104 N Westgate Ave
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Expert in: soil management, composting, septic systems management, climate/weather
Duane Friend is an Environmental and Energy Stewardship Educator with University of Illinois Extension. From 1997-2011, Friend was a Natural Resources Management Extension Educator, and prior to that he was a unit-based educator. He has been with U of I Extension since 1993. He has also been a County Executive Director for the Farm Services Agency, and a resource conservationist for a Soil and Water Conservation District.
Friend is a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), and served as president of the Illinois chapter in 1998. He is also a member of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP).
Some of Duane's professional awards include the Honor Award from SWCS, gold and bronze awards from ANREP, and an Excellence in Extension Award for educational programming.
Friend provides programming to many groups and individuals in soil and water management. This includes education for Master Gardeners, Certified Crop Advisors and homeowners. A few specific topics are in the areas of soil quality, soil organic matter management, and septic system information for homeowners.
Friend also has contributed to the development of several websites on natural resource topics. These include youth websites such as the All-Star River Explorers and Weather One. An online study guide to assist those wishing to pass the Illinois exam for septic system installation and maintenance was another site he helped develop. Friend is also assisting in development of online modules for Illinois Certified Crop Advisors.
In the spring and fall, friend is extensively involved in youth conservation day events. These events provide students in grades K-6 an outdoor learning experience involving multiple natural resource topics. His educational focus typically involves the use of a stream table to demonstrate basic stream processes such as stream formation, development of oxbow lakes, deltas and floodplains, and what happens when humans change or modify streams.