The Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Program has changed its name to the Landsward Institute to better reflect the program’s mission to create a new model for sustainable, use-inspired land stewardship on the Colorado Plateau.
The institute invites faculty and staff to celebrate the name change and help support student involvement in conservation at an R4 benefit party—Reduced, Reused, Recycled, Renewed—from 5–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the atrium of the Applied Research and Development Building.
The event will feature a recycled fashion show, a silent auction featuring local, sustainable items and services and a raffle. Proceeds will support student internships with regional resource managers, scholarships for environmental field courses and research and the Native American River Guide Training Program.
“This year’s benefit is a special way to support student involvement in environmental research and education while enjoying a great evening of music and entertainment,” said Karan English, director of the Landsward Institute. “We’re working hard to make sure the event is successful so NAU students can experience working and learning in the vast outdoor classroom of the Colorado Plateau.”
The Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Program emerged over six years ago from a partnership between Babbitt Ranches and Northern Arizona University. The partnership united the resources of a research and educational institution with an intimate knowledge of the land brought by a multi-generational ranching family.
For information about the name change, the benefit event or to enter the recycled fashion show, contact Catherine.Woodwell@nau.eduor at (928) 523-0716.