPoint Presentation]

9:25 am - 9:45 am
Discussion/Questions

9:45 am - 10:05 am
Conservation Sciences in Federal & State Agencies
Sherburne B. Abbott, Director, AAAS Center on Science & Technology and Sustainable Development
[PowerPoint Presentation]

10:05 am - 10:25 am
Discussion/Questions

10:25 am - 10:45 am
Break

10:45 am - 11:05 am
Reflection on the Causes of These Trends
Max Stier, President, Partnership for Public Service
[PowerPoint Presentation]

11:05 am - 11:25 am
Discussion/Questions

11:25 am - 11:55 am
What is the Role of Government in Conservation and Management of Natural Resources?
John C. Gordon, Pinchot Professor Emeritus and former Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Yale University, and Chairman, Interforest LLC
[PowerPoint Presentation]

11:55 am - 12:35 pm
Discussion/Questions

12:35 pm - 1:35 pm
Lunch

1:35 pm - 2:35 pm
Case Studies: How Are Federal Agencies Responding to These Trends?
Robert Ridky, Education Program Coordinator, Office of the Director, U.S. Geological Survey
[PowerPoint Presentation]
John Kusano
, Assistant Director of Human Resources Management, USDA Forest Service
[PowerPoint Presentation]
Marlene Kaplan
, Director, Office of Education and Sustainable Development, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[PowerPoint Presentation]

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
Discussion/Questions

3:05 pm - 3:25 pm
Break

3:25 pm - 3:55 pm
How Should Educational Institutions Respond? (In order from left to right)
Moderator: Margaret A. Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Service Center
Michael Orbach
, Director, Marine Laboratory, Nichols School of the Environment, Duke University
Margaret Cavanaugh, Office of the Director, National Science Foundation
[PowerPoint Presentation]
Michael DeLuca, Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, Rutgers University
[PowerPoint Presentation]
Jo Ellen Force, Head, Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho
[Remarks]

3:55 pm - 4:25 pm
Discussion/Questions

OCTOBER 29, 2003:

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:30 am
What Skill Sets are Agencies Looking for in Their Employees?
Thomas J. Casadevall, Central Region Director, U.S. Geological Survey
[PowerPoint Presentation]

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Discussion/Questions

10:00 am - 10:05 am
Explanation of Working Group Procedures
Ryan M. Colker, RNRF Director of Programs

10:05 am - 10:25 am
Break

10:25 am - 11:35 am
Working Group Session I
Working Group Chairs:
Joyce Berry, Colorado State University
John Gordon
, Interforest LLC
Robert Ridky
, U.S. Geological Survey
David Trauger
, Virginia Tech

Working Group Recorders:
Bruk Burhane, George Washington University
Ayala Peled
, RNRF Intern
Margaret Sealey
, University of Maryland
Elvin Yuzugullu
, George Washington University

11:40 am - 12:40 pm
Working Group Session II

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm
Lunch

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Working Group Session III

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm
Break

3:05 pm - 4:05 pm
Working Group Session IV

4:05 pm - 4:35 pm
Overview and Summary

CONGRESS PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs:

Margaret Davidson, RNRF Public Interest Board Member

Albert Grant, RNRF Public Interest Board Member

 

Members:

Sherburne Abbott, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Deen Boe, Society for Range Management

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Soil and Water Conservation Society

Ryan Colker, RNRF Director of Programs

Robert Day, RNRF Executive Director

Luke Forrest, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

John Kusano, USDA Forest Service

Kenneth Lanfear, American Water Resources Association

Kirk Maconaughey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Robert Ridky, U.S. Geological Survey

David Trauger, Virginia Tech

Cara Woodson Welch, American Society of Landscape Architects

FIGURES

GAO

From presentation of Robert Robinson, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. General Accounting Office.

enrollment

Compiled by Terry Sharik and Kathy Earley, Department of Environment and Society, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, October 22, 2003.
[National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges; Includes degree programs in natural resources, forestry and wildlife, environmental studies, and applied ecology.]

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