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Monitoring, Assessment, and Engagement to Sustain Forest Benefits in a Changing Climate

Sarah Workman, Extension and Technology Transfer Specialist and Bill Christie, Biological Scientist will discuss climate tools developed by the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center. The Center partners with government agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations to improve the collective national capacity to predict, detect, monitor and assess threats to forest, range and wildlands.  The Center addresses problems related to the science of monitoring, assessment, and communication across four primary classes of environmental threats: forest pests, weather and climate change, wildland fire, and changes in land use or land cover. Center scientists and partners address emerging issues and collaborate to create tools and resources related to forest ecosystems, water quality, biodiversity, and wildfiresβ€”all within the context of changing climate, increasing human populations, and dynamic socioeconomic conditions. The Center strives to address critical broad-scale management needs across all four threat areas, and its research focuses on resource managers’ needs for monitoring their occurrence, interpreting their extent and implications, predicting their likely impact, and sharing results, technology, and resources with affected organizations and individuals. See more at

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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