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Che presents research at Rutgers ecological conference

April 3, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Deborah Che, an instructor of geography at Western Michigan University, is one of 11 scholars nationwide selected to participate in "Political Ecology at Home," a conference sponsored by Rutgers University.

The conference will explore new developments applying political ecological concepts normally used to study environmental problems in the Third World to similar issues in advanced industrialized countries. Research themes include land tenure and resource access, property disputes, communal and local management, environmental justice, natural resource dependence, and environmental protection.

Che will present research on ecotourism development in northwestern Pennsylvania, an area whose forests are dominated by successional hardwood species that thrived following industrial clearcutting 100 years ago.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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