For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

August 22, 2008

Panel Tackles the Affect of Climate Change on Regional Parks

Devastating flooding and windstorms in 2006 and 2007 restricted access to the region's national parks due to impassable roads, washed out trails, damaged facilities and more. A panel discussion with representatives from the National Park Service, University of Washington, the Federal High Administration, and Washington state legislature will tackle the issue of climate change and how it affects access to public parks.

The event, "The Way In: The Future of Access to Northwest National Parks", will be held Wednesday, September 3, 2008 6-9 p.m. in Room 110 of Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus and moderated by UW School of Law Assistant Professor of Law Michael Robinson-Dorn.

Panelelists include: Washington State Representative Jay Inslee; Michael Case, Research Scientist with the World Wildlife Fund Adaptation Centre; Clara Conner, Division Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration; David Louter, History Program Manager with National Park Service; Clifford Mass, with the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences; Paula Swedeen, Ecological Economist with Swedeen Consulting; and Rory Westberg, Deputy Regional Director with National Park Service.

The event is open to the public.