Eleven professionals will address aspects of the West's riparian areas in the upcoming Natural Resources Week at Utah State University.

According to Allen Rasmussen, coordinator of the annual symposium, representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University and private groups will participate in the USU symposium, Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19.The symposium is sponsored this year by three groups directly concerned with water use and watershed management: the USU College of Natural Resources, the Cooperative Extension Service and the Utah Riparian Coalition, Rasmussen said.

Interested persons are invited to obtain registration information from Conference and Institutes, USU, Logan, UT 84322-5005, Rasmussen said.

Charles Hawkins, the director of the USU Watershed Science Unit, will give the keynote address titled "What is a riparian area and how does one function?"

Fred Swanson, principal geologist, Pacific Northwest Experiment Station, will discuss natural disturbances. William Krueger, head of rangeland resources, Oregon State University, will discuss agriculture and riparian areas, and Art McKee, site director, Andrews Experimental Forest at OSU, will talk about forestry and riparian zones.

Charles Kay, wildlife biologist, Logan, will discuss aspects of wildlife, and Wayne Padgett, ecologist, Region 4 of the U.S. Forest Service, will talk about recreation impacts.

Al Winward, region ecologist, Region 4 of the Forest Service, will analyze management practices available and Fred Obermiller, range professor, OSU, will talk about economic trade-offs and benefits associated with the various management techniques.

The founder of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, John Baden, Seattle, will discuss who should pay for the different uses and management.