Event to mark 75th anniversary of federal conservation service

September 16, 2010

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will speak at UW-Madison on Wednesday, Sept. 29, to mark the 75th anniversary of the USDA\'s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). \"Conservation in Wisconsin: Our Legacy and Our Future\" is the theme of the celebration, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon St. The public is invited and admission is free. NRCS chief Dave White and historian Neil Maher also will speak. Maher, a history professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is the author of Natures\' New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement. The event is co-sponsored by the NRCS and by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment; and Departments of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and Soil Science at UW-Madison. For more information, visit http://tiny.cc/nrcs_lecture.