John McCarty is Nov. 14 'Big Idea Seminars' speaker

John McCarty, chief landscape architect with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, is the fourth of five speakers in the Agricultural Research Division's new "Big Idea Seminars."

McCarty will speak at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Nebraska East Union on UNL's East Campus on "Visual Resources and Scenery Management on Public Lands." A reception will precede the event at 3:30 p.m.

McCarty will explain the federal government's role and mandate in managing the visual quality of public lands. In addition to describing the visual resource management process used by the BLM, he will compare and provide an overview of ideas and practices of its sister agencies.

The "Big Idea Seminars" series in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL covers a broad area of research topics and is meant to bring together collaborations between faculty members across all of UNL.

McCarty is one of five speakers in the first seminar series titled "Scenery as a Natural Resource," which was organized by Richard Sutton, professor in agronomy and horticulture at UNL.

This seminar series will help raise awareness of the visual landscape for the academic research community and as a resource affecting the quality of life for all Nebraskans.

Among the collaborators are the College of Architecture, School of Natural Resources and Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

The next seminar will be Nov. 30. For more information about this and future speakers and seminars, visit the ARD's Big Idea Seminars website.