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Talking Forests

By Candra Burns
Welcome to Talking Forests, where we dive into social media tips and help you shine online. We are the voice for hard-working people. We interview forest, wood and outdoor thought leaders who pave the way for the future. Listen to our podcast for insights on forest management, mass timber, and grassroots efforts in the field by many great people in the forest sector. We highlight stores that you may not have heard about.
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Landowners Who Rock - Fourtee Acres Tyrone and Edna Williams - Episode 75
This is a special in-person episode located in Enfield, North Carolina just off the I-95 with Tyrone and Edna Williams of Fourtee Acres. They lease out land for farming, own certified trees, and garden for local markets. They are proud of their legacy and have a great family to lean on at their multiple-use farm. We start our conversation off by talking about landowner assistance and how they are able to operate. They have diversified and become a well-known farmer's market treat from their gardening which Edna spearheads. Edna is also a member of the landowner group called ForestHer NC and we have some great resources available to women landowners that Edna enjoys.   Facebook: and ForestHer NC Edna Williams: It is her main goal, over the years and at her present professional retirement time, is to provide a supportive environment for those she comes in contact with. Informing the community about nutritional value and practices is important to her as it also enrich her life and others with learning while providing excitement.  As an educator it is most memorable and exciting to see the sparks in the eyes of the community and children as they are exposed to living on a farm and growing diverse vegetables not common to the area. Edna feels blessed and thankful for the opportunity to be in a position where new challenges present themselves every day.   Happily transplanted from the city limits of Enfield, NC, to the beautiful county side of Enfield, Edna lives with her husband, her better half, Tyrone Williams.  They have three young adult, single, handsome sons, Trevelyn, Tremaine, and Tyron.  All of whom have artistic aspirations and existential careers in music, computer science and computer game design.  Edna is a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Enfield, where you will find her on any given day working in one of the family three gardens and on Sunday, singing in the choir.  Tyrone Williams spent 30 years with the Employment Security Commission, and what is now the North Carolina Department of Commerce in local, regional and state office positions. He ended his career as the Workforce Relations Manager in the Employment Service (ES) Section of the Division of Workforce Solutions in the Raleigh state office. Additionally, in 2011 he was awarded the Governor’s Award for Outstanding State Government Service from Governor Beverly Perdue.  In December 2013, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Pat McCrory for his outstanding state government service and longevity of service to his community and the state on various boards and other civic activities, one of the most prestigious conferred by the governor.    Since retirement, he has spent time reading, traveling, and learning the “real aspects “of the land that he loves to enhance sustainability, create successional and generational wealth for his family legacy and the land that has been in his family for over 100 years!    He is married, to the former Edna Mills, and they have three grown sons, Trevelyn, Tremaine and Tyron all of whom are a part of Fourtee Acres, LLC a forestry, tenant farming and natural gardening operation.  Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
September 13, 2022
Forestry People Who Rock - Elaine Springgay FAO Officer and ForYP Founder - Episode 74
Elaine and I had a conversation about global forestry challenges. I was impressed by her experience in the sector and global knowledge. She launched ForYP the only global forestry young professionals group at the World Forest Congress in Korea this year and I asked her what that is all about and how to get involved.  Elaine Springgay is FAO’s Agroforestry Officer and has more than 12 years of experience working in international development on integrated natural resources management, community-based forest management and climate-smart agriculture. Prior to joining FAO in 2015, Elaine worked with NGOs or government agencies in Canada, Ghana, the Philippines and Uganda, primarily focused on community-based natural resource management, livelihoods and capacity development initiatives. She has a BSc in both Environmental Geography and History from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Forestry from the Australian National University. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals, ForYP, creating a space for the forestry’s younger experts and future leaders to connect, share experiences and advocate for greater career development opportunities. In her spare time, Elaine loves to travel – she has been to over 50 countries and lived in 12! She is also a foodie, loves to hike and kayaking. ForYP is a global community of young professionals in the forest sector who network, develop their professional skills, gain confidence, and feel empowered to engage and lead forestry through the 21st century. See our website: Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
June 27, 2022
Forestry People Who Rock - Alex Harvey from Legacy Land Management - Episode 73
Alex and I sat down and had a conversation about being a consulting forester in his home state of Mississippi and some of the challenges that communities face. He was one of the foresters that began the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program ( by developing and piloting it and he has worked with minoritized communities to help them keep their land and legacy. I am proud to work with him on this episode, he is #forestproud.  Thank you for sponsoring this episode #forestproud   Alex Harvey owns Legacy Land Management read more on his website:  You can reach him on LinkedIn here: Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in the Forestry/Wildlife Management option from Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources (2005). His leadership development includes the Society of American Forester’s National Leadership Academy (2008). Leadership Development and Organizational Transformation (Dialogos/US Forest Service-2010). Alex is a graduate of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi Class of 2017 and is the Chairman of the Board of Community Works and Planning within the Kemetyu Global Economic Development Corporation in Pearland, Texas (currently). Alex’s successful experiences have included the following: · Providing and coordinating land/forest management technical services to private forest landowners. · Planning, developing and implementing outreach programs to educate private landowners and resource professionals. · Developing solutions through partnerships that address the disparity in economic development in rural communities. · Working with private landowners to facilitate their access to land assistance programs administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture by the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
April 08, 2022
Forest Restoration in Arizona - NewLife Forest Restoration - Ted Dergousoff ~ Episode 72
Ted Dergousoff and I sat down together in Arizona and had a conversation about his company, NewLife, forest restoration efforts, and the role they play in the 4FRI Initiative with the U.S. Forest Service. "We think that with an effective forest reforestation program working in concert with the US Forest Service and the 4FRI group, we've got an effective plan as to be able to maximize the value to all the stakeholders." The overall goals of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) are to restore the structure, pattern, composition, and health of fire-adapted ponderosa pine ecosystems, reduce fuels and the risk of unnaturally severe wildfires, and provide for wildlife and plant diversity in four national forests - the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto. Read more here:  The NewLife website is here: NewLife is the largest vertically integrated forest products business in the Southwest region with next-generation manufacturing facilities currently producing value-added wood products. NewLife works closely with an ecosystem of local industry partners including mechanical thinning crews and smaller forest products manufacturing facilities. NewLife has developed a manufacturing system to extract value from the low-quality fiber removed from the forest as part of its restoration initiatives. The expansion program will dramatically increase the total industry processing capacity within the Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRI) operating area, enabling large-scale forest restoration efforts across Arizona. The company will restore 25,000 acres of forestland per year, dramatically expanding the capacity to proactively address the rising concerns of wildfire. Through its subsidiary, NewLife is contracted by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as part of the 4FRI. The landscape scale restoration project was designed to combat the impact of climate change and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire by restoring the forests to a more natural state while protecting large healthy trees, wildlife and the watershed. Wildfires have devastated the western forests, endangering local towns, causing severe damage and unleashing huge quantities of greenhouse gases. NewLife has managed Phase 1 of the 4FRI contract, the nation’s largest forest stewardship contract, since 2017 and partners with the USFS on mechanical thinning initiatives throughout Arizona, with plans to expand to neighboring states. The company will use the proceeds of the bond to complete the build-out of its 425,000-square-foot industrial facility in Bellemont, Ariz., which will include a new high-speed sawmill, planer mill, and dry kilns. NewLife will also double the capacity of its Engineered Wood Products (EWP) plant and significantly expand the capacity of NewLife’s Lumberjack sawmill located near Heber, Arizona.  Production from the new sawmill will commence in the next six months and scale to full capacity in 2023, in a multi-phase roll-out that will create hundreds of new jobs with opportunities in the sawmill, remanufacturing facilities, forest operations, and hauling operations. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library 
March 02, 2022
Forestry Women Who Rock - Danielle Atkins - Land and Ladies ~ Episode 71
Danielle Atkins and I came together for a podcast episode and we talked about the importance of being an educated landowner. She has taken her past career and education to turn Land and ladies, her business, into a full suite of options to teach other people how to manage their forested land. She has provided workshops in person and is moving to a virtual model to be able to reach more people this time. Her husband is also a forester. After he landed the job first in Brunswick, Georgia, Danielle was also on the hunt for a job in the same field which was challenging. She ended up working with Georgia Forestry Commission (the state) for four and a half years before branching off and doing her own thing and creating Land and Ladies. She said " it allows me to take the traditional events and traditional workshops and repurpose them, restructure them into a new approach that isn't done in our industry. Providing the information women need."  Her episode is sponsored by #forestproud We believe: Forests provide powerful climate solutions. Forest management is how we deliver those solutions. Forest markets and products are how we sustain those solutions. Danielle can be reached at or Land and Ladies owner Danielle Atkins is a double dawg from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources with her BSFR in wildlife sciences (2012) and Master of Forest Resources (2013). Working for the Georgia Forestry Commission, she witnessed the struggles women landowners often had when abruptly inheriting their forestlands. Danielle has worked with the nationally awarded Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Program, and has been developing women-focused workshops since 2016. Having served in several leadership roles and being actively involved with the Georgia Forestry Association and Society of American Foresters, Danielle is very in tune and integrated within the forest industry as a whole, understanding the process from seed to stump for landowners. Danielle also practices as a registered forester in Georgia, required to maintain continuing education credits to keep up with state requirements to practice and advise forestry in Georgia. Danielle is married and has three children: William, Elliott, and Rea, and resides on 43 acres in Brunswick, Georgia. Fun and weird facts: Danielle has worked on a wildland firefighting handcrew on western fire assignments; accidentally let loose black bears during a volunteer zookeeping position (no worries, they were tracked back to their enclosures and the sheriff’s office and animal control had a great time with this “incident”); was an avid crossfitter, and plans to return the local box. Danielle's business sponsors are Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources - International Paper - Orbis Inc - Georgia Forestry Commission  DS Smith - Interfor - The Westervelt Company and many more bronze level sponsors on  Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
February 20, 2022
Maryland Forests Association Faces of Forestry: Senator Bailey ~ Episode 70
Maryland Forests Association "Faces of Forestry" features Senator Bailey this month. He grew up on his grandparent's 120-acre farm on the water in Southern Maryland.  ~From the crops, to horses, to time spent with his grandfather and father hunting and fishing, farm and forest land shaped Bailey's formative years and his conservationist mindset. He eventually purchased the 60-acre farm that adjoins his parents', making the family-farm connection even stronger by building the next generation of stewards and conservationists with his children.~ ~His goal of sharing these natural resource wonders with his son and daughter and walking in the woods with them, comes as no surprise when considering how he grew up. The senator's father was an agronomist who went to the University of Maryland, while his mother was a 4H agent in Cecil County. Being connected to the soil beneath our feet and the farms and forest that spring from it is just part of the Bailey DNA.~  ~"I felt at home" working in forestry, says Bailey, thoroughly enjoying the work of woodland management and seeing all the different parts of Maryland while meeting the hardworking loggers, foresters, and landowners across the varied terrain of the state. Working with property owners to improve their woodlands through a harvest and showing value to proper forest management was one of many rewarding parts of the senator's time in forestry. Helping a farmer with forest land know that they can have a harvest and that letting trees grow is "like having money in the bank" just re-enforced the idea of sustainable, regenerative land management and conservation for the future senator.~ ~There were bigger things ahead for Bailey to make an even broader impact on our natural resources and protecting and conserving those resources. Beginning in 1987, the Department of Natural Resources Police became his home for 30 years, where he rose from cadet to supervisor of the Covert Operations Unit in 2007. During his time there, Bailey led game warden training for Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia wardens. He trained his fellow officers in waterfowl ID and shared his insider tip of carrying the beans of the Kentucky coffeetree for good luck. Wouldn't you know it, he and his father — with coffeetree beans in their pockets — went on a turkey hunt, and both came home with a turkey.~ ~Extending beyond the Natural Resources Police, that education and advocacy for protecting our land and its resources continued through his efforts with the International Conservation Chiefs Academy starting in 2017. "We all have a goal of protecting these resources and passing them on to the next generation," says Bailey. He passes those lessons on to natural resource officers from across the globe through the academy, working to educate and direct the funding and required action for depleted or endangered resources in the right way.~ ~Bailey's advocacy work involves working with Hunters of MD and Maryland Legislative's Sportsmen Caucus much closer to home. He has been a member of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) since 2019, advocating for farmers and agriculture. Going from the natural resources realm to the General Assembly, Officer Bailey became Senator Bailey, representing District 29 for Calvert & St. Mary's Counties.~ Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
November 15, 2021
Oregon Women in Timber ~ Quinn Allen ~ Episode 69
October is National Forest Products Month and National Forest Products Week is October 18th - 22nd this year! We are celebrating with Oregon Women in Timber episodes. See them here: ~ Our second guest is Quinn Allen. ~She said "I am a recent graduate of Southwestern Oregon Community College, with a certificate in Forest Technology. I currently work for the Coquille Watershed Association as a seasonal noxious weeds technician. I have also recently been hired as a timber cruiser for a timber consulting company and have already begun my training to start full-time after my season ends at the watershed, which I am beyond excited for.~ ~I was born, raised, and still currently live, in a tiny coastal community on the southern Oregon coast. Growing up I enjoyed being outside as much as possible, whether it be making mud pies or exploring the beaches and mountains that surround me on my horse. Natural resources are what keep my community alive and I grew up fully immersed in it. From friends and family that worked on the ocean, on the land, and in the forests, there was no way I couldn’t have a passion to keep my surroundings beautiful and here long after I am gone.~ ~I love Oregon with all of her rugged beauty and I am excited for the beginning of my career and to see where it takes me. Having my son around inspires me to want to make an impact in the Forest sector and have a hand in making it a better place for us all. From recreating in it, working in it, and educating people about it, I am forest proud.~ ~Here are some pictures of me doing Quinn things. From pulling ivy, hanging with my emus and turkeys, to going for rides in the mountains with my little family, hiking, volunteering for OWIT at our country fair, and getting to experience logging in the Redwoods. This is the place I call home and I am excited to share it with others!"~ Southwestern Oregon Community College, Forestry Department Coquille Watershed Association Oregon Women in Timber Quinn created: Infographic for Sudden Oak Death ~Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
October 18, 2021
Oregon Women in Timber ~ Corinne Walters ~ Episode 68
October is National Forest Products Month and National Forest Products Week is October 18th - 22nd this year! We are celebrating with Oregon Women in Timber episodes. See them here: ~ Our first guest is Corinne and she is an inspiration with an engineering background. We enjoyed learning more about her work and her love of the forestry field. Tune in today to hear more about her story!  ~Corinne Walters is a forester and engineer for a small, family-owned timber company in McMinnville, Oregon. She spends her workdays planning and laying out harvest units, designing new roads and culverts, and maintaining the mapping system. Her free time is spent with her husband Austin, helping him with his growing business and having fun – running, exploring, and spending time with family and friends. Corinne grew up in a family that cherished time spent outdoors and the natural resources that Oregon has to offer, and although she started college with civil engineering in mind, she ended up back at her roots in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University ( She joined Oregon Women in Timber when she was going to school and has remained involved due to the important outreach OWIT provides and the fun ladies she gets to spend time with.~ Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
October 11, 2021
Women Owning Woodlands ~ Molly Darr ~ Episode 67
Molly Darr and I sat down to talk about the Women Owning Woodlands up-and-coming events.  Janet Watt-Steele, Women Owning Woodlands – South Carolina Janet is the founder of the South Carolina chapter of the national Women Owning Woodlands network. Janet works as an Area Forestry and Wildlife Extension Agent with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. She also serves as Outreach and Education Chair of the South Carolina Tree Farm Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer for the South Carolina Division of the Society of American Foresters. She is a registered forester in North Carolina and South Carolina, and a South Carolina Prescribed Fire Manager. Molly Darr, Women Owning Woodlands – South Carolina Molly is the co-founder of the South Carolina chapter of the national Women Owning Woodlands network. Molly works as a post-doctoral research associate in the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department at Clemson University. She directs and maintains the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Program, a regional forest health program which serves as a consistent source of forest health information for natural resource professionals throughout the southeastern U.S. region. Becky Barlow, Alabama ForestHER Becky Barlow began the Alabama ForestHER program in 2016. She is the Harry Murphy Professor and a forestry extension specialist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University.  Her current extension efforts focus on educational opportunities to help forest landowners manage for multiple uses including traditional forest management, silvopasture, non-timber forest products, and forest aesthetics.  She is a registered forester in Mississippi and Alabama. She was also recently named the interim Associate Dean for Extension/Assistant Director for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Extension Programs. Aimee Tomcho, ForestHerNC Aimee Tomcho has worked in the forestry and wildlife sector for the past 25 years, most recently as Audubon’s Conservation Biologist in North Carolina. Her work with Bird-friendly Forestry outreach and application paired with her own experiences led her to be a founding member of ForestHerNC with several other passionate representatives from a diversity of organizations. Together they built a community of more than 1400 people in just a couple years whose mission is to engage and empower women in woodland stewardship. Danielle Atkins, Land & Ladies Danielle Atkins is the founder of Land & Ladies, a forestry company focused on educating and empowering women to tackle their landownership responsibilities and manage their forestlands across the Southeast. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
September 22, 2021
Maryland Forests Association Faces of Forestry: Tony from Pixelle ~ Episode 66
Maryland Forests Association "Faces of Forestry" features Tony Pixelle this month. He has been a forester in Maryland and has worked in different parts of the state for different agencies. He talks about his start as a naturalist and his work leading into being a forester for Pixelle ( We are featuring guests of this program on the Talking Forests podcast once a month. We hope you all gain insight from these guests about the forest sector and how each job in the entire supply chain is very important. #facesofforestry #talkingforests #forestproud #marylandforests #forestsforever Photo credit: Edwin Remsberg Photographs Anthony H. DiPaolo: I am a lifelong resident of Maryland and a Licensed Professional Forester with over 30 years of experience in forest management and wood procurement. I have spent most of my career working on the Eastern Shore. My first job out of college was as a naturalist for Carroll County Parks and Rec. at Piney Run Park near Sykesville. I was hired by the Maryland Forest Service as an Asst. Project Forester in 1986 and began my forestry career working in Allegany and Garrett Counties. In 1987 I accepted the Project Forester’s position in Worcester County. In 1996 I left state service to take a job with Cropper Brothers Lumber Co. in Willards, Md., where I was responsible for all wood procurement activities along with the management of their family-owned timberlands. In December of 2013, I began working for Glatfelter as an area forester procuring pulpwood for the Eastern Shore District. In 2018, Glatfelter’s Specialty Papers Unit was reborn as Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC. I have a BS in Forestry (1982) from Virginia Tech. I am a member and past chair of the Md./De. Division of the Society of American Foresters. I am also a member of the Maryland Sustainable Forestry Council, a member of the Worcester Forestry Board, a past vice president for the Maryland Forest Association, a member of the Delaware Forestry Assoc., a current District Supervisor for the Worcester Soil Conservation District, and a board member of the Lower Shore Land Trust. Some of my past awards include the Maryland Forester of the Year in 1992 and the Maryland Forest Leadership award in 1995. From both a professional and personal standpoint, I have a keen interest in the conservation of our state’s forest lands. I believe my thirty-plus years of experience, managing both public and private forests across various regions of Maryland, provides me a unique perspective on the issues and challenges affecting forestry. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
September 02, 2021
Cradle of Forestry and APSAF Centennial Monument with guest Patrick Hiesl ~ Episode 65
Patrick Hiesl the Assistant Professor of Forest Operations from Clemson University was interviewed by Candra Burns of Talking Forests about the Cradle of Forestry, the APSAF Centennial Monument, and Carl Schenck a German Forester who brought sustainable forest practices to the USA in 1895. His career profile from Clemson University in South Carolina: Patrick was an undergrad in Germany where he is from. During his first 4 years of school, he earned a B.S. in Forest Management at the University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg and graduated in 2010. Then he moved to Maine, USA to go to graduate school and earned his M.S. in Forest Resources at the University of Maine and graduated in 2013. Then he got his Ph.D. in Forest Resources at the University of Maine in 2015. After his graduate school and Ph.D., he got lucky and interviewed for the forest operations teaching position at Clemson University in 2015 in South Carolina and accepted the position and started teaching. Later, after networking in his local Society of American Forester's chapters, he then worked on the regional level with the APSAF Monument Committee. He was excited to learn about Carl Schenck and his forestry school, as a German, himself.  Candra was excited to talk with Patrick in this interview because she lived in Germany for 3 years from 2018-2020. She interviewed a German, Patrick Hiesl, on this podcast episode. She had friends in WA State that were foresters that helped German investment foresters use funding from USA forests to build bridges at their castles in Germany. When Candra lived in Germany, she could leave her backyard and go into a forest and that was not trespassing in Germany. That is very different than the private areas of the USA, especially in the fragmented areas where she currently lives in the south. Candra learned about Carl Schenck in 2015 at a WA State SAF meeting where they viewed “America’s First Forest” in 2015. Ever since she has been intrigued and got lucky that she was able to live in Germany with her USAF husband and travel within Europe for the first 2 years, pre-COVID. She visited the Cradle of Forestry and the APSAF Monument in 2021 when she had a chance during Memorial Day weekend and was excited that the USAF picked her new state as the “First in Forestry” state. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
August 25, 2021
Maryland Forests Association Faces of Forestry: Beth and Joe ~ Episode 64
Beth and Joe of the Maryland Forests Association sat down to talk to me about a "Faces of Forestry" program they have. We are featuring guests of this program on the Talking Forests podcast once a month. We hope you all gain insight from these guests about the forest sector and how each job in the entire supply chain is very important.   Elizabeth Hill: Beth is the executive director of Maryland Forests Association and a resident of the Eastern Shore of Maryland with more than 20 years’ experience in the forest sector. She previously served as the General Manager of Dorchester Lumber Company Inc., a family owned business founded in 1950. In her leadership role, she saw that the company provided quality products in a healthy, safe work environment, while promoting sustainable forestry practices. “Forestry is the highest and best use for land to protect the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Most people have no idea how important or vast the forestry industry is,” Hill said. MFA worked with BEACON, the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network at Salisbury University, with the support of the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industries Development Corporation (MARBIDCO), conducted an economic impact study to measure the importance of Maryland’s resource-based industries. Using the latest data from 2015, the report found that Maryland’s forestry sector contributed nearly $3.5 billion to the State’s economy, supported 15,271 jobs, and nearly $133 million in State and local tax revenue. Beth resides in Dorchester County with her husband and two children and is an active member of her community. Joe Hinson: President of Maryland Forests Association and President and he works with Northwest Natural Resource Group as main forester. He has over 25 years’ experience in helping private landowners, agencies, industry, and legislative bodies resolve natural resource conflicts. He was named by former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus to represent timber industry in negotiating process to implement state’s "anti-degradation" policy. He was director of private forestry programs for the National Forest Products Association, Washington D.C. (1977-1982). Education: B.S. in Forest Resource Management, West Virginia University, 1971. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction:    Spring by Ikson    Music promoted by Audio Library
July 26, 2021
Wildfire Chats with Thomas Martin ~ Episode 63
Thomas is a Canadian Wildfire Professional and we had a great chat since we are in the beginning of what most people know as a fire season, however Thomas dives deep into what fire actually means, how to prevent your area and home from having #fire impacts and this historical First Nations role in fire and why we have been ignoring those practices and need to bring them back to our landscapes. #wildfire #talkingforests His Twitter is:  Thomas Martin is a Wildfire Project Manager in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. He spends his working hours on wildfire mitigation projects, community wildfire plans, and landscape level plans. In his spare time he and his wife climb, bike, hike, and ski. @thomasforbc on Twitter. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction:    Spring by Ikson    Music promoted by Audio Library
June 30, 2021
Joe Buck in Nature & Mental Health ~ Episode 62
Joe Buck In Nature and I had a great chat with each other. He loves Twitter and has built a SAFE community you should be a part of. I felt very safe in this interview and he also interviewed me on Fireside Ch@s, check that out on his YouTube soon!  Joe Buck is a dendrochronologist, ecologist, science communicator, and mental health advocate. Joe owns and runs Cross Timbers Dendro, a forest consultancy based out of Central Oklahoma. His YouTube channel, JoeBuckInNature, features Fireside Ch@s, a SciComm series highlighting scientists via informal virtual chats to provide a sense of community and connection to the scientists we see on social media, but haven’t all had the pleasure to meet. Joe also utilizes social media to help advocate for and normalize mental health adversities. You can follow Joe: Twitter: @JoeBuckInNature Instagram: @JoeBuckInNature YouTube: JoeBuckInNature LinkedIn: Website: Cross Timbers Dendro: Joe's mental health resource links: Made of Millions: International OCD Foundation: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Dragonfly Mental Health: Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction:  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
May 26, 2021
Evolution of Knowing Your Worth and Why it Matters in Business ~ Episode 61
"Evolution of Knowing Your Worth and Why it Matters in Business". Candra talks about being burned, burning out, drawing boundaries, and how to measure your worth in business. From getting your 1099's, to wording contracts, to saying "NO" to business that you cannot do. Listen in!  Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
April 05, 2021
Wood Women Who Rock - Janelle Leafblad from WoodWorks - Episode 60
We had a great interview with Janelle Leafblad from WoodWorks. She wanted to do this timely interview because of Mass Timber Month and Women's History Month. She has been a pioneer in wood and started with architecture and worked in the US Forest Service Wood Products Lab back in the day. Her current role is a great resource for those wanting to know more about building with wood education, mass timber, and more!  Janelle has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the area of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley. Janelle has been with WoodWorks for over seven years and provides assistance on non-residential and multi-family wood projects to designers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
March 31, 2021
Talking Forests Podcast is Back ~ Updates and Why We Were Out ~ Episode 59
Candra Burns a military spouse talks about moving overseas as military in the middle of a pandemic and we are back! We talked about the safe way of traveling and the process of moving for us. We wanted to give you updates and the reason why we were out. Candid audio here! Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction:  Spring by Ikson   Music promoted by Audio Library
March 29, 2021
Oregon Women in Timber ~ Betsy Yraguen ~ Episode 58
This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women, this is 4 out of 4  episodes and will be published  each Monday in each week of October 2020  for National Forest Products week. Betsy Yraguen of the Douglas County chapter of Oregon Women in Timber talks about the organization and how she is involved in to help promote the timber industry for the greater good!  Betsy Yraguen is the Account Executive and Integrated Media Specialist at KEZI 9 ABC News partnered with MeTV Western oregon which is Western Oregon’s news leader—with Live, Local, Late  Breaking coverage and more local news than anyone else. People depend on KEZI 9 ABC  News for the most important local news stories from where you live in Oregon. 
October 26, 2020
Oregon Women in Timber ~ Vanessa McKinney ~ Episode 57
This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women, this is 3 out of 4  episodes and will be published  each Monday in each week of October 2020  for National Forest Products week. Vanessa and I chatted about what working in the woods with a doggo partner is like and how she would like to see forestry change for our future!  Howdy! Vanessa here. Originally from a small town in Northern California, Eureka. I earned my bachelor in science in Forestry, Natural Resources and Conservation at Oregon State University. Summer of 2019 I spent time overseas in Malaysia learning about the palm oil plantations and the effects on orangutan habit as well as other wildlife. My role currently is as technical forester with Rayonier in the coos/curry area on the south coast of Oregon. I love my role. I take my co-partner in the field, “Cruiser”, he is my dog. He’s been cruising with me since he was a wee- pup. I am an active member of the OWIT as well as the secretary of the OWIT chapter here in coos/curry. In my downtime I like to take Cruiser to the park, or beach or whatever adventure we can find. And, I like to read, sleep and eat good food. “Go Beavs!” Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
October 19, 2020
Oregon Women in Timber ~ Melissa Fullerton ~ Episode 56
This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women, this is 2 out of 4 episodes and will be published  each Monday in each week of October 2020 for National Forest Products week. Melissa and I chatted about working in business in the forest sector. She enjoys OWIT so much!  My name is Melissa Fullerton. I grew up in rural Montana in a small town called Florence. I graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. I married my high school sweetheart and we moved to Colville, WA where he began his career as a forester with Boise Cascade in 1992. I found work with an accounting firm in Colville shortly after arriving in Colville. In May of 1993 my husband accepted a job for Boise Cascade in Elgin, OR so we relocated to La Grande. I began my career with Boise Cascade in November of 1994. We have been in La Grande since then. We have two children, a son and a daughter that we are very proud of. My husband is still a forester with Boise Cascade and I have since moved on to Woodgrain as their lumber division controller. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
October 12, 2020
Oregon Women in Timber ~ Amanda Astor ~ Episode 55
This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women and will be published each Monday in each week of October 2020 for National Forest Products week. Amanda Astor and I recorded this episode before the devastating fires in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. We chatted about forest fires and what Oregon Women in Timber does to make each member special and a part of the community.  Growing up in Minnesota, Amanda fell in love with the colorful hardwood forests of the midwest. A handful of woodland adventures and camping trips solidified her passion for nature and started her on the path towards a career in natural resources. Amanda obtained undergraduate degrees in Forest Management and Forest Biology with a minor in Botany from Colorado State University and a Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Management, and Policy from Michigan State University. Amanda now serves as Southwest Oregon Field Forester for the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC). As an advocate for federal timber purchasers and manufacturers, she works to secure a robust and sustainable timber supply from federal lands through the development of operationally feasible, economically viable, and environmentally conscious projects. As a liaison between industry and federal agencies, Amanda encourages legally sound and science based management practices on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management across the Southwest Oregon region. Before coming to AFRC, Amanda worked as a Pre-Sale Forester for the U.S. Forest Service on Michigan’s Hiawatha National Forest. In this position she developed field knowledge of timber sale preparation, statistically sound cruise design, and timber sale contracting tools while cross-training in silviculture, wildland and prescribed fire operations, and environmental planning and analysis. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
October 05, 2020
Forestry Women Who Rock - Amanda Lang - Episode 54
Amanda Hamsley Lang is the COO & Vice President of Client Services, Forisk Consulting and we had a great chat about women working up to leadership positions in forestry companies. Have kids and being a mom is not easy, but worth it and when you work for a flexible team like Forisk, it makes the journey better.  Reach her at: Amanda Lang is a Partner and, as COO and VP of Client Services, leads all of Forisk’s operating, project management and Forisk Subscriber Support activities. She leads Forisk’s mill capital investment research program, and she teaches workshops and delivers presentations related to tracking and evaluating wood markets and forest industry capacity. Prior to working with Forisk, she interned with International Paper and conducted award-winning forestry operations research at the University of Georgia under Dr. Dale Greene. In 2016, she was named one of the UGA Alumni Association “Forty Under Forty”, and was named the Warnell “Young Alumni of the Year.”  She serves on the Georgia Forestry Association Board of Directors and is the chair of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters.  Ms. Lang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
September 22, 2020
Forestry Men Who Rock - Tyler Reeves from Forisk - Episode 53
Tyler and I had a great chat about forestry in all regions, how his internship led him into his position now, and adversity that we face in the industry. He has a wide variety of knowledge and brings a great education with him to his first year working as a Timber Industry Analyst at Forisk Consulting.  Role: Currently, I am working as Timber Industry Analyst here at Forisk. I have been with them full-time since July of this year. Previously, I had interned with them going back to March of 2019. Education: My undergraduate degree was a B.A. in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Afterwards, I got my M.S. in Forest Resources and MFR in Forest Business both from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. This May, I finished up my PhD in Forest Finance and Economics also from Warnell. My master’s work was centered around examining the costs of a chipping operation on an experimental track in South Carolina while my PhD was focused on how working forest conservation easements and their characteristics affect surrounding property value. Previous jobs: Primarily, I have worked as a graduate research assistant during my time in graduate school both at the masters and PhD level. However, prior to coming to UGA I also worked as women’s assistant soccer coach at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA. Hobbies: Emily (my wife) and I like to go hiking on the weekends when we can. Generally, we enjoy taking a trip up to the North Georgia mountains and spending a day doing so. Also, I have recently started gardening a bit more and enjoy reading and spending time around the house with Emily and our two cats Goblin and Petunia. Goal in social media: Generally, I would like to get to know more people in the industry. Hopefully, social media and events like this podcast can help with that. Forestry is such a broad field that it is always beneficial to talk to more people because everyone has a unique perspective. Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
September 04, 2020
Forestry Men Who Rock - Brink Group of Companies Owner - John Brink - Episode 52
"John A. Brink came to Canada from Holland in 1965 with $25.47 in his pocket, a suitcase full of books, and a dream to build his own sawmill." Interviewing him was such a treat and we learned so much about lumber, forests and wood from him in our recorded video on YouTube and in this podcast episode, do not miss out on this one!  Watch Our YouTube Video of John and Candra here: "10 years later, through sheer determination and an unwavering dedication to his vision, John developed a detailed business plan in 1975, establishing a value-added manufacturing facility in Northern British Columbia named Brink Forest Products. 44 years later, John is still at the helm of Brink Forest Products, which is today is the largest secondary wood manufacturing company in Canada and 13th largest forest company in the province of British Columbia, employing in excess of 400 people. John has a proven track record as a visionary leader in various industry organizations. However, the road hasn’t always been easy. It has taken resourcefulness, perseverance, innovation and boundless determination for Brink to succeed in a tough industry. Brink started his business with a lumber remanufacturing and finger-jointing plant; both of which he constructed from scratch. Finger-jointing dimension lumber had never been done in Canada prior to this, allowing Brink to establish himself as an industry pioneer. Brink’s original vision continues to guide the company today. The original business plan of 1975 accounts for the aggressive growth strategy that Brink has currently embarked on over past 44 years. As an industry leader, Brink is the longest serving director on the Council of Forest Industries, which represents the forest industry in British Columbia. Brink is the founding president of the B.C. Council of Value-Added Wood Processors, which had eight associations across B.C. and boasted 800 members.  He has been involved in all five of Canada’s softwood lumber battles with the United States, representing the secondary re-manufacturing industry.  As a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) recipient – the highest recognizable achievement in Toastmasters – Brink has enjoyed being a public speaker for many years, with speaking engagements ranging from UNBC MBA presentations to local forestry tours for individuals from across the globe, as well as other speaking opportunities throughout province and nation. In addition to a successful business acumen, Brink is also a dedicated philanthropist, supporting hundreds of charities and non-profit organizations in the community and across the globe. Brink is also well-known for advocating animal welfare, supporting the SPCA, PG Humane Society and most recently, providing a $50,000 donation to the Prince George Animal Rescue. Additionally, Brink is a founding sponsor of the international West Coast Dressage Festival and rides dressage on a weekly basis with his wife, Sharon." Voice By Gordon Collier in Introduction: Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
August 18, 2020
Forestry Women Who Rock - Leslie Boby - Southern Regional Extension Forestry - Episode 51
Leslie and I chatted about the responsibilities of being an extension forester, being proactive to plant the right trees in the right areas and she is proud of her role in her office.  Leslie Boby is the Coordinator for the Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) office and has been leading the office on an interim basis since the previous lead left in January 2019. She has worked as an Extension Associate on regional projects for the SREF office since 2011 and is based at the University of Georgia. SREF Twitter: or @soforext Leslie's Twitter: or @Leslie_Boby As Interim Coordinator of the SREF office, Leslie’s work entails facilitating connections and regional programs among the 13 southern land-grant universities, the USDA Forest Service, state forestry agencies and other southern forestry community members. These efforts include education, technology transfer and Extension programs that can serve the entire region. Leslie has a Masters degree in Forest Ecology from the University of Florida, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Illinois and is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the University of Georgia in Adult Education and Leadership. Prior to joining SREF, Leslie worked in various locations nationwide and for multiple agencies. She worked for the Audubon Society in California, as a wildland firefighter and forest technician for the Bureau of Land Management in northern New Mexico, and conducted wildland fire and soils research in Alaska. Leslie began her Extension career by serving in the United States Peace Corps as an Agroforestry Extension volunteer in rural Kenya for two years. Leslie lives with her husband and two boys in Athens, GA and enjoys hiking and camping with her family as much as possible. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
July 09, 2020
Forestry Women Who Rock - Mima Letts - Tree Sparks Founder - Episode 50
Mima Letts - Founder and Director of Tree Sparks and I talked about awareness of forestry careers for young people and how she navigated going from university to training forester in the UK. She wants to make a difference in our sector. We Are Women in Forestry Twitter: @tree_sparks Facebook: @TreeSparksIgnite Instagram: @tree_sparks Mima started Tree Sparks in 2018 with the aim of increasing awareness of forestry careers in young people. A graduate student from the Forestry program at Bangor University, Mima found herself facing many barriers when she decided that forestry was the career path for her. Careers in forestry and the environment are often not advertised by schools and misunderstood making it hard for young people to get into forestry. After experiencing this for herself, Mima wants to change this by shining the light on the mixed and varied roles available in forestry. Mima has been studying Forestry for the past 3 years at Bangor University, working as an outdoor activity instructor during the summer seasons. She is now Training Forester on Chatworph in England. She is also a qualified Volunteer Ranger for the Peak District National Park and loves to spend as much time as she can out in the forest.​
June 26, 2020
Free Range Forestry LLC - Anna Yarbrough - Episode 49
Anna and I talked about being young women business owners with forestry backgrounds. She worked in the industry as an employee before breaking out on her own and creating Free Range Forestry LLC so she could have a flexible work schedule with her son. We talk about local forestry and what it is like to work in the woods as a woman. She accepts the challenge and loves working with her clients. The personal touch has been her favorite so far like getting hand written letters and gifts. Facebook Instagram Anna Yarbrough, grew up in rural Oregon with family in the timber and farming industries. She is an Oregon State University College of Forestry graduate and has worked as a forester in the private timber industry since 2013. In 2019 she started her own forestry consulting business—Free Range Forestry LLC. Her business works with both large industrial and small forest landowners on all aspects of forestry. From harvest planning and reforestation to writing custom forest management plans and meeting state forest law requirements. Another huge part of her business is forest management advocacy and social media management for natural resource professionals. Forestry is not just a career path for her, it is her passion. She currently lives in Lane County with her husband Garrett, son Sawyer, and black labrador Timber. When she’s not busy working in the woods, you can find her and her family hunting, backpacking, fishing, or camping. You can follow her forestry adventures on Instagram and Facebook at Free Range Forestry LLC. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
May 28, 2020
Michigan Tech Forestry Students Who Rock - Andi, Krause, and Claudia - Episode 48
My name is Krause, I am currently a Master of Forestry Student at Michigan Technological University where I am an office assistant working on recruiting and retention in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and an intern at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion working on diversity initiatives for the campus. I got my bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University in Criminal Justice with a minor in Wildland Firefighting. I am from Freeland, Michigan and spent my entire childhood there until I moved to the Upper Peninsula in 2014. While taking criminal justice and wildland fire courses at NMU, I quickly realized that wildland fire and natural resource management was something I am extremely passionate about, and in the summer of 2016 began my wildland firefighting journey with the US Forest Service in Munising, Michigan. I travelled all over the U.P. my first summer doing prescribed burns, fighting wildfires on hand crews, and managing the land while on an engine crew. The following summer I got out west to Colorado and Idaho for severity on engine crews. Summer of 2018 I joined the DNR as a keyman while also working a bunch of odd jobs. After all the experience I got from fire, my career goals were pretty unclear but I decided to finish my CJ degree. My ultimate career goal when I complete my MF in December is to be a forester in the Upper Peninsula for quite a while, eventually get my PhD, then become a professor where I can educate others about fire and natural resources, as well as promote diversity in all of my places of employment in that time. My name is Andi. I am a third year Forestry student at Michigan Tech. I served as President of Women in Natural Resources this year and have been an active member of the Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters and Women in Natural Resources for the past 2 years. I am a huge tree nerd, my favorite way to de-stress is to saunter through the woods so I can catch glimpses of wildlife and quiz myself on tree identification (see, told you I was a nerd!) I am a non-traditional student. I come from a customer service and office work background, so I consider myself extremely fortunate to have discovered forestry. I am very passionate about our natural resources and love to encourage others to seek and follow their own passions. My name is Claudia and since May 2019 I am a PhD student in foresty science at Michigan Tech. I am from northern Germany and grew up in a small town close to the city of Hamburg where I used to work as a vet assistant. In 2010 I decided to go back to school and moved to the city of Kiel (close to the Baltic sea) and graduated with a Master's degree in Biology from the Christian-Albrechts-University. I am particularly interested in the ecophysiology of plants and how harvest regimes affect forest biodiversity. Not only professional but also in my free time, I like to be outdoors, preferably hiking, horseback riding or scuba diving. And since last winter, downhill and cross-country skiing are definitely among my favourite recreational activities as well! Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
May 04, 2020
Forestry Men Who Rock - Joseph Vaughn - Episode 47
Joseph Vaughn has worked in the natural resource profession since 2011. He has experience in wildland fire management, political and environmental advocacy, and most recently the forest products industry working at Interfor, one of the world’s largest lumber providers, as a Procurement Forester. He has earned an Associate of Science in Pre-Forestry from the University of North Georgia (UNG), a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (UGA) and is currently working on an Associate Certificate in Industrial Wood Processing at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). One of his most notable achievements is becoming an alumnus of the National Park Service (NPS) Academy, a partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). The goal of the program is to enhance professional and organizational excellence in the next century by recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation. He is also proud to hold membership in AGHON, a honor society founded in 1920 at UGA, which seeks to recognize individuals with outstanding leadership, character and a passion for agriculture. His current projects include becoming a licensed Registered Forester and operating a forestry & natural resource specific twitter account, Joe Talks Timber. Joseph lives in Athens, GA with his wife Samantha and dog Toby. Reach Joe at: @ath_forester - @joetalkstimber - LinkedIn - Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
April 13, 2020
Urban Forestry Women Who Rock - Rachel Murray - Episode 46
Rachel and I met at the National Society of American Foresters Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in November of 2019 at the student mentor session put on by my mentee the National Student Chair of SAF, Brittany Church. Rachel was enthusiastic about soils and urban forestry. I studied some of that in my college, but was curious what her take was on studying it now. She said soils is a hard class, but it is the foundation of forests. Without soil, we would not exist. We discussed her personally in the beginning of the interview and she has already been on track with internships and volunteer positions that have helped her achieve many opportunities such as scholarships. We openly discuss something that is just now coming out and a much needed conversation around disabilities while in college and while being in the forest sector. If I could relate to her in this conversation, I am sure many of you will as well, listen in!  Rachel Murray is currently a senior Urban Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and will be graduating in May 2020. She will be attending the graduate program at SFA to obtain a master’s in environmental science. Her goal is to work one day at an urban forestry company or environmental consulting firm studying urban soils. She is passionate about sharing her story of having dyslexia and anxiety and completing a degree in forestry. She wants to be an advocate for people with disabilities in the forestry industry. Her hobbies include exploring the outdoors, reading books, and playing board games with her friends. Rachel can be reached at her email: Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
March 09, 2020
Women in Wood Science Who Rock - Pipiet Larasatie - Episode 45
Talking Forests recorded this as a live video ( from Yosemite National Park at the Society of Wood Science and Technology Conference Oct 20-25th. ( or @societywood on social media).  We do not own the rights to the "Most Girls" Hailee Steinfeld Song used in the video or podcast audio. Her LinkedIn: "Originally from Indonesia, Pipiet won a scholarship for pursuing a PhD in a top university anywhere in the world. However, she chose to come to Oregon State University and work with Dr Eric Hansen in Wood Science and Engineering Department. Pipiet got her Bachelor in Forestry from IPB University/Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia, and Master in Forestry Science from University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Pipiet is an interdisciplinary scholar and social scientist. She is studying competitive marketing and business management strategies of forest products innovation, including business development of engineered wood products (such as Cross Laminated Timber/CLT), public perceptions of wooden multi story building (Tall Wood Buildings), and gender diversity in the forest sector workforce and higher education. Pipiet likes traveling (been to 5 continents) and popular writing (I have published a novel and a movie scenario while I’m here doing PhD). She also have a passion in science communication and been featured in TV show, radio show, podcast, and magazines." For more information about her work, please visit Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
November 15, 2019
Forest Men Who Rock - Andy Heald - Episode 44
We interview Andrew Heald, Technical Director, Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor), UK Twitter: Andrew is the Technical Director for Confor. He has over 20 years’ experience in forest and plantation management, and has worked in the UK, Finland, Uruguay and Ghana. Confor is a trade body representing 1,500 numbers across the UK forestry and forest products sector.  Andrew sits on the Board of Directors of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard, and was the Coordinator for the Economic Chamber at the most recent FSC International General Assembly in Vancouver. He also works as a Consultant with WWF International helping deliver New Generation Plantations, a multi-stakeholder platform to help people learn about better plantation management though real world experiences and influence others to follow good examples. Andrew is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, and spends far too much time on Twitter @andyheald. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link:    Voice by Gordon Collier    Spring by Ikson   Music promoted by Audio Library
October 28, 2019
Forest Men Who Rock - Luke Hemmings - Episode 43
Luke Hemmings is working with the UK Forestry Commission and I met him at the Institute for Chartered Foresters (  National Conference this April. He is great to connect with! @lwhemmings on Instagram and Twitter His blog: "I am truly passionate about and fully committed to multi-purpose Forestry and upholding the highest standards of Silviculture and Forest Management. I won the Woodland Heritage "Prince of Wales Award" for ‘Outstanding Young Person of the Year’ in 2011; was involved in planting new native woodlands in Slovakia as part of a community regeneration program; am a member of The Institute of Chartered Foresters and ConFor, and a fully qualified chainsaw operator. At a professional level I have particular expertise in sustainable forest management, timber harvesting & utilization, hardwood timber production and low impact silvicultural systems. I deal with G.I.S. electronic mapping and timber production surveys, and have also advised clients in the Private sector on landscape design, visual impact assessments, forestry planning, and public consultations. A good communicator and people manager, I am capable of getting out and 'getting my hands dirty' in the field, as well as project planning, oversight and co-ordination. Having travelled and worked in the USA, India, New Zealand and Sweden, I have experience of many different cultures and approaches to land use. I have also worked on organic farms and small holdings and had my own landscaping business for short time. I have a BSc in Forestry and Woodland Management from the National School of Forestry at Newton Rigg, which combined with a placement year working for the Forestry Commission in Thetford Forest, East Anglia, gaining first hand experience of managing a truly multi-purpose forest. When not on my bike, hill walking or navigating down a river on a kayak, I am probably working on my own timber construction of some kind!"- Luke Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on   this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
September 27, 2019
Forest Men Who Rock - Myles Polk - Episode 42
Follow Myles on Instagram at: My name is Myles Vernon Polk, I am originally from San Diego, California and currently reside in Tuskegee, Alabama. I attended The Piney Woods Boarding School in Mississippi for high school and gained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Science with a focus in Forest Management from Tuskegee University. I was a student in the Pathways Program established by the United States Forest Service throughout college which allowed me to work in various disciplines within Forestry during my summers. I spent my summers working mainly in timber and fire management but I also had the opportunity to work in areas such as wildlife, watershed management, soil science and silviculture on multiple forest. After graduating from college In 2015 I was offered a position as a Forester in Silviculture on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. Soon after taking this position I became the Genetics Coordinator on the same forest. I spent three years coordinating the tree genetics program, climbing trees to collect scion, pollen and cones as well as managing a 60+ acre Tree Improvement Area with various tree species. Once my son was born in 2017 I decided to apply for positions in the southeastern region to be closer to family. I was offered a position in 2018 on the Tuskegee National Forest which is located in the same county as my alma mater. I now work on the Tuskegee National Forest as a Forestry Tech and frequently work with Tuskegee University and Auburn University through partnerships. I really enjoy my current position as I am on the smallest US National Forest with a staff of only six employees which allows me to work in many different areas of natural resource management. My main job duties reside in the realm of timber management, silviculture, safety, fire management and education but at any moment I may be asked to assist with wildlife, recreation, soil, watershed management or anything else within the range of Forestry Science. The main focus on the Tuskegee National Forest is the restoration of the Longleaf pine ecosystem. I spend my time outside of the woods on family, spiritual growth, exercise, photography/videography, horticulture and community engagement (personal and group exercise training, fitness and natural resource educational programs and community service). My goal in the world of social media is to show everyone all of the amazing things I have stumbled upon in my life that may not be popular with the masses, especially within the African-American community. I am an African-American male from the inner city that was guided to nature somehow and loved it. I found my true passion in the middle of the woods, so I hope I can inspire others to think outside of the box and explore the things that may not be the stereotypical choice for their race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age or any other labels society may place on them. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on   this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library
August 24, 2019
Fire Women Who Rock - Amanda Rau - Episode 41
We loved interviewing Amanda, in her episode we talked about fire science and the role Smokey the bear plays.   Amanda Rau started working in wildland fire management as a member of a 20-person handcrew based in Springfield, Oregon in 1999. In 2001, after finishing her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Oregon, she began to seriously pursue a career fire management, working on interagency hotshot crews, handcrews, and engines based in Oregon, Montana, and California; as a fuels technician on the Deschutes National Forest; and assistant fire management officer in fuels management on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland.  Over the years, her wildland fire assignments have taken her from the longleaf pines of Florida to the prairies of Puget Sound.  She studied Natural Resources at Oregon State University and completed a Masters in Natural Resources, Fire Ecology, and Management at the University of Idaho in 2012.  That same year, she co-founded the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council, for which she serves as chair.  Amanda has since worked for the Prineville Bureau of Land Management as a natural resource specialist coordinating post-fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation and as invasives program manager for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland.  In 2015, she accepted a position as fire manager for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and Washington.  Amanda’s family originally settled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the late 1800’s, where they continue to manage a 672 acre small woodland where she works with her family harvesting timber.  The roots of her passion for conservation and sustainable forest management in Oregon run deep.   Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on   this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
August 24, 2019
America's Forests Women Who Rock - Kate Raisz - Episode 40
America's Forests host Chuck Leavell is one of a kind.  Often on tour with The Rolling  Stones, he’s both acclaimed as a  rock-and-roll piano player AND as a conservationist tree farmer.  The  Executive Producers of America's Forests are Bruce Ward and Kate Raisz.  Bruce is the founder and President of Choose Outdoors. Kate has known Bruce for years! Go to In this episode of Talking Forests, Kate has made it her goal to help the people who do not always get out into the forests to have a way to connect with them through television and documenting them around the world. In the Oregon episode of America's Forests they filmed a great piece about cross-laminated timber, in Colorado they filmed about the ways forests benefit the city of Denver's drinking supply of water, and the episode premiering this Winter will give a great overview in South Carolina of the Sustainable Land Retention Program. She discussed Climate Change in Forests and we talked about the newest generation coming out with a big voice to help our forests. Part of what Kate does is talking to different people around the world to gain insights and a new perspective to put in a film or TV show. She loves making people feel comfortable so that they can tell their story in a meaningful way. Building a community is huge. How do we connect those humans in cities to connect them to the forests around them? Air, water, and recreation keep people alive.  Kate Raisz is an award-winning media producer, director, and writer with thirty years of experience making films, websites, and interactive experiences for museums and broadcast television. Her expertise lies in translating complex ideas from science and natural history into compelling and dramatic media pieces for the general public. Clients include Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Utah Museum of Natural History, Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, Biomuseo Panama, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Inner Space Center, NOAA, New England Aquarium, the Aquarium of the Pacific, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel. Additional skills: fluent Spanish, conversational French, skiing, hiking, camping, and kayaking!   Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on  this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library 
July 22, 2019
America's Forests Women Who Rock - Katie Fernholz - Episode 39
America's Forests host Chuck Leavell is one of a kind. Often on tour with The Rolling  Stones, he’s both acclaimed as a rock-and-roll piano player AND as a conservationist tree farmer.  The Executive Producers of America's Forests are Bruce Ward and Kate Raisz. Bruce is the founder and President of Choose Outdoors. Katie has known Bruce for years!  Go to  In this episode of Talking Forests, we talk about the strong connection we have with the land, forestry and urban communities, how we can tell our story and engage with society.  We talked about the spectrum of personalities and how we need more of that in the workplace to have more diversity. Katie's LinkedIn: Kathryn (Katie) Fernholz is a dynamic and compelling expert addressing the environment and sustainability. She brings a unique combination of both a broad understanding of the complex interconnection between society and the environment, and the experience of her own personal journey from a family organic farm to forestry school to being a leader and international expert on the responsible management of forests and farms. Katie shares her knowledge and experience with diverse audiences and engages them in developing a clear understanding of natural systems within an historical context and an exploration of their own land ethic - the relationship each of us has with our environment and the personal values that define it. Her passion for the complexity and beauty of natural ecosystems blends with a pragmatic recognition of the challenges and choices that we are faced with, as well as the tools - heart and mind - that must be united if we are to move forward. Katie lives in Minnesota and works, travels, and speaks throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Kathryn is Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and on the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. Kathryn served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Blandin Foundation's Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative, and currently serves on the Minnesota DNR's Stewardship Committee, Minnesota’s Forests for the Future Committee, and the Woodlands Committee for the American Forest Foundation. She is a past-member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Sustainable Furnishings Council, Renewing the Countryside, the Forest Stewards Guild, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society.  She is currently a board member for the North American Forest Partnership, the Minnesota Insititute for Sustainable Agriculture, and the American Forest Foundation.  Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on  this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library 
July 22, 2019
Forestry Men Who Rock - Max Schrimpf - Episode 38
Max Schrimpf is rocking timber sports, his forest internship with Ohio Division of Forestry, and surveying for insects!  Check out his Instagram: I currently am a college student, about to go into my 5th year at The Ohio State University. I was born and raised here in Ohio. I started my college career at Wright State University wanting to pursue Meteorology but had to declare Geography as they did not have a program. I transferred to OSU as a sophomore and began as a meteorology major but after a semester decided that it really wasn’t for me (though I still really love weather). I changed my major to Forestry after thinking about what I really wanted to do, and thinking that I always wanted to work outdoors. I have worked a couple jobs in food service, both of which were as glamourous as they sound. For three summers after high school, I worked as the Assistant Ranger at my home Boy Scout Camp, doing various maintenance, landscaping, and coordinating with large groups about events. I was originally hired by the Ohio Division of Forestry back in February 2018 as an intern to paint state forest boundary. I’ve done that for 2 winter seasons. Currently, I serve as a summer forest health intern that works with our Hemlock program. We treat hemlock stands in southeastern Ohio for the Hemlock Wooley Adelgid. Our primary hemlock stands are in Hocking State Forest, which is where we are based out of. This area is most famous for Hocking Hills State Park, which houses such natural wonders as Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cave. The state forest surrounds the state park. During the academic year, I work at the main office in Columbus, fulfilling various administrative tasks and conducting low-risk ALB surveys as well as helping to administer our Champion Tree Program. Outside of work I like to dabble in woodworking and photography, I also enjoy participating in timber sports with OSU’s forestry club.     Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on  this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
July 16, 2019
Women With Resolve Ask Candra Anything - Episode 37
Maria and Graise started Women with Resolve to bring people together in a community. Candra joined in shortly after they created the group and they want to Ask Me Anything. As an avid podcaster who asks everyone else questions, I was so down to be interviewed.   Women With Resolve is a space for women in conservation to build meaningful and genuine relationships, find allies, resources, inspiration and opportunities, through our shared purpose.   Everyone is welcome — women and men — but our community is focused on connecting those who are dedicated to elevating women in social and environmental conservation.  Here is the group: In this episode we talked about: 3:50 Candra moved to Germany in 2018, Maria ask me how did that change how I was working and how are you adapting? Transformation, Priorities, and Online work helped Candra move forward. 5:42 What did you learn there that you would bring back? The recycling system and turning our bio-waste into energy. Solar panel parking spaces. Shade for your car and a place to store energy for later use. 8:35 How do you stay resilient and cope with challenge? I set out standards, a vision and staying to that course with a business plan, but it is just that a plan.  10:05 You have had to learn new skills that you were not taught in college, how did you do it? My writing skills did come from college and have translated to me being a copywriter for social media.  One of the challenges for me has been to figure out my worth and place a value on what I do. The social media aspect, I did not go to college for that, but I was interned and mentored by a communications director for 1.5 years. 12:50 How do you keep up the support for yourself? I go to Reiki healing sessions and have been going through a healing transformation. I am definitely a nature empath. Ground myself in nature all the time, gardening, walking my dogs and walking outside.  when I am overwhelmed I have a support system and I seek guidance and free counseling. I make military spouse friends really fast.  14:55 Anything else you would like to share with us? How would you like to see the forest sector/conservation change? We have preconceived notions about what other generations are going to be like. We need to educate each other and be each other's mentors.  Money, knowledge, and resources are unlimited. It is whether we access it or not.  Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on  this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
July 16, 2019
Inspiring Tech Women Who Rock - Jessica Carr - Episode 36
Jessica Carr started working in marketing when she was 18 at Utah Valley University's Entrepreneurship Institute as the Marketing and Events Coordinator. That same year she became the youngest ambassador for Google in the world (to her knowledge) as the Organizer for the Utah Google Developer Group. She then went on to be a project manager, product manager, and marketing consultant until she went on an adventure to become a tour bus driver in Fairbanks Alaska. Today Jessica owns Expedition Web Studio and helps small businesses build marketing focused websites. She also works for IBS implants, a global dental implant manufacturing company. Jessica is also finishing her Bachelors at Utah Valley University in Data Analytics. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors doing whatever she can outside. She also loves participating in Agility with her dog Sophie and competing in the equestrian sport, Three-Day Eventing.   Her website: Her Instagram: Her Facebook: Her Twitter: Our Facebook group to help you grow! Grow Your Business Branding and Marketing Made Easy. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on  this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
June 14, 2019
Inspiring Men Who Rock - Jordan Gross - Episode 35
Jordan Gross and I e-met on our favorite platform LinkedIn, we had a great idea to bring you guys value and so we interviewed him! Instagram: or @cloudnine_moments LinkedIn: Jordan is a Northwestern and Kellogg School of Management graduate, a two-time startup founder, a TEDx speaker, and a #1 best-selling author. His upcoming book, The Journey to Cloud Nine, provides a new approach to the personal development world by using fictional storytelling to reveal some of life's most meaningful principles. Jordan has been asking hundreds of people around the world how they live their lives on cloud nine, and he cannot wait to share this with all of you! Jordan provided a testimony of our podcast: "This podcast is great, because the conversation is guided by such a  knowledgable, conversational, and inquisitive host. The host garners  insight from each guest, and then does a really nice job of relaying it  both to her own personal experience, as well as experience of those in  the forest industry. This creative approach to a traditional world is  exactly what is necessary to further grow, develop, and spread awareness  for a worthwhile cause!"  Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on  this link:   Voice by Gordon Collier   Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
June 13, 2019
Forestry Men Who Rock: Christian Kirsch - Episode 34
Christian Kirsch has 22 years of solid experience in forestry. 15 years of experience running a small forestry business. He has in-depth knowledge of the principles and practices of forestry, including best management practices, water quality, tree and shrub selection, planting, pre-commercial thinning, harvesting, and sustainability.   He also owns Kirsch Forest Management  Location Coeur d Alene Idaho where he has done: • Managed timberland for private land owners, which entailed procurement, marketing, cruising, property line identification, sustainable harvest management plans and following the best management practices for water quality. • Numerous direct timber sales for Idaho Department of Lands. • Private contractor for three northern Idaho counties under the Firesmart program. Created defensible fire space for private landowners, which live within the wildland urban interface. Cleared road right of way for emergency vehicle access. Created fuel breaks which protected subdivisions and communities. Met with landowners and discussed present fire dangers within their property while creating a treatment plan. • Contracted for Coeur d’Alene Tribe fuels reduction projects. • Owned and managed two ground skidding crews, and a log loader while harvesting lodgepole pine for house logs under a contract with the Yakima Tribe. • Full service tree removal company for private homeowners and city governments. • Proficiency at developing objectives, formulating policies and making decisions. • Sound knowledge of operating goals and considerations in the field of forestry. • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. This includes the ability to explain forest issues and concepts to individuals and groups with varying levels of understanding. • Ability to work effectively within a team environment and to work proactively. • Strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. • Ability to coordinate multiple complex tasks and projects concurrently. • Strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills, attention to detail and always safety first   Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link:  Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library 
May 20, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Christine Leduc - Episode 33
Christine and I have a connection as we have both worked in forest policy and communications roles.  She gives us professional insight from her role in  with EACOM Timber Corporations, one of Canada’s largest softwood lumber producers.   Her most valuable tip: " Don’t be afraid to share your perspective at  school/work, or your story on social media. If you keep it positive and  respectful, then you can say what’s on your mind."    Follow her on  LinkedIn: or Twitter:   Christine obtained  a Bachelor of Sciences and a Master of Forest Conservation from the  University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry. Upon graduating from the  UofT’s MFC program, she held policy positions in the office of the  Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and the Ontario  Forest Industries Association. Christine has been the Director of Public Affairs since 2015. She  was a recipient of the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry  and the Ontario Professional Foresters Association Fernow Award. Christine is also a board member for Forests Ontario, a  member of the advisory council for the It Takes a Forest campaign, and a  member of Women for Nature, an initiative by Nature Canada.       Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link:  Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
April 26, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Edie Dooley - Episode 32
Edie Dooley is a field forester stewarding a 12,500 acre family forest in Western Oregon with one of the America’s oldest forestry consulting companies, Mason, Bruce and Girard. Prior to finding her way into this dream job she worked with MBG out of Portland, OR as a forest analyst performing forest inventory analysis and updates, running large cruise jobs including managing the cruise of the Oregon’s Elliott State forest in 2015, and working on fast turnaround due diligence cruise jobs. Two years ago, while living in Portland, Edie founded the Free to Grow Coalition, a networking group for the next generation of leaders in forest work aimed holding casual meet ups to have real talk about forestry’s joys as well as its challenges. Edie has held a large breadth of forestry and conservation jobs including serving as an urban conservation crew leader with the Student Conservation Association, three Forest Service technician seasons in botany, a fire ecology research and silviculture, a USDA National Needs Fellow forestry master’s student conducting research on disturbance ecology and multi-trophic level interactions with whitebark pine, mountain pine beetles and white pine blister rust, and as Montana DNRC’s urban forest inventory program specialist conducting surveys of publicly owned urban trees throughout Montana’s communities. While paid to be a forester, Edie is an ecologist at heart with an honors B.S. in biology focused on ecology and evolution from Syracuse University where she conducted an undergraduate thesis on the effects of anthropogenic sound on bird song. She completed her Master’s in Forestry at University of Montana in 2012. Having grown up in a small town in New York state, and eventually living in Portland, Oregon, Edie is loving settling into the country life in the Willamette Valley in Oregon where she lives with her partner who is also a forestry consultant. She has also started a new Free To Grow Coalition group for her forestry peers in the Salem, Oregon area. She enjoys skiing, yoga, travel, rock climbing, aerial silks, gardening, bird watching and being a feminist.  Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link:  Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
April 08, 2019
Wood Products Women Who Rock: Pat Layton from Clemson - Episode 31
Live from the International Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Oregon we talk openly about building with wood!  Dr. Patricia A. Layton, Ph.D., Clemson, SC, Is the Director of the Wood Utilization + Design Institute and a professor Forestry. She is the former Director of the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFE Sciences) (2010-2014) at Clemson University. She came to Clemson University in late 1999 as the Chair of the Department of Forest Resources. In 2003 she was chosen to lead the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.  Before joining Clemson University, she was a Senior Director with the American Forest & Paper Association where she represented the industry in the area of recycling, life cycle analysis, sustainability, and energy.  Prior to that Pat was a Manager at Scott Paper Company, where she developed new forestry and marketing initiatives, including playing a vital role in the development of the American Forest & Paper Association’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program. While at Scott Paper, Dr. Layton served as the forest policy and technical lead on all of Scott Paper’s international forestry investments and opportunities.  Education:  Ph.D. Forest Genetics University of Florida 1985 M.S. Forest Genetics Texas A&M University 1978 B.S. Forest Management Clemson University 1976 Research Interests Development of southern yellow pine cross laminated timber Extension and Outreach Expanding the Use of Wood Products in SC Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library  
March 21, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Courtney Peterson - Episode 30
Courtney's LinkedIn ( Courtney Peterson is a Research Associate in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. One of her major roles is to serve as the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Coordinator, where she focuses on disseminating ASCC ( project findings and translating them into outreach and training opportunities with land managers and scientists working to manage forests for climate change adaptation. Courtney also collaborates with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) ( on climate science communication and adaptation initiatives, and works to connect partners to NIACS programs, resources, and training opportunities. Prior to working for the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department, Courtney was the Wildfire Mitigation Education Coordinator for the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) ( where she developed and implemented outreach, education, and public awareness campaigns related to forest health, fire adapted communities, and wildfire mitigation for a diverse range of audiences.  Courtney earned her MS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University (CSU), and her master’s research involved a public perception survey of the Colorado State Forest Service’s management of state and private lands. Courtney has a BS in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism with a concentration in Environmental Communication, and minors in Conservation Biology and Music Performance, also from CSU. As an environmental communication major, Courtney learned about the importance of science communication and how important it is to be able to tell your story about your research and science to diverse audiences. The world of social media provides a whole suite of tools that can be utilized to help tell this story.  When she is not working, Courtney loves playing violin in a local volunteer orchestra and traveling the world to experience new places. Courtney also enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.  Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library 
March 18, 2019
Wood Products Men Who Rock: Charles Gale - Episode 29
Charles is currently a consultant in forestry research and wood product industry, his business is called Doug Fir Consulting ( working with companies such as Smartlam, Forest Business Network, Bureau of Business and Economic research and several other research entities. Recently he was a Manufacturing Analyst and Sales and Ops Planner with Stimson Lumber Company. Prior to that, Charles was with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) having published several GTR’s and various Journal publications. He has extensive experience conducting economic wood product industry analysis, forestry, logging utilization studies, and research for improving efficiencies in manufacturing operations. He has also worked at MAEDC in Montana conducting foundational and background analysis for Montana’s Wood Product Revolving Loan Fund now called WPRLF. Charles has a Resource Conservation Major and Climate Change minor from the University of Montana Forestry School. Charles’s wife is Leah and they have a baby boy named Clifford. Edie Dooley created the Free To Grow Coalition and Co-founded it with Charles. Northwest Regional Board member Forest Products Society for 6 years, and Society of American Foresters for 11 years.  Free to Grow, check them out here: if you are interested in more info email them at  You can find him on Instagram You can find him on Twitter   Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link:  Voice by Gordon Collier  Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library  
March 04, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Valerie Elder - Episode 28
A great story here! We talked about all types of landowners and being involved in that community. Valerie really has ties to the land and it comes out in her passionate work. You can find her on Instagram here:   Valerie developed a connection to the land and passion for working with people who have sawdust in their pockets and boots on the ground while growing up on a timber and cattle ranch in Northern California. She likes to say her playpen was the back of a pick-up filled with firewood and chainsaws. This perspective guided her education and career pathways. During summers away from earning a degree in Forestry at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo she laid out timber harvest plans and conducted salmonid surveys as a forestry technician in the same watersheds her father and grandfather logged. Her interest in working lands and the people who manage them fueled her M.S. in Forestry research in West Virginia where she studied farm and forest owner conservation interests.  She has 6 years of experience in extension outreach and education. Valerie’s main interest is creating opportunities for land managers to have positive dialogue with groups who are less connected to natural resources. After serving as a Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Agent with Oregon State University for Oregon’s North Coast she has recently returned to the ranch. As the new Executive Director of The Buckeye she has the opportunity to work with ranchers, farmers, dairymen and family forest owners who care about the economic and environmental sustainability of open space on California’s North Coast. She is enjoying the opportunity to closer to family and contribute to the family logging business.     Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library   Status 
March 04, 2019
Federal Lands Forester for DNR: Anjel Tomayko - Episode 27
Anjel Tomayko is a bad@$$ firefighter, worth a listen!  LinkedIn: I completed my BS in Forest Resource Management in 2016 and am working to complete my MS in Natural Resource Management this year. While in the USAF, worked as a bioenvironmental technician ensuring occupational safety and health standards were met for all base personnel as well as ensuring environmental laws and regulations were met, to include the drinking water used by personnel and dependents. As an environmental technician for a consulting firm, worked on remediation projects for federal, state and private companies to include one Superfund Site in the Silver Valley of North Idaho. For the last 5 summers, have worked primarily as a wildland firefighter for both Washington State and the USFS with one season on a timber crew in pre-sales forestry. In January I accepted a new position as a federal lands forester with WA DNR. This new program is was authorized under the Good Neighbor Authority as part of the Farm Bill. Currently I’m working on an Interdisciplinary Team comprised of DNR, FS, and Tribal leaders as well as environmental groups and private landowners to develop a cross-jurisdictional landscape management approach for approximately 90,000 acres in Northeastern Washington. The initial focus is 40,000 acres on the Colville National Forest. I love taking photos of the landscape in a variety of settings. While I consider myself an amateur as I usually use my camera phone instead of my fancy camera, I enjoy the results quite often as do others. I also started hunting this last year and enjoy cutting, splitting and stacking firewood. My goal in the world of social media is to educate people on what forestry is. Most people have no idea what a forester does and how important our role is in land management. I know there are many people who are just like I used to be, completely oblivious to the idea that our public lands are not just left to their own devices.
February 22, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Tiffany Roddy - Episode 26
Follow Tiffany Roddy on Instagram: @tiffrodd LinkedIn: Tiffany Roddy holds two Forestry degrees: an Associates in Forest Technology from Penn State Mont Alto, and a Bachelors in Forest Management from Penn State University. During college, she interned with Weyerhaeuser in Louisiana as a Forestry Summer Intern and also with Penn State as a Cruiser for their Oak Regeneration Research Study. After college, she worked as a Forester with Weyerhaeuser in Oregon for over seven years; she now works with PRT Growing Services as the PNW CSR (Sales & Marketing Manager). Her hobbies include downhill mountain biking, hiking, gardening, beekeeping, and sheep herding with her border collies, to name a few. Her main goal in social media is to meet new people as well as spread information about Forestry. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link:  Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson  Music promoted by Audio Library    
February 19, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Molly Pitts - Episode 25
Molly Pitts appeared on the America's Forests with Chuck Leavell PBS episode in Colorado check it out (!     Molly Pitts was born and raised in the White Mountains of Arizona and later attended college at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She graduated in 1998 with a BS in Forestry. Shortly after graduation, she was hired to work as a woodland forester for the White Mountain Apache Tribe. She worked full-time until starting her family in 2002 and then worked part-time until the fall of 2004, when she was hired as the Executive Director for the Northern Arizona Wood Products Association (NAWPA). NAWPA is a non-profit trade association that promotes forest restoration and wood utilization. Molly worked for NAWPA for 8 years, during which time she worked extensively on the White Mountain Stewardship Project, served as the Co-Chair for the Governor’s Forest Health Council, and was an active member of the 4FRI steering committee.  Starting in 2008, Molly also acted as a consultant for the Northland Pioneer College Small Business Development Center, where she worked with the forest industry businesses throughout Apache and Navajo County to assist with business plans, financing, grant writing, grant administration, and marketing/advertising. She also participated in the Workforce Development Taskforce, which was put together to look at increasing and training a skilled workforce for the local forest products industry. As part of this taskforce, Molly helped to develop, administer, and analyze a student survey to determine the interest in a natural resources program at the local community college level. Molly also researched various natural resources programs and outlined a framework for a new natural resources program for the college. In January of 2012, Molly and her husband moved to Salida, Colorado so that Jim could take a District Ranger position with the USFS. Once settled, Molly started graduate school at Oregon State University and started volunteering with the local USFS. Molly graduated from OSU in the spring of 2014 with a Masters in Natural Resources. Upon graduation, Molly started her own consulting firm (Pitts Resource Consulting, LLC).  Molly is currently the Rocky Mountain States Director for Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, is serving as the Executive Director for the Colorado Timber Industry Association, and is the Colorado Programs Manager for Intermountain Forest Association.  Molly served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Southwest Society of American Forests from 2007-2012 and as the Chapter Chair for the Southeast Colorado Chapter of the Colorado/Wyoming Society of American Foresters from 2012-2018. Molly and her husband Jim have two sons: Colby (age 16) and Caden (age 14) and two bird dogs. Molly is a very active person and enjoys camping, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and in general spending time outdoors.    Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library     Status
February 12, 2019
Clemson University Forestry Assistant Professor - Dr. David Coyle - Episode 24
Dr. David Coyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. His Extension Forestry program focuses on forest health and invasive species management in forest types across the Southeast.   You can find Dave’s forest health outreach work at, or find him on Facebook ( Instagram (drdavecoyle) and Twitter where he regularly posts about invasive forest pests, silviculture, and forestry in general. Prior to Clemson, Dave ran the Southern Regional Extension Forestry – Forest Health and Invasive Species program, which provided hands-on training, electronic resources, and other services pertaining to management of native and invasive forest insects, plants, and diseases to forestry professionals throughout the southeastern U.S. Dave grew up on a farm in Harmony, MN and completed his B.A. in Biology at Luther College. He then moved to Ames where he finished his M.S. in Entomology and Forestry at Iowa State University, followed by a move to South Carolina where he worked as a technician for the USDA Forest Service – Southern Research Station Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research. He completed his PhD in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin and a postdoc at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. At UGA, Dave spent several years working on various forest health issues in the Southeast, covering both hardwood and conifer systems. Dave has extensive experience with southern forest pests, silviculture, management, and woody biomass systems. He serves on the Board of Directors and is President-Elect for the North American Invasive Species Management Association, is on the Advisory Committee for the Southern IPM Center, and is Co-Director for the ProForest group at the University of Florida.    Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library    
February 09, 2019
Wyoming State District Forester - Kelly Norris - Episode 23
Kelly is currently the District 5 District Forester for Wyoming State Forestry Division and is responsible for implementing and overseeing the delivery of all programs offered through Wyoming State Forestry Division for the District.  Read more here: Such programs include: Forest and fire management on state trust lands, rural forestry assistance – Stewardship and Tree Farm, Community/Urban Forestry program, Forest Health program, and policy. Kelly is very active in Society of American Foresters as she currently serves on both the National Policy Committee and the National Recognition Committee. Kelly was the CO/WY SAF State Society Chair in 2017 and the Northern Wyoming Chapter Chair in 2015. Kelly is a 2017 graduate of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources (CPNR), a yearlong professional development training series through the Ruckleshaus Institute, a Division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Kelly’s passion in community forestry led her to becoming a Certified ISA Arborist and she is also a current member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ISA. Prior to her eight years with Wyoming State Forestry, Kelly worked for the US Forest Service on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest as a zone forester on the Evanston/Mountain View Ranger District. Kelly’s true passion for forestry all started with her first job as a forester, in the tiny town of Kelliher, Minnesota with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Kelly is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with majors in Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management and Forest Management and minors in Soil Science and GIS.  Kelly lives in Buffalo, Wyoming with her husband Nick and their 16 month son, Henry and 4 year old son, Benjamin. They also have a bird dog and two pack goats. In Kelly’s spare time she loves to hike, camp, backpack, canoe/kayak, fish, hunt, cross country ski, and garden.   Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library   
January 29, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Dr. Jess Hartshorn - Episode 22
I finished my BS in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in 2010. I did both my MS and PhD in Forest Entomology at the University of Arkansas, finishing my MS in 2012 and my PhD in 2016. During undergrad, I worked in the aquatic ecology lab at SIU helping students with projects that looked at aquatic macroinvertebrate community changes in relation to riparian vegetation management. I also worked in the forestry department on a project looking at cover crops to conserve native bamboo in the Southeastern U.S. Both my MS and PhD research focused on the ecology and management of a pine-inhabiting woodwasp in the genus Sirex. My research covered trapping and rearing methods, biological control using nematodes, effects of climate on fitness, and modeling predictions of invasive Sirex emergence to predict future interactions with native hosts and insect species. After finishing my PhD I moved to northern Minnesota to work as a forest health specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. I worked a lot with foresters and wildlife biologists to identify and treat insect and disease issues on state lands in Minnesota. I also worked with private landowners, university faculty, and non profit organizations to do natural resource education and workshops. During my time in northern Minnesota I also taught forest health at Itasca Community College. In August of 2018 I started as an assistant professor of forest health at Clemson University in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. Twitter As far as hobbies, I both practice and teach yoga and have had my own yoga business in the past. I love all things outdoors: I run, bike, kayak, hike, and anything else that takes my outside. I’m also very active in my community and have organized events like the March for Science in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and served on the Human Rights Commission there as well. A couple years ago I started a blog with a colleague, Dr. Molly Darr, called the Feminist Forester, which focuses on social issues in science. We write original content and also share articles and guest pieces through our website, facebook, and twitter accounts. My goal in the world of social media is to get people to think critically. I want people to think beyond the headline and see past the standard media hype that surrounds stories you see on facebook, Instagram, or twitter.  Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library   
January 27, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Sarah McCoy - Episode 21
Sarah is the first woman to teach as a full time faculty member at the Maritime College of Forest Technology! She has a passion for helping others learn about many facets of forests and talks about it with us in a great episode!  She has a Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Horticulture from Dalhousie University & the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, and Forest Technologist diploma from Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT) I have worked as a forest technician both in urban forest roles (ISA certified Arborist) and for the Canadian Forest Service working with invasive and native insects. I have worked on many research projects including brown spruce long-horned beetle and spruce budworm. Currently: Forestry Instructor at the Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT) in Fredericton NB. I teach 5-6 courses a year including forest entomology and pathology, Urban Forestry, Dendrology, Botany, Public Speaking and Arboriculture Sciences. Each year I have approx 100 students training to be forest technologists! Hobbies: Raising chickens! Social Media: Incorporating more into my classes. I think social media is a great tool and they should know how to use it effectively. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library   
January 16, 2019
Creative Inventory Sawmill Ciara and Scott Fenimore - Episode 20
Ciara Fenimore is an assistant forester for Hancock Forest Management out in Kapowsin WA. She will be getting her bachelors in forest management from Green River Community college in the Spring. She keeps herself busy with a lot of things, like crocheting, spinning, knitting, cooking, hunting, fishing, wood projects etc. Scott and Ciara are a part of a family owned and operated sawmill business that mill logs into your custom needs called Creative Inventory! Instagram: Facebook: Check out: "Never give up on your goals, everyday you get an opportunity to take the next step towards it."-Ciara Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library   
January 16, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Taisa Brown - Episode 19
On this episode, we talked about the importance of silviculture and the fun challenges we see in the field! Taisa is a fantastic guest with a depth of knowledge in regenerating our forests for the future, please listen in.  Her Instagram: Silviculture: Concepts and Applications by Dr. Nyland states, "Silviculture deals with the methods for establishing and maintaining healthy communities of trees and other vegetation that have value to people." Taisa graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with Honours. She is currently working for Western Forest Products on Vancouver Island, Canada as an Area Forester. She is a Registered Professional Forester with the ABCFP, the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals. She loves backpacking, mountaineering, and sea kayaking and tries to go backcountry camping every weekend from May to November.  Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library  
January 04, 2019
Forestry Women Who Rock: Cassie Bott-Baxter - Episode 18
She works as a biologist for an engineering and environmental consulting firm and loves it!  We dive into a great conversation about breaking barriers to fish and new ways of building to help the future.  Education: Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Science from Trent University (2008-2013), Specializing in Indigenous Environmental Studies. Studied abroad in Norway: Songal University College (2011), University of Tromso (2012).  Cassie is an Ecologist with over 5 years of experience the environmental field, including forest management planning, species at risk assessments, and environmental impact studies. Ms. Bott-Baxter’s field experience includes forestry inventories, field survey for vegetation, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and ecological classification. She has also completed Species at Risk surveys for Blanding’s turtle, whip-poor-will, barn swallow, bank swallow, eastern meadowlark, and SAR vegetation. Her past experience includes preparing fish and wildlife license and species at risk permit applications to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, environmental impact studies, natural heritage evaluations, and forest management plans. Ms. Bott-Baxter also has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities conducting consultation on resource projects, land use planning, environmental assessments, and traditional knowledge studies.     Job History Junior Biologist, McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers (2018 - Present) Ecologist, EcoTec Environmental Consulting Inc. (2016 – 2018) Forestry Technician, Cariboo Forestry Consulting (2015 - 2016) Forestry Coordinator, Tolko Industries (2014 – 2015) Lands and Resource Assistant, Nazko First Nation (2014)   Fisheries Assistant, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (2013) Junior Researcher, Inuit Circumpolar Council/Trent University (2009 – 2011)    Volunteering  Affiliations Nipissing Forest Local Citizen’s Committee Member Nipissing Forest Operations Task Team Member Canadian Institute of Forestry Algonquin Section Nipissing Naturalists Hobbies/Projects Plant walks with kids at the local nature area Writing a field guide for plants for kids  Writing an online course to plant identification  Ski racing, canoeing, snowshoeing, wildcrafting, mycology Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library 
January 02, 2019
Forestry Men Who Rock: Patrick Shults - Episode 17
Patrick is the WSU Extension Forester for the SW corner of Washington. He started this position in the winter of 2018 and is working diligently to create educational opportunities for small forest landowners in this region. He has been building a wonderful Facebook community! Go like the page he created for you! Prior to taking this job, Patrick lived in Michigan, where he was born and raised, and had spent the last several years working for non-profit organizations that utilized volunteers, education, and outreach to create healthier forests in both urban and natural settings. He also was a certified stewardship forester with the State of Michigan, and worked with landowners to develop forest management plans. Patrick went to Michigan State University to earn his B.S. in Forestry and then went on to earn an M.S. in Forestry (also from MSU), where he conducted research focused on agroforestry and restoring soil through sustainable nutrient cycling. He hopes to use this range of experience and passion for teaching to develop programming that enables small forest landowners to achieve diverse management objectives. He believes social media is an important tool for both outreach and education. Patrick wants to utilize it to increase awareness of his programs and generate a following that represents the diversity of forest owners in southwest Washington. Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
December 17, 2018
Forestry Women Who Rock: Virginia deCarle - Episode 16
Virginia is a mother of two boys, her eldest Jerod is 20 and her youngest Keenan is 14. She has a great love for trees and water. Spent most of her life camping, hiking and swimming in nature. She has developed educational programs called Nature Connects and Forestry Education. You can find her on LinkedIn: "I decided to go to school to when I was 30. My career choice was Forestry. I applied to the Forestry Technician Program at Algonquin College in Pembroke, Ontario. It was a great program with many experienced and knowledgeable professionals who have worked in this field for many years. I graduated with a number of certificates: Chainsaw operator, Certified Tree Marker, Road building and Forest Operation Compliance Certificate. When I graduated I was hired on for a contract by the Senior Forestry Technician for Ontario Parks Pembroke site. My first job was carrying out Young of the Year Brook Trout Surveys in Algonquin Park. Another young woman and I surveyed eight lakes. Our task was to map out new streams/creeks by walking or paddling the circumference of each lake, record stream temperatures, net Y.O.T.Y Brook Trout (if possible) to see if they were present in any of the streams or creeks. Following the Y.O.T.Y Brook Trout Surveys I was hired on for another contract in Algonquin Park which involved carrying out Free to Grow Surveys. Here we measured the growth success of trees planted in previous years. While working on contract I decided I wanted to move to the Bancroft area. I knew that the Forest Industry was the main economic driver there, and it was likely I would find work in my field…..I did. I was hired on as a Certified Tree Marker for a contractor working on Crown Land in the Bancroft area. I worked with the same company for eight seasons, and when my boss retired I started my own tree marking business (deCarle Forestry Services) of which I am also the only employee. Shortly after moving to the Bancroft area I connected with some other forestry professionals in 2010. I was then invited to present my idea to carry out a Forestry Day for grade 7&8 students. The presentation to Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association (B.A.F.I.A) was a success. The first Forestry Day for students in area schools at the grade 7&8 level was in spring of 2011. We connected with a teacher (Colleen Baehre) from North Hastings High School in Bancroft. They have a fantastic program that focuses on forestry and resource management. This is where Forestry Day began. Myself and a fellow forestry professional (Ernie Demuth, R.P.F) in the industry came up with the idea together to put together a whole day that covers the many aspects of what takes place before and during a harvest operation. We had a tree marking station, wildlife values, tree planting, and harvest operations. Included in the event were multiple people who use wood to create functional products such as canoes, musical instruments, cutting boards etc. We also had a local legend who still to this day at 76 years old hand hews logs for buildings. This event has carried on for seven years now, and there’s a great support from the area schools."-Virginia Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
December 11, 2018
Forestry Men Who Rock: Kenneth Schmidgall - Episode 15
We interview Kenneth Schmidgall today. He has an AAS – Forest Resources – Mt Hood Community College and is currently enrolled in the Oregon State University College of Forestry – Forest Management Major. He is on Instagram: "After 14 years of construction work I decided it was time for a change and at the age of 30 I enrolled in college full time to get a degree in forestry. I’ve worked for Oregon Department of Forestry on a thinning and wildland fire suppression crew, For Cougar Environmental as a timber cruiser, and I just recently excepted a position with Olympic Resource Management as their summer intern forester. I’m also extremely active in the Portland chapter of Society of American Foresters recently excepting the chapter chair position. My hobbies include fly fishing, hiking, going to punk shows, and listening to original reggae, soul, and ska. My goal with social media is to counter misconceptions in forest management practices and give forestry professionals a voice that I think is seldom heard or drowned out by more extreme opinions and also to connect with other forestry professionals in order to share ideas."-Kenneth Schmidgall Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
November 27, 2018
Forestry Women Who Rock: Jasmine Brown - Episode 14
Our guest today is Jasmine Brown and she recently received the high honor of Society of American Foresters Diversity Scholar a year-long program. The Diversity Scholarship Program ensures that the Scholarship winners have a convention mentor and remain connected with that mentor during the remainder of the year. Here is her LinkedIn: Check out our video on YouTube: Current Positions: Jasmine K. Brown is currently a Graduate Student at Oregon State University in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Program. Jasmine is also a US Forest Service Pathways Intern in Silviculture in Washington on the Umatilla National Forest. She is also a Society of American Foresters Diversity Scholarship Recipient and Diversity Ambassador. Education: As a Connecticut native, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. Jasmine also spent one year at Alabama A&M University through a student exchange program. Alabama A&M is the first and only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with an SAF accredited forestry Bachelor’s degree. Previous Jobs: Prior to returning to graduate school, Jasmine was a US Forest Service traveling Forest Technician for three years. This position involved traveling to a different national forest each month. Jasmine also has prior experience as a graduate teaching assistant for a forest biology course. Hobbies: CrossFit, forest walks, and journaling. Her goal in the world of social media: "#ChangeTheNarrative in Forestry and Natural Resources. For so long I have been told that “people like me” typically do not go into forestry. Each of my posts defy stereotypes about forestry and natural resource professionals. My posts also provide educational glimpses of my forestry career. I always consider my family as I share details about my job, internships, conferences and events. My decision to follow a career path in forestry, introduced my family to a career choice that they were previously unaware of. Therefore, I always view each of my posts as a way to expose my audience to a career choice that has be extremely fulfilling for me."-Jasmine Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
November 20, 2018
Forestry Women Who Rock: Jennilyn Franklin - Episode 12
Jennilyn Franklin is our forestry guest today! She is the first woman to work for City of Montesano Forestry and the first woman to graduate from both of the Forest Managment classes at Grays Harbor College the AAS: Natural Resources and the Bachelor of Applied Science Forest Management program. Her Instagram: Highlight education you may have: Senior at Grays Harbor College earning Bachelor of Applied Science in Forest Resource Management. Talk about jobs you have had: Forest Operations Intern- Port Blakely Tree Farms Tumwater, WA Summer 2017 Forest Operations Intern- City of Montesano’s Forestry Department Summer 2018 Your current positions: Inventory Data- City of Montesano Forestry Department Lab Technician: Grays Harbor College AAS Natural Resources Forest Mensuration Assistant to VP of Administrative Services Grays Harbor College Any hobbies you would like to add: Hiking, camping, building furniture, photography, scrapbooking, spending time with my family/kids Your goal in the world of social media: "To inform my followers and friends about how forestry and natural resources is extremely important. Most people don’t understand logging and forest management are extremely good to maintain a sustainable resource. Its like educating people that fire is good for forests, its been taboo that fire is bad. When I first started school my family thought I was getting a degree to be a logger and didn’t understand the difference of a forester until I educated them."-Jennilyn Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
November 19, 2018
How to Leverage LinkedIn to Win - Episode 8
You can leverage LinkedIn to get towards a goal. I talk about how in this episode. I have earned jobs, contracts, meetings and private tours off of LinkedIn. Need help with how to get towards a goal you have been dreaming of in your life? Schedule a meeting with Talking Forests or email me at and ask for a free #LinkedIn audit! Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
November 14, 2018
Forestry Women Who Rock: Brittany Church - Episode 13
Forestry Women Who Rock: Brittany Church She is on Instagram: She is the youngest individual to have gone through the associates and bachelors forestry programs at Grays Harbor College. "I am currently attending Grays Harbor College as a junior pursuing my bachelor’s degree in forest resource management. I was accepted into Grays Harbor College in the Fall of 2015 as a running start student during my junior year of high school. Unsure of what I wanted to do, I spent my first year of college completing my prerequisites. In Fall of 2016, during my senior year, I joined the AAS- Forest Technician program. I fell in love with the program and found my passion for forestry. Summer of 2017, after graduation, I got an internship with Alta Forest Products based in Chehalis, WA. In June of 2018, I received my associate's degree. Shortly after obtaining my degree, I got hired on by the Washington Department of Natural Resources as a wildland firefighter. I absolutely loved this seasonal job, which helped to further direct me to my niche in forestry. Looking into the future, I will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2020 as the youngest individual to have gone through the associates and bachelors program. I enjoy most outdoor sports, including hunting, fishing, hiking, photography, and much more. In addition to hobbies, I plan on becoming a volunteer firefighter for my local district within the very near future. My goal in the world of social media is to find inspiration to create more goals to accomplish, then take my accomplishments and inspire others to create their own goals and so on."-Brittany Want to be featured? Schedule your interview with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
November 13, 2018
Instagram Secrets - Episode 11
Secrets to Instagram. 1) Use up to 30 hashtags 2) Pre-plan your feed in a 9-grid (Apps that can help you with that). 3) Tag people in your posts and stories that you create. Have any questions? Schedule a quick session with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
September 26, 2018
Ignore or Educate the Naysayers - Episode 10
A strategy that has been successful is explained in this podcast episode. If you had 5,000 naysayers telling you not do to your research, would you stop even though you know the topic as a specialist, I would hope not! We know the science in forestry, we need to ignore or educate the public on social media to move forward in our creativity and technology. Have any questions? Schedule a quick session with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
August 29, 2018
Secrets to Getting Engagement - Episode 9
In this episode we talk about how to navigate the content calendar to create engaging posts and the opportunties that you can get. Comments, retweets, and asking questions are better than only liking posts on social media. The more you do this, the more engagement you will see! Have any questions? Schedule a quick session with Talking Forests on this link: Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
August 14, 2018
How To Create a Hashtag People Will Use - Episode 7
When you create a hashtag, you have to ask your audience to use it months in advance, especially if you want people to use it at your conference. Need help with how to get your audience to use a #hashtag that you create? Schedule a meeting with Talking Forests Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
July 31, 2018
Hashtags and Business Goals - Episode 6
Why are people using so many hashtags? The secret is that they get you seen in searches online. If you use a hashtag to describe something, people will be able to search that hashtag and find your post! We strive to find the best hashtags for you and make sure that they meet your business goals. Voice by Gordon Collier Spring by Ikson Music promoted by Audio Library
July 16, 2018
Connecting with an Organic Audience - Episode 5
If you connect with real followers, you are more likely to get #engagement on your #socialmedia. You want to have real people on your channels following you. Do not buy, earn trust in organic followers.
July 10, 2018
Adding People to Your Social Network - Episode 4
I talk about adding people to your network in this video! Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I talked about Social Media a New Frontier and some starting strategies to get noticed online. People already knew who I was before the conference because I went and researched them on social media before the conference. If you do this and have a plan as to who you want to talk to, you will be noticed!
July 02, 2018
Social Media Tip #1 Timing - Episode 3
Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I talked about Social Media a New Frontier and some starting strategies to get noticed online. My main three tips here: 1. Timing 2. Relevance 3. Execution In this episode, we talk about timing in your social media strategy.
June 27, 2018
Social Media Tip #2 Relevance - Episode 2
Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I talked about Social Media a New Frontier and some starting strategies to get noticed online. My main three tips here: 1. Timing 2. Relevance 3. Execution In this episode, we talk about relevance in your social media strategy.
June 27, 2018
Social Media Tip #3 Execution - Episode 1
Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I talked about Social Media a New Frontier and some starting strategies to get noticed online. My main three tips here: 1. Timing 2. Relevance 3. Execution In this episode, we talk about how to execute your social media.
June 26, 2018