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July 31, 2013

Sign up soon for Natural Resources Stewards Program


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — DURHAM — UNH Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for its Natural Resources Stewards Program.

Those interested in learning how to care for and conserve natural resources in New Hampshire communities are encouraged to apply by Aug. 21 for the 13-session training course.

The course begins Sept. 6 at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in Concord. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course can also be taken for college credit. Space is limited.

Open to all, the course emphasizes hands-on learning in both the classroom and field with topics that include New Hampshire’s wildlife and their habitats; tree identification, evaluation, planting and care; land conservation and protection; invasive species identification and management; sustainable living and permaculture; and ecological landscaping.

Graduates must complete 40 hours of volunteer service in their community or through one of UNH Cooperative Extension’s partnering agencies.

Previous graduates have volunteered in more than 40 different natural resources-related areas including the New Hampshire Big Tree Program, inventorying natural resources, land conservation, endangered species, and delivering educational programs to adults and children.

The course is helpful for those who are members of a conservation commission, planning board, land trust, or watershed association, or have thought about becoming more involved in their community.

The Natural Resources Stewards Program is sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, and Great Bay Community College, in partnership with several other natural resources agencies.

The program serves as the foundation course for Earth Team Volunteers through the Natural Resources Conservation Service and New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts and the Wonders of Wildlife Volunteers through the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

To learn more about the Natural Resources Stewards program, visit http://bit.ly/12H51LS or contact Extension Field Specialist Mary Tebo Davis at mary.tebo@unh.edu or call 641-6060.