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Program team

Extension, Water Resource Center, and Sea Grant faculty are available to answer your questions about shoreland and water quality issues. The profiles below will help you find the most appropriate person to contact.

Mary Blickenderfer

Mary Blickenderfer Extension Educator - Shoreland Education
Extension Regional Center
1861 Hwy 169 East
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

E-mail: blick002@umn.edu
Phone: (218) 244-7996
Fax: (218) 327-4126

Mary works primarily on developing and delivering workshops on shoreland design and landscaping, shoreland plant identification, and shoreland erosion control. Each year she coordinates installation of several shoreland demonstration and research sites. She also works with plant nurseries to develop a native shoreland plant market that will meet increasing regional demands. Her recent research has been in bioengineering, native plant propagation, and adaptations of regional plant ecotypes.

Mary's past work experience includes developing and coordinating a native plant program and conducting botanical surveys for the Hiawatha National Forest. She has also taught mathematics at Michigan Technological University and Itasca Community College. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Michigan Technological University, a M.A.T. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Earth Science both from University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

Eleanor Burkett

Elanor Burkett Extension Educator
Extension Regional Center
322 Laurel St Suite 21,
Brainerd, MN 56401

Email: burke044@umn.edu
Phone: 218-828-2326
Regional Center Toll Free Phone: 1-888-241-0720
Fax: 218-828-2424

Eleanor Burkett is responsible for shoreland education planning and program development, implementation and evaluation. She is also actively engaged in ongoing research in soil erosion control methods and aquatic invasive species. Other areas of work include co-editing the From Shore to Shore newsletter.

Eleanor worked in the landscape and garden industry for over nine years, prior to joining Extension's Shoreland Education Team. She also worked as a naturalist for the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Eleanor has an AAS in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota Crookston, as BS in Agriculture Extension from North Dakota State University, and a MS in Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Karen Terry

Karen Terry Extension Educator
West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Highway 329
Morris, Minnesota 56267

Email: kterry@umn.edu
Office: 320-589-1711
Cell: 218-770-9301

Karen is originally from Indiana and attended both Butler University and Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). She came to Minnesota in 1988 to attend the U of M/St. Paul, and she earned a Bachelors Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the U of M in 1991. For the past 14+ years, Karen has worked with the DNR's Stream Habitat Program as a River Ecologist. In this position, she did research, field surveys, and environmental education. She joined Extension in January 2006, as a Regional Extension Educator in Water Resource Management and Policy at the Fergus Falls Regional Center, working with the Shoreland Education Team.

Cynthia Hagely

Cynthia Hagely Extension Educator
University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
144 Chester Park, 31 W College St
Duluth, MN 55812

Email: chagley@umn.edu
Phone: 218-726-8713
Fax: 218-726-6556

Cindy is an aquatic ecologist and works primarily on lake and stream water quality and management. She teaches people how to manage shoreland property in ways that protect water quality and has worked with others to develop resource-rich Web sites for teachers, students, and shoreland property owners.

Cindy holds a M.S. degree from the University of California at Davis in limnology, with a focus on aquatic plant ecology, and a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Minnesota.

Jackie Froemming

Jackie Froemming Extension Educator
Crow Wing County Extension Office
322 Laurel St Suite 22,
Brainerd, MN 56401

Email: froem022@umn.edu
Phone: 218-824-1068
Fax: 218-824-1066

Jackie Froemming provides education and assistance to lakeshore property owners in Crow Wing County through shoreland consultations on shoreline erosion control and vegetation. Jackie also provides lake associations within the county shoreland education programs and resources.

Jackie's work with Extension Service started in June of 2005. In addition, as adjunct faculty, she teaches the plant biology courses for St. Scholastica's Accelerated Degree Program offered at the Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus.

Previously she worked as a Quality Control Microbiologist at a food production facility in Minnesota and also was the Senior Microbiologist in charged of the Mycology Laboratory at the Indiana State Department of Health. Jackie has a M.A. (Mycology) from The University of Texas at Austin - Botany Department and an M.S. (Mycology) from the University of Puerto Rico - Biology Department.

Doug Jensen

Doug Jensen Community Program Specialist
144 Chester Park, 31 W College St
University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
Duluth, MN 55812

Email: djensen1@umn.edu
Phone: 218-726-8712
Fax: 218-726-6556

Projects: AIS Public Education, Habitattitude™, Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers™, Youth Education, AIS-Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Training

Doug Jensen works in collaboration with the UMES Shoreland Team to teach shoreland property owners, boaters, anglers, aquarists, water gardeners, aquaculturists, live baitfish operators, natural resource professionals, and others how to prevent and minimize the devastating impacts of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Doug brings an outcomes-based approach to programs through a unique lens of behavioral science, social marketing, media relations, evaluation, environmental education and research. He has provided leadership on AIS issues from state to international levels. Currently, he is working with the pet industry and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to co-lead Habitattitude™, a new national campaign aimed to prevent the release of unwanted aquarium fish and plants into the environment. He is also leading implementation of the national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers campaign with DNRs and other partners in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

In addition to 12 years of experience with Sea Grant, Doug was a research biologist with the EPA, where he worked to assess the impacts of environmental contaminants and water on fish and other aquatic organisms. He has a M.S. of Education and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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