CORVALLIS - One of the oldest and most prominent forums at Oregon State University, the 62nd annual Biology Colloquium, will be held Thursday, April 19, with the topic of river restoration.

The event is titled "Willamette Reflections: Conservation and Restoration of Large Rivers." It will begin at 9 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus, and is free and open to the public.

This year, speakers from across the nation will di scuss major conservation or restoration programs in large rivers of the United States, including the Potomac, Kissimmee, the lower Mississippi, Colorado, Sacramento-San Joaquin and the rivers flowing into Puget Sound.

They will outline the history and current status of the rivers, challenges faced during the planning and implementation of conservation actions, successful approaches, and how management of these rivers compare to strategies being considered for the Will amette River in Oregon. One featured speaker is Kathleen Dean Moore, a professor of philosophy at OSU and author of two award-winning books, "Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World," and "Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water." Her Biology Colloquium presentation will be at 9 a.m., titled "All One River." Other speakers at the Biology Colloquium will represent the EPA, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Utah State University, University of Washington and other organizations.

OSU began hosting this annual colloquium in 1940 as a forum for public discussion of research topics relevant to the academic mission of the university and the lives of students and citizens.

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Kelly Wildman, 541-737-1091