Fall 2016
In this issue
What's ANREPtile?
Florida Extension Agents Teach Youth Using Pollinator Garden
Arkansas Team Earns Top Honors at National 4-H Forestry Invitational
Developing an Integrated Heat-Health Information System 
All Things Bats: The Ohio State University Youth Outreach Team Collaborates with After School Program
Littleleaf Disease Factsheet
Video Series on Managing Urban Trees 
Kentucky Videos Highlight Farm Best Management Practices
Rio Grande-Bravo Climate Impacts & Outlook
Forest History Society Seeks Repeat Photographs
President's Corner ________________

This is my "farewell" article as your president, as the reins will pass to Chris Jones (AZ) on January 1 and I will shift to Past-President.  

Joining Chris are the following newly-elected incoming board members:

James Henderson (MS), President-Elect
Kris Tiles (WI), Treasurer
Bindu Bhakta (MI), North Central Regional Rep.
Jennifer Dindinger (MD), Northeast Regional Rep.

Please join me in congratulating each of them. With "incoming" there are also "outgoing". The following members will be leaving the board (or in Kris' case, shuffling positions!):

Dean Solomon, Past-President
Ramona Madhosingh-Hector, Treasurer
Kris Tiles, North Central Regional Representative
Amy Rowe, Northeast Regional Representative

I've enjoyed working with each of you during my tenure as president. Thank you for your service to the association. To all ANREP members, I'd like to thank you for the work that you do. You have had a busy year that included a joint national conference with NACDEP, wildfires, drought, flooding, and hurricanes. Speaking of hurricanes, thank you to those who emailed me to ask how things were at my location in eastern North Carolina. Hurricane Matthew left the area soggy. Very soggy! I was more fortunate than many, in that I didn't have any flooding or damage either at work or at home. I hope that we all have a very uneventful 2017.

Oh...Happy World Soil Day yesterday (Dec. 5)!

Thank you for all that you do,

ANREP President, 2016
PILD Chair, 2017

North Carolina State University - Area Specialized Agent
ANREP Updates ___________________
What's ANREPtile?

Dear Colleagues:

Let me start with a hearty thank you to serve as your incoming ANREP President. I have enjoyed interacting with our Executive Board as President-Elect and must confirm you are served by a motivated and caring bunch of individuals that want to see our profession succeed and those we serve prosper.

During our Executive Board conference calls, we have discussed fundraising opportunities and ways to promote our association. So I suggested a mascot: ANREPtile! Okay, I admit I've always been fond of puns.
Artwork by Mariel Jones

I would like to use this forum to get your input and whether this may be a good marketing idea to follow through on. I know many of you are artistically inclined, or at least know people who are. In my case, I asked, okay, bribed  my 15-year old daughter to draw a Gila monster for me (my county's namesake) to give us a launching point for designing our  ANREPtile. Such a creature can be abstract or based on a real animal. I just ask that it be original.

The ANREPtile can be used to promote ANREP and printed on shirts, hats, coffee cups or water bottles, or made into a pin. We can run regular design contests so we can have a new one for each conference. Winning entries can be recognized and awarded.

But this is where I want to hear back from you, the membership: do you like the idea? Or back to the drawing board? Would you spend money on ANREP merchandise?

As incoming President, I look forward to serving you as we plan for our 11th Biennial ANREP Conference to be held late Spring 2018 in Biloxi, Mississippi! Please make time and plan to present and attend this event. We'll enjoy some fine Southern hospitality and cuisine on the Gulf Coast as we share good company and learn from each other.        
Be it at work or on the home front, I wish you all the best!

Chris Jones
(928) 402-8586
Submitted Articles ________________
Florida Extension Agents Teach Youth Using Pollinator Garden
Bees, wasps, flies and hummingbirds are important pollinators. An estimated 1/3 of the food we eat comes from plants pollinated by animals. Scientists have found that it takes eight or more visits by a bee to a watermelon flower to produce a single watermelon. 
Similar to butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens incorporate the use of plants, such as host and nectar plants, that attract butterflies. However, they differ in that selected plants also attract other pollinators such as native bees, flies and hummingbirds. Bees need nectar and pollen, both of which are provided by flowers. Nectar serves as the primary source of carbohydrates for bees, and pollen is essential to brood production, young bee development and hive growth. Interestingly, all pollen is not created equal, and "pollen from different floral sources has different quantities of each component".

Girl Scout Troop #360.  Credit Nicole Pinson
Calamint resembles rosemary and has tiny white flowers. Credit: Nicole Pinson

Recognizing that pollinators are important, local Lutz Girl Scout Troop No. 360 worked in partnership with the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County to plant a pollinator demonstration garden at the Extension office while earning their Silver Awards. Silver Awards encouraged the cadettes to design their own community project and understand how they impact their community. Obtaining the award required completing an approved cause and issue service project that involved at least 50 volunteer hours.

The purpose of this project was to teach youth and their families about the importance of pollinators and the relationship between plants and pollinators. This project promoted Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles, especially with regard to reducing stormwater runoff, attracting wildlife, reducing pollinator risk when using pesticides, and beautifying our community while preserving and conserving resources such as water.

In addition to planting the pollinator garden, the Girl Scouts wrote newspaper articles and press releases, installed microirrigation, created a pollinator display, provided docent tours to the public and pre-recorded a one-hour radio program on Your Neighborhood Inspiration Station AM1110 WTIS.
African blue basil. Credit: Nicole Pinson

The Girl Scouts learned there are many plants that attract pollinators. Examples ofgreat Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM plants include buttonsage lantana Lantana involucrata, blanket flower Gaillardia pulchella, pink swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata, frogfruit Phyla nodiflora, rayless sunflower Helianthus radula, calamint Calamintha ashei, and white top aster Oclemena reticulata.

Pollinators are important because they help increase fruit set, quality and size, and these benefits can also translate to economic impacts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 estimated bee pollinated commodities accounted for $20 billion in annual U.S. agricultural production. Pollinator gardens are unique and they can teach residents and youth how to attract pollinators to their landscapes, while reducing negative environmental impacts associated with landscape management practices.

Visitors can stop at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office during workweek hours to learn about plants that attract pollinators. They can tour the pollinator garden, along with the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden and the perennial garden, for free. Children and their parents can check out pollinator backpacks that contain insect and flower sketch plates, field identification cards, magnifying lenses and books. There is something new to see during every visit to the gardens, and we hope visitors are inspired to create a pollinator garden of their own.

Submitted by:
Lynn Barber                                            Nicole Pinson
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent           Urban Horticulture Agent
UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County     UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County
Arkansas Team Earns Top Honors at National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Arkansas placed first among 17 states that competed in the 37th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational. Teams from Tennessee and Florida placed second and third, respectively. Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin were also represented at this year's Invitational.
The invitational was held at West Virginia University Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia. The event is sponsored by Farm Credit System, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., USDA Forest Service State and Private Southern Region, West Virginia University Extension Service, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Forest Foundation, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, and National Woodland Owners Association.
While at the Invitational 4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories. Events included tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, forest evaluation, the forestry quiz bowl, and a written forestry exam.
Arkansas was represented by Ethan Boykin, Hunter Saunders, Cade Wilkerson, Connor Wilkerson all from Hermitage. The team was coached by Taylor Gwin also from Hermitage.

Kyle  Weiner from Tennessee received the high point individual award. Second place high individual award was given to Cade Wilkerson from Arkansas and third place high individual award was given to Henry Keating from Florida.
The Joe Yeager "Spirit of the Invitational" award was given to Holden Doane from Indiana. This award recognizes an outstanding 4-H contestant at the Invitational. It is presented to the individual who takes initiative, is enthusiastic, and is eager to lead academic and social situations.
4-H is a youth education program operated by the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the state  land grant universities. More than six million youth, 540,000 volunteers, and 3,500 professionals participate in 4-H nationwide, and nearly 100,000 are part of the 4-H Forestry Program.
Submitted by:
Forest Resources Educator
Penn State Extension-Centre County
Developing an Integrated Heat-Health Information System for Long-Term Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes in the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruses Region

Hotter temperatures and more frequent and persistent heat waves are projected for the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo region of New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. In an effort to build resilience to the public health risks associated with extreme heat, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) has chosen this region to be its Southwest regional pilot. The NIHHIS pilot is designed to facilitate ongoing engagement with the region to understand climate, institutional, social, and other aspects of extreme heat health risk, and to evolve a long-term approach to improving resilience to extremes. NIHHIS began as an interagency partnership between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It has grown to include not only many other agencies (FEMA, ASPR, EPA, NIOSH, OSHA, SAMHSA) but also many nongovernmental groups in several regional pilots across North America. Funding partners and contributors of in-kind resources to the NIHHIS Southwest regional pilot include the City of El Paso, Texas Tech University Climate Science Center, University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Arizona.

On July 13, 2016, a kick-off workshop was convened in El Paso, Texas, that brought together representatives of government, academic, and practitioner communities from Mexico and the United States. The goals of the workshop were: (1) gain a better understanding of historical climatology and vulnerabilities to heat in the region; (2) identify and document science, communication, and public health needs and gaps with regard to extreme heat monitoring and preparedness; and (3) develop documented gaps into specific information requirements and a process to go forward developing Extension-related products, build capacity for improved coordination and communication, and improve planning and preparedness plans.

During workshop discussions, participants identified the following common climate and health research challenges:
  • Translating climate research into evidence-driven public health interventions and actionable strategies
  • Increasing the effectiveness of risk communication to the general public
  • Improving coordination and communication between researchers and practitioners
  • Improving the skill of heat wave predictions on all timescales (weeks, months, decades)
Interconnectedness of the work groups.
Working group discussions and recommendations provided a starting place for more in-depth investigations on regional capacities, data and knowledge bases, and feasible actions to increase preparedness and reduce vulnerabilities to episodes of extreme heat. Working groups, established at the workshop, have prioritized tasks to be completed before the 2017 extreme heat season. Working groups related to communication, public engagement, and heat-health risk assessment are in the process of distributing a vulnerability survey, to garner information from community organizations and individuals. Survey questions aim to understand community knowledge of heat stress, how to respond during heat events, and their access to information and resources. Other working groups are creating databases of existing climate, weather, and public health metadata, information, and expertise. A working group devoted to forecasting is working on improving the skill of extreme heat predictions and on understanding how to leverage improvements in skill to meet user needs with better climate services. All of these actions will contribute to an overall assessment of existing heat-health information in the region, and to prioritization of future research and extension initiatives.

If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please contact: Sarah LeRoy, University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment, (520) 626-4579 , or Gregg Garfin, Climate and Policy Extension Specialist, University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment (520) 626-4372.

Submitted by:
Research Assistant, Institute of the Environment
University of Arizona
All Things Bats: The Ohio State University Youth Outreach Team Collaborates with Local After-School Program

A team consisting of undergraduate students, program assistants, and Extension specialists from The Ohio State University recently collaborated with the Care After School Program in Worthington, Ohio, to create an educational event for approximately 90 children ages 6-12 and their parents focused on bats. The program reached out to the School of Environment and Natural Resources for assistance with a special bat-themed event to educate students on bat conservation and build bat boxes that would be placed at the school. We enthusiastically said yes to the request.

First, we developed a logic model to determine goals, activities, and resources for the event. We wanted to provide an active learning environment, dispel negative perceptions of the flying mammals, and create environmental stewards. We then developed ideas for activities and planned the flow of the evening, drawing upon the expertise of the team's Extension wildlife program specialist Marne Titchenell who provided information on bats, bat boxes, and educational activities that would engage the children and increase their knowledge. The Care After School director also contacted bat specialist Bridget Brown from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for assistance and information. Planning meetings were held over several weeks, with ongoing communication among the team members and program director to ensure we would be meeting the needs of the program and creating a successful event.

While Care After School provided a location, food and refreshments, and a bat jeopardy game, we were responsible for the majority of the programming. The team decided on several different types of activities. These included two games, the first of which was "Bat-Moth," where participants played a Marco-Polo type game with an echolocation theme.  Another game was "Bat Adaptations," an activity where we discussed what adaptations were. This led to a discussion on how those adaptations manifest themselves in the form of different bat features, followed by dressing the children as bats to illustrate concepts. Additionally, we offered several talks, including "Myth vs. Fact," in which students engaged in an interactive discussion that addressed and corrected misconceptions of bats, as well as "Bat Boxes and Habitat." One of the Ohio State student team members built a bat box which was used to facilitate an open discussion with the children and their parents on how they could help the dwindling bat population in their own back yards. Bat-themed crafts were provided so the children could creatively explore bats. Finally, the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Natural Resources provided educational displays of bats with photos, bat skeletons, books, and research equipment.

OSU students lead children and parents in Bat-Moth echolocation game. Credit: Kristi Lekies
The OSU Youth Environmental Education Outreach team. Credit: Robin Rockhold

Students learning about bat adaptations. Credit: Lauryn Bone
Students explore bat information display. Credit: Kristi Lekies

The efforts of the Youth Environmental Education Outreach Team were well received by the school, its students, and the parents. Ohio State student team members were able to apply their knowledge to a hands-on teaching opportunity and learn about program development. The two-hour program took about a month and a half to plan from beginning to end. With thoughtful planning, ongoing communication, consultation with specialists, and a committed team, we delivered a fun and educational event. It provided a networking opportunity and a continued relationship with the after school program, with the possibility of offering the bat education event to other after school programs in the school district. The team plans to develop future educational activities for children and youth to increase appreciation of natural resources and awareness of environmental issues. 
Submitted by:
Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University
ResourceExchange ________________
New Fact Sheet on Littleleaf Disease

A new fact sheet outlining the history and causes of littleleaf disease was recently released by the Shortleaf Pine Initiative, the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Program (FHIS), and Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

Contact: Holly Campbell, Southern Region Extension Forestry, University of Georgia
Video Series on Managing Urban Trees to Maximize Energy Conservation

Southern Region Extension Forestry, in conjunction with Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension, has developed a 27-part video series (each 3-7 minutes long) focused on urban tree management. The videos are an excellent compliment to urban forestry programming. The videos can be found on the Trees for Energy Conservation YouTube channel.  

Contact: Holly Campbell, Southern Region Extension Forestry, University of Georgia
Kentucky Videos Highlight Farm Best Management Practices

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment is pleased to share three new videos highlighting farmers implementing Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act best management practices. These farmers are livestock and row crop producers incorporating conservation practices into their normal farming operations.

Contact: Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, UK Cooperative Extension Service
Rio Grande-Bravo Climate Impacts & Outlook

What is it? The Rio Grande-Bravo Climate Impacts & Outlook is a binational monthly product that provides timely climate, weather, and impacts information for the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin region of New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Providing information for stakeholders, researchers, and other interested parties in the region, each edition recaps conditions over the previous months, and then shows forecasts for the next three months for temperature, precipitation, drought and fire conditions, and ENSO. Each edition also contains relevant news, including upcoming meetings or conferences and recently released tools and publications.

Why is it published?
In 2011, record-breaking drought devastated the region, on both the U.S. and Mexico sides of the border. The drought illustrated a need for accessible and timely scientific data and information specific to the region to inform decisions and build resilience in local communities. The Outlook-a product of the North American Climate Services Partnership (NACSP)-is co-produced by Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), part of the University of Arizona's climate extension, and NACSP partners in Mexico, including Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN). Arizona Climate Extension Specialist, Gregg Garfin, serves as executive editor.

Contact: Sarah LeRoy, University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment
IdeaExchange ____________________
Forest History Society Seeks Repeat Photographs

Repeat photography is the practice of taking photographs of a specific location at two or more different times. It is a powerful visual resource for scientific study and education in forest and landscape management. From working forests to wilderness areas, such photographic pairs or sequences can help us understand ecosystem processes, and effects of human and non-human disturbances. 
The Forest History Society (FHS) has undertaken a Repeat Photography Project aimed at collecting sets of repeat photographs relating to land management and environmental research. FHS aims to provide a centralized location on the web for users to access, compare and interpret them. By providing an authoritative site on the subject we hope to identify previously unknown repeat photographic pairs and sequences, promote the creation of new repeat sets, and foster interest in the future uses of repeat photography. The project leads welcome insights, recommendations, and collaboration in making this valuable historical information more widely available. If you have photos, research ideas, or any other input that might help, please contact Project Photo Archivist Sara Pezzoni

Submitted by:
Photo Archivist
Forest History Society
WordFromEditorA Word From Your Editor__________
Thanksgiving is over and we're hurtling towards another end-of-year reporting period which always makes me pause and think about what I've accomplished (or not accomplished) over the last year. It's certainly been an eventful year and I can't help but think that our respective Extension services have been challenged to deal with many issues...from hurricanes and flooding to drought, wildfire, and disease outbreaks. Not to mention the myriad of local, people-based issues we all respond to. I've no doubt our colleagues across the nation have been critical in providing unbiased, research-based information that people need. Hopefully you all find a moment or two to reflect on the contributions you've made over the last year. We all do good work and I'm grateful to work alongside some truly amazing people, both here in Wisconsin and across the country. I'm certain 2017 will bring a new set of challenges (and 2016 may not be done with its surprises either) and whatever comes, I'm sure Extension will be front and center.  

The next deadline for content submittals is February 1. With luck, the next newsletter will be out February 15. Submit content at any time. Try to limit article length to 600 words. Photos (with captions/credit) are appreciated but please send them separately. Don't embed them into a document. As always, please contact me if you have questions.
Chad Cook | ANREP Newsletter Editor | University of Wisconsin - Extension