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May 29

How Will Forests Affect Mountain Snow Storage in a Warming Climate?

2:00 pm EDT

Forests strongly influence snow processes and affect the amount and duration of snow storage on a landscape. Therefore, forest changes, from management activities or natural disturbances, have important consequences for spring and summer soil moisture availability, aquatic habitat, and water supply. Accounting for these effects of forest change on watersheds will become even more important under warming climate conditions, which will reduce the amount and duration of snow storage.

In this webinar, Susan E. Dickerson-Lange will present on Northwest Climate Science Center supported research that led to the creation of a conceptual model that paired relevant spatial datasets for considering the combined impacts of forest and climate change across the Pacific Northwest, USA. Predicting the effects of forest on snow storage depends on drivers that vary across locations, such as winter temperature, wind speed, cloudiness, and solar radiation. The net result is that management actions, such as timber harvesting, can have unintended effects on snow storage and duration depending on location.

Join the webinar to learn more about how to use maps of key climate and physical features across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to optimize snow storage in forest management decisions.

Registration is required.

Jun 01

Cord Wood Boilers: Success Stories in Commercial Applications

1:00 pm EDT

This discussion will provide four brief case studies of successful renewable energy systems -- the installation of cord wood boilers -- at Fort Faith, YMCA Storer Camp, Michigan Technological University's Ford Forestry Center, and Harvard Forest. Each presentation will provide an overview of the facility, images of the installation, a description of the costs and savings associated with the project, and details about owner feedback, lessons learned, and operating issues.

The event will close with a Q&A session featuring representatives from all four facilities, as well as consultants experienced with wood energy systems. This session will offer an opportunity for potential project owners to ask questions of both experienced project owners and biomass consultants regarding project implementation, costs, design, operations, and other considerations.

For more details about the featured case studies, please visit:
http://bit.do/woodwebinar 





Jun 02

Anchored. Podcast Episode 1- We Are Family?: Changes in Family Dynamics & Structure

8:00 am EDT

To Listen to Episode 1 - We Are Family?: Changes in Family Dynamics and Structure, click HERE.


To obtain CEU's, take the podcast's EVALUATION & POST-TEST here: (Check back for the link to the evaluation/post-test)


Anchored. is MFLN Family Development’s NEW podcast created to support and inspire those connected to military families. Each episode focuses on real life struggles and topic areas that many families encounter. We invite you to sit back, relax and get Anchored.with us!

How to obtain CEUs:


We provide National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy CE credits. We anticipate being able to offer 1.0 CEUs for this episode. A link to the URL to obtain CEUs will be provided on this webpage when CEU's are available.

 Presenter Bio

Jeff Bickers graduated from Valdosta State College with a BS in psychology, a MS in Sociology and a Post-Master's Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Jeff was the counselor/program director on the Adolescent Unit at Greenleaf (elaborate) from 1990-95.  He became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Georgia in 1996. Jeff also worked at Charter Augusta, an acute/residential hospital, as a Family Therapist from 1995-2000. Recently, Jeff has been in private practice since March, 2000 at Valdosta Psychiatric Associates.  

The Quote

"We have more ways to communicate now than we ever have, through email, text, telephone, but we don’t know how to talk to each other."

Noticeable Changes

Jeff talks about the changes he's seen in regard to the prevalence of more blended families and lesbian/gay couples with children. He elaborates on the changes within military families due to more deployments since 2001, individuals suffering from PTSD coming back from deployment and military families leaving/transitioning to other military bases.

Unforeseen Barriers and Things I've Learned

I've had to learn not to try and formulate what has to happen in the therapy room and to not make assumptions. You have to learn to ask more questions until you have the knowledge you need. I've had my fair share of experience with learning that there times to ask certain question and times where they aren't appropriate.

Jeff's Advice

  • Client's want you to get to know them, to spend time understanding who they are as individuals.
  • You have to have a sense of humor, to be able to make fun of yourself, and bring lightheartedness into a sometimes difficult situation.
  • Be adaptable. You will find yourself turning people off or away by being rigid or judgmental. Things are not always going to go as you thought they would in the therapy room....you might even find them going in an even better direction than you imagined.
  • You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. You can't take the issues client's are struggling with home with you. And that is hard. It is something you will continually have to make a conscious decision about.
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