UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Natural Resources

Brief Description of Program

The Natural Resources and Conservation program in Polk County is committed to improving the current state of our local ecosystems through natural resources educational programs. By sharing science-based information to improve upon current management and land use practices, the Natural Resources and Conservation Extension Program will improve the function of our natural systems. Small changes by every citizen can contribute to a brighter tomorrow for our natural environment.

In addition to educational activities, I collaborate with Florida LAKEWATCH by training volunteers for freshwater water quality sampling. LAKEWATCH is a volunteer program that seeks to record water quality data on a monthly basis across the state. This data is available to the public and is considered to be scientifically sound in methodology. If you are interested in becoming a LAKEWATCH volunteer, please click here.

If you are experiencing an issue with aquatic or natural areas weeds and need a specimen identified for management recommendations, please click here to view information regarding plant specimen protocol.

Extension Focus

  • Restoration Ecology
  • Invasive Plant Management
  • Watershed Ecology & Restoration
  • Forest Resource Management
  • Wildlife Ecology

Educational Background

  • 2015 - Master of Science
    Agricultural Education and Communication
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Science
    Forest Resources & Conservation, Cum Laude,
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Fellow, Class XI Natural Resources Leadership Institute,
    Burl Long Award Recipient

Experience

  • 2010 - Present
    Extension Agent I - Natural Resources & Conservation
    UF/IFAS Polk County Extension
    Bartow, FL
  • 2009 - 2010
    Project Manager: Millhopper Unit Timber Management Plan
    UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation
    Gainesville, FL
  • 2007 - 2009
    Biological Science Aid
    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Gainesville, FL

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP)
  • Florida Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (FANREP)
  • Natural Resources Leadership Institute Alumni Network (NRLI)

University Service

UF IFAS Extension Initiative 2 - Leadership Team, Member
UF IFAS Extension Initiative 2 - Priority 3 Team, Past Chair
UF IFAS Extension Initiative 2 - Website Committee, Member

Community Involvement

2015
City of Winter Haven - Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Chair
FANREP - Member
Lakes Education/Active Drive - Board of Directors, Member
Heartland CISMA - Steering Committee, Member
Heartland CISMA - Outreach Committee, Member

2014
City of Winter Haven - Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Chair
FANREP - Membership Committee, Chair
Lakes Education/Active Drive - Board of Directors, Member
Heartland CISMA - Steering Committee, Member
Heartland CISMA - Outreach Committee, Member

2013 
City of Winter Haven - Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Chair
FANREP - Membership Committee, Chair
Lakes Education/Active Drive - Board of Directors, Member
Heartland CISMA - Steering Committee, Member
Heartland CISMA - Outreach Committee, Member

2012
City of Winter Haven - Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Chair
FANREP - Membership Committee, Chair
Heartland CISMA - Steering Committee, Member
Heartland CISMA - Outreach Committee, Member
Lakes Education/Active Drive - Board of Directors, Member

2011
FANREP - Newsletter Committee, Member
FANREP - Membership Committee, Member

Presentations





Shannon Carnevale

Contact Information

Shannon Carnevale
Extension Agent I
Natural Resources
PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
Phone: (863) 519-1051
FAX (863) 534-0001

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