Ag course open to students, public

The rangeland department welcomed Bill Whitney, executive director of the Prairie Plains Resource Institute, as he presented his first lecture for a new agriculture course, “Ecological restoration on the Great Plains, and related natural resource issues” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the Rangeland Complex.
The four week course will be at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Students are eligible to receive credit for the course which is also free and open to the public.
With more than 40 years of ecological restoration and management, and land education on the native prairies of Nebraska, Whitney will be lecturing on the history of restoration, methods, current issues, landscape scale examples, as well as taking a broad look at environmental and cultural issues surrounding natural resources.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in limnology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Whitney returned to his hometown, Aurora, to pursue an opportunity in improving small parcels of local land by working them back to native prairie and making them available for science, education and recreation.
Whitney, with the rest of the Prairie Plains Resource Institute, has spent the last 36 years growing the organization which is now responsible for thousands of acres of prairie restoration, an award-winning summer day-camp, and seven prairie preserves.

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