Summer 2018
In this issue
Professional development committee update
Board members wanted
Congratulations Bill Hubbard
Upcoming Conferences & Workshops
NACDEP 2019 conference in Asheville, NC
NAAEE early registration deadline approaching
Hurricane resilience workshop in November
One Water Action Forum coming to Indianapolis in December
National Sustainability Summit & National Extension Energy Summit
Clemson Master Rain Gardener Certification Program
Learn and Burn workshops in NC
National 4-H Forestry Invitational held
On the water, near the water
Forestry Insights website from Wisconsin
Online course for extension FNR educators now open
WOWnet group launches to network those doing women-centered programming
Understanding forest carbon management short course from Michigan State
SREF's Coyle moving to Clemson 
Leadership Nature podcasts

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Greetings fellow ANREP members!
 
Have you noticed anything about ANREP that could be better? I know you have. There is always room for improvement and it starts with each of us. ANREP needs your help to make the organization better. So if you answered yes to my question then I hope you will say yes to the next one. Will you do the right thing and serve your fellow ANREP members by nominating yourself to serve on the ANREP Executive Committee? Our Past President, Chris Jones, has just issued the call for nominations (Email sent 7.30.18) to fill four upcoming vacancies in 2019. We are looking for motivated ANREP members to serve as our:

North East Region Representative
North Central Region Representative
Treasurer
President-Elect

To learn about the specific duties of each of these offices please check out our bylaws.
 
I have had the privilege of serving on the ANREP Executive Committee in three different officer roles and the experience was and continues to be priceless. I have gotten to know and work with great people from all over the county that have a shared passion for natural resources Extension and for our organization that promotes excellence in that field. I can assure you that anyone that has ever served as an officer in ANREP would encourage you to do the same. It is a wonderful experience that benefits you in many ways and allows you to make our shared professional association better for you and your ANREP friends and colleagues.
 
Why should you serve? Here is one reason. I know there were many things about the Biloxi 2018 ANREP meeting that could have been better. Do you want to help make sure that Bend 2020 ARNEP Biennial Conference is everything that we want it to be and more? Well, I want you to know that officers on the ARNEP Executive Committee also serve on the Conference Committee where we work with the Host State to shape and plan the next conference. The 2019 ANREP Executive Committee will be working closely with our colleagues at Oregon State University to make the next conference (Bend 2020) the best one yet. So again, I ask you, what about ANREP could be better? If you want to make ANREP better then don't wait on someone else to do it for you. Here is your chance. Take it.
 
Next year I will assume the role of Past President and I look forward to welcoming four new officers to the ANREP Executive Committee. I hope you will be one of them.
 
Sincerely,
 
James

James Henderson
ANREP President, 2018

Coastal Research and Extension Center
Mississippi State University
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ANREP Professional Development Committee Compiles Webinar Opportunities
 
The ANREP Professional Development has been compiling upcoming webinar opportunities and shares the information with ANREP members. If you have a webinar that you would like to share with ANREP members, simply forward the webinar announcement to anreppd@anrep.org one month in advance and it will be promoted to the ANREP membership. 

If you have any questions about these webinar announcements, please contact ANREP PD Chair, Nicole Strong.
Wanted: Board Members
 
Uncle Chris (Jones) Wants YOU (to be an ANREP board member)
James highlighted the upcoming ANREP Board elections in his comments but it's worth adding some more detail. 

ANREP's Executive Committee is a working board. It sets and implements policy that serves our members and builds partnerships with other Extension Professional Associations, related organizations, state Extension organizations and NIFA. Serving on the Executive Committee carries responsibilities as well as benefits. The benefits include honing leadership skills through practice and building connections with Extension organizations within the region and throughout the nation. As a result of the partnerships developed, service on the ANREP board can open opportunities for scholarly work.  It is expected that potential Board members will discuss the duties of the position and expected time commitment with their supervisors, and organize their schedules appropriately to be able to carry out the duties of the position .
 
Please send nominations to Chris Jones by  August 29 th .  Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. If you wish to nominate someone else, they need to be informed and agree. Include the position nominating for, name and contact information of the nominee and nominator, and a 200 word (maximum) candidate's statement to go on the ballot.

You may contact me if you have questions about the offices or procedures. You may also contact the any of the current board members if you wish to inquire about a position. Detailed descriptions of officer duties can be found on Page 6 of the ANREP Policy and Procedures Manual.
Congratulations to Bill Hubbard!

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NREP Executive Secretary Bill Hubbard was recently recognized as a Society of American Foresters (SAF) Fellow for 2018.  One of the highest honors for members of the Society, the rank of Fellow is exceptional recognition bestowed on a member by his or her peers for outstanding contributions and service to SAF and the profession.

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NACDEP 2019 Conference Details Announced

The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) 2019 Conference will be held June 9 - 12, 2019 in Asheville, North Carolina. We are extending an invitation to our friends in ANREP to join us for stimulating speakers, informative sessions and energizing mobile learning experiences. We will be staying downtown at The Renaissance Asheville and there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the local flavor that has made Asheville a Foodtopia and a Beer City USA. Save the date and look for conference registration to open in early 2019. Questions? Email Conference Co-Chair Susan Kelly
NAAEE Early Registration Closing SOON
 
The 47th annual North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference is now open for registration. Early bird registration closes on August 24. This is a wonderful conference for anyone in the natural resources and environmental education field, as well as students.

Hurricane Resilience Workshop  

The USDA Southeast Climate Hub and University of Florida are hosting a Hurricane Resilience Workshop in response to the extensive agricultural losses caused by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The workshop will focus on adaptation practices that increase resiliency to hurricanes in nursery, horticulture, row crop, livestock and grazing land systems before, during and after an event occurs. Workshop participants will learn about hurricane impacts on the different commodity groups and management practices to reduce risk from Extension agents with first-hand experience in hurricane preparedness and recovery. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their own experiences and lessons learned from previous hurricanes during organized group discussions.

Date: November 15, 2018


Who should attend?: The workshop is open to everyone, including Extension professionals, USDA employees, relevant state, county, and municipal employees, producers, land managers, policy makers, and private sector and agency representatives involved in agribusiness where hurricane damage is likely to occur in the future.

Post-workshop Products:
  • Report summarizing successful management practices that increase resiliency to hurricanes before, during and after an event
  • Technical manual to assist the transfer of information learned during the workshop from extension agents to producers
  • Report or peer-reviewed publication based on the group discussions

For more information and to register, visit the Workshop Website.
One Water Action Forum


The Forum will bring together researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy-makers to advance more connected and cohesive approaches to water and watershed management in the North Central Region. Together, we will deepen the one water conversation, localize lessons learned by delegates and attendees of the National 2018 One Water Summit, and take steps to put one water to action in the Midwest. 
National Sustainability Summit & National Extension Energy Summit 

Share your experiences, stories, and insights at the inaugural National Sustainability Summit (NSS)-formerly the Extension Sustainability Summit-and biennial National Extension Energy Summit (NEES). Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Southern Rural Development Center in partnership with USDA-NIFA, this joint conference will be held April 16-19, 2019 at The Westshore Grand in Tampa, FL.

This national conference will bring leading sustainability and energy educators and practitioners together to showcase land grant university Extension and research program successes, share challenges, and identify opportunities to strengthen our collective impacts. Participants will hear from dynamic plenary speakers with expertise in sustainability and energy issues, enhance their professional knowledge and skills through pre-conference educational tours and/or mobile workshops, attend inspiring abstract presentations and networking sessions, and learn from local exhibitors and sponsors. Extension professionals from all national associations will benefit from the cross-disciplinary and process-oriented structure of the joint Summits.

The call for proposals is OPEN with a submission deadline of October 1, 2018 11:59PM EST
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Clemson University Extension Launches Master Rain Gardener: A Hybrid Certification Program for Rain Garden & Rainwater Harvesting System Design
 
The first-ever Clemson Extension Master Rain Gardener field day took place at Medway Community Garden on James Island, SC. As part of the effort, participants installed a cistern and rain garden on site. Photo by: J.T. Pennington

In 2018, Clemson University Cooperative Extension and Clemson University Online launched Master Rain Gardener (MRG), a new hybrid certification program focused on residential-scale rain garden and rainwater harvesting system design and installation. As interest in South Carolina increases for low impact landscapes, in-depth training was needed for residential communities and for professional audiences seeking to offer installation as a service.
 
The hybrid approach offers an online classroom and in-person field training over multiple weeks of instruction through a two-track approach. The MRG Certification Track is designed for professional audiences including landscape designers, contractors and installers; the Letter of Completion Track is intended for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and home gardeners. Professionals in the Certification Track can use Master Rain Gardener as a marketing tool and add these services as part of a niche market.
 
During three weeks of online instruction, all participants learn skills related to rain garden installation including site assessment, soil analysis, soil amendment options, design elements, plant selection and planning for long term maintenance. A fourth week of online instruction is focused on rainwater harvesting system design and includes elements of system sizing, designing for use, safety considerations and maintenance. Various aspects of online instruction include audio-recorded presentations, videos, "at home" hands-on activities, worksheets, quizzes and discussion forums.
 
Participants install and bury the cistern overflow which is directed into the adjacent rain garden. Photo J.T. Pennington
Participants planted the rain garden with native grasses, shrubs and perennials. Photo by: Kim Morganello

























The Certification Track includes a required field day in which participants install a rain garden and rainwater harvesting system. The field day provides a chance to reinforce information learned in the online classroom and practice skill sets gained. Examples of field day activities include performing a percolation test, determining a soil recipe based on given site conditions and drawing to scale to facilitate communicating project details to potential clients.
 
In Spring of 2018, there was a wait list for the initial offering of Master Rain Gardener. The course was filled to capacity and included 45 participants. Individuals represented 25 different cities and towns in South Carolina and one out-of-state participant from Louisiana. The Certification Track resulted in 23 Certified Master Rain Gardeners. Evaluation results indicated 97% felt participation in this course was a good use of their time, 97% enjoyed the format of the course and 100% plan to use practices learned.
 
Interest in Master Rain Gardener demonstrates a need for advanced training in landscape-level stewardship practices. Initial course success can be attributed to collaboration between Clemson Extension and Clemson Online, as well as within Extension by Specialists, Associates and Agents from across program team boundaries to include water resource, natural resource and horticulture disciplines. Strategic partnerships played a key role; in particular, the field day was made possible by the Clemson University Architecture Community Design Build Program, the Charleston Parks Conservancy, the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium & Thomas & Hutton. Through their efforts & partnership support, the Medway Community Garden offered an ideal location for field day installation of a 700-gallon cistern and associated rain garden.
 
To learn more and participate in the fall 2018 offering visit clemson.edu/raingarden/mrg or email Kim Morganello.
 
Project team members:
Kim Morganello, Clemson Extension Water Resources Agent
Dr. Cal Sawyer, Clemson University Associate Professor & Extension Water Resources Specialist
Dr. Dan Hitchcok, P.E., Clemson University Associate Professor & Extension Water Resources Specialist
Chuck Jarman, P.E., Clemson Extension Water Resources Engineer
Guinn Wallover, Clemson Extension Water Resources Agent
Dr. Amy Scaroni, Clemson Extension Water Resources Associate
Amy Dabbs, Clemson Extension Horticulture Agent
Laura Lee Rose, Clemson Extension Horticulture Agent
Karen Bunch Franklin, Clemson University Online
Valerie Margaret Wheeler, Clemson University Online
Derrick Phinney, Clemson Extension Natural Resources Division Leader
Cory Tanner, Clemson Extension Horticulture Division Leader

Submitted by:
Water Resources Extension Agent   
Clemson University Cooperative Extension
"Learn and Burn" Workshops Bring Landowners into the Field with Prescribed Fire

Increasing the acreage of safe, effective prescribed fire is a key part of achieving many land management goals across the Southeast. In turn, empowering landowners to burn their own land or connecting them to experienced burn contractors who can burn their land for them are important components of getting more fire on the ground. Unfortunately, landowners face many barriers to using prescribed fire, notably a lack of access to training opportunities to help them build experience and confidence and limited networking opportunities to meet local burn contractors or agency staff who can provide assistance.

"Learn and burns," workshops that allow private landowners to gain hands-on experience with prescribed fire under the supervision of experienced mentors, are one way to begin bridging these gaps. Individual workshops require signification collaboration, often including at least the state Extension service and forestry and wildlife agencies. Since 2014, NC State Extension has worked with many partners, including Virginia Cooperative Extension, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, Clemson Cooperative Extension, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Southern Regional Extension Forestry to host "learn and burn" workshops across the Southeast. While they vary in format, "learn and burns" often have a morning classroom session followed by an afternoon field portion in which attendees work with experienced mentors to participate in a live prescribed burn. Regardless of program format, landowners are encouraged to connect with local experts who can continue to help them after the workshop.
Landowners take part in a "learn and burn" workshop in Louisiana, April 2017. 
Photo by: Jennifer Fawcett
Data from a survey recently conducted by NC State Extension confirms that these workshops are not only improving the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations of private landowners, but are helping to put more fire on the ground. When past participants from nine "learn and burn" workshops across six states were asked whether their land had been burned, 89% of private landowners indicated someone (the landowner, a private contractor, a state agency, or friends and neighbors) had managed a burn on their land following the workshop, as compared to 78% prior to the workshop. One respondent specifically noted that "I never felt comfortable about the effects on the animals but the experience opened me up to doing a burn on my land. Before, I was completely against it."

As "learn and burns" continue to be conducted by a variety of organizations, including but not limited to Cooperative Extension, NC State Extension hopes to ensure the success of future workshops by gathering and sharing information from past organizers such as lessons learned and common challenges. This, and other information, will be presented in an October 10 webinar hosted in conjunction with the Southern Fire Exchange, as well as an upcoming publication for Extension professionals interested in organizing "learn and burns."

For additional information, please attend the upcoming October 10 webinar and visit this recently created "learn and burn" website. If you have conducted a similar type of workshop and would like your experience to be included, please feel free to contact us.

Submitted by:
Laurel Kays
Extension Assistant
NC State University
Alabama Team Earns Top Honors in National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Alabama placed first among 15 states that competed in the 39th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday July 29 through Thursday August 2. Teams from North Carolina and Florida placed second and third, respectively. Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin also competed in 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 Forest Foundation, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, Society of American Foresters, Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, Columbia Forest Products, F & W Forestry, National Woodland Owners Association, and Black Diamond Resource Conservation and Development Council.
 
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 bowl and a written forestry exam.

The Alabama team members were Nathan Gullatt from Salem, Carey Nichols and Rice Nichols from LaFayette, and Ethan Rankins from Cusseta. The team was coached by Gavin Rankins from Cusseta.
 
Ethan Rankins from Alabama won the high point individual award. The second place high individual was Addy Knepp from North Carolina and the third place high individual was Jonathan Vonesh from Florida.
 
The Joe Yeager "Spirit of the Invitational" award was presented to Reese Daily from Oklahoma. 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.

Left to Right: Rice Nichols, Carey Nichols, Nathan Gullatt, Ethan Rankins.

Submitted by:
Bill Worrell
District Extension Agent
Virginia Cooperative Extension
On the Water; Near the Water. Place-Based Extension Water Education Programs

What happens on the landscape (i.e., land use practices) impacts the quality and quantity of our water resources. Given this relationship, water resource education and training that provides experiences both on the land and on the water are impactful and memorable. The opportunity for participants to use all five of their senses during educational experiences strongly imprints messages and connects knowledge to potential actions or changes in behavior. This summer, Minnesota Extension Educators Karen Terry and John Bilotta co-led multiple programs that accentuate the use of these principles in placed-based interactive education to communicate researched-based information to community members on a variety of scales.
 
Two Aqua Chautauqua programs were offered in the Otter Tail River Watershed located in West Central Minnesota: Fergus Falls in June and Detroit Lakes in August. Chautauquas of days-gone-by were traveling shows that set up in rural communities and brought education, arts, history, and culture to citizens. Following that model, Aqua Chautauquas are Extension programs that meld the art, history, culture, and science of water to raise the level of knowledge and depth of conversations about our water resources. Each program has 20+ learning stations, each with a hands-on component to engage participants. Examples include touchscreen watershed maps that visitors can explore, the Water Bar at which guests can sample a flight of drinking water from three different sources, a station on aquatic invasive species to see the distribution of various invaders, a model stream with running water that visitors can manipulate to experiment with the shape of the river channel, and a demonstration by the Sheriff's Dive Rescue Team.
 
Aqua Chautauqua participants were able to sample drinking water from three communities at The Water Bar, stimulating conversations about sources and treatment of drinking water supplies. 
The Fergus Falls program was laid out along the Otter Tail River, with learning stations set up in three city parks connected by a river walk. The Detroit Lakes program was held in Dunton Locks County Park, nestled between two prized lakes in the community. From these vantage points, participants were able to transition from one learning station to the next at their own pace. There were approximately 600 participants at these two events this year.
 
Presenters at the Aqua Chautauquas represented a range of organizations including Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, county soil and water conservation districts, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, county historical societies, local arts organizations, and nonprofit groups. Extension educators from across centers staffed several valuable stations, as well: educators from the Centers for Ag, Food, and Natural Resources, Community Vitality, and Youth Development all had key roles in the success of these events.
 
You can learn more about the Detroit Lakes Aqua Chautauqua by visiting the Facebook event page or reading the news article.
 
For the ninth year, the NEMO St. Croix workshop-on-the-water program offered a unique vantage point for policy and program leaders in the Lower St.Croix watershed located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. In July, more than 115 local leaders and water resource professionals set sail aboard the Grand Dutchess from Hudson, Wisconsin for an afternoon of learning on the St. Croix River. Our St. Croix - Preserving a Natural, Recreational, and Economic Amenity is one of the workshops-on-the-water delivered through the NEMO Program. NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) is an educational program that brings research-based information to elected and appointed community leaders to better inform their decisions on land use and water management. This effort led in part by Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Sea Grant focused on how land use and water management decisions in and along the river affect the health of the St. Croix. Partnering with multiple local organizations and state agencies, each of the three decks featured unique learning opportunities on timely topics and areas of concern including:
  • Educating for Action - putting stormwater education programs to work for you such as the Extension Stormwater U training series and adopt-a-drain programs through the Metro Watershed Partners.
  • One Watershed, One Plan for the St. Croix - collaborating across jurisdictional boundaries - discovering what's next to move implementation forward in the basin.
  • Into the Wild - celebrating the unique characteristics of the St. Croix as a National Wild and Scenic River
While the evaluations from this year's program have yet to be summarized, evidence from the previous years indicated that ~90% of participants find great value and learn much from NEMO workshop-on-the-water programs. In all cases, participants note that WOW or workshops-on-the-water greatly enhance their learning experience.
Dale Cox, Park Ranger, National Park Service discusses the characteristics of what makes the St. Croix a National Wild and Scenic River during the July 2018 NEMO workshop-on-the-water. 
Placed-based water education programs, specifically those outdoors, truly provide rich learning environments for Extension program participants to increase their knowledge, share experiences, and discover actions they can take to protect and improve Minnesota's water resources. In these programs, STEAM or science, technology, engineering, art, and math are integrated into the approaches and content to effectively reach participants with a range of learning styles.

Submitted by: Karen TerryExtension Educator with Minnesota Extension and John Bilotta, Extension Educator with Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Sea Grant Program 
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Forestry Insights Website 

A new Web site called  Forestry Insights  has been developed by University of Wisconsin-Extension and partners.  Forestry Insights is designed to provide actionable, research-based insights for forestry professionals and help Extension educators empower foresters to communicate more effectively to encourage woodland owners to adopt targeted forest management goals.
 
The website features in-depth curriculum about encouraging woodland owners to adopt oak-friendly land management practices and research about how to engage private urban landowners in tree care on their properties. There are also shorter blog entries on topics as what type of communication is most effective for reaching woodland owners and how best to promote voluntary best practices on private woodlands.
 
Content is updated regularly. You can sign up for the Forestry Insights e-newsletter on our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Bret Shaw, Associate Professor and Environmental Communications Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension
New Online Course for New(ish) Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Launching THIS FALL!

New Extension forestry and natural resource specialists, agents and associates are part of a national network of diverse, knowledgeable colleagues. This course will provide our new colleagues with a grounding in Extension theory and practice specific to forestry and natural resources. Early career Extension employees will be able to connect with peers from across the nation and learn the ins and outs of how to get started on their work and how to navigate the particular challenges associated with these positions.

The FREE course will be offered live this fall, 2018 on Tuesdays from 1-2 pm ET (12 pm CT/ 11 am MT/ 10 am PT) starting September 11, 2018 and continuing through early December. There is no homework, but each module will include many references and resources. The live modules will be turned into e-learning modules. This is the only time this class will be offered live. Attendees are encouraged to commit to the entire course, so that they will have a chance to engage with their colleagues from around the nation. 

The course has been developed by a national team of ten experienced Extension Forestry and Natural Resource professionals and includes input and insights from dozens of others. Funding for this course was provided by a USDA NIFA Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Capacity grant. 


Contact: Leslie Boby, Extension Associate, Sustainable Forestry, Southern Region Extension Forestry
Women-Centered Landowner Programming: WOWnet Professionals Google Group Launches

The WOWnet Professionals Google Group is a discussion, collaboration, and resource center for natural resource professionals working on women-centered landowner programming. We hope that it helps to multiply the capacity of those doing this work and accelerate the pace, effectiveness, and recognition of the value in women-centered landowner engagement.
 
By joining the group, you will gain access to a forum to ask and answer questions, share successes and challenges, and collaborate on projects with like-minded professionals from across the country. You will also be able to access resources and research to support your work in engaging this under-served landowner population.

To join, follow the link above and request to join the group or email  Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell.

Contact: Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell, Program Specialist, Sustaining Family Forests Initiative, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Understanding Forest Carbon Management: An E-Learning Program

A rapidly changing climate will have profound effects on forests and the societies they support. In turn, healthy and expansive forests are crucial to mitigating climate change, protecting habitat, and enhancing rural community resilience. The ability of forests to sequester and store carbon is dependent on the management behaviors of millions of federal, state, local, and private forest landowners and natural resources professionals.  
 
Understanding Forest Carbon Management is an online short course designed to provide a robust introduction to the benefits of forest land management specific to carbon while offering clear action paths. Topic areas include carbon cycle and storage science, domestic and international policy overview, project case studies, management considerations, measurement basics, and available tools and support. 
 
The course is self-paced and offered entirely online. The estimated time to completion is 5-7 weeks. The course was designed with natural resource professionals, extension agents, and landowners in mind, but all interested individuals are invited to participate.  
 
This course is offered by the Michigan State University Department of Forestry, Forest Carbon and Climate Program in partnership with the USDA Forest Service's Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and the USDA Northern Forest Climate Hub (USDA Hub).  
 
More information can be found online or by emailing

Contact: Lauren Lucas, Program Assistant, Forest Carbon and Climate Program, Michigan State University
SREF's Coyle Moves to Clemson

David Coyle, Forest Health Extension Associate with the Southern Region Extension Foresty group, be starting a faculty position with Clemson University on August 1 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. He'll have a 100% Extension appointment in Forest Health and Invasive Species. The Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species program will continue as part of his duties there, so no functional change to the program or social media sites.

Contact:  David Coyle, Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Leadership Podcast Series

ANREP member Mark Megalos shared this resource for the newsletter:

"Each ANREP member has a little secret to their success. Of late, mine has been listening to friends, colleagues or upcoming leaders talk about how they got where they are today. It's a little thing I  do. You might like it, too."


Browse the podcast page and sign up to get on the list.  
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EditorWordA Word From Your Editor__________
This time of year always finds me feeling a bit melancholy. Summer is slipping towards fall and while I love the sights, sounds, and smells of fall, summer is just my favorite season. The long days, warm nights, and ever-present hum of mosquitos are just more enjoyable for me. Maybe just because it's that much further away from bitter cold winter temps? 

Last week I had the chance to reconnect with natural resource colleagues up at UW-Madison's natural resource-focused ag research station. Amazing place up on a beautiful lake, with old growth hemlocks shading the lodge. Those types of events really refresh me and reset my priorities. It also underscores how much I enjoy working with my colleagues on shared goals and outcomes. The ANREP conference serves the same purpose for me and is partially why I continue to serve ANREP as newsletter editor. I love being able to share the good work my ANREP colleagues are doing every day. So let me add to the list of people nudging you to consider serving on the ANREP board. Our organization has been fortunate to have some outstanding board members over the years and I'm sure many of you would be excellent board members. So think about it...it's a great way to give back to our profession and serve our colleagues with your talents.

The next deadline for content submittals is November 1. With luck, the next newsletter will be out around November 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