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Purdue Extension's New Conservation Through Community Leadership Program Accepting Applications
Updated January 31, 2017 12:54 PM
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(LAFAYETTE) - Purdue Extension's new Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL) program is now accepting applications for the inaugural community action planning meetings.

This new program guides community groups, boards, and commissions through facilitated action planning sessions to support locally driven natural resource management strategies and policy. Community groups participating in the program identify issues of concern and a program track of either land use planning at a watershed scale or invasive species management.

Participants will convene a working group to meet over the course of approximately five meetings with Purdue facilitators. Sessions will include community visioning, education on innovative management strategies, and coaching for action plans. The result is a local or regional action plan and strategies for implementation projects for use with watershed plans, comprehensive plan updates, invasive species management plans and/or planning commission recommendations.

The Indiana-based curriculum and community action planning meetings were developed using best practices from leadership training and community development to facilitate community decision making for natural resource management strategies.

Program applications, are due by February 17, 2017. Groups will be notified by March 3, 2017 to discuss next steps and schedule meetings. There is no cost for participation. Funding for this program was provided by a Purdue Extension Issues-Based Action Team (I-BAT) grant in 2016. Additional funding was provided in part by the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) and IL-IN Sea Grant.

To learn more, visit the program website

For questions, please contact Kara Salazar (765) 496-1060 /

Purdue Extension CCL Team

Kara Salazar, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist. Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant,, (765) 496-1070

Angie Tilton, Extension Educator - Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development, Hendricks County,, (317) 745-9260

Lenny Farlee, Extension Forester, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources,, (765) 494-2153

Liz Jackson, Engagement Specialist, Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center, Executive Director, Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association, Executive Director, Walnut Council, Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources,, (765) 583-3501

Daniel Walker, Community Planning Extension Specialist, Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant,, (765) 496-3245

Steve Yoder, Regional Extension Educator - Community Development, Purdue University,, (928) 853-7846

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