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About Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development

Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development educators work with many partners on land use issues. Shown are St. Croix County CRD Agent Jim Janke, right, and Dave Fodrczi, county planning director.
Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development educators work with many partners on land use issues. Shown are St. Croix County CRD Agent Jim Janke, right, and Dave Fodrczi, county planning director.

Teaming Up with Communities to Meet Their Challenges

Helping Communities Meet Local Challenges

University of Wisconsin-Extension programs in Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (CNRED) help Wisconsin communities deal with their own unique challenges. These include:

Backed by University of Wisconsin research, CNRED educators work with local governments, civic organizations, businesses and community leaders to help people identify critical local concerns, set goals and work on solutions.

Natural resource and environmental educators work with teachers and students, environmental and conservation groups and businesses that rely on the state’s water and land resources.

An Eye to Our Future

Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development programs are carefully designed to achieve specific outcomes for communities.

Stronger Leadership, Stronger Communities

Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development educators and programs strengthen communities in a variety of ways. They:

What People Say About Us

“One of the most important features of the university’s role in our land use plan was the emphasis on the process of meaningful public involvement. It helped us fill in a lot of questions. This process would never have occurred without the university connection.”

Bruce Haukoum, Jefferson County zoning administrator, on development of a comprehensive, county-wide land use plan

“UW-Extension’s workshop on barn preservation encouraged me to reuse barns, and it inspired me.”

Sharon O’Rourke, Osceola

“As a result of attending UW-Extension’s Restoring Shoreland Habitats workshop, I will be planting small shrubs and trees along the bank of my lakefront property. Shoreline vegetation creates a buffer zone to protect the quality of the water.”

Len Syberth, New Auburn

“Wisconsin Extension programs in Solid and Hazardous Waste Education are the envy of neighboring states.”

Dennis Schmitt, proprietor,
Lindeman’s Cleaning, Green Bay

About Cooperative Extension in Wisconsin

Cooperative Extension is part of the University of Wisconsin System and a division of University of Wisconsin-Extension. Cooperative Extension helps people throughout the state acquire knowledge and skills to …

Extension people work in partnership with people in county, state, federal, and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; business; and industry. With faculty in every county and on UW-campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens quick and convenient access to University research and knowledge.

Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development is one of the Cooperative Extension programs. Others include Family Living, 4-H Youth Development, and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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