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National President of Republicans for Environmental Protection to Speak

August 26, 2005

Category: Environmental Science, Students

The national president of Republicans for Environmental Protection will speak at the Catawba College Center for the Environment building on Monday, Sept. 12.

Martha Marks, president of REP America, will deliver a presentation entitled “Conservatively Speaking” at 7:15 p.m. in Room 300. A 6:45 reception will precede the program. The event is sponsored by NatureSAFE, a student environmental club, and the Catawba College Political Science Association.

Marks, a textbook author and former college professor, was instrumental in creating REP America in 1995. She was elected president in 1996.

A local land-use battle led Marks into politics in 1990. Two years later she was elected to the Lake County (Illinois) Board and Forest Preserve Board. She helped form the Lake County Conservation Alliance, an umbrella organization of grassroots groups which worked to preserve the natural beauty and quality of life of their area. She served three terms as a county commissioner until her voluntary retirement in December 2002.

Marks serves on the board of directors of the national League of Conservation Voters and the National Advisory Committee for Americans for a Maine Woods National Park. She received the Council’s Chair’s Award in 2002 from the National Resources Council of America.

Marks is a published nature photographer. She and her husband live in Santa Fe, N.M.

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