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Spring 2002

What's in this Issue:

President's Report:

I would like to start by showing my appreciation for some of our ANREP officers and directors who are working hard "behind the scenes" to make our new organization successful: Past Presidents Chuck Gay and Bill Hubbard represent us at critical national ECOP committee meetings; Joe Schaeffer and Mandy Padgett are organizing a great National Conference, Mel Baughman and Mike Kuhn are leading the ANREP Awards program effort; Jeff Kirwan continues to edit our newsletter; Viviane Simone-Brown is chairing our Strategic Planning Implementation Committee; Don Hanley and Chris Schnepf are co-chairing the Membership Committee. We also have a very active and engaged Board of Directors that are a pleasure to work with. Thanks to all of you!

Speaking of the National Conference, we had the greatest number of abstracts (150) ever submitted, and the quality was truly outstanding. This bodes well for the best conference ever. I am looking forward to seeing you at the National ANREP Conference in Naples, Florida in June!

Many of you have indicated an interest in volunteering your time to ANREP. Our Strategic Plan is just now beginning to develop action plans. We will need many of you to make these efforts successful. Feel free to contact me or the Strategic Planning Committee if you would like to volunteer and become more involved in ANREP.

Remember, ANREP is the only national interdisciplinary natural resource Extension Association in the country that is dedicated to bringing Extension Educators together to network, share and recognize good work. As one member stated in our recent membership survey, "I've finally found a home in Extension where I can network with other colleagues who share some of my same values and interests in natural resource programs."

Mike Kroenke

3rd Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference

June 2-5, 2002, Naples, FL
Register now! (Early Registration ends April 15)

The 3rd Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference promises to be a huge success. The Conference will begin with a welcome reception on Sunday evening, followed by a Monday morning plenary session that looks at the issues affecting the Everglades, a national treasure. On Tuesday, attendees will chose between field trips to three unique southwest Florida ecosystems. Interspersed between events are 72 oral presentations grouped into programmatic themes and 60 poster presentations. On Wednesday morning ANREP members will have a chance to discus Association activities and influence the future of natural resource Extension programming.

Pre-conference Workshops (not on the agenda--register separately)

Sunday, 12:00PM-2:00PM--Intelligent Consumption (IC)

This workshop will look at the 2001 Report of the Intelligent Consumption Project, published by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences and the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. Contact: Viviane Simon-Brown, Oregon State University Extension, PH: 541-737-3197.

Sunday, 2:30PM-4:30PM--The Logic Model of Evaluation

Calvin Brutus, a community development specialist from University of Wisconsin Extension, will lead a participatory group process that explores the reciprocal mechanisms of planning and evaluation. Contact: Sarah Traaholt, UW Extension, PH: 715-685-2672.

Strategic Planning

Contact: Viviane Simon-Brown, Mindy Habecker, or Ben Jackson

When you arrive at the Naples Conference, you will have opportunities to help ANREP goals become a reality. Be ready for charts on the wall, persons-in-the-street interviews, rewards and a few surprises -- all to encourage you to help make us a great organization to belong to. If you want to get a head start, here are the key strategic directions:

  1. Engaging & involving membership
  2. Growing individual leadership capacity
  3. Grow our membership w/o losing our identity
  4. Addressing emerging disciplinary issues
  5. Satisfying ANREP membership goals
  6. Increasing ANREP's influence--local to international

Last Call for Awards

(nominations must be received by April 1!)

Awards will be presented at the 3rd ANREP Conference in Naples, Florida, June 2-5. Award categories are:

  • Early Career Leadership Award
  • Career Leadership Award
  • Individual Program Leadership Award
  • Innovative Program Award
  • Outstanding Team Award
  • International Service Award
  • Partner Award
  • Educational Materials (many sub-categories)

Florida Creates First State Chapter

Congratulations to Ken Gioeli and colleagues in Florida for creating the first ANREP State Chapter in the nation! They now have a set of by-laws, elected officers and six regional directors, and are fully integrated into their State Extension professional organization. The new FANREP board reflects the diversity of their membership and includes Extension Agents in natural resources, marine science, 4-H/Youth, water quality, policy; and an Extension Specialist in Wildlife. You can follow FANREP's progress on their Web site. Word has it that Texas, New York and Wisconsin are in the process of forming state chapters.

ANREP Election Results

President--Mike Kroenke mike.kroenke@ces.uwex.edu
President-elect--Joe Schaefer jms@mail.ifas.ufl.edu
Past President--Chuck Gay ChuckG@cnr.usu.edu
Executive Secretary--Bill Hubbard whubbard@uga.edu
North Central Representative--Mindy Habecker habecker@co.dane.wi.us
South Representative--Ben Jackson bjack@uga.edu
West Representative--Viviane Simon-Brown viviane.simon-brown@orst.edu
Northeast Representative--Jonathan S. Kays jk87@umail.umd.edu
Secretary--Janean Creighton creighton@wsu.edu
Treasurer--Deborah B. Hill dhill@ca.uky.edu
National Conference Planning--Joe Schaefer
Strategic Planning--Viviane Simon-Brown
Communications & Web Site--Bill Hubbard
Communication/Newsletter--Jeff Kirwan
Awards--Mel Baughman & Mike Kuhns
Membership--Chris Schniepf & Don Hanley
Policy & Bylaws--vacant

Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference

Sponsored by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) the 2002 National Public Issues Leadership Development Conference will be held in Washington, DC, April 28-May 1. Designed to keep Extension professionals abreast of changing public policies affecting Extension and communities, this may be the best time ever to be in Washington to get a sense of how Extension and Congressional Leaders are responding to terrorism and are leading our Country in response to this issue. Attendees will hear from Senator Pat Roberts, representatives of the current administration, experts from Georgetown University and will have an opportunity to visit with Representatives and Senators on the Hill. There will be concurrent sessions on bio-security, healthy communities, personal financial security, and diversity within changing communities.

Spotlight on the North Central Region

The Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management

University of Nebraska at Lincoln hosts this multi-agency Web site designed to help homeowners, landowners and professionals alike with their wildlife damage problems. The site identifies problems and finds solutions for anything from alligators to geese. Commercial providers register their products and services.

Iowa Forestry Extension Website

Iowa State University has a new forestry extension Web site where a person can get information on forestry extension topics, publications, newspaper and radio segments, timber tax laws and forms, educational outreach programs, a key to Iowa trees, and links to forestry related Web sites. Readers will like the many urban and community forestry resources found throughout the site.

Natural Math and Science on the White Earth Indian Reservation

This award-winning program began three years ago when University of Minnesota Extension visited an Ojibwe Indian reservation as part of a Kellogg Foundation-sponsored event. The program has evolved into a six-week outdoor summer program integrating native culture with math and science concepts. Youth in grades 8-12 study soils, water quality, fish hatchery science, identify birds, harvest wild rice, prepare nutritious meals, measure trees and compare Native and western perspectives on nature.

Portage County Smart Growth

University of Wisconsin Extension is promoting citizen involvement with the Portage County Comprehensive Plan. Citizens identify key issues and concerns that serve as a basis for community visioning workshops. A Web site highlights activities, documents actions taken, provides resources related to the plan, and promotes opportunities for public participation throughout the project.

Price County Land Use Information and Resources

Price County, WI, has also been working on the Smart Growth issue. Their Land Conservation Director, County Conservationist, Zoning Administrator and Natural Resources Extension Educator have formed a local Smart Growth Committee with educational support for the planning process. They publish a quarterly land use newsletter and have a Web site to help citizens learn about the issues.

Environmental Awareness Activities on the Web

University of Illinois Extension Web sites offer a series of booklets for teachers and youth on ecosystems and environmental topics. The booklets were designed for teacher/student use at the 4-7-grade level. The booklets can be used as a supplement to science or ecology texts, in conjunction with special events such as Earth Day and Arbor Day, or with outdoor field trips. Individual topics include Natural Resources, the Environment, and Ecosystems; Weather One; Knowing your World; and Animals Past and Present.

Jobs:

Natural Resources/environmental Education Advisor, Lake Tahoe Basin. Cooperative Extension Advisor position, non career-track, maximum of five years, salary range $38,600 to $55,600. Master's Degree required: watershed management, soil science, air quality, environmental education, range management, forestry, ecology, or closely related field. Must have understanding of watershed management and development of research and outreach programs. Contact Sydni Gillette, DANR: North Coast and Mountain Region, Univ of CA, Coop. Ext., One Shields Ave., Davis CA 95616-8575. Phone message: 530-754-8587; FAX: 530-754-8540. Refer to ANCM-01-10. Deadline to apply: April 26, 2002.

Help wanted: Information for Sustainable Living Website. Need life cycle analyses for common household items. Should answer the question: "Is it better to use this rather than that?" Answers must be accurate, research-based and reader-friendly. (Note: already have 'paper versus plastic bag' and the 'cloth versus disposable diapers.') Contact: Viviane Simon-Brown.

 

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