Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley presents on “The National Park Service After 100 Years: A Historian Reflects”

Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, historian and professor at New Mexico State University, kicked off the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture series on Oct. 9 at Stetson Law in Gulfport with a lecture on the National Park Service history, challenges and opportunities.

“There is more to national parks than parks,” Dr. Pitcaithley explained to the audience of law students, faculty, staff and members of the public gathered in the Great Hall to hear him talk. “NPS manages programs that reach beyond national park borders.”

Dr. Pitcaithley explained that there are 1,744 national register listings in Florida alone, and more than 89,000 listings across the country of national historic landmarks.

He urged members of the audience to get involved in the future of the NPS and historical heritage.

Stetson’s Foreman Biodiversity Lecture series is coordinated through the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, which is the recipient of the 2016 American Bar Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Environmental Law and Policy. All lectures in the series are complimentary and open to the public.

To learn more about environmental law programming and the Institute at Stetson, visit www.stetson.edu/law/biodiversity.