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Carlisle Joins Taos County for 4-H Outreach

LAS CRUCES -- LaDonna Carlisle will lead outreach efforts as a 4-H agent with the Taos County office of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Carlisle is among six new agents being hired on three-year contracts through federal funding to reach at-risk youth and strengthen 4-H clubs. She will spend about 75 percent of her time in outreach and 25 percent working with existing 4-H programs.

"I hope to do some camping, rafting, fishing or other outdoor activities as well as working with the traditional 4-H programs they already have," Carlisle said. "Our goal is to steer kids into goal-setting and higher education."

The Gallup native comes from a ranching background. Her previous work experience includes serving as a vegetation recorder for Santa Ana Pueblo's Department of Natural Resources and as a range intern for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's Prairie Management Program.

Carlisle earned two bachelor's degrees from NMSU: a biology degree in 1997 and a range science degree in 1998. She was named range science student of the year in 1998. She served as vice president of the student chapter of the Society for Range Management and was a member of the range management exam team.

She was a two-time recipient of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-tribal lands scholarship sponsored by the American Science and Engineering Society. She received a Sequoyah fellowship from the Association of American Indian Affairs.

Carlisle will complete her master's degree in forestry with an emphasis in range management from the University of Montana this fall. She conducted her thesis work, a comparative analysis of grazing in bison and cattle, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservaation, home to the largest native-owned herd of bison.