January 26, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. CYFAR Proposals
  3. Recovery of Arizona Water Bank Credits to Mitigate Shortages on the Colorado River - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  4. New Extension Publications
  5. New Publication
  6. How to Prune Shade Trees Webinar- New Date
  7. The Space Mission Earth Program Webinar
  8. Call for Nominations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 As COVID-19 vaccinations progress across Arizona, we have an educational responsibility and opportunity as University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) educators to help communicate good information to communities. To help meet this challenge we have access to some excellent support materials.

Several Center for Disease Control (CDC) tool kits that have been developed that can be used as educational materials for many stakeholder groups regarding the new COVID-19 vaccines. Many of these materials can be customized with a university or Extension logo. The tool kit for Community Based Organizations has been suggested as a good example for materials to include in an Extension education program. 


The main menu from which you can view the materials from the CDC can be accessed at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/toolkits/index.html

I encourage all CES personnel to engage in constructive educational efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.  This is a good opportunity to provide valuable information to communities through our network of Extension education programs across the state.

For the present, all CES units and county operations will continue to manage in Phase 0 conditions.


CYFAR Proposals

The USDA-NIFA Call for Proposals is now open for the 2021 Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects (SCP). The grant is a limited submission grant, which means the University of Arizona has one submission. The UACE Associate Directors for 4-H Youth Development; Family Consumer and Health Sciences; and FRTEP will review projects and select the one submission. 

Please submit your project description (250 words or less; and, any other materials prepared) to your respective Associate Director by February 1st. A decision will be announced by February 5th.  

Recovery of Arizona Water Bank Credits to Mitigate Shortages on the Colorado River - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. MST

Rabi Gyawali, Water Resources Engineer, Arizona Department of Water Resources
Simone Kjolsrud, Technical Administrator, Arizona Water Banking Authority
Angie Lohse, Senior Policy Analyst, Central Arizona Project

The Arizona Water Banking Authority (AWBA) has accrued over 3.8 million acre-feet of credits to provide firming for Arizona water users during shortages on the Colorado River. Planning for future recovery of AWBA credits involves collaboration between the AWBA, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), the Central Arizona Project (CAP), and stakeholders. In coordination with the Recovery Planning Advisory Group, this interagency workgroup will release an update to the 2014 Joint Recovery Plan in early 2021. This webinar will include a discussion of Colorado River shortage impacts, updated modeling, and an overview of the updated Recovery Plan document. The Recovery Plan includes projections for the likelihood, magnitude, and timing of future recovery needs and provides estimates of the recovery capacity required for AWBA firming.

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New Extension Publications

Financial Options for Livestock Producers During Natural Disasters
Andrew Brischke, Michael Crimmins, Joshua Grace, Ashley L. Hall and Mitchel McClaran

Natural disasters affecting the agricultural industry occur regularly throughout the United States and may receive a disaster designation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Disaster payments through various programs from 2014-2018 totaled over $63.6 million in Arizona (EWG, 2020). Agricultural disasters often place economic hardships on producers. Producers in arid/semiarid regions like the southwest U.S. are particularly susceptible to the impacts of drought while other regions may be more susceptible to other disasters such as blizzards and extreme cold (e.g. Northern Great Plains).

Andrew Brischke, Michael Crimmins, Mitchel McClaran, Ashley L. Hall and Joshua Grace

Drought is a complex and slow-moving natural disaster which can cause severe damage comparable to other natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and flooding. Drought can be detrimental to crop and livestock production, the water and energy cycles, and wildlife habitat (Vose et al. 2016). Warming temperatures and increased frequency of drought increases wildfire activity and severity throughout western states (Westerling et al. 2006). Droughts can be difficult to discern in arid climates like Arizona where the climate is already relatively dry and warm. Nonetheless, droughts do occur and are infrequent climatic extremes eventually occurring in every location.

Dawn H. Gouge and Heather Venkat

Rabies is a preventable disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system. If an exposed person does not receive immediate medical care, disease and death will follow. Rabies is always fatal. In the United States, most rabies exposures occur when people interact with wild animals like bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons. But other animals like bobcats, coyotes, javelina, cats, dogs, horses, cattle, and many other mammals can carry rabies and infect people and pets.

New Publication

Arizona 4-H’s Nick Morris Published in Finnish Journal Sosiaalipedagoginen (Social Pedagogy). Nick partnered with University of Eastern Finland’s Satu Jarvinen and University of Tampere’s Dr. Raisa Foster to explore the motivation and actions of environmental educators from an artistic perspective using ecosocial pedagogy theory. Though published in Finnish, the title and abstract are translated below

Environmental Animateur as an Interpreter of Nature Experiences and Ecosocially Significant Relationships

The article outlines the starting points, principles, and goals of environmental animateuring suitable for different educational contexts. The need to conceptualize environmental animateuring was born in the Arts for Parks project in Ohio. The interviews of environmental educators and the observations of workshops brought up the essential characteristics, such as the responsible nature connection arising from the educator's own experiences, their deep love of nature and enthusiasm for sharing information and providing experiences to others. On this basis, and based on the theories of sociocultural animation, we propose that environmental animateuring should start from a place-based and personal approach. The central task of an animateur is to work as an interpreter of ecosocially significant relationships. The goal is to emancipate people from their unsustainable values, beliefs, and practices. Environmental animateuring is community action towards a more ecologically and socially sustainable future.

Järvinen, S., Foster, R., & Morris, N.A. (2020). Ympäristöinnostaja luontokokemusten ja ekososiaalisesti merkittävien suhteiden välittäjänä. Sosiaalipedagoginen Aikakauskirja, 21, 39 62. https://doi.org/10.30675/sa.91582

How to Prune Shade Trees Webinar - New Date

Due to internet connectivity issues, we have rescheduled the webinar for
Tuesday February 2, 2021,11:00am AZ/MST
Online event link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/87034984436

The Space Mission Earth Program Webinar

Event Date: January 28, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm 

Featured Speaker: Charles M. Beck, B.S., Community Planning and Development, University of California at Davis. Charles has worked as a municipal, county, regional, and Environmental Transportation Agency planner. He presented on a Global Infrastructure Initiative, Ecoregion Transportation Corridor Placemaking, and Climate Change Adaptation and Transformation at national and international conferences. His projects include infrastructure climate adaptation, Ecoregion placemaking, solar-hydrogen energy and the development of the For-Benefit Synthesis Three organization. As a multiple agency planning practitioner, he managed over 200 projects that involved daily communications with planners, designers, engineers, scientists, multiple land use agencies, developers, public officials the public and stakeholders. He has also worked in the U.S. Navy as a meteorology and oceanography technician, aerospace for the Space Shuttle, construction, prospecting, and archaeology. He has written the book “Space Mission Earth – Concept Development upon which this presentation is based.

Webinar Overview: We all live in a planetary civilization. Everyone contributes to the Planet Earth Civilization. We are all the builders through our thoughts and actions. The construct of a planet civilization elevates us all to a common ground. A program is introduced with the intent to establish Planet Earth Equitable Social – Environmental Stewardship. The program structure is based upon For Benefit, Open Access to Knowledge and Open Source platforms. The program and book titled Space Mission Earth for all intents and purposes are structured as an operational space program. Their mission is to develop the planet’s civilization as if it were a new planet through equitable social and environmental stewardship implementation actions. Principles and tools are presented to work within a common ground for the balance of the Environment, Nature and Humanity within the planet. The project and the synthesis concept are presented for further development as proof of concept through planet wide input.

Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/82380352244 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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