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Whose pine clad hills?

Jan. 17, 2011

Forest access rights will be the topic of a Harris Centre Memorial Presents public policy forum in Corner Brook, on Jan. 26, starting at 7 p.m., in room LC-301 at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.

The forests of Newfoundland and Labrador are one of its most defining features, both geographically and culturally; however, their significance varies from person to person.

For some, the forests are a livelihood, while for others, a day in the woods constitutes a welcome break from the stresses of the week. For still others, forests are part of a traditional lifestyle already threatened by the influence of modernity.

Led by Dr. Rainer Baehre, professor of historical and socio-cultural studies at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University, the free, public session will address the issues of public versus private rights that have become more and more pressing as the pulp and paper industry in this province continues to decline.

The forum will also feature panelists Dr. Sean Cadigan of Memorial’s Department of History in St. John's; Dr. Erin Kelly, of the Environmental Policy Unit at Grenfell Campus; and Sean Dolter, of the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador. Following a panel discussion, members of the audience are encouraged to join in a question and answer session.

The evening will conclude with a reception. For more information, please visit the Harris Centre website at www.mun.ca/harriscentre.


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