‘National Parks in Your Back Yard’ is Altrusa theme on September 22nd


A program from Altrusa International of Oak Ridge entitled “National Parks in Your Backyard” will take place on Wednesday, September 22nd. The speaker will be Niki Nicholas.

Nicholas is the superintendent of both the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River. She is also the site manager for Oak Ridge for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, according to a press release from Altrusa. Prior to her current role with the National Park Service, she was director of resource management and science at Yosemite National Park for seven years. Prior to that, Nicholas was Senior Manager, Environmental Impact Reduction Technologies at the Tennessee Valley Authority.

She has a BA in Biology from Northwestern University, an MS in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in forestry from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Over the years, Nicholas has worked on a number of forest health research projects that examined methods for assessing multiple forest community stressors and assessing predictive response models. More recently, she has worked on user capacity issues related to the management of natural and cultural resources on public land.

Nicholas served on the associate faculty of the Department of Forest Resources at Utah State University, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, the School of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, and the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

The meeting, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 215 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge, begins with a buffet lunch at 11:45 am, followed by a brief business meeting at noon and the program. The cost of lunch is $ 16 and must be paid by check or cash. Visitors with a reservation are welcome. Reservations can be made by email to: [email protected] by Monday, September 20, 12:00 noon. If you choose to attend virtually, a link will be provided for the meeting.

Altrusa International is a service organization composed of community members who focus on leadership, partnership and service with an emphasis on literacy and education.


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