St. Lucie Extension Office Earns Two National Awards
The Feral Hog Management Extension Program was selected by ANREP to receive its national 2014 Innovative Program Award. Members of this team include: Extension Agents Ken Gioeli and Sue Munyan, Florida Master Naturalist Joanna Huffman, Fairgrounds Manager Summer Ivey-Platt, and 4-H Southern Swines Club Leaders Becky Russakis and Edna Vachon. The Feral Hog Management Extension Program was designed to: (1) review the effectiveness of feral hog management practices currently being employed by land managers, (2) develop effective adaptive management technique recommendations, (3) teach these techniques to clientele groups and (4) conduct innovative activities designed reduce feral hog populations. Clientele have increased knowledge of effective feral hog adaptive management techniques and innovative activities have been successfully conducted to reduce feral hog populations.
The “Living with Nature on the Treasure Coast” publication was selected by ANREP to receive its national 2014 Educational Material – Short Publication Award. Project team members include Extension Agent Ken Gioeli, Project Manager and Florida Master Naturalist Chapter President, Mary White, Graphic Artist Tracy Bryant, and Florida Master Naturalists Dave Dyer, Linda Eastman, Elsa Frances Millard and Irene-Eva Ries. This team worked together to develop and produce the publication "Living with Nature on the Treasure Coast." The publication provides new residents with tips for conserving resources and interacting respectfully with nature in an area which may be very different from where they originated. This publication can be viewed online at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu/finalprojects.html.