Upcoming Invasive Species Webinars

Cornell University Cooperative Extension ForestConnect Webinar Series April and May, 2010

Anyone who has not previously registered [you only need to register once] can complete the registration via the WEBINARS link at www.ForestConnect.info<http://www.ForestConnect.info> Registration is quick and without cost. Registration ensures you receive notice of the specific link to participate, first come first served, in each monthly webinar. Webinars are live at noon and 7PM and typically run 60 minutes plus questions.

More information about the ForestConnect webinar series is available at www.ForestConnect.info<http://www.ForestConnect.info> SAF CFE credits will be requested.

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April 21, 2010 – “Managing early successional wildlife habitat” will be presented by Kristi Sullivan, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources. Grasslands, shrublands, and young forest habitats (collectively referred to as early-successional habitats) have been declining in New York and throughout the Northeast for decades as have the wildlife species associated with them. Many are listed as species of special concern in several northeastern states. The American woodcock has declined considerably over the past 30 years, and New England cottontails occur in only 20% of the area in which it was historically found. During this webinar, woodland owners, foresters, and natural resource managers learn about tools to manage habitat for the benefit of early successional wildlife including ruffed grouse, songbirds, New England cottontails, and other wildlife.

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May 19, 2010 – “Effectively Communicating the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Message through Media Outreach” will be presented by Dr. Holly Menninger, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources. This webinar is especially relevant to Extension educators, natural resource professionals, and invasive species team leaders. The communication of clear, accurate, and consistent messages about Emerald Ash Borer is a critical component of an effective EAB outreach program. With an emphasis on EAB preparedness and community action, Menninger will provide Webinar participants with tips and tools to more effectively use media outreach to deliver these messages to the public. Topics covered will include: message development, an overview of journalism, strategies for media engagement, and tips for more successful interviews.

Peter J. Smallidge, Ph.D.
NYS Extension Forester
Director, Arnot Teaching and Research Forest
Director, Cornell Maple Program

116 Fernow Hall, Department of Natural Resources
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

pjs23@cornell.edu
www.ForestConnect.info
www.ArnotForest.info
www.CornellMaple.info

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Thanks to Leslie Surprenant for bringing this to my attention

Leslie Surprenant
Invasive Species Management Coordinator
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Office of Invasive Species Coordination
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4756
518-402-8980

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