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Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

As a part of the Shawnee Stories series, Dr. Andrew Feight, an Associate Professor of History at Shawnee State University, will facilitate a discussion of “America as Invasive Species,” at Shawnee Lodge Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Shawnee Lodge welcomes the public to attend the Shawnee Stories event as he discusses the impact of American settlement on Scioto Valley’s ecosystem.

In addition to working as an Associate Professor of History at SSU, Feight also serves as the coordinator of the History Major and the Editor of “Scioto Historical.”

“I hope to discuss my recent research and highlight the significance of Shawnee State Park and Forest in understanding the impact of American settlement on the natural history of the Scioto Valley and North America, in general,” Feight said.

Feight said a mobile application for smart phones and tablets for Touring the History of the Scioto Valley is currently being developed and is expected to launch this May.

Feight also said by the end of the 19th century, historians of the Scioto Valley had taken note of the rapid transformation of the region’s ecosystem, many of them lamenting what had been lost.

According to Feight, John James Audubon, a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter who lived from April 26, 1785, until Jan. 27, 1851, once wrote about the transformation brought about by American settlement.

Audubon is noted for saying the following words:

“When I see the surplus population of Europe coming to assist in the destruction of the forest, and transplanting civilization into its darkest recesses; — when I remember that these extraordinary changes have all taken place in the short period of twenty years, I pause, wonder, and, although I know all to be fact, can scarcely believe its reality.”

Feights said he also plans to talk about the destruction of the Old Forest, the extinction of the Carolina Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon, and the hunting of black bear, white-tail deer and wild turkey to extirpation.

The talk will conclude with a discussion of the return of the forest and the great biodiversity that was saved through the creation of the Shawnee State Forest and Park.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com.

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