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Issue: No. 14 | November 2015Make a gift

UPDATE is published by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the college that extends the knowledge of University of Nevada, Reno to local communities throughout the state. UPDATE is a compilation of news, articles, events and helpful publications produced by Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, who work in six program areas – agriculture; horticulture; natural resources; health and nutrition; community development; and children, youth and families. Cooperative Extension celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Dean's Message

Recognition for Extension's efforts: partnerships and understanding the local perspective help to prevent listing of endangered species.

Three recent decisions about endangered species indicate the impact that Extension has on important decisions about land management. These include two decisions about sage grouse in the Intermountain Western United States and the one decision about Columbia spotted frog. Extension's efforts informed all of these decisions, from the ground up. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension had a prominent role in helping the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service understand concerns. Extension also helped the Fish and Wildlife Service understand the capacity and willingness that land managers have to meet the letter and spirit of the Endangered Species Act. Some of our Extension faculty who were heavily involved in this work include Natural Resource Specialist Kent McAdoo and Extension Educators Steve Lewis and Brad Schultz.

Such decisions have a high potential to affect and restrict land uses, especially in rural areas. Endangered populations rely on stable habitat to thrive and increase in numbers. This means that local landowners and land managers (including federal and state resource management agencies) must be clear about the best strategies to stabilize and grow species in decline. This also means that local landowners are in the best position to design and carry out stewardship plans that use knowledge of the land to the best advantage.

Our local connections continue to represent the strength of the Extension mission. We rely on our community-based network to identify issues, bring to bear resources, design processes and see them to their conclusion, whether the topic is nutrition education, youth development, agriculture, horticulture, natural resources or community development. These three decisions that could have had profound effects on our rural counties represent the outcome of decisions made more than a century ago to incorporate Cooperative Extension in the land-grant mission throughout the United States.


Mark Walker, Dean and Director

Program Spotlight

Extension hosts Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Conference

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Living With Fire Program is hosting the second annual Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Conference, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 9 in Reno. Attendees will learn about the progress of The Network, as well as hear firsthand accounts of the emotional and financial costs of recent wildfires from several speakers, including Carlene Anders, a volunteer firefighter, and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District's Fire Chief Mike Brown, who served as incident commander on several large fires in the area.

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Cooperative Extension welcomes new Carson City Extension educator

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension welcomes Lindsay Chichester to its statewide team of Extension educators. She will begin her new position as Carson City Extension educator Jan. 1.

"I'm thrilled," Carson City Board of Supervisors Member Karen Abowd said about hiring Chichester. "She's a local with a vast source of knowledge on agriculture and growing. I also appreciate that she has experience in engaging others within the community, and we look forward to that engagement."

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Workshop on extended season marketing for farm and food products

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will host an "Extended Season Marketing Opportunities for Farm and Food Products" workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop is designed for growers and small food producers looking to expand or diversify their direct marketing activities by taking advantage of the growing consumer demand for local foods and food-based experiences.

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