|Utah Rangeland Publication Updated "Rangeland
Resources of Utah," an overview of Utah rangelands issues, was recently
revised, published and made available to the public for free by Utah State University
Extension and USU department of wildland resources, in cooperation with the State of Utah Governor's Public Lands Policy
Banner, USU Extension rangeland specialist and USU associate professor; Ben
Baldwin, coordinator of the Tehabi internship program; and Ellie Leydsman McGinty,
USU graduate student, coordinated the project to update the 1989 version of the
primary objectives were to update data and trends on Utah rangelands and to
provide up-to-date information in a straightforward manner, specifically using
the major advancements in geographic information systems and remote sensing
techniques since 1989.
"The new, revised 'Rangeland Resources of Utah' is one of the most complete compendiums of rangeland
information available," said Charles Gay, associate vice president for USU Extension. "It is a textbook of ecological, demographical and
economic information that characterizes every aspect of the state of Utah, its
rangelands and their management, and includes an array of spectacular color
maps. Everyone engaged in the grazing livestock industry and the
stewardship and management of Utah's rangelands will want a copy."
Baldwin said the team wanted to distribute
the report as widely as possible so they created a companion Web site, http://extension.usu.edu/utahrangelands/
that allows free downloads of the document and provides additional information
about Utah rangelands and how to receive a free hard copy of the publication.
|4-H Gets Wal-Mart Grant
University Extension's 4-H youth program received a $50,000 grant from the
Wal-Mart Foundation to launch "Youth Voice: Youth Choice," a program created by
the National 4-H Council to encourage young people to develop and maintain
healthy, active lifestyles. The program will address wellness issues such as
nutrition, physical fitness and safety.
Youth Choice" participants will work with USU faculty and 4-H volunteers to
encourage other young people to live healthy lifestyles, according to Deb
Jones, USU Extension state 4-H youth development specialist. Youths are then
empowered to create action plans to share with their local county commissioners,
school boards, health caucuses and Utah state legislative offices.
"This grant will allow us to intervene
and teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle," said Jones. "Wal-Mart Foundation's support
makes it possible to provide wonderful awards for the winners of our recent
State 4-H Contests in the Healthy Living categories. Their foundation's support
will also make it possible for incentive awards to be available in the Healthy
Living categories at
the county and state levels in 2010."
State 4-H Contest award recipients for 2009
include Christie Bunnell and Nicole Packer of Utah County in the Favorite Foods
Contest; Sarah Ross of Salt Lake County in the Healthy Cuisine Contest; and Christie Bunnell and Nicole Packer of Utah County in the Chef Extraordinaire contest.
|Driver Training Now Available Online
A new Utah requirement states that all who drive on University business must have driver training every two years. Here is the driver training procedure that can be completed Online:
Go to http://risk.utah.gov/loss/DriverVideoTest.html.
View the video.
Take the Online test. The test is challenging - reference the Utah driver's handbook while taking.
Print the "Certificate of
Completion." Keep the certificate on file with your department, as they are responsible for ensuring compliance with the training
If you are a new USU driver you must also complete a "Drivers Authorization" form. Send this form and a copy of your certificate of completion of driver training to the Motor Pool at UMC 9000.
Tech Tips: Big File Transfer From Dennis Hinkamp, USU Extension Communications
Transfer, http://www.bft.usu.edu, is USU's own program, which is easy to use for
emailing files up to one gigabyte. Note that you cannot send a folder of files
without first "zipping" it. Most of your computers should have this
application installed. Just right hand click on the folder you want to zip and
select "send to," then select "Compressed (zipped) folder".
The zipped folder will appear in the same location of the original folder. The
zipped folder is the one you upload to BFT. You do not have to work for the
university to use BFT. If you have clients who want to send you large files,
you can direct them there. Note that the link to the shared file will only stay
active for seven days.
For those of
you who feel your day includes too much technology, Brian Nummer suggests this
video made by a colleague at Rutgers University:
Help Spread the Word About Professional positions within Utah State Extension are currently open and we would like your help in spreading the word. Below is a list of open positions. Please forward this list to anyone you know who might be interested in applying.
Extension Career Opportunities
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