Paloma Carton de Grammont
ProForest (Proactive Forest Health and Resilience)– Coordinator
ProForest is a multi-institutional initiative that brings together specialists from diverse fields in order to promote forest health and resilience through collaborative research, extension and education
Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute– Director
NRLI is a professional development program for those working with, or making decisions about, natural resources. Participants come from public and private sectors, academia, agriculture, tribal entities, Extension and community/non-profit organizations. Alumni also include elected officials. Over the course of 9 months, NRLI “Fellows” travel to 8 distinct parts of Florida for intensive three-day sessions, each of which focuses on a different natural resource issue of current importance. At these sessions, participants experience the resource in question first-hand, meet with diverse sets of stakeholders who offer differing and often competing viewpoints, and get experiential, highly practical training in conflict management, communication and leadership skills. For more information please visit: http://nrli.ifas.ufl.edu/
Chris Demers, CF
Florida Forest Stewardship Program– Extension Program Manager
SFRC affiliations: Austin Cary Forest Advisory Committee, Florida Division SAF Continuing Education Coordinator
The mission of the Florida Forest Stewardship Program is to help, and encourage, private landowners to manage their lands for long-term environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Conserved Forests Ecosystems: Outreach and Research Cooperative (CFEOR)– Research Coordinator
Florida Invasive Species Partnership Outreach Coordinator
SFRC affiliations: Invasive Species Extension Coordinator
The Florida Invasive Species Partnership is a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies along with non-government organizations, all with a stake in managing invasive non-native species in Florida. Because species can spread beyond fence lines, our goal is to connect private landowners and public land managers with invasive species expertise and assistance programs across boundaries. All stakeholders, both public and private, can benefit from collaborative efforts to reduce the threat. FISP increases communication, coordination and the sharing of resources to protect Florida’s natural landscape.
LAKEWATCH seeks to solve water-quality problems and by regularly collecting and reporting water-related data. Long-term, water-chemistry data and water-depth maps are available for more than 1,100 lakes, 175 coastal sites, 120 rivers and five springs in Florida, many of which had never been monitored before this program. Volunteer-collected data have contributed to 37 research articles and helped establish critically important baseline measurements to help guide the evaluation of water-quality changes in relation to land-use and climate fluctuations in critical Florida waterways.
Florida Project Learning Tree– State Coordinator
Conserved Forests Ecosystems: Outreach and Research Cooperative (CFEOR)– Executive Director
CFEOR is a cooperative comprised of public, private, non-government organizations, landowners as well as University of Florida faculty that facilitate integrative research and outreach activities with particular interest in public and family forests. CFEOR develops and disseminates knowledge needed to conserve and manage Florida’s forests as healthy, working ecosystems that provide social, ecological and economic benefits on a sustainable basis.