Fall has come to Orono. The leaves have changed and the weather is just a little bit crisper. The Leahy Lab is doing well. Jessica is quite busy teaching Environmental Communication Skills (SFR222), Environmental Interpretation & Education (SFR452) and Rural Communities: Theory and Practice (SFR504, co-taught with Mindy Crandall). She is looking forward to her program chair duties at the Society of American Foresters National Convention next week. The grad students are excelling (as was expected). Anish Das had his first committee meeting. Tize is jetting off to Florida soon to share updates with her supporters at the Tree Foundation. Janet visited Colorado and made headway with her community conservation leader interviews. Jacob, Ian and Tize are all taking SFR521 - Research Methods this semester so their proposals are being developed in quick order. Also, we just found out that the Student Organization for Society & Resource Management has been approved by the Graduate Student Government. And most importantly, the gang got together this past weekend to pick apples. New England in the fall simply can't be beat. Stay tuned for November's update!