• Haley Saich

Environmental Workshop

BATON ROUGE, La. – High school 4-H Club members collaborate to solve the environmental threats facing Louisiana at a free overnight workshop lead by the LSU Agriculture Center and the 4-H Club, said LSU water quality specialist and co-coordinator of the workshop, Fred Sanders.

The workshop, Building Common Ground, will take place on March 6-8 and 12-15. It will bring high school 4-H club members together to discuss the top ten environmental threats to the state of Louisiana as determined by the Louisiana Environmental Action Plan committee (LEAP), said LSU soil quality specialist and co-coordinator of Building Common Ground, Bill Branch.

Founded in 2007 after hurricane Katrina, LEAP is a committee made up of businesspeople, farmers, higher education faculty, fishermen, oil industry workers, and environmentalists working together to identify and address the top 33 environmental threats to Louisiana, said Anthony Capshaw, chair of LEAP.

Building Common Ground will be held at Camp Grant Walker, which is located 25 miles east of Shreveport, and facilitated by LSU agriculture graduate students, said Branch.

“It will enable the participants to experience the process of resolving complicated controversial issues. It is a hands-on program where participants actually discuss and try to resolve conflict,” said Sanders.

Participants must sign up at www.LSU.edu/workshop by March 1. The workshop is first come, first serve with 100 spots available each weekend. For more information call 504-388-2263 or email Sanders or Branch at fsanders@lsu.org or bbranch@lsu.org.

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