The Conservation Lecture Series at NCTC
Writers, Scientists, Filmmakers, Conservationists, Historians Speak to the Public at NCTC

The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. All talks are held at the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center.  No tickets or reservations are required, the public is encouraged to attend. If you would like more information on the speaker series contact: Mark Madison, 304-876-7276, These talks are co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC.

Did you miss a lecture? Historian Mark Madison typically interviews speakers while they are in town. View recorded interviews at Conservationists in Action.

Upcoming Public Lectures: "Nature's Allies: Lessons from Great Conservationists"

On Wednesday October 21 at 7:00 p.m. (EST), Professor Emeritus at North Carolina University Dr. Larry A. Nielsen will present “Nature’s Allies: Lessons from Great Conservationists” online on the National Conservation Training Center Facebook page, and the Livestream:  .  Professor Nielsen’s presentation tells the story of inspirational conservationists of the past with a focus on three of his book subjects: Chico Mendes, Billy Frank Jr. and Wangari Maathai.

A discussion with Dr. Nielsen covering his long-standing work in fisheries and wildlife management will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (EST) at:

Dr. Larry Nielsen is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University). Previously, he was Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at North Carolina State University from 2005-2009. Before that appointment, he was Dean of the College of Natural Resources at NC State (2001-2004), Director of the School of Forest Resources at The Pennsylvania State University (1994-2001), and a faculty member and later head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Virginia Tech (1977-1994). Among more than 100 publications, he has co-edited/authored three textbooks on fisheries management. He is co-author, with three others, of Ecosystem Management, an innovative textbook published in 2002. His latest book is Nature’s Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World (2017).

This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is cosponsored by The Friends of the NCTC (

For more information, please contact Mark Madison (304-876-7276; or visit



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