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Aug 30

August Forestry Lunch and Learn: Climate, wildfire, and erosion...

2:00 pm EDT

Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds

The area burned by wildfires has increased in recent decades and is expected to increase in the future for many watersheds worldwide due to climate change. Burned areas within watersheds increase soil erosion rates, which can increase the downstream accumulation of sediment in rivers and reservoirs. Using an ensemble of climate, fire, and erosion models, we show that post-fire sedimentation is projected to increase for more than ¾ of watersheds by at least 10 % and for more than ¼ of watersheds by at least 100 % by the 2041 to 2050 decade in the western USA. In this region, 65 % of the water supply originates from forested lands that are prone to wildfire, and many of the watersheds with projected increases in sedimentation are important headwaters of rivers and reservoirs that meet water demands of downstream users.

The presenter Joel Sankey is a Research Geologist for the USGS, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, and the Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is also an adjunct professor of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. Previously, he was a Mendenhall Fellow with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center located at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Joel has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from the Geosciences Department at Idaho State University.
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High Tunnel Systems: Conservation Practice, Successes, and Bumps in the Road

2:00 pm EDT

Participants will learn about the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service High Tunnel System conservation practice standard (CPS 325), Programs implementation of the practice, and implementation successes and “bumps in the road” from several States.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Ecological Sciences and Programs specialists will begin the webinar with a discussion of the High Tunnel System conservation practice standard (CPS 325) to assist producers with extending the growing season for high-value crops in an environmentally safe manner. Included will be discussion of the results of a survey of States that was commissioned by the Associate Chief (Conservation) spring 2016.


  • Glenn Carpenter, National Leader Animal Husbandry, Ecological Sciences Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC
  • Dave Mason, Program Manager, Financial Assistance Programs Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC
  • Thomas Akin, State Resource Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Amherst, MA
  • Helen Denniston, State Resource Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Palmer, AK
  • Darryl Williams, District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Crestview, FL


Glenn Carpenter

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Aug 30

USDA SBIR Application Webinar Series - Developing Your Idea

2:00 pm EDT

Part 2 in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) webinar series...

In this webinar we’ll discuss how to develop your idea by identifying the opportunity/problem, a potential solution, and gaining the support of others. In addition, this module covers SBIR topic areas, literature review, research design, and determining the commercialization potential of your idea.The target audiences are (1) innovative small businesses (less then 500 employees) impacting rural areas, especially women- and minority-owned firms; and (2) Extension professional who work with small innovative firms. This is part two of a three part series, and part of a national effort led by the Western Rural Development Center (at Utah State University) and presented by Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA.
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