I am pleased to report that we have successfully filled the position Ginger Deason vacated in December.  This is the information transfer and US Forest Service liaison position co-funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Forest Service, Eastern Forest Environmental Threats Assessment Center (EFETAC).  Lori Barrow has accepted the position and is expected to start work in late January.  Lori recently received a Master of Forestry degree from Southern Illinois University.  Her Master’s work emphasized skills in environmental communication and behaviors, protected area planning and management, forest resource administration and policy, and how human interactions with the landscape affect management of public lands.

Lori will pick up where Ginger left off by providing communications support for the Cooperative.  In addition, Lori will begin focusing a significant portion of her time on sharing the Forest Service’s Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) with SALCC partners and stakeholders.  A goal identified in our strategic plan is to “Promote data integration and sharing” as well as “not duplicating the effective work of others”.  A common need of many SALCC partners is integrating climate change information into their future planning efforts.  EFETAC has invested significant public sector funding in TACCIMO, a tool that can support this need.  (See related blog by Lisa Jennings)