SALT LAKE CITY  — Lynn Scarlett, who was deputy secretary of the Department of Interior for four years under President George W. Bush, will speak on managing public lands in the context of climate change.

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The Thursday event, sponsored by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, begins at 5 p.m. with a reception, followed by Scarlett's one-hour lecture at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at the University of Utah's Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment.

Scarlett is the co-director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth and a visiting scholar at Resources For the Future in Washington, D.C. She is an environmental adviser working on climate change adaption, as well as landscape-scale conservation.

While at the Interior Department, Scarlett chaired its climate change task force and was a member of the national Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests.

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