RESAA Forum 2015 Summary
RESAA Forum/ General Meeting at NJDEP 2015
2015 RESAA Forum Summary and Meeting Minutes
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program
ALUMNI FORUM 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Trenton, New Jersey
Public Hearing Room, First Floor
Summary of July 22, 2015 Forum/ MeetingThe Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Association held its Sixth Annual Alumni
Forum and General Membership Meeting at the NJDEP on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
8:30 a.m. Sign-in and Networking
DEP cafeteria for refreshments, Meeting Room for Networking. RES Alumni Will Sigle (Duke'06) and Steve Foster (Duke’06) greeted and checked in attendees at the registration desk
9:25 a.m. Welcome, Overview of Program and Logistics
Tanya Oznowich, Supervisor, DEP Environmental Education Office of Communications, welcomed the group on behalf of the NJDEP. Bruce Barbour, RES Program Director and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Resource Management Agent, thanked Tanya Oznowich, Marc Rogoff and the NJDEP for hosting the sixth annual Forum/ Meeting of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards.
9:45 Opening Remarks and Q/A with Director, Local Government Assistance, DEPCindy Randazzo, Director of Local Government Assistance, helps to make the DEP more efficient and responsive to members of local government and the general public. Ms. Randazzo urged everyone to contact her for help if they were not familiar with the structure and organization of the DEP.
Contact information: Cindy.Randazzo@dep.nj.gov (609) 633-7700
10:00a.m. Close-Up: New Jersey Forest Health Issues; Presentation and Q&A
Rosa Yoo, Assistant Regional Forester, New Jersey State Forestry Services, DEP
Rosa.Yoo@dep.nj.gov (609) 984-3861
Presentation: Forest Health Program in New Jersey Additional Information:Detected in NJ
NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry: Gypsy Moth; US Dept of Agriculture: Gypsy Moth;
Southern Pine Beetle NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry: SPB in NJ
Bacterial Leaf Scorch (BLS)NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry: BLS
Coming Threats to Forest Health:
Thousand Canker Disease (TCD) – an insect/fungus combo on Black Walnut Trees: http://www.thousandcankers.com/
Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) – no new outbreaks in NJ at this time
NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry: ALB
Sirex Woodwasp (pine trees) US Dept of Ag Forest Service Pest Alert: Sirex woodwasp
Spotted Lanternfly – Asian leaf planthopper - can impact many crops, especially fruit; USDA Blog; PA Department of Agriculture
10:00a.m. Life’s a Beach! Introduction to New Jersey’s Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program; Presentation and Q&AVirginia Loftin, Research Scientist, Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring, DEP
email@example.com; (609) 984-5599
Presentation: Coastal Beach Water QualityAdditional Information:
11:30a.m. Updates: Next Generation Science Standards and the Greening of New Jersey Schools; Presentation and Q&ATanya Oznowich, Environmental Education Supervisor; Office of Communications DEP
Tanya.Oznowich@dep.nj.gov (609) 984-9802
Four Areas of Focus
"Children Learn What They Live"
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH (BYO LUNCH OR BUY LUNCH IN DEP CAFETERIA)
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
After lunch, Bruce Barbour introduced Dr. Larry S. Katz, Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Dr Katz commented on the enthusism of the RES alumni volunteers. He stated that the program provides volunteers with the environmental knowledge needed to work with with community decision makers.
Rachel Karl, Director of Development, SEBS & NJAES, passed out RES owl logo magnets to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the program. Volunteers were asked to contribute to a fund which would provide money for certification internships.
Business meeting: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Bill Curzie, RESAA President, opened a discussion by alumni on environmental topics which were of interest to them and useful for their volunteer projects.
2:00 p.m. STATUS AND FUTURE OF NEW JERSEY STATE PARKS
Presentations and Q/A
Mark Texel, Director of the New Jersey State Park Service, Division of Parks and Forestry, DEP ark.Texel@dep.nj.gov(609)292-2773
2:45 p.m. WASTE HANDLING AFTER A STORM Presentation and Q/A
Robin Heston, Supervisor, Bureau of Solid Waste Permitting, DEP
firstname.lastname@example.org; (609) 292-9880
3:30 p.m. DEP RESOURCES AND SERVICESMarc Rogoff, Office of Communications, DEP Marc.Rogoff@dep.nj.gov
(609) 292-1474Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Application Now - September 30, 2015
Bruce Barbour, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Tanya Oznowich, DEP
Bruce BarbourRCE of Warren County
165 Route 519 South
Belvidere, N.J. 07823-1949