History Survey lecture series to focus on open space, farmland

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey will kick off its series of lectures this academic year with its annual meeting, Sept. 19,  in the Agnes G. Doody Auditorium in Swan Hall.

The Mark D. Gould Memorial Lecture Series will feature two speakers at that meeting.

The theme of this year’s four lectures will be “Open Space and Farmland Protection in Rhode Island: Benefiting People and Ecosystems.”

Speaking on Sept, 19 will be Dr. Emi Uchida on “Economic Benefits and Ecosystem Services Derived from Open Space Protection.”

Also speaking will be Dr. Tom Sproul on “Economic Dimensions of Farming and Farmland protection in Rhode island.”

The annual meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dessert reception and social hour at 6:45. The lectures will start at 7:30.

Scott Millar, sustainable watersheds administrator of the state Department of Environmental Management will moderate the program. Millar will introduce the speakers, add his thoughts from a practitioner’s perspective and assist the audience to sew the individual presentations in the lecture series together into a year-long seminar that addresses the larger themes of conservation, economics and sustainability..

The meeting is open to the public.

The second lecture in the series will be held on Oct. 25 at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.