Extension Express – Fall 2019

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Updates from UConn Extension

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The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources is about to undertake a strategic positioning process that we hope will ensure the college is successful for many years. Our goal will be to identify key knowledge areas that enable the college to have the greatest potential success for the next decade. The project will allow us to have a dialogue on the future implications of trends and issues affecting our society, state, industries and communities, and to reflect on the state of the college and then come to consensus on focus areas of teaching, research, and extension. Ultimately, the project will drive our work to be as successful in 2030 as we are today. The strategic plan will be available in late January.

At the same time, UConn Extension is re-organizing in five critical issue areas: food, health, sustainability, the urban-rural interface, and Long Island Sound. Our educators will identify unmet needs in these areas and form collaborative issues to address the challenges. It is an exciting time for UConn Extension, and we value your input through these processes.

Sea Level Rise Model – Viewer and Webinar

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Sea Level Affecting Marsh Migration (SLAMM) is a mathematical model developed by NOAA that uses digital elevation data and other information to simulate potential impacts of long-term sea level rise on wetlands and shorelines. CT DEEP recently completed a project to run the SLAMM model for the Connecticut coastline, to better understand how Connecticut’s 21 largest coastal marshes and coastal area roads may respond to sea level rise (SLR). Read more.

Growing Food and Health with the Mashantucket Tribe

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Heirloom tomatoes grown by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Photo: Noah Cudd

“The mission statement of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) states they will ‘…establish a social, cultural and economic foundation that can never be undermined or destroyed…,’” says Tribal Councilor Daniel Menihan, Jr. MPTN was facing challenges growing their fruits and vegetables at a scale to meet the tribe’s needs on their land in Ledyard, and some members were struggling with diabetes. Read more.

Register for the CT Trail Symposium

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We in Connecticut, over the last decade, have made great progress in building and connecting our trail systems.  So much so that the Connecticut Greenways Council believes now is the time to celebrate and shout about our trail systems assuring that all members of our communities can gather, recreate, relax, run errands and even commute or travel together. This year, the Symposium hopes to offer sessions that focus on engaging with state and local tourism and marketing resources as well as technology that can maximize effective delivery of your trail information. UConn Extension is co-sponsoring the symposium. Learn more and register to attend.

Job Openings with UConn Extension

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Join UConn Extension! We have two part-time positions open, both located in our Hartford County Extension Center in Farmington. We are seeking a part-time program aide, and a part-time Extension eLearning developer. Apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/. Click on staff, and search Job IDs 2020125 and 2020126. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 3, 2019 to be considered.