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PIELC 2015 to Feature Celebrated Writer Gary Nabhan

EUGENE, Ore. –(December 16, 2014)— The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2015: Changing Currents, held at the University of Oregon on March 5 – 8, 2015, will feature writer and conservationist Gary Nabhan as a keynote speaker.

Gary-by-Dennis-Moroney-225x300Gary Paul Nabhan is an award-winning writer of nature, farming and food essays, a pioneer in the collaborative conservation movement, and a proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He serves as the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center. By promoting a holistic view of cultural and ecologic interactions, Gary has helped forge “the radical center” for collaborative conservation among farmers, ranchers, indigenous peoples, and environmentalists in the West.

As author or editor of twenty-four books, Gary has explored many issues at the nexus of food, ecology, and conservation. 2013’s Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land educates farmers on how to adapt agricultural practices to the increasingly arid landscapes brought on by climate change. 2014’s Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey tracks the historical relationship between the spice trade and culinary imperialism. 2014’s Stitching the West Back Together: Conservation of Working Landscapes explores collaborative conservation opportunities for the West’s varied landowners and stakeholders to conserve large swaths of habitat across multiple jurisdictions.

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, now in its 33rd year, is the world’s premier gathering of activists, attorneys, scientists, and concerned citizens committed to protecting the environment. Volunteers of Land Air Water, a student environmental law society at the University of Oregon School of Law, are the sole organizers of the Conference. Each day of the Conference culminates with keynote presentations from preeminent activists, scientists, politicians, and authors.

PIELC 2015: Changing Currents will take place March 5 – 8, 2015 at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon. More information can be found at For media inquiries, please contact

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