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Balancing Conservation, Economic Development Subject of Talk

Nature Preservation, Economic Growth Topic of UCR Palm Desert Talk

Researcher Cameron Barrows’ March 15 talk will touch on how to balance the two interests in the Coachella Valley

(March 8, 2006)

Cameron Barrows

Cameron Barrows

Palm Desert, Calif. - — UCR’s researcher for the Palm Desert-based Center for Conservation Biology, Dr. Cameron Barrows, will discuss ways to achieve balance between natural resource protection and economic growth in a presentation titled “Protecting the Coachella Valley’s natural heritage” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 15 at UCR Palm Desert.

The public talk is part of the “Imagining the Future” lecture series offered at UCR Palm Desert, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Admission is free but reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (760)-834-0597.

Barrows will illustrate how the juxtaposition of three different climatic regions has resulted in the Coachella Valley being recognized as one the most biologically rich regions of southern California’s deserts, with many of the animals and plants that live in the valley occurring nowhere else on earth. He will also detail how research efforts being carried out at UCR Palm Desert may help balance the interests of economic growth and resource conservation.

The mission of the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) at UC Riverside is to assist in the conservation and restoration of species and ecosystems by facilitating the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of scientific information. The CCB identifies new research priorities and initiates collaborative research programs in response to existing needs in conservation biology. The CCB does not create policy but does generate objective scientific information useable by others in developing policy. Many activities of the CCB are regional, centered on the diverse species and habitats that form the natural heritage of Southern California, but other activities extend far beyond this regional focus. The research and other activities of CCB ultimately provide cultural, economic, and aesthetic benefits locally and globally.

Since 1997, Barrows has served as director of the Coachella Valley Preserve for the Center for Natural Lands Management. Earlier, he was Southern California area ecologist and Southern California manager for The Nature Conservancy. From 1980 to 1985, Barrows was manager of the Northern California Coast Range Preserve, now the University of California’s Angelo Reserve.

UCR Palm Desert is a satellite campus of the University of California, Riverside. UCR Palm Desert sits at the heart of the Coachella Valley offering a Master’s of Business Administration program in Entrepreneurial Management through its Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management. The Educational Center offers a Master’s of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts. Visit or call 760-834-0800 for more information.


The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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