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Appendix A: Project Descriptions

Table A
Wood Education and Resource Center, USDA
Electronic Commons Program
Project Descriptions.
Primary agency
 
Primary contact
 
Brief project summary
 
Topic
 
Target Audience
 
Delivery Mechanism
 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department of Forestry
 
Dr. Jeff Kirwan
540-231-7265
 
The objective of this project was to develop an interactive Web site to educate visitors of the Augusta Springs center. The Web site is meant to facilitate on-line scheduling and communication with local school groups and enable school groups to prepare volunteers who lead groups through the center. The site also allows approved users (educators, teachers, etc.) to add their own content to share through this Web site.
 
Wetland conservation
 
K-12
 
Web site
 
The Nature Conservancy, Indiana
 
Katherine Howe
317 951 8818
 
Ms. Ellen Jacquart
 
Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) Training for Eastern United States
The objective of this project was to develop informational and training materials to be used for remote CWMA training workshops in Eastern US through two on-line training sessions and one teleconference.
 
Invasive Plant Management
 
Practitioners
 
  • In class training workshops
  • On – line training sessions
  • teleconferences
 
Northeast Minnesota Forestry Industry
 
Brian Brashaw
218-720-4248
 
Demonstration of a Community of Practice to Enhance Economic Development
The objective of this project was to develop a community of practice for the NE MN Forest Products Action Team and the regional wood products industry using Web-pages, on-line plant visit reporting forms, Web-based seminars, chat rooms, e-newsletters, and archives as tools to accomplish sustainable economic development of the wood products industry in NE MN.
 
Economic development of wood product industry
 
Practitioners
 
  • Webinars
  • Meeting software
 
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin
 
Michele Nickels
715 365 4685
 
Forest Resources and Ecology: A Distance Education Network Model
The primary objective of this project was to develop an interactive educational program using the Interactive Television (ITV) technology for seven Nicolet Distance Education Network (NDEN) school districts to inform teachers, students and parents about the issues facing the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The goal was to prepare students and teachers for hands-on conservation education projects by developing their skills to address forest issues and enabling them to share their knowledge and lessons learned through ITV and NDEN Web site.
 
Conservation Education
 
K-12
 
ITV
 
The Nature Conservancy,Michigan
 
Randy Swaty
906 225 0399
 
Lisa Niemi
Stewardship Network
 
Native Plants Learning Network: Propagating restoration through technology
The objective of this project was to develop a multimedia online learning network focused on native plant conservation and restoration. The goal was to maximize relevant information sharing while minimizing time and travel by using interactive information technology such as video-conferences, Web sites and Web chats
 
Native plants
 
Practitioners
 
  • Webinar
  • Video Conference
  • Web site
 
Shelburne Farms and Green Mountain National Forest
 
Megan Camp
802 985 8686
 
Ms. Kathleen Diehl
Public Affairs Officer
Green Mountain National Forest
 
Promise of Place Interactive Web site
The objective of this project was to develop an interactive Web site, Promise of Place, to serve as a forum for sharing curriculum, best practices and other information regarding place-based education models that address natural resource related issues in the northeast.
 
Natural resources and conservation
 
K-12 and educational community based programs
 
Web site
 
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
 
Dr. William Hubbard
706 542 7813
 
Mr. Matthew Howell
IT Senior Manager
 
Ms. Laurie Schoonhoven
 
Sustaining White-tailed Deer and Forests: An Electronic Resource Center
A year-long effort to develop and market a single web site that would help communities around national forests facing deer overabundance to carry on informed dialog and develop solutions.
 
Population Control of White-Tail
 
Practitioners
 
Web site
 
University of Minnesota Natural Resource Research Institute
 
Brian Brashaw
218-720-4248
 
Web-based Learning and Technology Transfer of Inspection Methods for Historic Wood Structures
The objective of this project was to develop a community of practice for the historic inspection of wood structures using Web pages, Web-based seminars, video-streaming, chat rooms, e-newsletters, a marketplace and archives to provide direct assistance to owners of historic wood structures enabling better inspections, maintenance and safety of these structures. As a subset of this project, the project team conducted a Webinar for the City of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. The City of New Orleans contacted Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and NRRI for information that could be used to train building inspectors about the specific problems associated with flooded wood-frame homes and other buildings. The FPL and U of MN prepared and completed a Web-based seminar that New Orleans inspectors accessed via computer.
 
Inspection of historic wood structures
 
  • Owners of historic wood structures
  • Inspectors of historic wood structures
  • Practitioners
 
  • Webinar
  • Web site