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COMPASS Education Series: Yellowstone and sustainability

On Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho will host Jim Evanoff from Yellowstone National Park as the second speaker in the 2013 COMPASS Education Series.

Evanoff retired from the National Park Service after 32 years of service. His career involved working in four other National Parks before coming to his final post at Yellowstone National Park in 1988. His work experiences have included spearheading many of Yellowstone’s environmental programs, with a focus on solid waste management and transportation issues. Though retired, Evanoff continues to provide guidance to other national parks in achieving sound environmental stewardship.

The March 18 presentation, “From Yellowstone to Your Home — Success in Sustainability,” is intended for a general audience.

Evanoff will discuss the rich history of the world’s first national park and how Yellowstone has emerged as a leader for instituting sound environmental stewardship practices. From recycling to transportation, Yellowstone serves as a model for the region and country in developing innovative approaches to unique challenges.

The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by a presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. at COMPASS, 700 NE 2nd St. in Meridian.

The March 19 presentation, “Sustainability and Transportation in Yellowstone ― A 141-Year Journey,” is designed for planners, resource managers and related professionals. This presentation will address the obstacles of instituting sustainability initiatives in a remote setting, including the ongoing challenge of accommodating over a million vehicles during the summer season and over 20,000 snowmobiles and snow coaches during the winter season.

The free event takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Nampa City Hall, City Council chambers, 411 Third St. South.

To RSVP for either event, contact Jessica Wilson at jwilson@compassidaho.org or 475-2230.

More information can also be found online.

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