Working Differently – Wildfire Experts

What is the value of eXtension? That was the question for three eXtension wildfire experts.

Answers:

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Glenn Nader, University of California Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties

“First, Learning as you interact with experts from other states. You see approaches and formats that you can quickly adapt and use. You find experts who can answer the questions you don’t have answers for.

Second, Helping provide information to others.
The experts in the eXtension Wildfire Information Network (eWIN) have worked with Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), most recently in Colorado and Texas, to get educational materials out after wildfires.

Communities of practice (CoPs) could work together, for example to offer webinars. As more CoPs are added on eXtension, eWIN experts will be able to share expertise. For eWIN, companion CoPs include prescribed fire, sustainable ag energy as well as EDEN. It could even expand to topics such as animal grazing to reduce fire fuels.”

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Mike Kuhns, Professor and Extension Forester in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University
“Professional interaction — Getting together with people who have similar expertise and learning from them what you don’t know.
Improve education for the public. People have figured out different ways to deliver the information.”

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Stephen Quarles, Senior Scientist with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
“It’s a forum to collect or develop and explain the latest and best information on wildfires from the community and property levels.
eXtension provides the mechanism and facilitates collaboration which is professionally rewarding.”