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NRYB overview short 2001

NRYB overview short 2001



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

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



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    NRYB overview short 2001 NRYB overview short 2001 Presentation Transcript

    • Natural Resources in Your Backyard Projects in a Nutshell Eli Sagor, Mike Reichenbach, and Mike Demchik Program Leadership Group, August 15, 2001
    • Woodland Advisor Program
      • Master Gardener Model : 44 hours of natural resources education, with an emphasis on forests, wildlife, and water quality.
      • Trains citizens to be community outreach leaders, increasing Extension capacity for natural resources education.
      • Strengthens partnerships with other Natural Resources agencies: Program coordination shared with Minnesota Forestry Association, MN Department of Natural Resources, and citizen-led Private Woodland Councils.
    • Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites
      • Five focal areas throughout forested regions of MN
      • Will highlight different aspects of forests and their importance to Minnesota’s culture, economy, and landscape.
      • Potential to make this a multi-state program: seeking ties with similar projects in Wisconsin and Michigan.
    • Firewise Communities
      • A multi-disciplinary approach to reducing fire-related damage that focuses on fire safe planning and implementation. Firewise landscaping, home improvements, home building practices, better fire protection, and smarter community development are a few of the strategies.
    • Forest Tree Notes Newsletter
      • Distributed to 1500-2000 (or more?) landowners across Minnesota.
      • Currently exploring options for collaboration and partial underwriting from MN Forestry Association and citizen-run Private Woodland Committees.
    • Natural Resources Trainings for EEs
      • Likely a 2-3 day Professional Development opportunity first to be offered in early 2002.
      • Strong campus involvement: builds campus / field specialist / county ties.
      • Specific topics include the basics of how landowners can benefit more from their forested properties; sources of local NR information; traditional and non-traditional forest products, and more.
      • Look for assessment surveys and other info this fall.
    • Walks in the Woods
      • Highlight important topics in local areas: Hardwood management, forestry co-operatives, shoreland management, shelterbelts, and more.
      • Informal presentations based on field visits, designed to address specific concerns and questions.
      • Citizens, woodland owners take leadership roles. Program builds relationships with county EEs.
    • Backyard Forestry for Master Volunteers
      • Ten-hour leadership training for graduates of Minnesota master volunteer programs: Master Gardener, Master Tree Care Advisor, Master Naturalist, and Woodland Advisor.
      • Sessions will focus on the transition zone between forest and yard, and on forestry options for small parcels.
      • Planned in collaboration with organizers of other master volunteer programs.