The PA Chapter of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals awarded its 2016 Natural Resource Education Champion Award to The Nature Conservancy-PA’s Mike Eckley of Williamsport, Lycoming County.
The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or group for their support of and enthusiasm for natural resources extension education at the county, state or regional level in Pennsylvania.
Eckley is a forester and the Director of Forest Conservation with TNC’s Williamsport Office.
Mike is a true partner with Penn State Extension. He understands the value of education and is always willing to help out and share his expertise as well as the resources made available to him through TNC.
Over the years Mike has been a tremendous asset to Penn State Extension's forest landowner outreach program. Mike has great ideas and a willingness to share methods and practices with forest landowners.
He is always providing input to Extension programs with new ideas and opportunities to outreach to landowners and forestry professionals. He is always able to articulate practices in ways that are easy to understand.
Beyond just educational events Mike has been instrumental in the establishment, maintenance, and data collection on a number of key research and demonstration projects as well.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other special events, visit the PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy website. Click Here to sign up for updates from TNC, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter and Join them on Instagram.
(Photo: Mike Eckley (center) with PA-ANREP members Dave Jackson and Sandy Smith.)(Reprinted from Penn State Extension’s January 17 Watershed Winds newsletter. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)