Out of Africa, Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey

Join the African Studies and Conservation Biology Departments for a lecture by Bill Weber and Amy Vedder, "Out of Africa, Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey."

Bill and Amy live in the Adirondacks and have extensive experience working on conservation issues in Rwanda and the Adirondacks, among other places.  Both served as directors of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Africa Program for many years.  Amy oversaw the design, implementation, and assessment of field projects and conservation programs in twenty African countries.  Bill created a Congo Basin Program that helped establish more than twenty new protected areas, produced the first reliable data on forest elephant and great ape populations, and developed effective alliances with local communities and commercial timber companies.  Bill later served as WCS North America Program director, focusing on wildlife recovery, ecological connectivity, energy development, and community-based conservation.  He is currently acting director of Two Countries One Forest, an organization dedicated to transboundary conservation in the Northern Appalachian forest region of southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.  Amy has carried out extensive field research among mountain gorillas in Rwanda; more broadly, she is an expert in tropical forest ecology, specializing in the Central African rainforest.  She has served as director of the Living Landscapes Program, where she oversaw the implementation of a science-based approach to conserving wildlife and wildlands outside of protected areas.  She is currently Vice-President of WCS.  Their co-authored book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas, is available for sale in Brewer Bookstore.

Funding for this lecture is provided by the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative.