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September 06, 2005

24 graduate from NRLI

North Carolinians from across the state are the most recent graduates of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, a nationally recognized and founding model offered by other states such as Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Montana, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Indiana. Developed by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and housed within the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at N.C. State University, the institute is designed to build the leadership capacity of North Carolinians involved in natural resource management and some of our most contentious environmental issues.

Graduates represent a diverse mixture of experiences, backgrounds, affiliations, and statewide geographic locations. During the 18 month leadership development program, participants engage in exploring the leader within as expanding their understanding about the practice and responsiveness of leadership. Progress Energy provides partial scholarships for participants to attend who otherwise would not be able to do so. As part of their learning environment, Institute participants put practice to work as they develop and apply a leadership project mentored by the institute faculty. The 2004 graduates and their projects are listed below.


Alexander County
Tommy Sports, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources
Project: Expectations of Plan Development and Procedural Conflicts that Effect Work in Field and Product Distribution to NCDFR Customers

Beaufort County
Kevin O’Kane, Weyerhaeuser
Project: Creation of a Memorandum of Agreement to Protect RCW Habitat and Maintain Flexibility of Use of Weyerhaeuser Property in Tyrell County

Tom Stroud, Partnerships for the Sound
Project: Creation of a Memorandum of Agreement to Protect RCW Habitat and Maintain Flexibility of Use of Weyerhaeuser Property in Tyrell County

Buncombe County
Alma Watson, Puckett Institute
Project: Development of Tool Kit to Support the Natural Resource Experience

Carteret County
Blake Price, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Marine Fisheries
Project: The Formation of the Marine Fisheries Commission Sea Turtle Advisory Committee

Columbus County
Mary Beth Hanson, International Paper
Project: Accessibility to the Green Swamp: Partnerships Providing Workable Solutions

Craven County
Tim Lisk, Wake County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
Project: Partnership for a Multi-Use Trail System in Wake County

Dare County
Sara Mirabilio, N.C. Sea Grant College Program
Project: Utilization of Cultural Models and Collaborative Learning to Advance Management of the North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery

Fairfield County
Roger Stallard, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources
Project: Forestry Education Outreach to Non-Industrial Private Forestland Owners and Establishment of Multi-County Landowner Association to Address Policy Issues Impacting Forestry

Guilford County
Amy Armbruster, UNC-Greensboro, Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
Project: University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Buy Recycled Campaign

Jackson County
Steve Yurkovich, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources Management
Project: A Collaborative Approach to Address Issues Related to the Cullowhee Dam Water Supply System

Mecklenburg County
Jeff Lineberger, Duke Power
Project: Land Conservation Opportunities and the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Relicensing Project

New Hanover County
Elisa Barrett, Earth Rescue and Sierra Club
Project: Providing a Broad Perspective Bibliography Relating to Global Warming and Climate Change

Orange County
John Howard, N.C. Department of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of Forest Resources
Project: Development of a Cooperative Agreement for the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources and Orange County

Wake County
Stephen Bentley, Wake County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space
Project: Wake County Land Stewardship Business Plan

Alan Clark, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Resources
Project: Addressing Runoff Pollution through Education and Outreach: A Department of Environment and Natural Resources Initiative

Gabrielle Cooper, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Resources
Project: Comprehensive Water Conservation Program for the City of Raleigh

Marti Gibson, City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
Project: Comprehensive Water Conservation Program for the City of Raleigh

Nancy Guthrie, Clean Water Management Trust Fund
Project: Review of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund Stewardship Procedures

Rusty Harris-Bishop, Ft. Bragg and the Sustainable Sandhills Initiative
Project: Facilitation of the Sustainable Sandhills Project

Todd Kennedy, N.C. Department of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of
Water Quality
Project: North Carolina Department of Transportation Cross Training Program

Elizabeth Lee Lusk, N.C. Department of Transportation – Office of Natural Environment
Project: North Carolina Department of Transportation Cross Training Program

Janine Nicholson, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Environmental Education.
Project: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning: Implementating the EIC Model in North Carolina

Shardul Raval, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources
Project: Collaborative Process for the Development of a Land Acquisition Policy & Procedure for the NCDFR Educational State Forest Expansion Plan

For more information on the Natural Resource Leadership Institute or to learn about the upcoming 2006 Leadership Development Program, contact Mary Lou Addor, 919.515.9602 or Mary_Addor@ncsu.edu, or visit the NRLI Web site, www.ces.ncsu.edu/NRLI.

Posted by Natalie at September 6, 2005 01:43 PM