Former New York Times Columnist, Nature Writer to Speak During Earth Day Celebration

Former New York Times garden columnist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan will speak at Colorado State as part of the university’s annual Earth Day celebration. Logan will be the featured speaker during the Gary A. Peterson and Dwayne G. Westfall Annual Lecture from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Lory Student Center West Ballroom. An additional lecture by Logan will run later that evening in the West Ballroom from 7-8 p.m.

In addition to writing a Sunday garden column for the New York Times, Logan also has published a variety of books ranging in topics from trees and gardens to natural history. His most recent book, "Oak: The Frame of Civilization," traces the ways that products derived from oak trees have shaped civilizations around the world.

Logan regularly teaches classes and workshops involving tree care and soil history. He also has taught nonfiction writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Currently he teaches pruning and tree identification at the New York Botanical Garden.

The Garden Writers Association of America and the American Society of Landscape Architects have awarded Logan with numerous awards for his books. Among his achievements, he was given the GWAA "Best Writing" award three consecutive years.

The Gary A. Peterson and Dwayne G. Westfall Annual Lecture is in conjunction with Sustainability Week at Colorado State. The four-day event, scheduled from April 21-24, will offer a variety of attractions including lectures, movies and activities that stress the importance of the environment.

Established in 2007 by the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, the Peterson Westfall lecture aims at promoting awareness of critical and emerging issues related to soil and water resources. It was named after Peterson and Westfall because of their dedication to the understanding of soil and water resources in Colorado agro-ecosystems.