Tom Hughes

Hartwick’s Pine Lake Hosts Natural Resource Steward Biologist

March 7, 2012

On Thursday, March 15, Hartwick College will welcome Natural Resource Steward Biologist Tom Hughes of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Hughes will give a talk titled "Introducing Robert V. Riddell State Park - Discovery through Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Stewardship." The event, part of the Conversations at the Lake sustainability series, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Strawbale House at the Pine Lake Campus of Hartwick College. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Hughes will provide a brief overview of the history of Robert V. Riddell State Park and share future visions and ideas for the park. The talk will focus on the park's natural resources and unique natural features that provide recreational opportunities for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and natural exploration. Hughes will provide a general introduction to Natural Resource Stewardship in NYS Parks and highlight several natural resource projects within Robert V. Riddell State Park, including recent studies by Hartwick College students Liam Heiland '13 and Kristy Scaggs '12. In addition, Hughes will discuss current and future collaboration with the Hartwick College's Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies for educational and environmental initiatives.

Hughes is a Natural Resource Steward Biologist for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) - Central and Finger Lakes Regions. Hughes holds a Bachelor's of Science in Natural Resources - Fisheries Science from Cornell University, a Master's of Science in Biological Sciences from SUNY College at Brockport and a Master's of Professional Studies in Environmental Interpretation from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Hughes has worked as a biologist for NYS OPRHP for the last four years. Prior to his work in the NYS Parks system, Hughes worked for SUNY-ESF, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and Cornell University.

For more information on this event, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for Hartwick College's Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at 607-431-4666 or

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