7th Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference
Opportunities for Extension in a Changing Environment:
Lessons from the Last Frontier
Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
7th Biennial Conference
Sunday June 27 – Wednesday June 30, 2010
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska offers participants the opportunity to learn in ways that would not be possible from home. Educators attending will learn first hand about renewable energy, climate change, and the importance of oil and natural gas to Alaska’s economy. Many of Alaska’s residences and businesses must be self sufficient, thus Alaska is a leader in alternative energy use. The impacts of climate change on the terrestrial and marine habitats of Alaska are evident. The trans Alaska pipeline is evidence of the significance of the oil and gas industry to Alaska and the rest of the nation. Participants will return home to use what they learn in their teaching.
The 7th Biennial ANREP National Conference at the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers a forum for sharing methods, tools, and programming to help us address the challenges we are facing in providing research-based community outreach in a changing environment. The conference will emphasize creating effective multistate and multi-agency collaborations to meet these challenges with the greatest impact and efficiency.
New this conference – Optional Pre & Post Conference Study Tours
Southern Transect: A review of Climate Change impacts and Sustainability of terrestrial and marine resources on a scenic route extending from Fairbanks south along the Tanana Valley and the Alaska range, skirting the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and crossing the Chugach mountains, down to the seaside port of Valdez. Key features include viewing agriculture, sustainable communities, climate changes to rivers and glaciers, the port and pipeline terminal at Valdez, commercial fishing and marine ecosystems. Wednesday, June 23 – Friday, June 25.
Summer in the Last Frontier
Pre-Conference Field Trip to Valdez Itinerary (PDF)
Denali National Park and Preserve and Southern Alaska Range via the Parks and Denali Highways: an abbreviated visit to interior Alaska. Highlights include: introduction to the Subarctic, Denali National Park tour and presentation: A Researcher's View of Challenges and Opportunities associated with Denali", visit Muire Science and Learning Center, and tour/discussion of the Southern Alaska Range along the Denali Highway including wildlife, rivers, mountains and wetlands. Wednesday, June 30 – Friday, July 2.