Two Chiefs' Partnership Award

Two Chiefs' Partnership Award

The Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal (, a southern regional, multi-agency product providing education to landowners and natural resource professionals across the nation, is awarded the 2011 Two Chiefs' Partnership Award!


September 17, 2012

10:30 AM ET— Refreshments

11:00 AM ET— Main Conference Roomnull      Welcome: Rob Doudrick, Director, Southern Research Station

Two Chiefs’ Award: The 2011 Two Chiefs' Partnership Award recognizes exemplary employees and projects from the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, state forestry agencies, and conservation districts who have worked collaboratively to support conservation and forest stewardship. The awards highlight and acknowledge existing partnerships and projects from across the country. The award we are recognizing today is a partnership that educated over 900 people in 2011 about the Southern Forest Futures Project and invasive species through a series of webinars.  

The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station and Southern Region worked with Southern Regional Extension Forestry, North Carolina State University, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and North Carolina A&T State University to produce five webinars through the Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal ( Partners emphasized outreach efforts to underserved audiences.

A team of Station scientists, Southern Region natural resource specialists, and university scientists collaborated to deliver two webinars about the Southern Forest Futures Project and three webinars about invasive plants. Webinar participants included policymakers, scientists, managers, county officials, private and nongovernmental resource specialists, investment specialists, master gardeners, and landowners. Knowledge gained potentially impacted 49 million acres, and participants placed the webinars’ economic value at almost $532,000.

Award Recipients:

Robert Bardon is the Associate Dean of Extension and Engagement in the College of Natural Resources and Department Extension Leader and Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  

Bill Hubbard is the Regional Forester for the Cooperative Extension Service - Southern Region. He leads Southern Regional Extension Forestry in Athens, GA.

Eric Taylor is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Forestry for Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Forestry at Texas A&M University in Overton, TX.  

Darryl Outlaw is the IT Senior Manager for Southern Regional Extension Forestry in Athens, GA.

Gail Brant of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is the Rural Sociologist on the Core Team at the East National Technology Support Center in Greensboro, NC.

George Hernandez is the Regional Regeneration Specialist for USDA Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry.

Claire Payne is a Technical Information Specialist with the Southern Research Station. She serves on the Outreach and Marketing team of the Science Delivery Group.

Joshua Idassi is the Natural Resources Specialist at the North Carolina A&T State University Cooperative Extension Program in Greensboro, NC.


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