Welcome to the website of the ANREP Climate Science Initiative, an official initiative of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. This site is to serve as tool to allow extension educators communicate, collaborate and share resources related to climate change science and managing natural resources in a changing climate.

The 2010 ANREP Conference in Alaska and its focus on climate
change clarified the need for the Cooperative Extension System, and ANREP in particular, to address this issue by developing extension education programs and materials to serve various clientele.  The 2011 National Workshop and Extension In-Service on Forests and Climate Change created additional momentum among Extension participants and culminated in day-long in-service workshop at which 38 participants identified a wide range of Extension opportunities and imperatives related to the effects of climate change on ecosystems and people.  A follow-up conference call on July 7, 2011 with 18 of the 38 participants from the In-Service generated support for and a desire to establish, under the auspices of ANREP, a Climate Science Initiative that would function much like the National Network of Sustainable Living Education (NNSLE), the first ANREP initiative.

Leadership Team
Christopher Jones
Extension Agent, Gila County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Eleanor Burkett
Water Resources Educator, Brainerd County
University of Minnesota Extension

James A. Clark
Extension Educator
, Cameron/Elk/Jefferson/McKean/Potter District
Pennsylvania State University

Daniel Geller
Climate Learning Network Coordinator
, SREF/College of Engineering
University of Georgia

Paul Lachapelle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
, Extension Community Development Specialist
Montana State University

Eric Norland, Ph.D. CF
National Program Leader, Forest Resource Management
USDA-National Institute for Food and Agriculture

Climate, Forests and Woodlands CoP

A sister project to the Climate Science Initiative is the eXtension Climate, Forests and Woodlands Community of Practice (CoP): www.extension.org/climate_forests_woodlands. The CoP is a national collaboration of Extension educators that provides an interactive learning environment that serves to assist forest managers and small forest landowners to improve forest management in changing climate. 

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Purposes of the Initiative :
  • To promote and  facilitate a Cooperative Extension System-wide response to this pressing issue;
  • To provide professional development opportunities for ANREP members (primarily) and non-members through training opportunities to expand members’ knowledge base in order that they are able to more effectively serve their clientele;
  • To develop educational materials (using various print and electronic media) to meet the needs of various Extension clientele;
  • To create new and expand existing partnerships with organizations and agencies whose missions and areas of expertise compliment and support the work of Extension Natural Resource educators;
  • To demonstrate the capacity of the Cooperative Extension System to others who seek to duplicate the existing nationwide delivery system for climate change information and education.
  • To provide ANREP members an opportunity to participate in and contribute to regional and national programs in a manner that would support their individual professional, promotion, and tenure goals.

Recent Announcements

  • Climate Questions and Resources - Links Document Posted Climate Questions and Resources document from climate communication session at National Extension Climate Science Initiative Conference 2013https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dl4yV2eoKenwupabq21T8h9meWntl4L58o4gwxdMpUs/edit?usp=sharing
    Posted Oct 30, 2013, 6:57 AM by Mike Crimmins
  • National Extension Climate Science Initiative Conference and In-service Workshop Registration is now open for the National Extension Climate Science Initiative Conference and In-service Workshop October 28-30, 2013; Cloquet, Minnesota http://sfec.cfans.umn.edu/Conference/index.htm
    Posted Jun 14, 2013, 10:21 AM by Christopher Jones
  • Seeing Climate Change Really interesting post on visualizing climate change impacts...http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2013/02/seeing-climate-change-in-time-to-act-on-it/
    Posted Feb 7, 2013, 12:33 PM by Mike Crimmins
  • February 7th, 3pm EST: ANREP Climate Sci Initiative TeleConference Call Please join us for our next call. Last month’s slides and minutes are available at https://sites.google.com/site/anrepclimate/home/files Here is the information for our upcoming teleconference: Thursday, February 7th; 3 to 4:30 Eastern Standard Time Everyone on the phone (log into the URL below 10 minutes before for call-in info) URL: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/woodlands (Enter as a guest, please include your name and university. A call-in phone number will be provided at the start screen.)  Our speaker is Dr Astrid Newenhouse, Senior Scientist of Agriculture & Sustainability at University of Wisconsin-Madison Environmental Resources Center and Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering. She will speak on the “Results of ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2013, 1:49 PM by Christopher Jones
  • Climate Change: Values, National Security, & Free Enterprise; April 4th 7:00pm CST Live-Stream A forum entitled Climate Change: Values, National Security, and Free Enterprise, is to be held on the evening of April 4th on the campus of the University of Kentucky.  The event will be live-streamed.  Please see the following URL for details: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/environment-files/ccflyervincelli.pdf This is really an exciting and unique lineup of speakers, with thoughtful and enlightening comments expected from these highly respected individuals.  Paul Vincelli Extension Professor and Provost's Distinguished Service Professor Department of Plant Pathology University of Kentucky 207 Plant Science Bldg. Lexington, KY 40546-0312 ph: 859-218-0722 fx 859-323-1961 pvincell@uky.edu Twitter @pvincell
    Posted Jan 17, 2013, 7:47 AM by Christopher Jones
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