Author and WVU professor emeritus of wildlife and fisheries resources Dave Samuel will present the 2006 Maurice Brooks Lecture,The Values of Hunting for Today’s Society,at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Erickson Alumni Center .

The program will look into the values of hunting, especially for our youth,said Samuel.Most hunters are keenly aware of the many and diverse values that hunting teaches, but non-hunters may not be conscious of them.

Through this presentation Samuel will discuss the importance of such values in an increasingly urban society that is more and more removed from rural life.

Samuel is the author ofKnow Hunting: Truths, Lies and Myths.Since 1971, he has been the conservation editor ofBowhunter Magazine,where hisKnow Huntingcolumn still appears.

His activities on behalf of wildlife are diverse, from starting a local National Audubon Society chapter to initiating the West Virginia Bowhunter Education Program.

Samuel has served on several boards including the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board, the board of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the board of the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America, Advisory Board of the Mead-Westvaco Ecosystem Research Forest, and the Pope and Young Club.

The lecture honors the late Maurice Brooks, a professor of wildlife management in the Davis College Division of Forestry and Natural Resources who was described by peers as arenaissance naturalistof the Appalachian region.

The Maurice Brooks Lectureship Series was established through gifts to the West Virginia University Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for WVU .

For additional information, contact Martha Richards, 304-293-2941, ext. 2319.