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Historical image of the week

Landscaping Services building

The Landscaping Services building from March 2001. The historical building was almost 100 years old when it unfortunately burned down on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to initial media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Today. 4-21-17. Linked to a story about Connecticut’s coastline changes in a climate change article. It quoted Emily Wilson, an associate cooperative extension educator in the Department of Extension.

Hartford Courant. 4-26-17. Gave spring gardening advice from the Home and Garden Education Center and Carol Quish, a program aide in plant science.

UConn Today. 4-24-17. Interviewed Class of 2017 graduate Yuan Zhang, who is an applied mathematical sciences and natural resources double major. Zhang mentioned the influence Thomas Meyer had on him in choosing his major.

Garden Master Classes Catalog. 5-4-17. Announced two upcoming Garden Master classes. Catching the Bug, to be held from 1 to 3 PM on May 24 at University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, will concentrate on collecting terrestrial insects. In Arthropod Acupuncture and ID, participants will learn about New England insects and their distinguishing features from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on June 6 at the Tolland County Extension Center. Registration and payment of fees is required for both classes.

By Patsy Evans

Historical image of the week

Pasture Day (spring Hill), Connecticut Agricultural College

Pasture Day (spring Hill), Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1928. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Image of the week: City of Hartford recognizes work of Natural Resources Conservation Academy student


Left to right: Associate Extension Professor Thomas Worthley, City of Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, Naieem Kelly, City of Hartford Arborist Heather Dionne.

Now in its sixth year, UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) has worked with more than 115 teens throughout Connecticut on ten-month individual conservation projects that have directly benefited their local community and environment. NRCA students present their conservation work to more than 300 environmental professionals at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources and graduate from the program as Connecticut Conservation Ambassadors.

On Monday, April 3, the City of Hartford Public Works Department and the Tree Advisory Commission presented a certificate of excellence to Naieem Kelly, a sophomore at Watkinson School and NRCA student, for his commitment to natural resource conservation and the sustainable use of the environment. Kelly partnered with Heather Dionne, City of Hartford arborist; Herb Virgo of Keney Park Sustainability; and Tom Worthley of UConn Extension and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment to quantify the monetary value of urban trees and develop a plan to re-purpose wood from diseased or dying trees. He put his plan into action by constructing a reclaimed wood bench from a dead ash tree in Hartford’s Bushnell Park.

Kelly’s bench is on display at Hartford City Hall through April, after which it will be relocated to Bushnell Park with a plaque describing the importance of urban trees. Kelly plans to expand on his urban forestry project through his participation in UConn’s NRCA Conservation Training Partnerships program this upcoming summer.

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to initial media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

Washington Post. 4-14-17. Described the courtship and marriage of Courtney Gaine and Chris Cuddy. Gaine is an alumna of the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

UConn Today (video). 4-17-17. Posted a video of UConn student entrepreneurs, which included Christian Allyn, a horticulture and resource economics major. Allyn started a business removing invasive plants. 4-17-17. Interviewed Laura Cisneros and aired video (embedded second on the bolded linked page) of the summer Natural Resources Conservation Academy, as part of its annual Camp Week series. Cisneros, a visiting assistant professor in natural resources and the environment, described the academy as a summer program for Connecticut’s high school students with two parts. The on-campus segment teaches the scientific method as the students go outdoors and study the local environment and conservation topics. (more…)