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An overview of UMN Extension's Natural Resources in Your Backyard program as of 2001.

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NRYB overview full 2001

  1. 1. Natural Resources in Your Backyard Eli Sagor, Mike Reichenbach, and Mike Demchik Program Leadership Group, August 15, 2001
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Why forests matter : economics, communities, vibrant ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>About the NRYB Program : objectives, evaluation plan, and leveraged resources </li></ul><ul><li>Two sample projects : Woodland Advisor Program and Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Youth programming </li></ul><ul><li>Your input : how can bring this program to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Why forests matter : economics, communities, vibrant ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>About the NRYB Program : objectives, evaluation plan, and leveraged resources </li></ul><ul><li>Two sample projects : Woodland Advisor Program and Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Youth programming </li></ul><ul><li>Your input : how can bring this program to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Forests Matter <ul><li>One third of Minnesota’s land base </li></ul><ul><li>Economics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forest products: estimated annual economic contribution of $8 Billion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recreation: permits, tourism, gear </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Culture, spiritual values, history </li></ul><ul><li>Vibrant, healthy ecosystems </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sources: MN DNR, USFS, MFI
  6. 6. Forest Ownership Changes: MN, 1978-1994 <ul><li>Number of landowners up 135 % </li></ul><ul><li>Number of acres owned up 12.5 % </li></ul><ul><li>Average parcel size down 52.3 % </li></ul><ul><li>(From 104 ac. to 49.6 ac.) </li></ul><ul><li> (T.W. Birch 1994) </li></ul>
  7. 9. Source: Miles et al . 1995
  8. 10. Outline <ul><li>Why forests matter : economics, communities, vibrant ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>About the NRYB Program : objectives, evaluation plan, and leveraged resources </li></ul><ul><li>Two sample projects : Woodland Advisor Program and Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Youth programming </li></ul><ul><li>Your input : how can bring this program to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  9. 11. Outcomes of Interest <ul><li>A community of woodland owners that is more aware of the stewardship options for their land. </li></ul><ul><li>A larger community of woodland owners that have developed a plan to achieve their stated goals for their properties and that are actively implementing those plans. </li></ul><ul><li>A community of woodland owners that is more actively involved in state and local land use policy development and implementation. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Outcomes of Interest <ul><li>More and stronger relationships between the University community and private citizens , particularly forest landowners. </li></ul><ul><li>Woodland owners that understand the potential economic and ecological impacts of their activities both within and beyond their property boundaries. </li></ul>
  11. 13. NRYB Program Evaluation <ul><li>Evaluation methods based on desired outcomes </li></ul>
  12. 14. NRYB Program Evaluation <ul><li>Five main evaluation methods : </li></ul><ul><li>Individual interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Focus group interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Participant evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Log entry </li></ul><ul><li>Expert or Peer review </li></ul>
  13. 15. Leveraged Funds $33,500 $3,000 $6,000 $8,000 $7,500 (?) $9,000 Amount Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership Total Matching Funds as of 8/15/01 Living on a Few Acres Programs Env, Quality Incentives Program / Natural Resources Cons. Service Forest Tree Notes Newsletter Cloquet Forestry Center / College of Natural Resources Woodland Advisor Program MN DNR / Forest Stewardship Program Sustainable Forestry Interp. Sites and Walk in the Wds. MN DNR / Forest Stewardship Program Project Funding Source
  14. 16. Leveraged In-Kind <ul><li>Major collaborators : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extension County faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minnesota Forestry Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MN Department of Natural Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. Outline <ul><li>Why forests matter : economics, communities, vibrant ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>About the NRYB Program : objectives, evaluation plan, and leveraged resources </li></ul><ul><li>Two sample projects : Woodland Advisor Program and Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Youth programming </li></ul><ul><li>Your input : how can bring this program to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  16. 18. An Example: Woodland Advisor Program <ul><li>Master Gardener Model : 44 hours of natural resources education. </li></ul><ul><li>Trains citizens to be community outreach leaders, increasing Extension capacity. </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthens partnerships with other Natural Resources agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>     </li></ul>
  17. 19. Woodland Advisor Program <ul><li>Leveraged resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>True partnership with Minnesota Forestry Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both in-kind and financial support. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus faculty provided some instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MN DNR / Forest Stewardship Program provided $8,000 for educational materials and program support </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. Woodland Advisor Program <ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A bit too early to document changes in behaviour, but… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good feedback about future programming needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A new cadre of informed landowners is providing their neighbors with information and contacts. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 21. Woodland Advisor Program <ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequent communication and collaboration between University staff and citizen opinion leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Woodland advisors have so far organized two field workshops in the Park Rapids area </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. WAP Evaluation <ul><li>Participant evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Pre- and post-test of forestry knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up field workshops and meetings (ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>Peer and expert review (ongoing) </li></ul>
  21. 23. Example: Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites <ul><li>“ Driving tour:” 5 focal areas throughout forested regions of MN </li></ul><ul><li>Will highlight different aspects of forests and their importance to our culture, economy, and landscape. </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to make this a multi-state program (WI and MI) </li></ul>
  22. 24. Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites <ul><li>Leveraged resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$9,000 from Northeast Region Sustainable Development Partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$5,000 (?) from MN DNR / Forest Stewardship Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long list of collaborators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(see implementation plan handout) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 25. Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites <ul><li>Two of five sites in West-Central MN will focus on Agroforestry topics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windbreaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelterbelts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hybrid poplar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial fruit crops </li></ul></ul>
  24. 26. Outline <ul><li>Why forests matter : economics, communities, vibrant ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>About the NRYB Program : objectives, evaluation plan, and leveraged resources </li></ul><ul><li>Two sample projects : Woodland Advisor Program and Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Youth programming </li></ul><ul><li>Your input : how can bring this program to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  25. 27. Youth Programming
  26. 29. Outline <ul><li>Why forests matter : economics, communities, vibrant ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>About the NRYB Program : objectives, evaluation plan, and leveraged resources </li></ul><ul><li>Two sample projects : Woodland Advisor Program and Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Youth programming </li></ul><ul><li>Your input : how can bring this program to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>

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