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August 14, 2006

NRLI graduates announced

NRLI graduates

North Carolinians from across the state and a natural resource professional from Knoxville, Tenn., are the most recent graduates of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Founded by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, the NRLI is a nationally recognized leadership development model offered by other states like Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Montana, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Indiana.

Housed within the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at N.C. State University, the NRLI has graduated 300 plus professionals since its inception in 1995. The NRLI is a capacity-building model, designed to build the leadership capability 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 well as expanding their understanding about the practice and responsiveness of leadership. Since 2002, Progress Energy has provided scholarships, enabling participants to attend who otherwise would not be able to do so.

As part of the applied learning environment, the NRLI Fellows “put knowledge to work” by developing a leadership or practicum project mentored by the institute faculty. The faculty of the NRLI are: Mary Lou Addor, Ed Jones, John Stephens, Toddi Steelman and Steve Smutko.

The 2005 NRLI graduates and their projects are:

Buncombe County
Andrea Leslie, Ecosystem Enhancement Program
Project: Non-Traditional Mitigation Policy Development

Carolyn Wells, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Project: Laying the Foundation for Adaptive Management of the Roan Mountain Massif

Craven County
William Tucker, Weyerhaeuser Inc.
Project: Weyerhaeuser Southern Timberlands: Protecting Natural Areas with Unique Ecological, Historical or Cultural Features

Carrabus County
Dennis Testerman, Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District
Project: Soil and Water Stewardship Week: Involving Traditional and Non-Traditional Partners

Durham County
Sandra Cavalieri, Nature Conservancy
Project: Onslow Bight Conservation Forum: Assessment of Strengths and Weaknesses from the Stakeholder’s Perspective

Lenoir County
John Willis, N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Project: Mitigating Wildfires in the Urban Interface Around the Croatan National Forest

Moore County
Jeff Marcus, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Project: Formation of the Greater Uwharries Conservation Partnership

New Hanover County
Kristin Miguez, Ecosystem Enhancement Program
Project: Non-Traditional Mitigation Policy Development

Orange County
Mark Bost, N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Project: Applied Training for the N.C. Division of Forest Resources

Jennifer Maxwell, UNC-Chapel Hill Recycling Center
Project: Expansion of the UNC Green Games Environmental Program Through Stakeholder Input

Surry County
Joanna Radford, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service
Project: Developing Paddle Trails in Surry County with Stakeholder Input

Wake County
Michael Adamson, AMEC, Earth, and Environmental
Project: Procedures Manual for the N.C. Department of Transportation and Partners

Drew Cade, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Project: Public Participation & Education in EPA’s Remedial Study of the Ward Transformer Site

Tom Gerow, N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Project: Facilitating Revisions of the N.C. Forestry Best Management Practices Manual

Russ Hardee, N.C. Division of Forest Resources and Progress Energy
Project: Establishing the Piney Woods Trail System Through Partnerships

Kim Nimmer, N.C. Division of Water Quality
Project: Identification of Non-Point Source Pollution Priorities by Broadening the Role of North Carolina’s Non-Point Source Work Group

Michael Schlegel, KCI Technologies
Project: Stony Creek Watershed: Identification of Barriers to Implementating Stream and Wetland Restoration

Watauga County
Jocelyn Elliott, Ecosystem Enhancement Program
Project: Kraut Creek Enhancement Project: Coordination of Landowner and Community Outreach

Knoxville, Tennessee
William Pridemore, University of Tennessee
Project: Tennessee Natural Resources Leadership Institute: Providing Leadership and Civic Capacity for Tennesseans in the 21st Century

For more information on the Natural Resource Leadership Institute or to learn about the upcoming 2007 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 August 14, 2006 09:42 AM