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1 Know your facts Double and triple check them The sky probably isn’t falling “The sky is falling!! The sky is falling”


3 Labels contain much of the information needed to begin to understand the products being used Much more on labels during this training

4 Labeling includes MSDSs & other technical data sheets Very useful in understanding the products and their potential behavior

5 Lots and lots of other supporting material And, Much of it on your District’s bookshelves

6 Always check your assumptions!!

7 Always remember When I ASSUME I generally make an ASS of U and ME

8 “Safe” vs. “Low Risk”

9 Many people question the safety of foraged items How can you tell them anything about these items? Three primary ways --

10 Know what you are using Maintain a current chemical inventory

11 Maintain records of what you are doing and what is going on in your pesticide program, and

12 Carefully maintain official project records on FS.2100-1 as required by the FSH

13 Carefully kept records allow you to honestly answer questions without relying on, sometimes selective, memory

14 True Story Time The Forest Service was accused of “POISONING” a farmer’s tomato crop We had treated in the area Project 2100-1, however, showed a slight wind away from the tomatoes and a relatively cool day (Mid ’70s)

15 True Story Time (Cont.) The site the F.S. had treated was downhill from the farm, so there was no chance for subsurface flow or runoff On further questioning it was learned that the farmer’s son had recently edged the driveway – using a highly volatile herbicide The point: good records forced both the F.S. and the farmer to look beyond the obvious

16 Be sure to have the proper tools for the job at hand Tree removal – the hard way

17 Appropriate Tools of Communication Accurate information and Appropriate language

18 Be sure to bring the whole tool Or at least enough of it to make it effective

19 Be sure that you know how to use the tools you have

20 Remember that tools (and words) often have more than one use

21 Other Uses Try to avoid mis-communicating Figure out what words or gestures may cause miscommunication Preplan to avoid communication problems

22 Let communication find its own working level

23 “?Habla Espanol?” Be sure you are talking the appropriate language

24 Avoid Jargon !!

25 Jargon Sometimes it is clear

26 Jargon Often it is very misleading

27 Jargon But sometimes it gives unexpected precision

28 Language Alert Be careful of language  vs  meaning train wrecks Watch out for the times when the obvious isn’t correct

29 We all know that billions are bigger than millions -- BUT One part per billion is smaller than one part per million (1,000 times smaller) And, one billionth is smaller than one millionth Language Alert (Cont.)

30 Avoid “Factor Loaded” words, if at all possible

31 “POISON” has a very specific meaning when applied to pesticides (LD 50 <50 mg/kg)

32 “POISON” Is a regulatory word with a specific toxicological meaning Virtually none of the pesticides currently in use in R-8 fit the definition The word itself is misleading and inflammatory when used inappropriately

33 Current signs have eliminated the word “POISON” and are still 100% accurate

34 The pesticide ‘Umbrella’

35 The use of ‘BIODEGRADABLE’ here better communicates our message than did our previous sign which didn’t include the word

36 Often there is more than one accurate description of an action

37 Miscommunication Source Requiring our interpretation of an action Failure to recognize a differing interpretation of that action

38 Where can we effectively communicate with the public?

39 WHERE AND WHO Often the most effective places for communication are the places where you normally meet people - the country store, the grocery, your church,... this means that technicians and temporaries are often doing the talking – keep them up to speed on projects

40 Timing and circumstances are critical to the outcome Bomb squad – (im)practical joker

41 Timing can be positive, negative or even neutral

42 Having reasonable control of the site can have a positive effect on the outcome

43 Always try to know your audience

44 Avoid stupid mistakes whenever possible Check and recheck your assumptions Economy Computer Repair Service

45 As a F.S. employee you don’t have the “No brains – No service” option

46 Don’t prejudice yourself based on labels There are almost always surprises Fastest horse in town Nuclear scientist Town miser

47 Many of the people you deal with will be self-taught

48 Self-taught This often means that a formal structure – an overarching order – may be lacking in the comments made Be extremely careful not to mistake this for a lack of knowledge

49 Good communication requires that sufficient accurate information be given

50 Accurate and Sufficient Most recognize the need for accurate information but There must also be enough information given In the previous slide “experimenting” simply is not enough information

51 DON’T !!!

52 Be honest about negative information Attempting to conceal it builds problems for later

53 Be sure that you are selling the right product But it’s a great peg

54 Remember that many things which are good for us are unappealing

55 Don’t promulgate or patronize

56 Don’t promise things that you can’t deliver “I WANT A SPRAY THAT KILLS EVERYTHING BUT ISN’T DANGEROUS.”

57 You generally won’t be allowed to have it more than one way

58 Always remember – appearance affects credibility

59 Actions, also, clearly affect your credibility

60 Have a feedback loop to insure that an accurate message is received

61 Feedback - again

62 Nonverbal clues are important – but use them cautiously Love or indigestion?

63 The one you don’t ask! There is only one stupid question

64 As in many other things Perspective is everything Greys Same or Different?

65 To reemphasize the previous slide Perspective is everything in communication Boy! Is this a great view!

66 Different people, different dreams

67 Realize that some deliberate self-delusion exists in the real world ME!

68 Deliberate misuse of words (or pumpkins) can yield humor

69 Word Misuse But, be cautious of the use of humor in a serious context – it can create problems including miscommunication confusion as to meaning confusion as to seriousness of the subject matter

70 Always check the source of the information – there may be a hidden (or not so hidden) agenda at work Look at all that gold!

71 To reemphasize - remember that information received may be the result of a deliberate agenda 10 Heavily Timbered Forest Acres


73 Combating Disinformation The only hope is a history of prior honesty and credibility And even that is not enough if someone is seriously trying to poison communications

74 Plan for and try to avoid predictable potential negative consequences

75 Think before acting When attempting to communicate – think before speaking

76 Try to think things all of the way through before starting

77 Be careful of new and glitzy tools They may work too well and have unexpected consequences

78 What You Are Up Against (A graphic example) Understanding MoreLess ControlControl More

79 W here you want to be Understanding ControlControl Good understanding Reasonable control

80 W here you find yourself when discussing pesticides in public Understanding ControlControl Poor audience understanding General feeling that you have no control

81 This Often Leads To: Missed communication Frustration for the audience Confrontation over ideas Bad feelings and a failed meeting

82 What To Do: Be prepared; know your material Listen carefully Keep your cool Keep the level of discussion appropriate to the audience and, everything else we have said in this talk But, most of all, USE COMMON SENSE!

83 Some meetings simply go bad and you feel like you are the sacrifice! NEPA EXPLAINED (Human Sacrifices) 8:00 pm

84 At times it appears to be hopeless Continue trying for a Win-Win resolution (not this Lose-Lose scenario)

85 Sometimes “sorry” just isn’t good enough

86 Most important KEEP TRYING! Eventually you are bound to get it right!!

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