NRYB overview short 2001

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

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NRYB overview short 2001

  1. 1. Natural Resources in Your Backyard Projects in a Nutshell Eli Sagor, Mike Reichenbach, and Mike Demchik Program Leadership Group, August 15, 2001
  2. 2. Woodland Advisor Program <ul><li>Master Gardener Model : 44 hours of natural resources education, with an emphasis on forests, wildlife, and water quality. </li></ul><ul><li>Trains citizens to be community outreach leaders, increasing Extension capacity for natural resources education. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>     </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sustainable Forestry Interpretive Sites <ul><li>Five focal areas throughout forested regions of MN </li></ul><ul><li>Will highlight different aspects of forests and their importance to Minnesota’s culture, economy, and landscape. </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to make this a multi-state program: seeking ties with similar projects in Wisconsin and Michigan. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Firewise Communities <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Forest Tree Notes Newsletter <ul><li>Distributed to 1500-2000 (or more?) landowners across Minnesota. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently exploring options for collaboration and partial underwriting from MN Forestry Association and citizen-run Private Woodland Committees. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Natural Resources Trainings for EEs <ul><li>Likely a 2-3 day Professional Development opportunity first to be offered in early 2002. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong campus involvement: builds campus / field specialist / county ties. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for assessment surveys and other info this fall. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Walks in the Woods <ul><li>Highlight important topics in local areas: Hardwood management, forestry co-operatives, shoreland management, shelterbelts, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Informal presentations based on field visits, designed to address specific concerns and questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens, woodland owners take leadership roles. Program builds relationships with county EEs. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Backyard Forestry for Master Volunteers <ul><li>Ten-hour leadership training for graduates of Minnesota master volunteer programs: Master Gardener, Master Tree Care Advisor, Master Naturalist, and Woodland Advisor. </li></ul><ul><li>Sessions will focus on the transition zone between forest and yard, and on forestry options for small parcels. </li></ul><ul><li>Planned in collaboration with organizers of other master volunteer programs. </li></ul>

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