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Introducing the National Extension Forestry & Wood Products Directory

Extension forestry, natural resources, and wood products professionals now have a new way to connect online: the National Extension Forestry and Wood Products Directory,   a national network of over 300 extension forestry and wood products specialists, educators, and leaders. Collectively, these personnel cover 48 areas of forestry and wood products specialties and 16 areas of extension program development, delivery, and evaluation. This interactive directory, developed by SREF in collaboration with USDA - NIFA, includes an opportunity to personalize printed outputs and directed emails. The directory is a quick and easy way for partners to identify experts for collaboration, partnership and innovation across the country. 

You can access the directory at

North Carolina State Extension Forestry Supports Women in Wildfire

Extension Associate Jennifer Fawcett, North Carolina State University traveled to California to train women in the wildland fire industry in prescribed burning techniques and other essential skills. NCSU College of Natural Resources has produced a video montage highlighting her experiences during the two weeks she spent conducting the training.

Extension & Outreach Prominent at 7th International Fire Congress 

On November 28-December 2, 2017,SREF Extension Associates Leslie Boby and Holly Campbell attended the Association for Fire Ecology International Fire Congress in Orlando, FL. While the event was internationally-focused, the southern location this year offered participants a chance to highlight the southern United States. Holly Campbell and other Extension foresters from throughout the nation presented novel ways to engage landowners and communities in wildfire/prescribed fire outreach.

Extension Resource: 
Video Series Puts People of Forestry in Focus

The Southern Group of State Foresters recently released a series of videos, People of Forestry, that highlight the diverse men and women who work in the profession and all of the amazing work they undertake every day. These videos  can be shared with those who are curious about foresters, forestry, and natural resources.

Extension Resource: 
2016 Forest Health Monitoring Report

Extension professionals interested in forest health work may wish to read this 221-page 2016 Forest Health Monitoring Report co-edited by Dr. Kevin Potter and Dr. Barbara Conkling of NC State University and produced by  the USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Monitoring program. The report contains information about the status of US forests as well as an analysis of significant trends. 

RNGR Team Earns US Forest Service's Top Honor

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources (RNGR) project team, whose mission is "to  supply people who grow forest and conservation seedlings with the very latest technical information" recently received the US Forest Service Chief's Honor Award in the category of Applying Knowledge Globally. The award is considered the highest honor in the Forest Service! The office of the Southern Regional Extension Forester has been involved with this group for years, having developed and maintained its website ( and National Nursery Database since their inception. Congratulations to the team! Watch the video in which our colleague, Dr. Kas Dumroese, accepts the award for the team.

Longleaf Alliance Academy to 
Feature Forest Health Session

Dr. Dave Coyle, Extension Associate with SREF's Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species program (FHIS)  will be teaching a section of  The Longleaf Alliance 's Longleaf Academy: Longleaf 101 on January 23, 2018 at the  University of Georgia  Conference Center -  Savannah River Ecology Laboratory  near New Ellenton, SC.  SAF credits will be available.

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Extension Learning Opportunity:
Provisional Seed Zones for Forest Conservation Assessment.

The Eastern Seed Zone Forum will continue its popular webinar series ( Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 11 AM EST with "Provisional Seed Zones: Indispensable Tools for Forest Conservation Assessment,"   In this webinar, Dr. Kevin M. Potter, Research Associate Professor at North Carolina State University, will describe ways in which provisional seed zones can be used in forest tree conservation assessments. Those involved with seed genetics, climate, and other related disciplines are invited to join the ESZF Seed Zone Creation team by registering here

New Web Resource for Extension: 
The State of America's Forests

The US Endowment for Forestry and Communities has created a new website that houses resources highlighting the current state of US forests as well as their economic, social, and environmental value. From the press release: " Based on peer-reviewed studies and verified data, the first two modules on the website explore the story of fire in our forests and the role forests play in providing clean water. In the coming months, the site will release additional modules that explore other forest values." 

Specialist Highlight:
Dr. Kim Coder, UGA Outreach Specialist

The University of Georgia recently featured Dr. Kim Coder, Outreach Specialist and Professor at UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, in its Focus on Faculty series. Dr. Coder is a longtime outreach veteran, and we frequently feature his fact sheets in the Resources section of this very newsletter (his office is also right next door to our lab at UGA!). 

  TX: Nature of Things Lecture Series - Heartwood Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists
  LA: Managing Veteran Trees
  FL: Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future
  LA: Tree Detectives
  FL: Is Conservation Easement Right for Your Land?
Webinar: Provisional Seed Zones: Indispensable Tools for Forest Conservation Assessment
  SC: Appalachian Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting 2018
  VA: Working Woods Walk
  VA: Virginia Forest Health Conference
  FL: Herbicide Use in Natural Areas Workshop
Pee Dee Waterfowl Habitat & Hunt Management Workshop
  FL: Small Scale Mushroom Production
  VA: Online Woodland Options for Landowners
  AL: Alabama Soils, Geology, & Weather
  NC: Buncombe County Envirothon
  VA:  14th Annual Landowners Wood & WIldlife Conference

  LA: Managing Veteran Trees
  VA: Central Virginia Beginning Landowner Weekend Retreat
  LA: Arborist Ground Operations
  VA:  14th Annual Landowners Wood & WIldlife Conference

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