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U.Va.’s Institute For Environmental Negotiation Announces New Leadership Institute For People Involved With Natural Resources In The Southeast

April 22, 2003 -- Natural resources are regional assets, and leaders face increasingly difficult challenges to protect and manage their use.

To help leaders address environmental and community issues, the Southeast Natural Resources Institute was created as a partnership of the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation, Virginia Tech’s Center for Economic Education and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

The SE-NRLI is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service, Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. The new leadership institute serves the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico.

SE-NRLI will hold two three-day sessions in the fall for regional leaders to learn ways of moving people from conflict into collaborative problem solving through a mix of dynamic exercises, role playing, lectures, field trips and panel discussions about environmental topics common to the region.

Topics will include multi-state environmental issues, conflict management styles and skills, environmental justice, leadership, consensus building, interest-based negotiation and collaborative problem solving.

SE-NRLI is encouraging applicants from regional business and industry; state and federal government; American Indian tribes; regional environmental and civic organizations; and African-American and Latino communities. Participation also is encouraged from individuals who are catalysts in their communities and are involved with natural resource issues, especially ones that transcend state boundaries and impact the Southeast.

SE-NRLI is patterned after a successful program in Virginia, the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, which will begin its fourth year in the fall. Graduates of that program have given it rave reviews.

“It will help you become more effective in your work as a leader of environmental programs,” said the director of a Virginia regional environmental nonprofit organization. “I have developed more confidence and knowledge in my efforts to bring people together on particular issues.”

A regional forester said the program provided “an excellent opportunity to become better informed on natural resource issues, work with some great people and develop valuable skills in facilitation and mediation.”

The two SE-NRLI sessions are scheduled for Sept. 22 –25 in Virginia, and Nov. 18 - 21 in Tennessee. Those accepted into the program are expected to attend both sessions.

Tuition is $875, which includes all food, materials, and field trips. Some scholarships are available. Application deadline is May 30, and those admitted will be notified by June 25.

For an application, contact program coordinator Caroline Brennan at (434) 924-6569 or Further information about SE-NRLI and the application is also available on the institute’s Web site at

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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