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Forestry

Extension programs, include urban forestry and arboriculture (including care of trees and woodlands in cities and town), rural forsestry (including work with forest landowners and the forest products industry and including forest health), and forestry in the wildland-urban interface (including firewise landscaping and appropriate development).

Mike Kuhns: Extension Specialist
Darren McAvoy: Extension Program Associate
Megan Dettenmaier: Extension Educator

Range

Extension programs include improved grazing and fire management on rangelands to increase yield and to protect soils and water. Extension is also fully involved in the statewide Grazing Initiative Program, which promotes integrated management of private lands for multiple benefits. 

Eric Thacker: Extension Specialist
Fee Busby: Extension Specialist
Beth Burritt: Research Associate

Recreation and Tourism

Extension programs include training future managers of park lands, promotion of the tourism industry, and managing recreation and tourism in a way that protects park lands and open lands.

Steve Burr: Extension Specialist

Sustainable Communities

Our Extension program in sustainability focuses on sustainable communities, pro-environmental behavior change and non-formal teaching techniques. 

Roslynn Brain: Extension Specialist

Water Quality

Programs include, Utah Water Watch (citizen science), Streamside Science (K-12 water related lessons and educator training), watershed restoration and management, water quality impacts from different land uses, best management practices to protect our water, effective monitoring to understand impacts of restoration efforts; and water conservation. 

Nancy Mesner: Extension Specialist
Brian Greene: Utah Water Watch Coordinator
Ellen Bailey: Extension Educator

Wildlife

Wildlife extension activities include identification, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies, technologies, and partnerships that achieve sustainability of natural resources and maintain agricultural productivity, and enhance the socio-economics of stakeholders and communities. Specific programs are designed to promote reevaluation fo contemporary natural resource management policies and paradigms regarding the contributions local communities and private landowners to natural resource conservation. Specialists are actively working with stakeholders to better manage human-wildlife conflicts, sensitive conservation, and increase public assess to wildlife recreational oppotunities. 

Terry Messmer: Extension Specialist
David Dahlgren: Community-Based Conservation Specialist
Shandra Nicole Frey: Extension Assistant Professor
Lorien Belton: Community-Based Conservation Specialist

Master Naturalist Program

Extension programs, include urban forestry and arboriculture (including care of trees and woodlands in cities and town), rural forsestry (including work with forest landowners and the forest products industry and including forest health), and forestry in the wildland-urban interface (including firewise landscaping and appropriate development).

Mark Larese-Casanova: Statewide Extension Educator

Sustainability Council

The main focus of the USU Sustainability Councit is to achive the goals outlined in the President's Climate Commitment, most specifically to reduce global warming by achiving climate neutrality. 

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