Winter 2018
In this issue
2018 conference registration open
Professional development committee update
Western region Extension forestry annual meeting
Southern Region Extension Forestry's Coyle recognized
Stormwater core curriculum developed
Master Gardeners answer reforestation questions
Gulf of Mexico coastal ocean observing system wins award
Penn State Extension develops online woodlot management course
Rutgers trains Master Gardeners to monitor soil compaction
Wetlands and wonder
The visiting forester
New MN resources for buckthorn management for soybean aphid control
Resources for revised worker protection standard
Upcoming SREF webinars
National Network for Sustainable Living Education webinar series
MN master woodland owner annual report available
SREF introduces National Extension Forestry & Wood Products directory
Invasive species programming using virtual reality
Mentors and networkers wanted
President's Corner ________________
As you know, Mississippi is hosting the 2018 ANREP Biennial Conference in Biloxi. But I bet you do not know that Mississippi is my home state and I work at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. So not only do I have the pleasure of being your 2018 ANREP President, but I am also a member of the 2018 ANREP Conference Local Planning Committee (LPC).  And so I am aware of some special efforts to make this meeting an ideal fellowshipping and networking opportunity for you. 

What I am about to discuss may seem like shameless marketing, but I assure you it is not. In fact, I believe the most important part of our biennial conferences is the opportunity for fellowship and networking while also having fun. Therefore, I want to dedicate my first submission to our ANREP newsletter to highlight some options that would be very easy to overlook while registering for our upcoming 2018 Biennial Conference. 

There are so many a la carte items for you to consider when you register. Those of us that have attended this conference in the past know about our half-day tours, ahem, I mean mobile workshops, and your LPC has really put together some nice ones that showcase the rather unique aspects of coastal Mississippi's natural beauty.  But what I really wanted to draw your attention to and ask you not to miss out on is a special event the LPC is planning, which is going to be a blast. On Wednesday night, there will be special opportunity to enjoy a Crawfish and Shrimp Boil at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which is located just across the street from our host hotel. It will be a great evening for fellowship, networking, and making new friends as we will have open access to the museum while we enjoy a grand meal of boiled crawfish and Gulf shrimp. You will also have a unique opportunity to enjoy live entertainment by the Blues Rangers. These guys are great group of US Forest Service employees from the local Desoto District who perform original blues music with a natural resource stewardship message.  So when you are processing your registration, please don't miss out on this good time.

One more item I want you to consider is joining us for the 5K run/walk on Sunday afternoon. What a great way to stretch your legs after traveling to Biloxi and this is an event held in memory of our friend and colleague Bob Wheeler and supports the Bob Wheeler Memorial Fund against cancer. The course will allow you to cross Biloxi Bay over a dedicated pedestrian path on the bay bridge which is accessible right from our host hotel. I've ridden my bicycle over this bridge many times. You get a great view of the bay and Deer Island and sometimes see dolphins.

Now last but not least are the pre-conference and post-conference tours for those of you who want to add a little more time and see more of the natural resources that can be found along the Gulf Coast.

I want to reiterate that one of the most important aspects of this conference is fellowshipping, networking, and making new friends. I have just shared with you several opportunities to help you make the most of this conference with that goal in mind. For those of you who are early on in your careers, this is an important aspect for many reasons, and here is one. When it comes time for promotion, you will need to provide a list of external reviewers. This is great opportunity to start making those kind of contacts. So plan on coming to Biloxi so you can see the scholarship of Extension as practiced by your colleagues from around the county, so you can network, make new friends, and fellowship with fiends and colleagues, and so you can experience the natural resource beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.   

ANREP President, 2018

Coastal Research and Extension Center
Mississippi State University
ANREP Updates ___________________
Coming soon: conference travel scholarship information.

Look for an email with details on travels scholarships around March 1. 
ANREP Professional Development Committee Compiles Webinar Opportunities
The ANREP Professional Development has been compiling upcoming webinaropportunities 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 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.
Submitted Articles ________________
Western Regional Extension Forestry Annual Meeting and Field Tour
The Western Extension Forestry Coordinating Committee (WCC, Multistate Research Coordinating Committee and Information Exchange Group) would like to invite ANREP members to our annual meeting and field tour on July 23-25 in the Vancouver/Portland vicinity, hosted this year by Washington State University. The WCC program will include an afternoon executive board meeting, one full day of presentations, followed by a field trip through southwest Washington to showcase public-private partnership work as a basin-wide approach to in upland, lowland, and marine environments. 

For those new to the WCC, the purpose is to identify present and emerging forest resource management "issues" of regional and even national significance, and to examine participants' interest and capacity for addressing problems as a multi-state approach. This opportunity helps to ground us in the reality of what we do best and to help members recognize the unique role that Extension represents and executes in facilitating forest science information relevance and technology transfer needs. The combination of the information revealed through research, conveyed through Extension endeavors, and executed by and for practitioners and end-users is what is referred to as coaction.
Dr. Tony Cheng, Colorado State University, discusses use of the Good Neighbor Authority for accomplishing cross-boundary forest health improvement and wildfire hazard management near Ft. Collins.

Participants will exchange experiences and ideas for engagement in landscape scale-approaches to forest restoration and explore both nascent or more accomplished cases from western states, utilizing pathways by USDA and USDI such as:
* Good Neighbor Authority (which has allows Forest Service to enter into cooperative contracts allowing the States to perform watershed restoration and forest management services on National Forest System (NFS) lands;

* Regional Conservation Partnership Program (or RCPP, which promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance forest owners);

* Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership ("All Lands, All Hands" approach, where Forest Service and NRCS are working in partnership and have improved the health and resiliency of NE WA forest ecosystems where public and private lands .

* Landscape Scale Restoration Competitive Grant Process - LSR projects cross boundaries to affect any combination of federal, state, tribal, county, municipal, or private lands.
Meeting details are in the works. If you have questions or wish to be notified when the schedule is developed, contact Andy Perleberg . See you in Washington!

Submitted by:
Andy Perleberg                                  
Extension Forester     
Washington State University
Southern Region Extension Forestry's David Coyle Recognized for Excellence in Public Education
Dr. Dave Coyle & Dr. Bill Hubbard
The Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) recently recognized Southern Regional Extension Forestry Extension Associate Dr. David Coyle with its  Award for Excellence in Public Education and Technology Transfer at their 2018 Annual Meeting. Dr. Coyle received the award, which is given out annually in recognition of educational activities and programs that have significantly advanced public understanding of forests and forestry and/or forestry professionals in the area served by SESAF, for his work spreading awareness of invasive species and advocating for the latest and most effective forest management techniques in the Southeast through the SREF Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program (FHIS). 

More information is available on the SREF website.

Submitted by:
Southern Region Extension Forestry
Multi-State Effort Leads to Stormwater Practices Core Curriculum

Stormwater Practices Core Curriculum (SWCC) is a five-module online tool to address the stormwater management education for early career professionals. The online course empowers the stormwater professionals and educators to improve and optimize their local stormwater operations. The course is hosted as a Moodle on the eXtension learning platform. The course began with a regional focus with a seed grant from the North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) to complete the first module. The remaining four modules were developed through a Technology grant from the University of Minnesota Extension.  
Course participants will learn the fundamentals of stormwater science, practices, and management. Participant gain skills and access to resources to use in their stormwater management, construction, maintenance, and other practical applications. The online course is publicly available and regionally applicable. The course's five modules cover topics such as introduction and fundamentals; stormwater practices planning and selection; stormwater practices life cycle: planning, siting, design, construction, operation and maintenance; stormwater practices construction and maintenance; and as well as rules and regulations.
Katie Pekarek (seated), University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and Eliana Brown, University of Illinois Extension, working to develop a detailed concept map during a work session.
The primary audience for the SWCC is new and early career stormwater professionals, including practitioners, educators and Extension professionals. This includes stormwater practice designers, engineers, landscape architects, contractors, builders and developers, commercial property owners and managers, inspectors, planners and building permit agencies, elected officials, local government managers, seasonal field staff, and educators. For the first few years however, the implementation of this course will be targeted through Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) programs. There are approximately 7,450 MS4s (EPA, 2017) which convey and discharge stormwater to waters of the U.S. The course can help MS4s achieve permit compliance by meeting required education goals. 
A list of course graduates will be maintained for follow-up activity and inclusion in stormwater network developments. Graduates and workshop participants will be encouraged and engaged to share success stories, lessons learned, and emerging stormwater issues. The participants' experiences will be looped back into developing and creating new storytelling messaging, course resources and activities, as well as sharing them with partners to garner additional support and funding. This feedback mechanism creates a continuously improving system. 
You can participate in the process, by becoming a beta tester of the course. If you are an early career stormwater professional, you can take advantage of this course to expand your knowledge. As a veteran professional, you can evaluate the feasibility of this course for your staff or colleagues, and as an educator, you will have access to an effective educational resource. If interested, just send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Ultimately, new and early career stormwater professionals will be able to use course information to improve their use of stormwater practices and maintenance to protect and improve water quality. This will generate measurable short- and long-term environmental impacts in water quality. Course graduates will transition from new or early-career professionals to experienced professionals, who will grow the network of stormwater professionals and build the capacity to teach and engage in stormwater management. 

Project team members:
Jamie Benning, Iowa State University Extension
Eliana Brown, University of Illinois
Eakalak Khan, North Dakota State University
Katie Pekarek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Shahram Missaghi, Minnesota Extension

Submitted by:
Extension Educator-Water Resource Management and Policy
University of Minnesota Extension
Training Master Gardener Volunteers to Answer Reforestation Questions After Bark Beetle Outbreak

California, and the Sierra Nevada in particular, experienced unprecedented tree die off in 2016, on both private and public lands, totaling 102 million dead trees, as a result of excess forest density and four years of drought. Most assistance programs, through state and county-based tree mortality task forces, has focused on assisting larger landowners and local jurisdictions to remove and dispose of hazard trees. However there had been little effort to assist owners of smaller parcels on how or if to revegetate after tree die off.
We found that University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener volunteers were receiving many calls from the public on what to replant after tree mortality. However, they were not trained and did not have the resources to answer these questions. One question in particular was frequently asked: If so many native ponderosa pine had died in the bark beetle outbreak, should people replant them? Or, was the mortality a sign that these trees could no longer survive due to invasive species and climate change?
With these questions in mind, County Director Scott Oneto, Forestry Advisor Susie Kocher and Master Gardener Coordinators Tracy Celio, Debbie Powell and Megan Suarez-Brand from the University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra office developed a Train the Trainer project to increase the capacity of Master Gardeners to guide the public in the replanting process. They also relied on the expertise of UCCE forest health specialist, Dr. Jodi Axelson at UC Berkeley. The overall message conveyed in the training was that there is hope for native tree species and that we should replant them where few remain.
The team applied for and received a $10,000 rapid response grant from the University of California to develop a program to help volunteers extend planting advice to the public. The group hosted three all day workshops for Master Gardeners that included presentations on forest/tree regrowth following tree mortality, tree debris removal/treatment and site preparation, species adaptability for specific locations, seed zone considerations, planting basics/ nursery stock, planting mixes and densities, reducing competing vegetation, and land owner assistance programs currently available. We also had a frequently asked questions panel and took the Master Gardeners on a field trip to look at dead and dying trees, beetle identification and tree regeneration.
A total of 200 Master Gardeners attended the workshops. 70% had never had any formal training in tree mortality, bark beetles, planting or reforestation. 92% rated the workshop as excellent or very good. Pre and post knowledge surveys showed a large growth in knowledge about bark beetle and tree size interaction, reforestation logistics, nativity of beetles and forest succession. Most gratifyingly for organizers, the percentage that knew that bark beetle mortality doesn't require planting a different tree species afterwards went up from 46% to 92%.
As a result of our interaction with the gardeners, we developed a train the trainer toolkit including PowerPoint templates, recorded presentations by experts, and social media to support volunteers. The PowerPoint template was a simplified version of the collected presentations given by the experts in the workshop and has already been used by a Master Gardener in their public education class. We also developed and printed 10,000 copies of a simple tri-fold brochure for public distribution by Master Gardeners in all 10 affected counties in the Sierra Nevada.

Submitted by:
Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor
University of California Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership (El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties)
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Receives Second Place Gulf Guardian Award

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) Outreach and Education Council (OEC) was recognized on November 30, 2017 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program for developing a unique platform that enables citizen groups to share data Gulf wide.
Florida ANREP (FANREP) and ANREP members have a leadership role in the GCOOS OEC. Chris Verlinde, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, Santa Rosa County is currently the co-chair of the GCOOS OEC and Dr. Mike Spranger, University of Florida Professor and Community Development Extension Specialist is a past chair and founder of the OEC.
The second place 2017 Gulf Guardian Award was presented during a  ceremony in Point Clear, Alabama. The Gulf of Mexico Program initiated the Gulf Guardian awards in 2000 as a way to recognize and honor businesses, community groups, individuals and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. First, second and third place awards are given in seven categories: individual, business/industry, youth environmental education, civic/nonprofit organizations, cultural diversity/environmental justice, partnership and bi-national efforts.
GCOOS was recognized for its Gulf Citizen Science Portal in the Partnership Category for encouraging and developing citizen science to improve the Gulf. A video that provides background on the Science Portal is available for viewing.
The backbone of the GCOOS citizen monitoring network is comprised of retired citizens and students from underserved and underrepresented communities. Not only are the data gathered and provide important long-term, supplemental data to resource managers, the acquisition and data sharing processes themselves provide valuable workforce development and stewardship opportunities for participants.
The portal was developed and implemented as a cost-effective way to gather local information over long periods of time, allowing state, federal and academic programs to supplement datasets with important detail. GCOOS's unique position as a data aggregator allows the organization to address the challenges inherent in integrating diverse datasets collected with different methodologies and instrumentation so managers can have confidence in the information.
This is the fourth Gulf Guardian award that GCOOS has received. This is an honor that speaks to the commitment of the organization to the health of the Gulf of Mexico and importance that outreach and education plays in their programs.

Submitted by:
Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
University of Florida
Penn State Extension Develops Online Woodlot Management Course

Individuals who want to learn about properly caring for their woodlands now have the opportunity to take an online course from the comfort of their own homes offered by Penn State Extension.
Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners is designed for woodland owners and those who are interested in understanding the complexity of the woodland ecosystem and improving their own practices in caring for that resource. The course offers participants a solid understanding of what it means to be a woodland steward.
Participants can learn ways to apply their new knowledge to their woodlot, such as practical, hands-on skills, as well as some "big picture" concepts related to woodland management. Although this course focuses on Pennsylvania woods and landowners, much of the information applies to land in other states as well, particularly those in the Northeast.

Upon course completion, participants will be able to understand the importance of forests and the need for woodland stewardship; use field characteristics to identify trees; use forest measurement tools to collect field data; describe a tree's relationship to its surroundings and other life forms; and identify how they can use forest-management techniques to reach desirable goals and outcomes.
Participants will also learn how forest-management activities relate to wildlife habitat; describe the relationship between forests and water and ways to protect water quality; identify plans for the future of the woods beyond the current tenure; and take steps to engage heirs or other land-protection strategies to continue stewardship.
"The information and skills you learn will enhance your enjoyment of the woods in addition to helping you make better informed decisions about caring for your woods," said course instructor Allyson Muth, Forest Stewardship Program Associate and Associate Director of the Center for Private Forest at Penn State. "As you will learn, there are a variety of reasons why woodland stewardship is of critical concern today."
In teaching the course, Muth is joined by Jim Finley, Director of the Center for Private Forests, and other forest experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Submitted by:
Forest Resources Educator
Penn State Extension-Centre County
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Training Master Gardeners to Monitor Soil Compaction

Compaction is a major problem affecting soil health in agriculture and horticulture as it inhibits root growth, hinders water infiltration, and increases flooding. Many management techniques are available to alleviate compaction, such as not using heavy machinery on wet soils, mechanically breaking up compacted soils, replacing topsoil, or planting vegetation prior to the formation of soil compaction. The goal of these management practices is to restore natural function to the soil.
To determine if soil management is warranted, a survey of baseline compaction needs to be conducted. Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Ocean County implemented such a survey using trained Master Gardeners. Some soils can be naturally prone to compaction and much of the soil in Ocean County is classified by the USDA as having a low resistance to compaction, making compaction more likely to occur as these land uses are developed or managed (Figure 1). Rutgers Master Gardeners (RMGs) were trained to take measurements to see if soils in the county wer e indeed compacted.

Map of Ocean County, NJ, showing areas that are at risk of undergoing soil compaction. (Credit: Steven Yergeau)
Volunteer using a soil compaction tester. (Credit: Steven Yergeau)

The RMGs were chosen because of their unique set of qualifications to collect this type o f data: they are already volunteers who enjoy the outdoors, they possess a strong knowledg e of soil  healt h, and are looking to expand their knowledge into other aspects of horticulture. Since 2016, 109 RMGs in Ocean County were trained on soil health, mitigation options, and how to measure soil compaction in the home landscape. During workshops, RMGs of Ocean County were instructed on the use of a soil compaction tester that became available to borrow on a voluntary basis to test their home lawns, and on how to report their findings (Figure 2). Our objective was to utilize RMGs to gather a snapshot of the status of compaction in Ocean County.
There were 58 RMGs who tested their home lawns for soil compaction. Lawns and turfed areas were chosen since they are consistent in many yards, whereas other types of landscaping are individualized to each yard. The RMGs found that many of their own yards are not compacted despite what was predicted for the types of soils in the county (Figure 1). For our monitoring, soil compaction depth is reported as the depth reached when critical compaction occurs. Critical compaction is defined as a soil resistance of 300 pounds per square inch (psi) at a depth of 3 inches or less (Burton, Jr. and Pitt, 2002). The RMGs' compaction results averaged 7.2 inches, and ranged from 2.1 inches to 16.9 inches.
The curriculum used to train the RMGs of Ocean County will be used to train other counties' programs in southern New Jersey. During spring 2018, workshops will be conducted for RMGs of Monmouth, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties and the information gathered will be combined with the Ocean County data to develop a regional snapshot of soil compaction. The RMGs in New Jersey have proven invaluable to this monitoring effort, which could not happen without them.
If anyone is interested in obtaining the curriculum for this project, please feel free to contact Steve Yergeau. For more information, visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County's web site.

Burton, Jr., G.A. and Pitt, R.E. (2002) Ecosystem Component Characterization. Stormwater Effects Handbook: A Toolbox for Watershed Managers, Scientists, and Engineers. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 345-573.

Submitted by:
County Agent III/Assistant Professor, Ocean & Atlantic Counties
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Center
Wetlands and Wonder

The Ohio State University Youth Environmental Education Outreach Team recently organized and hosted a field trip event for 15 students with special needs from Beechcroft High School in Columbus, Ohio. The Outreach Team first became acquainted with the high school through participation in the school's Exceptional Science Fair, an annual event in which the high school students present science projects and explore displays of aquatic species, insects, plants, and other living creatures. After seeing the students' interest and curiosity in science, specific plans were made to create a field trip experience for the students to visit the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park on The Ohio State University campus.
The Outreach Team provides university students with the opportunity to plan educational programs, lead instructional activities, develop materials, and learn about program evaluation. Undergraduate students Julia Linares, majoring in Environmental Policy, and Karina Peggau, majoring in Earth Sciences, worked under the direction of Associate Professor Kristi Lekies and Wetlands Facility Manager Brent Macolley to plan the event.
The visit started with a tour inside the main facility and the opportunity to see a research laboratory. Students viewed fish samples and learned about wetlands research and equipment. The group then moved outside for a hike to see the local river and wetland ecosystem, complete with cattails, ducks, and even a few deer. Students enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells, and textures along the trails. A special thrill was the opportunity to walk on the boardwalk over the wetlands for a close up view of aquatic plants and water. In getting to 'walk on water' students were able to better understand wetlands and streams in a positive way. They were able to walk away with the knowledge that these systems are beneficial and provide ecosystem services for humans and the environment.
On a hike along the boardwalk. (Credit: Kristi Lekies)
Following the hike was a return to the indoor classroom to reinforce what was observed and experienced. The OSU students developed an adaptive lesson that stressed the importance of wetlands and what could be done to aid these ecosystems. A macroinvertebrate lesson and general Ohio wetlands field guide were prepared to teach the high school students about what could be found in and around the typical wetlands area. The materials not only provided more information about species they may have encountered, such as painted turtles, but also introduced them to pickerelweeds and other new plants. Information on food webs and bird identification was also presented. Interactive discussion followed, with the high school students eager to share their ideas and new knowledge. Additionally, the lesson and materials related to topics covered on the state assessment.
Planning a mid-November field trip in Ohio comes with risks of rain, wind, and snow, but we had the good fortune of sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60's. It was a memorable day for all, and particularly rewarding was seeing the wonder and amazement of the high school students who so eagerly and enthusiastically participated in what the visit had to offer. As a special thank you, the students sent drawings of what they had seen at the wetland park that day. The team looks forward to continuing this engagement and further expanding environmental education for all youth.
Outreach team members with thank you drawings from the students Left to right: Kristi Lekies, Karina Peggau, Julia Linares. (Credit: Kristi Lekies)

Submitted by:
Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University
The Visiting Forester

So where did your interest in forestry start and develop? For me it started with the Boy Scouts at Troop 2 in Verona, New Jersey. We had an active troop with camping trips every month, even in the winter since our troop had a cabin at Camp Glen Gray. My dad was an assistant scoutmaster and a great role model. I rose through the ranks, being only a few merit badges short of Eagle Scout before discovering girls and other distractions, something I regret to this day. I did get to go to the World Jamboree in 1967 in Idaho but I never did get to go to the Boy Scout mecca, Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. One hundred and forty thousand acres of beautiful land in mountains, forests, and high desert, donated by the Phillips family in the 1930's.

That changed when I heard about the Philmont Visiting Forester program that invites foresters to volunteer a week of their time from June to August at the 40-acre demonstration forest located in the backcountry of Philmont. Over 25,000 scouts and their leaders hike 5-12 day treks over 200 miles of trails each summer. In 2002, the New Mexico Tree Farm Committee, along with several partners, helped Philmont develop the demonstration forest located in a central backcountry
setting with foot traffic of 5,000 hikers and approximately 1,000 other visitors each year. In 2010, Philmont expanded this forestry outreach program by hosting Visiting Foresters throughout the camping season.

The energy for the program is sustained by Mary Stuever, a dedicated forester with the NM State Forestry and SAF member, who now runs the program in cooperation with Philmont. Her commitment and energy is invaluable. Philmont provides room and board when you are there but you need to pay the freight for your own travel. There is an open pavilion on-site at the demo forest with tables and teaching materials along with numerous demonstration areas to show many silvicultural practices such as a clearcut, selection cut, salvage, meadow restoration, and more. My wife Karen, who has a forestry and wildlife degree from Virginia Tech, and I decided to go for a week in August 2017, and spend some time afterward exploring Colorado.

Philmont base camp is like a military camp with rows of tents and different buildings for each function. After arriving on Saturday and going through various registrations you get the standard gear (two polo shirts and a hat). Sunday morning you and your gear are driven up to the hunting lodge, where you have a roomy platform tent and access to the lodge with it primitive cooking and sanitary facilities (known as the "red roof", the color of the roof on all outhouses). After an orientation at the demonstration forest pavilion by the previous visiting foresters you are left to deal with the many groups of scouts that come through. For the most part you kind of make up your own presentations and find what works for you. The view from the pavilion is breathtaking and serves as an excuse to offer a group picture of the scout group which usually results in spending some time educating them about fire ecology, tree id, silviculture, careers or whatever else comes up.   

This volunteer time is hard work, requiring you walk about a half mile to the pavilion each morning and be ready to receive scout groups from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It can get really crazy with all the scout groups coming through and having at least two foresters is essential, but even with that sometimes it can be hard to handle the traffic. Karen and I shared our duties with Lucy from Colorado. These are good kids who are respectful and disciplined, a welcome change from some of the youth of today. They come from all over the country and learn a lot about the forests of the area from what you provide. In addition, many of the leaders are very engaging and interested in what you have to offer. You learn from them as well.

After a full day you return to the hunting lodgeand you may eat with the college adults interpreting the site or hike to another location and visit another camp. All cooking at the hunting lodge 
is on a woodstove (and a small propane stove) and there is cold water but making meals can take a while. Philmont has numerous interpretative camps across the property where scout group camp and learn about the history of the area or learn specific skills. These include camps that focus on horseback riding, climbing, an old gold mine and more . College adults interpret the sites in character and they are very entertaining. As a visiting forester we visited two other camps after work which requires walking a few miles each way. Thankfully, those camps had a modern kitchen and some had hot water and showers. For  us, to take a shower you have to hike to another camp which is about 2 miles away.

After a week of activity, it was time to come off the mountain back to base camp and leave Philmont. It was a rewarding experience and the youth and leaders you reach truly learn from what you provide. If you are interested in the program contact Mary Stuever.

Submitted by:
Extension Forester
University of Maryland Extension
ResourceExchange ________________
Buckthorn and Soybean Aphids: New Material From the University of Minnesota Exension

The University of Minnesota Extension has two new videos and one new factsheet about buckthorn management as it relates to soybean aphid's overwintering host. New content can be found on the MyMinnesotaWoods website.

Contact: Angie Gupta, Forestry Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension
New Resource Collection Explains Revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

This EPA-funded project contains fact sheets, videos, and FAQs to help people on farms orchards, forests, and other agricultural establishments comply with the new regulations. It was produced by the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) in collaboration with the US EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. PERC is led by the University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University's Extension Service.

Contact: Kaci Buhl, Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator, Oregon State University
Upcoming Southern Region Extension Forestry Webinar Offerings
  • It's not a disease (or is it?): managing tree and forest health in palms, pines, and more (February 21)
  • Planning and timing are critical for saving your urban ash forest from EAB (March 28)
  • Balancing objectives and outcomes for wildlife habitat and forest management (April 25)

Join other Cooperative Extension personnel, educators and our expert speakers for an exciting and knowledge-filled urban and community forestry webinar series. Covering topics such as the effects of urban forests on our health, creating storm-resilient forests, and more, the following 11 webinars aim to increase knowledge and provide resources to support educational programming. This series was developed by Southern Regional Extension Forestry with input from southeastern Extension and Outreach urban forestry experts.

Contact: David Coyle (forest health) or Holly Campbell (urban and community forestry), Southern Region Extension Forestry
National Network for Sustainable Living Education (NNSLE) Webinar Series

The National Network for Sustainable Living Education(NNLSE) has begun a webinar series featuring NNSLE members and their sustainability-focused projects. Our first webinar took place in January with NNSLE member Mark Apel from the University of Arizona. View the webinar to learn about his highly successful Externships in Sustainability program. 

Our next webinar will take place on March 15 featuring the Sustainable Floridians program. Join us then for our monthly NNSLE meeting at 11am MST, or jump in for the webinar at 11:30am - both via Zoom. Not a NNSLE member, but want to join? Send Roslynn Brain McCann an email and she will add you to our national team.

Contact: Roslynn Brain McCann, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist, Utah State University
New University of Minnesota Extension Publication: 2017 Master Woodland Owner Annual Report

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team recently published its 2017 Annual Report of the Master Woodland Owner (MWO) Program. The report describes the four past or ongoing courses in the MWO program. Over 80 landowners have enrolled nearly 4,000 acres in the program, representing a tremendous opportunity that private forest landowners have in conducting woodland stewardship activities across Minnesota's forests.

Contact: Matt Russell, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota
Introducing the National Extension Forestry & Wood Products Directory

Southern Regional Extension Forestry is pleased to announce a new way for Extension agents across the United States to connect with each other: the 
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.  Users are able to search the directory by name, institution, location, and specialty, and directory information can be exported into various formats for later reference.  

Contact: Brent Peterson, Southern Region Extension Forestry
IdeaExchange ____________________
Invasive Species Programming Using Virtual Reality

We're thinking more and more about virtual reality as it relates to invasive species programming. Has anyone worked with virtual reality for education? If so I'd love to chat: Angela Gupta, or 507-280-2869.
Mentors and Networkers Wanted!

Do you have the interest in sponsoring the next generation of Extension professionals in Natural Resources? Want to get re-energized, help yourself, and help the next generation succeed in Extension?  This new program is funded by RREA Focus Funds to support all Natural Resources Extension professionals. To hear more, attend the ANREP sessions about a new national orientation program for new natural resource professionals in Biloxi or follow-up ONLINE FALL 2018.
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I'm sitting here putting the finishing touches on the newsletter with the Olympics on in the background. So many exciting moments have occurred already and there's still a week to go. All of the great competitions are making me miss winter (already). We haven't had much snow here in Wisconsin this winter and I've only had the snowblower out once so far. Tonight we're getting freezing rain instead of the usual snow. 

This year the Olympics coincide with the annual lake sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago System. The season lasts a maximum of two weeks and over 13,000 spearing licenses were sold. So far this season, almost 800 of these prehistoric fish have been speared. Last week the longest fish ever speared in the state was registered. It was 84.5 inches long (that's 7 feet!). The heaviest fish ever speared (2010) was 212 pounds. If you've never seen a sturgeon or want a look at the unique culture surrounding this tradition, check out this UW Sea Grant video (warning: some sturgeon blood and guts are in the video).

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