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Fall 2003

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Presidents Report

“If you can attend only one professional development event during the year, it should be the ANREP Conference, May 16 to 19, 2004.” (ANREP Executive Committee)

The 4th ANREP Conference is shaping up to be another great one. We haven’t finished reviewing the abstracts yet, but our first impression is that we have a wide variety of topics representing outstanding programming from natural resource people across the country. The learning and networking potentials of this conference look like they will be challenging those of the first three ANREP conferences. The site alone is enough reason to attend. I spent four wonderful years attending college, working, playing and enjoying the beautiful countryside in this area. The 1,650-acre Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers many free-time opportunities for you and your families.

David Waterman, Jim Johnson and others at Virginia Tech are doing an excellent job of lining up some terrific educational tours. They will get all of the details online as soon as final arrangements are made. Keep an eye on this site for other updates as well. If you have suggestions on how this event can be most meaningful to you and other members, please have a conversation with your regional representative: Viviane Simon-Brown, 541-737-3197 (West); Mindy Habecker, 608-224-3718 (North Central); Jonathan Kays, 301-432-2767 (Northeast); or Ben Jackson, 706-542-9051 (South).

Joe Schaefer

2003 ANREP Membership Meeting

The annual membership meeting was held in conjunction with the Extension Galaxy Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, September 21, 2003. Due to technical difficulties the teleconference connection was not made possible for the members at large. Some highlights are that Wisconsin, Georgia, New York and Florida now have state chapters. Increasingly, Extension Professionals around the country are able to choose ANREP as their state and national professional association. Seventeen states still need a state champion.

Discussion continued at the ANREP breakfast meeting on 9/25/03. It was recommended that breakouts at the 2004 annual meeting focus on key and emerging issues, not disciplines. State Extension directors need to know the ANREP State Conference dates so they can support members to attend. There is a potential to co-host future national conferences with community development. New technology will allow ANREP members to attend ‘latitude’ meetings, with closer connections with ECOP on national issues.

2004 ANREP Election Results

President- Janean Creighton, Washington State University

Treasurer- Deborah Hill, University of Kentucky

Western Representative- Jim Reeb, Oregon State University

Southern Representative- Marella Crane, University of Florida

2004 JCEP Regional Meetings

The 2004 meeting theme for the Join Council of Extension Professionals is “Building the Extension System of the Future”. One major topic of discussion will be the Leadership Advisory Council 2003 Report from ECOP. Dates and locations are as follows:

Northeast region Baltimore, MD January 29-31, 2004

Southern region Atlanta, GA February 1-3, 2004

Western region Las Vegas, NV February 19-21,2004

North central region Chicago, IL February 22-24, 2004

Why Not Host in 2006?

Your state could host the 2006 ANREP national Conference. Proposals must be submitted to the Executive Board one month prior to the 2004 Conference this May (that means by April 1, 2004). Guidelines for submission will be sent out to the membership in the near future.

Second Announcement

4th Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference

“Extension Outside the Box: Natural Resources Programming Across Landscapes”

May 16-19, 2004 Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

Wheeling, West Virginia

2003 Educational Materials Awards

ANREP recently honored members who produced educational materials that were judged as outstanding by a panel of at least three judges per category, and were evaluated against specific criteria that emphasized usefulness to a target audience, innovativeness, and potential educational impact. Judging was done by ANREP members from Florida, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, with Bruce Wilkins coordinating.

Visit the Award-Winning Websites

Gold award- Sustainable Forestry Teachers Resources Center

Silver award- Missouri Watershed Information Network

Bronze award- Maryland Forestry and Wildlife Education

News From Sea Grant Extension

Land and Sea Grant Extension workers held a successful symposium and planning meeting at the American Fisheries Society annual meeting in Quebec City, July 12-14. There were 19 people present, representing nine states and three federal agencies. Plans are being made for increasing Extension’s visibility at future AFS meetings, particularly with student members.

Rise to the Top of Your Profession

Consider serving on an ANREP National Committee. Talk to your regional representative, or contact one of the following committee chairs.

Membership Chris Schnepf

Awards Mel Baughman

Communication/Newsletter Jeff Kirwan

Nomination Past president

Finance and Audit vacant

Policy and Bylaws Jonathon Kays

Emerging Issues vacant

Prof. Leadership Dev. vacant

State Chapters Ken Gioeli

Strategic Planning V. Simon-Brown

Reports, Meetings, Etc

Forestry Cooperatives: What Today's Resource Professionals Need to Know, via satellite, November 18, 2003

Human Dimensions of Family and Farm Forestry International Symposium, March 29 - April 1, 2004 at Washington State University

Spotlight on the Southern Region

Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Leadership Course

This award-winning program from Texas Extension will graduate its 90th Extension Agent in October. The course began as an effort to acquaint County Agricultural, Family and Consumer Science, and 4-H Agents to natural resources issues facing the state, to help them advise clientele on using natural resources as alternative sources of income, and to better equip the agents to deal with environmental regulatory issues. Contact Robert Brown.

Biscayne Bay Bubbles

"Biscayne Bubbles" are a collection of weekly articles containing scientific, ecological, and societal facts about Biscayne Bay. The goal is to increase awareness and education to the general public and school children. Collaborators include Florida Sea Grant and Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML). Contact Marella Crane, (305) 361-4017.

GPS, GIS and Watershed Education in the Potomac/Shenandoah Valleys

Two projects are underway in Virginia to help K-12 teachers and 4-H Leaders involve youth in a meaningful watershed experience, as outlined by the Chesapeake 2000 agreement between Bay governors. Restoring the Chesapeake provides free hardwood seedlings and identifies subwatersheds where planting efforts are needed most. The NOAA watershed project provides historic aerial photos and GPS receivers so that students can map land use changes to their communities.

And More from North Central

Rock River Coalition Issue Team

This group in Wisconsin identifies and addresses the important issues in their basin. Members include federal, state, county agency staff, University faculty and staff, elected officials, private consultants, lake, river, environmental and conservation group members, Farm Bureau, businessmen, farmers and interested citizens. Accomplishments include an award-winning karst brochure to support drinking water education, citizen monitoring of streams with significant extramural support, and native restoration of shorelines.

Water Action Volunteers

Volunteers in Wisconsin are monitoring over 150 streams, with many contributing to an on-line searchable database. Other program activities include storm drain stenciling and river clean ups. The program is been growing by leaps and with 15 training sessions this spring alone and more happening this summer.

Consider volunteering.


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