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Winter 2015
In This Issue
President's Corner
NIFA Update
National Network for Sustainable Living Education - NNSLE
Native Plant Master Program Wins Award
Upcoming Conference Opportunities
ANREP Energy Initiative?
ANREP Professional Development Webinars
ANREP Awards
A Word from Your Editor
President's Corner


I'm quite honored to serve as your President during 2015. ANREP has been an important part of my professional life since the organization was founded, and having the opportunity to help the organization thrive and grow is pretty cool. I vividly remember the first ANREP conference in 1998 (I still have the conference abstract book on my office shelf) and what a revelation it was to meet Extension folks from all over the nation who were just like me, with similar interests and a passion for natural resources education.


We have a busy year coming up. Let me start by welcoming our newest Board of Directors members:


Diana Rashash, North Carolina State University



Ramona Madhosingh-Hector, University of Florida



Kevin Zobrist, Washington State University



The ANREP Board will formally adopt a new 2015-2020 strategic plan this month. That document was the result of year-long process engaging many our members through face-to-face meetings, online surveys, and discussions during our biennial conference. The plan identifies seven strategic issues and numerous potential action strategies within each. The Board expects to take quick action in 2015 to move forward to implement the plan. Special thanks to the Strategic Planning Team, who did an outstanding job capturing the ideas and interests of our members: Mindy Habecker (Chairperson), LoriAnne Barnett, Marina Denny, Kate Forrer, Greg Frey, Chris Jones and Pat Rector.  Look for the plan to be posted soon on the ANREP web site.


We're looking forward to our 2016 Biennial Conference, June 26-29, 2016 in Burlington, Vermont - a joint national conference with the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP). Great location and a very unique opportunity to network with our NACDEP colleagues. A group from each association and University of Vermont have been working on logistics for the past six months or so, and the call for presentations and posters will go out towards the end of this year. Mark your calendars!


ANREP board members have been visiting with a group of Extension professionals who focus on energy-related programming. They host a biennial conference - the next National Extension Energy Summit will be in Seattle, April 7-10 - and are looking at a couple of options to sustain this event and create additional opportunities for collaboration. One of the models we're working with them to explore is a partnership with ANREP, a real possibility given the close connection between energy and natural resources.


ANREP relies on volunteers to help our organization best serve its members. As we start the New Year, consider volunteering to serve on an ANREP committee. It really doesn't take much time to participate, and is an excellent way to contribute to the organization and make new connections. Check out the committee page on the ANREP web site.


Finally, I'd like to welcome our newest ANREP state chapter: The Pennsylvania Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals!


President, 2015


NIFA Update: The President's FY 2016 Budget Request


Back in the day when I was a County Extension Agent, the federal budget that supported state Cooperative Extension Services was distant and seemingly irrelevant to my Extension program in Medina County, Ohio.


However, having sat in this chair for a few years here at NIFA, the federal budget is a big deal. There are always at least four budgets being worked on at any one time: we're wrapping up FY 2014, we're in FY 2015, the President has just released his request for FY 2016, and this spring we will start working on the FY 2017 budget.


Many of you may not be touched directly by the federal budget, but probably every one of you is touched indirectly.


On February 2, the President released his FY 2016 Budget Request.  It goes to Congress to be scrutinized, debated, and eventually acted upon in the form of appropriation bills. On February 3, we had an "All Hands" briefing here at NIFA to review the President's budget request for NIFA.


There are several interesting and intriguing items in the budget. Overall, the NIFA budget is proposed to be $1.687 billion, an increase of 17.6 % over the FY 2015 appropriation. The details of some of NIFA's 61 individual budget lines are shown below:

  • $4 million increase in the Smith-Lever 3(b) and (c) funds to $304 million.  $300 million would be distributed to the states and your Extension Directors on a formula basis. The $4 million in new funding would be for a new competitive grant program within the S-L funding program.  Providing new funding to S-L for a competitive program is a new development and NIFA will be working with our land-grant partners on this, should Congress appropriate the funds.
  • $5 million increase in the formula Extension funds to the 1890 land-grant institutions AND $1million for a competitive component to the formula program.
  • $4.06 million for the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Program. This is the same amount as was appropriated in FY 2015.
  • $33.9 million for the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program. This is the same amount as was appropriated in FY 2015.
  • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funding for FY 2016 is proposed to be $450 million. This is a 38% increase over the FY 2015 appropriation of $325 million.
  • The competitive Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which includes forest landowners, is proposed for an increase of $1.46 million.

So, this is what the President has proposed for NIFA for FY 2016 (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016). It is now up to Congress to make the actual appropriations. It has been many years since Congress completed the appropriation bills prior to the beginning of a new fiscal year.  Perhaps it will happen this year.


NEXT ISSUE: Competitive Programs: Why Bother?


Submitted by:

Eric R. Norland

NIFA National Program Leader

Forest Resource Management

National Network for Sustainable Living Education - NNSLE 


The National Network for Sustainable Living Education, or NNSLE (pronounced "nestle"), is one of two national initiatives of ANREP. NNSLE was created in 2004 and continues to be active, connecting Extension educators across the country to current work and resources related to sustainability, sustainable living, and climate change. We meet by conference call on the third Tuesday of each month, and in person at ANREP's biennial conference - it is always great fun to put faces to the voices we have been hearing each month! 


Please join us on one our next calls:

Tuesday, February 17, 2:00 Eastern, 

Tuesday, March 17, 2:00 Eastern

1-888-844-9904, code 3314604#


And you can stay in touch by joining the NNSLE listserv by sending your request to Bill Hubbard.


This year we are working on several projects.  Contact the Project Leaders if you'd like to help:

  • Conducting an ANREP webinar titled "Communicating Sustainability" that will feature Dr. Roslynn Brain, Utah State, and several other Extension educators. Mark your calendars for Wed, Feb 25, 3:00pm Eastern, and watch for more information coming soon.
  • Revising our booklet "Climate Change Handbook: A Citizen's Guide to Thoughtful Action." Jay Moynihan, University of Wisconsin-Extension, is leading this effort.
  • Creating workshop materials for use by Extension educators when conducting Sustainable Living workshops using our booklet "Sustainable Living Handbook: A Citizen's Guide to Thoughtful Action." Cathy Elliott, University of Maine, is leading this effort.
  • Exploring the need for support for Extension educators working on Permaculture. Contact Mary Tebo-Davis, University of New Hampshire, if you want to know more.

If you are interested in getting copies of our booklets, print versions are available from University of Maine Cooperative Extension at a reduced price for ANREP members ($2.50/copy) and NNSLE members ($1.50). When you order, email or call Tracey Nelson (207-581-3269) and let her know that you are putting in an order and request the appropriate reduced price. There are links to pdf's of the booklets on the NNSLE page of the ANREP website.


NNSLE is here to help you ... so let us know if you are looking for help on a project related to sustainability. Other questions, comments, or suggestions? Please get in touch.

Submitted by:

Cathy Elliott

Director, NNSLE

University of Maine, Extension Specialist - Sustainable Living

Native Plant Master Program Wins Award



The Colorado State University Native Plant Master (NPM) program was selected as the 2014 Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) Award of Excellence winner. 

The WEDA Awards of Excellence is to recognize Extension outreach education programming that has achieved outstanding accomplishments, results, and impacts in addressing contemporary issues in one or more of the 13 Western states and territories.

Colorado Native Plant education team members include Jennifer Ackerfield, Alexi Alvey, George Beck, Sharon Bokan, Rusty Collins, Christine Crouse, Karen Crumbaker, Barbara Fahey, Yvette Henson, Ton Hooten, Joe Julian, Brian Kailey, Merrill Kingsbury, Linda Langelo, Casey Matney, Linda McMulkin, Susan Panjabi, Jeff Pieper, Mark Platten, Irene Shonle, Roberta Tolan, Lisa Vernon, Steve Wallner, and Robin Young.


For more information, read the impact report or visit the program website.


Submitted by:

Joanne Littlefield

Director, Outreach & Engagement

Colorado State University Extension

Upcoming Conference Opportunities

2015 National Extension Energy Summit

April 7-10

Seattle, WA

This is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy areas.



2015 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism

May 4-7

Portland, ME

Designed for Extension professionals who manage volunteers, the workshops, keynote presentations, poster sessions, lightening talks, and super seminars provide specific strategies for optimizing the benefits of the program for the volunteer, for the manager and for Extension.  One highlight will be a panel of Extension volunteers who represent several non-traditional Cooperative Extension audiences, including cultural and economic diversity.



4th National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium

November 16-19

Tampa, FL


The National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium is the crown jewel of the National Working Waterfront Network. People from across the Unites States attend the symposium to connect with one another and showcase (and initiate) innovative solutions to their waterfront issues. Working waterfronts include waterfront lands, waterfront infrastructure, and waterways that are used for water-dependent activities, such as ports, marinas, small recreational boat harbors, fishing docks and hundreds of other places across the country where people use and access the water. 


ANREP Energy Initiative?


Access to sources of clean, abundant, reliable energy impacts all of us each and every day, as well as the communities, farms, organizations, and individuals we serve as educators. To better identify and understand the energy challenges and to explore how public and land-grant universities can address these challenges, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), hosted the 2012 Public and Land-Grant University Conference on Energy Challenges: The Next 50 Years at Ohio State University on April 29, 2012.


In response to recommendations and action steps outlined at this conference, Colorado State University hosted the first National Extension Energy Summit in April of 2013.  The event provided vital connectivity between Extension educators from across the nation interested in energy research and education. It framed a dialogue among educators to share their current programs, and helped to identify the future role of Extension in addressing energy challenges. In total there were 68 participants from 28 states who shared information, programming, tools, and best practices through a mix of panel presentations, breakout sessions, and structured discussions.

The Proceedings of the 2013 Extension Energy Summit identified several recommended actions that will require an organizational structure and leadership team to coordinate and manage those actions. In response, a long-term planning committee convened to discuss and propose organizational options to be presented at the 2015 National Extension Energy Summit. Based on a number of discussions over the last year, two proposals have come forward from the group for further consideration. One option is to create a new national energy education organization based on the operations model of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). The second option described further in this article is to affiliate this effort with ANREP to develop a new ANREP Energy Initiative. Two key individuals involved in the Energy Summit - Eric Romich (Ohio State) and Milt Geiger (Wyoming) - have engaged the ANREP Board to explore this second option.


ANREP Initiatives are efforts to highlight and bring a focus to compelling issues that natural resources Extension professionals are dealing with. If established, the primary objective of the Energy Initiative would be to increase energy literacy, improve quality of life, improve profitability, and reduce the negative impacts of energy production, delivery and use through research-based education. The Energy Initiative would provide an organizational structure for Extension educators to share programs, experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs.  Initially, the primary activity for the Energy Initiative would be to organize and host a biannual National Extension Energy Conference, during odd years when there is not a national ANREP conference. However, after the Energy Initiative is established the activities could expand to strengthen Extension's capacity to address energy issues through professional development and collaborative programming efforts that include:

  • Serve as a national source for research-based energy education
  • Share interdisciplinary and multi-state research and education programs addressing energy production, utilization, conservation and efficiency
  • Dissemination of relevant energy information through digital web based media
  • Development of credible and reliable, research-based information
  • Foster partnerships with federal, state and local agencies and organizations
If you would like to learn more about the upcoming National Extension Energy Summit, please visit the 2015 summit website. In addition, if you are interested in learning more about the National Extension Energy Summit and the possibility of developing an organizational partnership as an ANREP Energy Initiative, please contact Dean Solomon and Eric Romich.  Let us know what you think of this idea.

Submitted by:

Eric Romich

Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Energy Development

The Ohio State University

ANREP Professional Development Webinars


One of the benefits of being a member of ANREP is access to professional development webinars.  Thank you to our amazing ANREP Professional Development Committee for making these webinars possible! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email Lara Miller, ANREP PD Chair or call at 727-453-6905.

Upcoming Webinars


Communicating Sustainability

Wednesday, February 25

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern

 Register online today

  • Understand what sustainability means in different contexts and for different audiences.
  • Learn how to frame your program for your audience.
  • Learn how to motivate your audience to take positive action.
  • Learn about Extension programs in forestry and water quality, and what NNSLE has to offer.

Taking Natural Resource Evaluation to the Next Level

Monday, March 2

1:00-2:00 pm Eastern

 Register online today


Ever struggle with program evaluation, developing objectives, or figuring out how to conduct a long-term evaluation for one of your key programs? If so, this webinar is for you! Real world examples of Natural Resource Agents' objectives will be examined followed by a discussion of how certain objectives can be improved to capture better data and help you meet your programming goals. This will be a very interactive webinar and one that was highly suggested by our members, so please join us for this unique opportunity!

Past Webinars
All webinars are recorded and archived.  
  • Managing Aquatic Plants and Algae in Ponds and Lake
  • Climate Science Initiative Webinar - Urban, Rural, and Remote: Extension Climate Adaptation Programs and Practices
  • Climate Science Initiative Webinar: Extension Climate Communication in Theory and Practice
Submitted by:
Natural Resources Extension Agent
UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County
ANREP Awards


The 2015 ANREP Awards season is upon us! This program is intended to foster high standards within the membership, recognize significant achievement, and expand the use of high quality, innovative materials and programs by honoring the outstanding members and partners who developed them.


Dust off your pens (or computer keyboards) and start putting together your nominations.  The nomination/application (yes, you can nominate yourself) is open!


Nominations due by 5pm Pacific Standard Time on February 27, 2015.  


More information can be found in this pdf from the ANREP website.


Questions or comments can be sent to Duane Friend, ANREP Awards Chair.  Or call Duane at 217-243-7424.


A newer feature in the newsletter, this space is reserved for you to connect with your ANREP colleagues as you look for advice, information, or program connections. 

Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist

University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program

Dorchester/Somerset/Wicomico/Worcester Counties


In Maryland, the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program of UMD Sea Grant Extension is fairly new. We are interested in doing a needs assessment for our program, so that we can better tailor our watershed programming to meet the needs of our communities. Do any of your programs have something similar? We've begun to collect a few tools and framework ideas and we'd be happy to share what we have too.

If you have some information or suggestions for Jen, please contact her.  This feature will only work if we're able to help each other out with our requests. And if you are looking for help from your ANREP colleagues, send your needs to your newsletter editor (email link at the bottom of the newsletter).  


Another newer feature in our newsletter...a spot for you to highlight new publications, mobile apps, or websites you'd like to share with colleagues.  Ideally, these are your creations (or co-creations) but we'll consider resources that you think are just too good not to share, even if you're not the creator. Judging from the awards we give out, I know there are a lot of great resources being developed so take this opportunity to share your work. 

The eXtension Climate Change & Sustainable Living wiki had roughly 2,900 visitors in 2014.  The total for the site's duration is almost 30,000.  The site is editable by any and all of us who have signed up with eXtension.  Feel free to organize and add items to the list.  The URL is visible to anyone so it can be i
ncluded in newsletters and webpages for our clients.  Outside persons cannot edit the list.


Submitted by:

Diana Rashash

Extension Area Specialized Agent

Natural Resources-Environmental Education

North Carolina Cooperative Extension



Climate Change Attitudes of Southern Forestry Professionals. A summary of the 2013 Southern Foresters Survey by Bill Hubbard and his colleagues across the South under the larger USDA-NIFA AFRI-CAP PINEMAP program effort.  The survey has resulted in several national and regional presentations, peer-reviewed articles, and one M.S. thesis.  Send inquiries to Bill


Submitted by:

Mark Megalos

Extension Forestry Specialist

North Carolina Cooperative Extension



The Florida Seafood at Your Fingertips program helps to answer consumers' questions about seafood safety, handling and cooking, promote Florida's commercial seafood industry, and provide current information about Florida seafood. To help get this information out to the public, a mobile app was developed for Android and Apple Devices that gives consumers advice on seafood selection and preparation tips, popular Florida seafood species information, recipes, maps showing seafood markets in each county with GPS directions, and seafood facts. Let us know what you think about the mobile apps and write a review!

Submitted by:
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent
Brevard County

Utah State Forestry Extension and Utah Department of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands is hosting a webinar series titled, Learn at Lunch. Connect to Utah State Forestry Extension through their Facebook page.  Details on the next Learn at Lunch:

Elms Are Back!
Tuesday, February 24
12 pm Mountain Standard Time
Connection Info (Google Chrome not recommended)

Speaker: Dr. Bruce R. Fraedrich, Vice President of Research at

Bartlett Tree Experts


This presentation will explore options for commercially available elm species and cultivar selections that are suitable for the landscape.  The presentation will include a discussion of species/cultivar susceptibility to Dutch elm disease, elm yellows and other pests.


Submitted by:
Forestry Extension Educator
Utah State University
A Word from Your Editor

It's mid-February and while the Northeast has jumped whole-heartedly into a game of "let's see how high we can make the snowbanks" my Northwest colleagues are bragging about flowers blooming and trees budding out.  Even our old reliable prognosticators, the groundhogs, are confused about where things are going this year.  My local groundhog, Jimmy, simply snapped and took his frustration out on the mayor's ear, which was just a little too close
for Jimmy's liking.  


I'm sure Spring will be here eventually.  In the meantime, enjoy this edition of the ANREP newsletter and start thinking about what you'll submit for the next issue.  And PLEASE...send some pics?  These newsletters look kind of boring and plain without some pictures to liven things up a bit.  

Articles for the Spring issue can be submitted any time up to May 1. Submitted articles should be roughly 600 words or less. If possible, send photos separately, not embedded into your document.  Photos are greatly desired with caption and photo credit!  This is your chance to let your peers know what you have been doing.  

ANREP Newsletter Editor
University of Wisconsin-Extension
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