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Faculty Member, Students Among Presenters at State Conference

A faculty member and four students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Natural Resources Management were among the participants at the recent annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators.

Debra A. Buckman, assistant professor of environmental technology, presented a workshop, and students in the environmental technology management bachelor-degree major provided poster presentations and PowerPoint discussions of their senior projects at the April 12-15 conference in Wilkes-Barre.

Buckman, who is the northcentral regional director for PAEE, gave a workshop on “Risk and the Environment” for secondary-school science instructors. She used a new text from Project Learning Tree, a leader in school science publications featuring a hands-on approach. Patti Vathis, environmental education coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, presented each participant with a copy of the workbook.

Brandon M. Yost, of Lock Haven, and Joseph G. Funson, of Bloomsburg, explained their investigation of erosion of the creek bank at World’s End State Park in Sullivan County. The goal of their project is to suggest and possibly perform remediation in badly eroded areas of the bank between the cabin area and Loyalsock Creek.

Asya M. Allen, of Williamsport, and Nichole L. Stiner, of Allenwood, offered their analysis of problems at Beaver Lake. The Lycoming County lake is contaminated with various nutrients and has an overgrowth of spatterdock, a water plant; the students plan to present to the Beaver Lake homeowners association possible solutions to the problem.

More information about the School of Natural Resources Management is available by calling (570) 320-8038,sending e-mail or visting on the Web .

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