Assessing the Feasibility of a Climate Master Outreach Program webinar

Courtesy photo Anne Mottek will discuss the methodology, results, outcomes and recommendations derived in this study.

Anne Mottek is the featured speaker at this weeks University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County Webinar. Ms. Mottek is the principal of Mottek Consulting and her educational background is in both forestry (BS) and sociology with a research emphasis (MA). Her work focuses on social science research and its application in a wide range of environmentally based resource management issues. Ms. Mottek is actively engaged in several collaborative organizations like the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) Stakeholder Group, Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP), Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP), Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net), and Arizona Fire Adapted Communities (AZFAC). Ms. Mottek was the main contributor to the Socioeconomic Monitoring Plan for 4FRI’s first and second analysis areas that was included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and secured funding for and completed the first 4FRI monitoring project that included both social and economic monitoring components. She has worked on projects, publications and received grants with a variety of organizations like the Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University (NAU) School of Forestry, University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension, Southwest Fire Science Consortium, National Forest Foundation, Salt River Project, US Forest Service, Coconino County, and the City of Flagstaff. More recent publications include: “Modeling Regional Economic Contributions of Forest Restoration: A Case Study of the 4FRI” (pending publication 2021, Journal of Forestry); “Managing for Climate Change: Climate Master Outreach and Extension,” UA Cooperative Extension; “The Social and Economic Contributions of the White Mountain Stewardship Project: Final 10-Year Assessment—Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Forest Management Initiatives,” Journal of Forestry; “Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project: Creating Solutions through Community Partnerships,” Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI); and “The Impacts of the Woody Biomass Utilization Grant Program in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Arizona,” Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon, NAU School of Forestry and ERI.

The purpose of this USDA AFRI-NIFA funded “Managing for Climate Change: Climate Master Outreach and Extension, Focus Group Study” is to increase climate change literacy and to determine best practices and methods in supporting both climate adaptation and mitigation activities for diverse groups and communities. The long-term goal of the program is to support communities and build their capacity to independently plan, initiate, and carry out programs that address climate-centered issues.

The expected outcomes include designing an innovative strategy and approach that will address regional needs for developing a Cooperative Extension climate outreach program that involve volunteers as “Climate Masters.” Subsequently, this will establish criteria for a regional, community-based climate outreach program as a broad model that could be replicated in associated communities. If implemented, this program will encourage climate resilient living and sustainable agriculture and community development practices that positively impact the environment. The University of Arizona research team conducted two focus groups in disparate communities to better determine if a climate smart outreach program would be an effective way to communicate to diverse groups of Extension audiences about these issues. Ms. Mottek will discuss the methodology, results, outcomes and recommendations derived in this study. A “User’s Guide” was developed to assist Cooperative Extension educators and others to design a community-based Climate Master program. The recommendations within the User’s Guide encapsulate the program’s design, content, recruitment strategy, delivery, impacts, and sustainability strategies for developing a novel Climate Master program. This program is free, please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar 



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