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Conservation Management Institute, College of Natural Resources sponsor trip to Belize


BLACKSBURG, Va., March 30, 2005 – The Conservation Management Institute and Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources are offering a natural resource education program in Belize, Central America, May 16-24.

This program will take participants from the interior of a tropical rain forest to the coral reefs of the coast. They will travel from the Belize airport to the Las Cuevas Research Station and Explores Lodge, spend six days and nights at the research center studying natural resource components of the Chiquibul Rainforest in the Maya Mountains of Belize, and in the last two days experience Caye Caulker, the Northern Hemisphere's largest barrier reef.

The cost is $1,850, which includes all fees associated with the trip such as air travel, ground travel, food, and housing. The trip will be directed toward college students, but all interested individuals are welcome. College credit is available upon request.

Contact Andrew Rosenberger at (540) 231-7348, anrosenb@vt.edu, or visit http://www.cmiweb.org/outreach/belize.html.

The College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top five programs of its kind in the nation. Faculty members stress both the technical and human elements of natural resources and instill in students a sense of stewardship and land-use ethics. Areas of studies include environmental resource management, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forestry, geospatial and environmental analysis, natural resource recreation, urban forestry, wood science and forest products, geography, and international development.