Summer 2016
In this issue
ANREP/NACDEP Conference Wrap Up
JCEP Leadership Conference
Extension Foresters are Important to the American Tree Farm System
G-WOW Climate Initiative Nominated for Climate Adaptation Leadership Award
Oil Spill Seminar Held in Okaloosa County
Partnering for a Successful Georgia ANREP Conference
Stop the Spiny Water Flea Invasion!
Virginia Master Naturalists
New Forest Science Fact Sheet on Fern Impacts and Control
President's Corner ________________

Alright - who sped up the time machine? The joint ANREP/NACDEP conference in beautiful Burlington, VT was in June. How has so much time passed so quickly? I would like to thank the many people involved in planning and working at the conference who made it go as smoothly as it did. No conference is perfect, but you sure helped to make it an informative, enjoyable conference.

There were more than 200 ANREP members in attendance, with a fairly even regional breakdown of members attending.  

Speaking of regions: the Regional Reps reported good conversations and plans during their sessions. Be on the lookout to hear more from your rep.

Thank you to those who signed up for various ANREP committees. The sign-up sheets made it back safely; however, we took daily photos of the pages...just in case. Perhaps we have broken the string of waylaid sign-up sheets! I will be contacting those currently on committees, according to the ANREP directory listing, to make sure that the lists are up-to-date. If you haven't signed up for a committee and are interested, it isn't too late. Just send me an email.
  • Communication Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Sponsorship
  • Professional Development Committee
If you haven't heard, the 2018 ANREP conference will be in Mississippi. Committees will be forming to put it together, so stay tuned for further information. Other upcoming professional development opportunities are the JCEP Leadership conference (see below), which will be in Orlando February 8-9, 2017. The   request for proposals closes September 30. The JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference will be in DC April 2-5, 2017. The request for proposals will come out in early September and close November 1. Both forms will be available on the JCEP website. These are very good development conferences. I encourage you to either submit a presentation proposal or attend.
Thank you for all that you do,

ANREP President, 2016
PILD Chair, 2017

North Carolina State University - Area Specialized Agent
ANREP Updates ___________________
ANREP/NACDEP Conference Wrap Up

The latest ANREP conference has come and gone. Approximately 200 ANREP members made the trip to Vermont to attend the 2016 conference alongside our NACDEP colleagues. Click the conference logo to head over to the conference website where you'll find archived presentations.  

If you presented at the conference, consider adding your presentation to the website for others to view. Send your slides, preferably as a PDF but if not, it will be converted to a PDF, to for posting.  

Silent Auction
Another successful silent auction was part of the conference. ANREP made $573.50 and the Past Presidents' Fund made another $206. These funds help ANREP provide scholarships and other support for our members. Thanks to all that contributed items for the auction. 
Maple syrup was the hot item on the auction. Several states and a couple of Canadian provinces were represented. In the interest of maintaining peace and camaraderie, the state/province fetching the highest bid won't be revealed.

The 2016 awards were given out at the conference. Awards committee chair Duane Friend kept things moving as we celebrated the accomplishments of our colleagues and their fine work. Check the ANREP website for a complete listing of the awards and winners

Special recognition awards from JCEP. Left and Center: Past Presidents Bob Bardon and Dean Solomon are recognized for their contributions. Right: John Cobourn is presented with the Creative Excellence Award.
JCEP Leadership Conference

Really enjoyed the conference. Felt that my needs/interests were better met than at other meetings. 
Having attended and help organize 5-6 JCEP Leadership Conferences, I feel this was one of the best I have attended. Great workshops and networking opportunities.  Thank you!
This was my third JCEP Leadership Conference and I always find it to be the most useful conference of the year! I am encouraging others from my state to attend.                                                                        

-2016 Participant comments from conference evaluation
What vision will support Extension's future? How can innovation support Extension's continued relevance in a rapidly changing world? What could this mean for administrators and educators alike?
The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) Leadership Conference brings together individuals from around the nation from all levels and subject matter areas of Extension. 
The purpose of the JCEP Leadership Conference is to support Extension leadership succession planning and development nationwide. 

EMERGING ISSUES:  A focus of the 2017 JCEP Leadership Conference is to engage Extension professionals in identifying and addressing leadership strategies around emerging issues. 
The JCEP 2017 Leadership Conference will assist Extension current and emerging leaders to prepare for and respond to the rapidly changing needs of stakeholders. 
Who should attend?  Directors, Middle Managers, Department Heads, Association leadership representatives, emerging leaders within an organization, educators/faculty leading key Extension programs for stakeholders, Extension faculty/educators who desire to increase their leadership skills.
SAVE THE DATE:  February 8-9, 2017
Make a difference . . . show up at the 2017 JCEP Leadership Conference. 
The 2017 JCEP Leadership Conference is in a new location with a new focus.  Attend the conference to explore:
  • What bold steps does Extension need to make to be a part of the future? 
  • What skills do emerging leaders need to be able to be proactive, nimble and relevant in the digital age? 
  • What steps can leaders make to identify and respond to emerging issues? 
Concurrent session presentations will illustrate, demonstrate and/or provide hands-on learning opportunities or skills or models that can be replicated by individuals.

Lead the discussion as a presenter in one of four tracks:
  • Identifying and Responding to Emerging Issues
  • Strategic Planning Tools and Methods
  • Program Evaluation Planning and Program Improvement
  • Leadership Challenges, Collaborations and Partnerships
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL at      Due Date - September 30, 2016
Submitted Articles ________________
Extension Foresters are Important to the American Tree Farm System
"Wait. Stop. Reverse that" (said Willy Wonka). The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is important to Extension Foresters too. Why? 

Think of Tree Farm as an opportunity to get out of the office and meet with landowners who may otherwise never matriculate into one of your organized educational events! For me, it has been a refreshing reality to meet with people who steward the land but do not attend your programs, yet still need help making forest management decisions. Before you know it, these non-joiners are not only attending your events, they have become your advocates and ambassadors of your program.   

Think of Tree Farm as your own sort of
Andy Perleberg reviews management plan with landowner.
 Master Gardener program, only you do not need to account for volunteer hours or other accountability metrics! For me, as a Tree Farm coordinator, I can leverage my time providing landowner assistance by facilitating inspecting foresters to meet with landowners for initial or re-certifications. This helps me to get more land under a written management plan and to know that the landowner's personal goals have been scrutinized and enriched by this one-on-one counsel provided by a natural resource professional.
Inspecting forester annual training, Spokane, WA

Think of Tree Farm as a value-added service! While you or another inspecting forester conveys management advice, you can also help the landowner to become certified under ATFS Standards of Sustainability, which is mutually recognized nationally by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and internationally by Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC, an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party
Tree farm inspector Bob Bauer, KY, visiting a Georgia tree farm
 certification). While there are relatively few examples of landowners receiving apremium fetch for selling their certified wood in the market place, it may make the difference of whether or not the landowner can "play in the game" and may receive preferential entry to exclusive purchasers of timber. And what landowner does not want another sign?  There are even two choices! 

Think of Tree Farm as a way to learn about forestry! I have enjoyed inspecting Tree Farms throughout Washington for the annual state Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year selection, as well as many more throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and the South for the regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year selection. I have had the chance to experience systems of forestry and even different cultures as a Tree Farm inspector. 

Who may become a qualified Tree Farm inspector? Eligibility requirements include 1) successful completion of the Certifier Training Program, and, 2) must meet at least one of the requirements:
  • A Bachelor of Science, Forestry degree, or higher from a Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited program
  • Two-year forestry technician degree from an SAF recognized program
  • Anyone already serving as a Tree Farm inspector prior to July 31, 1999 is grandfathered in as an inspector
  • Anyone professionally practicing forestry and meeting the following minimum educational requirements in forest ecology and biology, soils, measurements, and policy. 
Submitted by:
Washington State University Extension
G-WOW Climate Initiative Nominated for Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

The G-WOW Culture and Climate Change Initiative was selected as a Nominee to the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources for "outstanding leadership to advance the resilience of the Nation's living natural resources in a changing climate. Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension Environment Outreach Specialist and G-WOW Initiative director accepted the award on behalf of the UW-Extension and the Environmental Resources Center. The project was nominated by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission who is a partner in the initiative with UW-Extension, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore-National Park Service, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
The G-WOW initiative uses a unique climate literacy model that that integrates place-based evidence of climate change on cultural practices that people value with climate science. The model demonstrates how climate is affecting the sustainability of species and habitat conditions that support Ojibwe culture as an example of how climate change is affecting all cultures. The goal is to make the issue of climate change personal for learners and promote action to address it. Outreach tools include the G-WOW website, a summer professional development institute, and a major climate exhibit at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI.
The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources was established in 2016 to bring to light many of the outstanding projects or activities that are advancing the resilience of our nation's valuable fish, wildlife and plant resources in a changing climate. This award acknowledges the leadership of those individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies that are making it happen and promote their work as examples of successful climate adaptation.

The Award is sponsored by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy's Joint Implementation Working Group in partnership with the Department of the Interior (DOI), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).
For more information on the G-WOW Initiative, contact Cathy Techtmann at 715.561.2695 or by  email.

Submitted by:
Environmental Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Extension
Oil Spill Seminar Held in Okaloosa County

The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore of Louisiana in April 2010. Approximately 172 million gallons of oil entered the Gulf of Mexico. Five years after the incident, locals and tourists still have questions. The Okaloosa County UF/IFAS Extension Office invited a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Scientist, Dr. Monica Wilson, to help answer the five most common questions about the oil spill and to increase the use of oil spill science by people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf.

The event was held at the Destin History and Fishing Museum on Monday evening, July 11, 2016.  Executive Director, Kathy Marler Blue partnered with the University of Florida to host the event.  "The Destin History and Fishing Museum has a vision that includes expanding its programs to include a lecture series." Said Blue.  Over 20 interested individuals attended the lecture and the question and answer session was lively.  This was the first in what hopes to be an ongoing lecture series, bringing more scientific information to our county.

Dr. Wilson is based in St. Petersburg, Florida, with Florida Sea Grant College Program. Monica uses her physical oceanography background to model circulation and flushing of coastal systems in the region and the impacts of tropical storms on these systems. She focuses on the distribution, dispersion and dilution of petroleum under the action of physical ocean processes and storms. For this lecture, she covered topics such as is Gulf seafood safe to eat, what are the impacts to wildlife, what cleanup techniques were used, and how were they implemented, where did the oil go and where is it now and do dispersants make it unsafe to swim in the water? 

The oil spill science outreach program also allows Sea Grant specialists to find out what types of information target audiences want and develop tailor-made products for those audiences. The outreach specialists produce a variety of materials, such as fact sheets and bulletins, focused on meeting stakeholder information needs. The specialists also gather input from target audiences through workshops and work with researchers to share oil spill research results at science seminars that are facilitated by the specialists.

For additional information and publications related to the oil spill please visit:

Submitted by:
Marine Science Agent
University of Florida/IFAS
Partnering for a Successful Georgia ANREP Conference

At the close of our annual business meeting in May, 2015, Georgia ANREP members discussed ways to grow membership and interest in their fledgling organization. Under the leadership of president, Kevin Livingston, our group voted to initiate several new efforts. An emphasis was placed on outreach to 'non-traditional' ANREP members as a way to generate awareness and support. In addition, members decided to explore the possibility of offering the 2016 ANREP conference as an Advanced Program for certified Georgia Master Naturalists. 

Although Georgia ANREP membership has been primarily comprised of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) county agents, there is definite overlap with other Cooperative Extension program areas in Georgia. Environmental education, land and forestry judging are common 4-H/youth programs while Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents might focus on water quality, energy conservation, and recycling. Because of these common interests, Georgia ANREP leaders recruited new members at the GEA4-HA  (state 4-H association) meeting in April. We distributed information about ANREP and held a drawing for a free registration to the 2016 Georgia ANREP conference.

Similarly, there are many common themes and interests among volunteers certified through the Georgia Master Naturalist Program (MNP). The program, often coordinated at the local level by ANR agents, focuses on adult environmental education. It is led by Dr. Mike Mengak, Associate Dean of Service & Outreach for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Dr. Mengak supported the joint venture with Georgia ANREP to offer an Advanced Master Naturalist Program.   

Our Georgia ANREP chapter held its annual state meeting on August 1-2, 2016 at Berry College in Rome. The speakers, mostly Berry College faculty, covered a variety of topics including American Chestnut restoration, deer management, coyotes, mountain longleaf pine ecology, bald eagle conservation (led by the founder of the famous EagleCam), and watershed protection. Educational tours included a seven mile hike on the Longleaf Pine Trail, a canoe trip down the Coosa River, or a tour of the Martha Berry Museum and Gardens.           

2016 GA ANREP Conference attendees listen to Dr. Martin Cipollini from Berry College discuss the mountain longleaf pine ecosystem.

As organizers of the 2016 conference, we deemed this innovated approach a success, based on the number and diverse cross-section of participants. The roster of attendees included County Agents, Master Naturalist volunteers, Extension Specialists, and others (see chart below). Because of our outreach efforts, attendance grew from 13 at the 2015 conference to 42 in 2016, more than a 200% increase. When talking to attendees and analyzing written evaluations, it appears that the inclusion of new groups was a 'win win' for all involved. 

Evaluation comments included, 'Fantastic conference, I'll definitely be back!  Thank you so much for reaching out and including 4-H folks' and 'I took away a lot of information I'll be able to apply in my environmental education duties. It was an especially useful opportunity to mingle with ANREP folks and to be reminded of what all the Extension Service does for the citizens of Georgia and some of the projects its agents are involved in'.
UGA Extension Agricultural and Natural Resource Agents
UGA 4-H/Youth Agents
UGA Extension Specialist
UGA Administration (Extension & Warnell)
Georgia Master Naturalists
Other (student & intern)
Submitted by:
Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent and County Extension Coordinator
UGA Extension--Macon-Bibb County
ResourceExchange ________________
Stop the Spiny Water Flea Invasion!

A new film and Web site produced by University of Wisconsin-Extension challengesboaters to halt the spread of spiny water fleas into inland lakes. The spiny water flea can hurt lakes by making the water greener and degrading fisheries. The short film features a spiny water flea military commander rallying his troops, explaining how they can take advantage of boaters and anglers to fulfill their manifest destiny of spreading to new lakes. 

The video was created in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of limnologists, social scientists, educators, videographers, artists, costume designers, musicians and social media experts from institutions including UW-Madison, UW-Extension, Sea Grant and Wildlife Forever. The video was intended to be shared on social media. Encourage lake associations as well as fishing and boating groups to post it on their Facebook sites and other social media. The video is relevant to any of the Great Lakes states where spiny water fleas are present or states that want to avoid their introduction. The video is available online at

Contact: Bret Shaw, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Virginia Master Naturalists

We have developed curriculum materials for the Virginia Master Naturalist program that can be adapted and used by other programs as well.  Curriculum resources currently are available for the following topics:

Additional topics will be completed this year and posted online as they become available.

Contact: Michelle Prysby, Virginia Master Naturalist Program Director, Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
New Forest Science Fact Sheet on Fern Impacts and Control

Penn State Forest Resources Extension has just released the third in a series of Forest Science Fact Sheets. The latest in the series, entitled Controlling Understory Fern Competition for Regeneration Success, provides in-depth practical information on issues surrounding understory fern abundance. The fact sheet, written by Dave Jackson, Penn State Forest Resources Educator, and Jim Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources, provides research based information from numerous Forest Service based studies. 

Sustaining hardwood forest species diversity and timber value requires recognizing when interfering plants, such as fern, are or will become a problem. When fern covers 30 percent or more of an area it is likely to dominate the understory following a harvest or other disturbance. It's important to recognize and treat fern problems prior to performing timber harvests.

This fact sheet is available online at the link above or in hard copy by contacting the Penn State Extension Ag Publications Distribution Center at:
Phone: 877-345-0691 or E-mail:

Contact: David Jackson, Forest Resources Educator, Penn State Extension-Centre County 
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It's not quite over but summer is starting to wind down. And all-in-all, it was a pretty good summer. The ANREP/NACDEP conference was definitely a highlight. It's always nice to put faces to names and meet new people and the presentations I attended were pretty inspiring. I'm still following up on some of the things I picked up.   

Another reason the summer was good? Between the road trip from Wisconsin to Vermont for the conference and a couple of other excursions, I was able to dip my toes into four of the five Great Lakes this summer. I only missed out on Lake Huron. I think I get bonus points for dipping into Lake Champlain, which was officially a Great Lake for about 18 days in 1998. Look that one up if you're curious as to why we had six Great Lakes for a bit. 

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Chad Cook | ANREP Newsletter Editor | University of Wisconsin - Extension