|May 18th marks the 42nd anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The blow zone of Mt. St. Helens was the site of my first undergraduate research. I remember it as a barren moonscape wasteland of pumice stone. I was there observing and catching lady bugs in 1990. The eruption anniversary serves as a reminder to us of the urban-rural continuum. And with that, the collaborative role that Extension may play in applied research, planning, and community engagement. If you’re an Extension professional with ties to wildfire, urban smoke, forest regeneration, or a former entomologist like me, perhaps you’ll take the opportunity this month to go see how the forests surrounding Mt. St. Helens have regenerated.
Do you have a special interest in urban smoke and wildfire, or another innovation focus in urban Extension? Then let’s chat over coffee or at the Western Region Dinner meetup at NUEC’22. I’m also looking forward to catching presentations at the conference from WSU colleagues (featured below).
Until next time, be well, and keep in touch with us about events, jobs, and news we can share with our local WSU Urban Extension community on your behalf. Tweet us @wsumetrocenter and @westernmetro.