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New York Conference Launched and Nature Network President Named

12 April 2005

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Nature Network, a coalition of more than three dozen environmental science and education organizations of the New York metropolitan area, will be launched at its inaugural Conference, "The State of Nature in the Tri-State Region - What We Know, What We Need to Know, What We Need to Do," April 13-14 at the City University of New York Graduate Center. The Conference will be addressed by 24 environmental scientists with responses by speakers from business and the media [NYTimes and ABC]. at a Conference April 13-14 at the City University of New York Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue.

The Conference launches the Nature Network, a coalition of environmental science and education organizations of the metropolitan area. The Nature Network also announced that founding Directors have elected its first president, Steven E. Clemants, Ph.D. Dr. Clemants is Vice President of Science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he oversees the Science, Publications, and Plant Information Departments (see attached bio). According to Dr. Clemants, "The Nature Network provides a framework within that allows which the member so organizations to can work together to provide the public a toward better public understanding of the importance of biodiversity and the programs available to protect it.," Network President Steven Clemants said. Dr. Clemants is Vice President of Science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

"Each of the Nature Network Members organizations have many successful research and education, programs," explained Dr. Clemants, "But as urban scientists and environmentalists we recognized we needed to accelerate the public discourse on this important but sometimes overlooked issue and moreover, to get ahead of the but we're still losing the region's rapid biodiversity losses," Dr. Clemants added. "Working together, Nature Network we can spread the local successes we're having to a regional scale. The "State of Nature" conference is an example of what we can do together to strengthen our commitment to create awareness and provide solutions relating to biodiversity.

Directors elected April 1 by founding members are: elected at an organizing meeting April 1 are:

Albert Appleton, Senior Fellow, Regional Plan Association and Senior Fellow, City University of New York Institute for Urban Systems; David Burg, President, WildMetro; Steven Clemants, Vice President of Research, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Christina Colon, Curator of Curriculum Development and Evaluation, NY Botanical Garden; Susan Elbin, Senior Program Officer, Wildlife Trust; Elizabeth Johnson, Manager, Metropolitan Biodiversity Program Center for Biodiversity & conservation, American Museum of Natural History; Eric Karlin, Dean, School of Theoretical and Applied Science, Ramapo College of NJ and Professor of Plant Ecology; Ted Kheel, Nurture New York?s Nature; Erik Kiviat, Executive Director, Hudsonia; Michael Klemens, Director, Metropolitan Conservation Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society; Laura Krinock, Administrative and Project Coordinator, Center for Humans and Nature; Mary Leou, Director, Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Environmental Education, The Steinhardt School of Education, New York University; David Levine, Director, Continuing Education & Public Programs, City University of New York Graduate Center; Donald McCrimmon, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, Cazenovia College; John McLaughlin, Director, Ecological Services, Office of Environmental Planning and Assessment, NYC Department of Environmental Protection; Molly Northrup, Outreach & Events Manager, The Nature Conservancy, NYC; William Shore, Senior Fellow, City University of New York Institute for Urban Systems; William Tai, Director, Natural Resources Group, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; John Waldman, Professor of Biology, Queens College, City University of New York; John Van Buren, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Environmental Programs, Fordham University

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