Utah State University's Extension specialists, educators and county agents cover a wide range of natural resource issues of critical importance to citizens in the state and the region. Important issues include the management of public and private lands and the challenges associated with rapid growth in Utah.
Programs and Contacts
Forestry: Extension programs include urban forestry and arboriculture (including care of trees and woodlands in cities and towns), rural forestry (including work with forest landowners and the forest products industry and including forest health), and forestry in the wildland-urban interface (including firewise landscaping and appropriate development).
Mike Kuhns: Extension Specialist
Darren McAvoy: Extension Program Associate
Megan Dettenmaier: Extension Educator
Range: Extension programs include improved grazing and fire management on rangelands to increase yield and to protect soils and water. Extension is also fully involved in the statewide Grazing Initiative Program, which promotes integrated management of private lands for multiple benefits.
Eric Thacker: Extension Specialist
Fee Busby: Extension Specialist
Beth Burritt: Research Associate
Recreation and Tourism: Programs include training future managers of park lands, promotion of the tourism industry, and managing recreation and tourism in a way that protects park lands and open lands.
Steve Burr: Extension Specialist
Sustainability Council: The main focus of the USU Sustainability Council is to achieve the goals outlined in the President's Climate Commitment, most specifically to reduce global warming by achieving climate neutrality.
Sustainable Communities: Our Extension program in sustainability focuses on sustainable communities, pro-environmental behavior change and non-formal teaching techniques.
Roslynn Brain: Extension Specialist
Water Quality: Programs include watershed restoration and management, effective monitoring to understand impacts of restoration efforts, youth activities and curriculum development, educator training, animal waste management, impacts of urbanization, and drinking water treatment.
Nancy Mesner: Extension Specialist
Wildlife: Wildlife extension activities include identification, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies, technologies, and partnerships that achieve sustainability of natural resources and maintain agricultural productivity, and enhance the socio-economics of stakeholders and communities. Specific programs are designed to promote reevaluation of contemporary natural resource management policies and paradigms regarding the contributions local communities and private landowners to natural resource conservation. Specialists are actively working with stakeholders to better manage human-wildlife conflicts, sensitive conservation, and increase public access to wildlife recreational opportunities
Terry Messmer: Extension Specialist
David Dahlgren: Community-Based Conservation Specialist
Shandra Nicole Frey: Research Assistant Professor
Lorien Belton: Community-Based Conservation Specialist
Master Naturalist Program: The Master Naturalist program teaches volunteers and professionals about natural resources in Utah and trains them to pass this information on to others. Modules include Aquatic and Wetland Systems, Arid Lands (starting 2008), and Alpine and Montane Systems (starting 2000).
Mark Larese-Casanova: Statewide Extension Educator