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Summer 2002

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President's Report by Mike Kroenke

mike.kroenke@ces.uwex.edu

It's been a very good year!

That was the message conveyed at the ANREP National Conference in Naples, Florida June 2-5, 2002. The conference was a huge success and a big thank you goes out to Conference Chair Joe Schaefer, Conference Coordinator Mandy Padgett, and the entire Conference Planning Committee including the ANREP Board and to you the participants. I heard many, many positive comments about the quality of the conference including the excellent presentations, field trips, awards program and networking. ANREP's mission to provide a forum for Extension interdisciplinary natural resource program sharing is truly being fulfilled.

During the ANREP President's Report at the National Conference I listed 11 successes during the past year that we can feel good about:

  1. Membership increased to 316 members.
  2. We are active members of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP).
  3. We are on key committees of Extension Committee on Organization and Policy.
  4. We serve on the Public Issues and Leadership Development (PILD) Conference Planning Committee (an annual JCEP sponsored event).
  5. Your President is now a liaison member of the NREM Board.
  6. We are helping to plan the 2003 Galaxy II Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  7. ANREP's electronic newsletter is now into it's 4th year.
  8. The first state chapter of ANREP has been formed in Florida, called FANREP.
  9. The Membership Committee and State Champions are stepping forward.
  10. The Strategic Planning Committee is seeking members to serve on initiative committees.
  11. Bill Hubbard is now serving as ANREP Executive Secretary.

As Nancy Bull-Dean of Cooperative Extension stated during the conference, "ANREP is the most progressive Association in Extension at this time." There's never been a better time to become active in ANREP!

Conference Summary

By almost any measure we had a truly extraordinary conference. Over 240 people attended the event and an overwhelming 95% indicated that they would like to attend the next ANREP conference. Keynote speakers Mike Martin and Ron Brown encouraged us to be persistent in our endeavors, continue to work across disciplines, and look for a reevaluation of USDA's mission as it relates to natural resources. Stan Bronson (as Henry Flagler) and Frank Mazzotti, Wildlife Specialist, presented the Everglades as a case study. The conference program and abstracts are now on the ANREP web site. Stay tuned for more information about the 4th Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference, to be hosted by Virginia Tech in 2004.

ANREP Strategic Plan

The ANREP Strategic Plan and Member Questionnaire are both on the ANREP web site. Please review the plan, then complete and submit the questionnaire on-line. Also, be sure to volunteer for one of the emerging strategic initiatives committees by contacting Ben Jackson. It will be fun and you will be able to share your knowledge and energies with a great group of natural resource Extension colleagues from around the country.

Congratulations 2002 ANREP Award Recipients!

President's Award

Joe Schaefer, University of Florida
Bill Hubbard, University of Georgia
Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho

Partner Award

Deborah Young, Associate Director, Univ. Arizona Cooperative Extension
Nancy Bull, Director, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension

Early Career Leadership

Kristin Keith, University of Idaho

Career Leadership

Timothy Traugott, Mississippi State University

Individual Program Leadership

Barbara Fahey, Colorado State University

Innovative Program

Seeing the Forest: Art About Forestry, Oregon State University

Outstanding Team

Natural Resources Leadership Course, Texas A&M University

International Service

Martin Havlovic, University of Wisconsin

More News from Florida ANREP:

FANREP now has its own listserve, website, and will be visible at the state association (FAEP) meeting in September. FANREP is also sponsoring four award programs: the Award for Excellence in Invasive Plant Management Extension Programs, the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society Award for Excellence, Distinguished Service, and New Professional Award. The Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society represents an important constituency group for FANREP.

Galaxy II

The Galaxy II conference is a joint professional meeting of Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and ANREP. This is an important opportunity for us to collaborate with other professional groups.. Mark your calendar: September 21-25, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Agrosecurity and Extension Public Issues Education

Agrosecurity is the theme of this conference held September 15-17 in Reno, Nevada. The program will feature government officials and several experts in agrosecurity. A roundtable discussion is planned to develop an agrosecurity action agenda for extension policy educators. The second day of the conference will feature innovations in public issues education methodology and exploration of case studies in environmental conflict resolution.

ANREP Needs YOU!

Nominations due 7/15/02 to chuckg@ext.usu.edu

President Elect
NE Regional Representative
NC Regional Representative
Secretary

Individuals may nominate themselves, and current officers may succeed themselves in all positions except President.

State Champions Needed

State champions promote membership in ANREP within their home state. Contact Chris Schnepf.

States without champions: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Wyoming.

Spotlight on the Southern Region

PowerPoint presentations on Farm Bill

The Oklahoma State University web page "Ag Policy Wrap-up" features a set of PowerPoint presentations dealing with aspects of the new farm bill, including natural resources and forestry. OSU has also gone to on-line offering and monitoring of in-service trainings for County Extension Educators.

Master Tree Farmer 2

More than 100 South Carolina landowners graduated from the Master Tree Farmer 2 satellite short course in February and March of 2002. They owned over 60,560 acres of forestland and indicated that knowledge gained would earn them more than 2 million dollars. Over 94% expect to save and earn more money from their land as a result of the course. Contact: Bob Franklin.

Food for Wildlife

Contact: Bob Franklin.

Ninety-five landowners in the South Carolina Lowcountry attended three different programs on planting and managing wildlife food plots in 2001-2002. One-hundred percent of the landowners indicated that their knowledge gain would help them save or earn more money in the future with their wildlife management activities. Participants owned or managed over 325,000 acres of land.

Portrait of an Estuary: Wetland Functions and Values of Barataria-Terrebonne

This is a publication with information on state and federal wetland restoration programs in a nationally-recognized estuary. Coordinated by Rex Caffey, Associate Specialist, LSU AgCenter and La Sea Grant Extension. Over 14,000 copies disseminated to date.

America's Vanishing Treasure

A 30-minute video created by Craig Gautreux, extension video-grapher, LSU AgCenter and Rex Caffey, Associate Specialist, LSU AgCenter and La Sea Grant Extension. Covers the plight of coastal land loss in Louisiana and the various restoration efforts necessary to stem coastal wetlands loss. Over 2000 copies disseminated since 1999.

Marsh Maneuvers 4-H Coastal Education Program

During the month of July, four one-week long camping sessions will be held on Grand Terre, a remote barrier island off the Louisiana coast. Students learn about estuarine ecology, marine biology, resource management, and coastal restoration. Students have planted thousands of marsh grass plants on La barrier Islands during the program's 15-year history.

Coastal Restoration Interpretive Topic Information Series

This project will produce six fact sheets and slide shows that illustrate LSU AgCenter and LA Sea Grant education efforts. Topics include: 1) A comparative wetland inventory of Louisiana and Florida; 2) Closing the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; 3) Fisheries impacts of large-scale wetland projects; 4) Mississippi River Water Quality: Implications for freshwater diversions; 5) Landowner incentives in coastal wetland restoration; and 6) The role of Coast 2050 in the Coastal Wetland Restoration, Planning, and Protection Act.

Forest*A*Syst

This program prepares landowners for the Forest Stewardship Program in Georgia. The Cooperative Extension Service along with the Georgia Forestry Commission recently completed the Georgia Forest*A*Syst publication for landowners interested in self-assessment for wildlife, water quality, timber, recreation and aesthetics improvements on their land.

Agro-forestry at Alabama A&M

Contact George Brown.

Twenty-five researchers participated in a recent program organized by the National Agroforestry Center and Alabama A&M University. The participants learned the ins and outs of silvopasture systems and how this land use might fit into limited-resource farming and land management.

On-line course: Woodland Options for Landowners

Virginia Tech Forestry Extension implemented the nation's first web-based course for forest landowners (click "Courses"). The course was designed for absentee and new landowners. 62 landownersenrolled and took part in the 10-week, six-module course. For more information contact Dylan Jenkins at 540/231-6391.

Building A Demonstration Seagrass Meadow--Improving Water Quality

Liberta Scotto, Indian River County Water Quality Agent, created this demonstration model to illustrate ways homeowners in coastal communities can improve water quality by using best management practices in their landscapes which will ultimately reduce runoff pollution and help restore seagrass meadows in nearby estuaries.

Pesticides and the Environment: An Online Course

Ken Gioeli, St. Lucie County Natural Resources Agent, developed this new online independent study course to teach licensed restricted-use pesticide applicators about pesticides' fates in the environment and how to select pesticides based on their potential environmental impacts. Participants earn continuing education credit toward license renewal.

Master Wildlife Conservationists (MWC) Program

Leon County, FL Extension celebrated the 5th Year anniversary of its MWC program with 11 new graduates. This program trains volunteers in natural resource conservation and management. Over the years, MWCs have worked on such issues as nonpoint source pollution prevention, landscapes for wildlife, habitat improvement and other projects designed to protect the water and land resources within the St.Marks Basin.

 

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