Wildlife refuge manager to speak to Wayne Law class February 18

John Hartig is a limnologist with 30 years of experience in environmental science and natural resource management. He is refuge manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and serves on the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Board of Directors. Hartig will speak to Wayne State University Law School Professor Nick Shroeck's Environmental Law class Feb. 18 from 3-4:25 p.m. on "Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge." The campus community is invited to attend.

Hartig's book "Bringing Conservation to Cities" is the story of how innovative partnerships are making nature part of everyday urban life in the automobile capitals of the U.S. and Canada. Hartig's goal is to inspire and develop the next generation of conservationists in urban areas, where the world's population is most greatly concentrated.

From 1999 to 2004, Hartig was river navigator for the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative, established by presidential executive order. Previously, he spent 12 years working for the International Joint Commission on the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. He has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State, where he taught Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, and has served as president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

Hartig has written or co-written more than 100 publications on the Great Lakes. His book Burning Rivers was a 2011 Green Book Festival winner and a 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist.

His honors include the 2013 Conservation Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the 2012 Outstanding Environmental Professional of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals, a 2010 Green Leaders Award from the Detroit Free Press, a 2005 White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation Award for Outstanding Leadership and Collaboration in the Great Lakes, the 2003 Anderson-Everett Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the 1993 Sustainable Development Award for Civic Leadership from Global Tomorrow Coalition.

For more information about this event, contact Schroeck at (313) 577-3943 or nschroeck@wayne.edu.

Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015


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