March 2016
NRLI Class XV at Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Jessica Ireland.
Director's Corner
Jonathan Dain
  Accepting Applications: NRLI Class XVI (2016-2017)
The NRLI program is predicated on three simple ideas. First, the State of Florida has a unique and fragile natural resource base on which all Floridians depend. Second, we can more effectively and sustainably manage that resource base if we move away from antagonistic and confrontational disputes and instead seek negotiated solutions that take into account the needs and interests of the many. Third, we need a network of trained professionals from all parts of the State, all natural resource sectors, and a diversity of perspectives if we are to realize the second idea. By "trained professionals" we mean leaders equipped with a specialized set of skills, tools, and approaches that enable them to communicate effectively, build trust, and facilitate collaboration among competing interests.
Through everyday actions, small and large, NRLI alumni impact Florida by applying their skills and drawing on their network. NRLI seeks Fellows who will both benefit from the program and strengthen the network. We need your continued assistance in recruiting those with NRLI leadership; we need to continue expanding the network of trained professionals.
For more information on Class XVI, including a complete schedule and application instructions, visit the NRLI website:
In This Issue
Quick Links


Class XV Session 6 Newsletter

Crystal River: Endangered species & recreation


In this issue...

Session Overview

Curriculum Focus: Planning for and applying principled negotiation practices
Fellows' Article
Gretchen Ehlinger & Andy Kohler
Class XV Fellow Spotlight
  • Ivan Vicente, Visitor Services Specialist, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex
  • Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections, Polk County
  • Gretchen Ehlinger, Senior Technial Manager/Senior Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning and Policy Division

NRLI Alumni Spotlight

  • Thomas Ruppert, Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant College Program
Click here to download a PDF. 
You're Invited!
NRLI Class XV Graduation
NRLI alumni and friends of the NRLI program,
You and your guest/family are cordially invited to attend the
graduation ceremony of Class XV of the
Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute
to be held
 Friday, April 8, 2016 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
 The Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611
Reception: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Remarks & presentation of awards & certificates: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Click here to RSVP.
*Please RSVP no later than March 18.*
Note: Bruce Delaney will be retiring in June 2016 after 13 years as Director of NRLI. In addition to celebrating Class XV, please join us in honoring Bruce as we recognize his contributions to the institute, Project Team, and Fellows.
NRLI Class XVI (2016-2017)
We are currently accepting applications for NRLI Class XVI (2016-2017)!
The application deadline is April 1, 2016. Class size is limited; applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

For additional information, including a complete schedule and application instructions, please visit the Class XVI page on the NRLI website ( or
contact Jessica Ireland, NRLI Program Coordinator.
Phone: (352) 294-7643
General Joe Joyce Family Endowment
for Natural Resources Leadership
Upon his retirement from UF/IFAS, Dr. Joe Joyce established an endowment to support the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute. This is NRLI's first endowment and will support scholarships and program support. To make a gift to this endowment:
Mail: checks may be mailed to:
UF/IFAS Development
PO Box 110170
Gainesville, FL 32611

Please make checks payable to the University of Florida Foundation.
Include "FNRLI-Joyce Endowment" in the memo line. 
Future Class XV Sessions
March 10-12, 2016
Agriculture south of Lake Okeechobee
April 7-9, 2016
Graduation & practicum presentations