Friday, December 4, 2009

Webinar: Managing Community Natural Resources

The PA Forests Web Seminar Center is pleased to announce the December on-line program. Bill Elmendorf, Associate Professor, Penn State School of Forest Resources, will be presenting Managing Community Natural Resources: Suggestions for Commissioners and Other Citizen Advocates on Tuesday, December 8th at noon and again at 7 p.m. Each seminar lasts approximately one hour.

Based on the Cooperative Extension publication, Managing Natural Resources: A Guide for Municipal Commissions, this talk will focus on a number of issues and opportunities surrounding the planning and management of community natural resources. Topics will include: the misunderstanding of nature/ecosystem benefits; the role of planning, environmental advisory, and tree commissions in resource conservation; comprehensive plans, street tree, zoning, and other planning and regulatory policy; the importance of a community tree and park plan; and the role of volunteers. Qualifies for 1.0 SAF CFE, Category 1-CF.

Live seminars are scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month at noon and 7 p.m. Each session is recorded and loaded onto the Web Seminar Center along with a copy of the presentation and any handout materials. So, if you are unable to participate in the "live" session, a recording of it will be available for you to view at your convenience. Of course, none of the interactive elements will be available when watching the recording.

To participate in the live seminars you must register and have a "Friend of Penn State" user ID. The "Register Now" page on the website will walk you through this process. If you are a member of the Penn State community, you already have your User ID, but we would ask you to register on the website so that you can receive reminders of upcoming programs.

Participation in the web seminar does not require any special software. To view live and previously recorded seminars all you need is a high-speed Internet connection and sound.

We look forward to having you join these discussions and learning experiences. "See" you there on December 8, 2009.

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