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The Leadership Nature Podcast was founded in 2016 to share the lessons of leadership, communications, teamwork and careers of professionals throughout the forestry and natural resources community. Since then, the podcast has featured over 100 diverse guests in a number of Seasons, Series, and Topics as you will see in the navigation bars. Please enjoy, learn and share with others.

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Season 1 | People You Should Know in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 18

#120 | As a leader, you have to become comfortable with discomfort

July 17, 2019 | Buddy Huffaker

Buddy Huffaker is Executive Director of The Aldo Leopold Foundation, a leading non-profit conservation organization located in Barboo, Wisconsin. Buddy joined the Foundation over 20 years ago as an intern and field botanist and can now run everything from a chainsaw to a prescribed burn! In today’s episode, Buddy shares a little bit about how […]

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Student Series | Featuring current students and recent graduates in forestry and natural resource programs across the country, sharing their experiences, perspectives and advice for prospective students considering undergraduate or graduate programs that lead to working in and working for the great outdoors | Episode 1

#119 | Getting to work outdoors and starting a career right after you graduate in forestry

July 10, 2019 | Elaine Snowberger

Recent Clemson University graduate Elaine Snowberger kicks off a new Special Series of the Leadership Nature Podcast, this one focusing on students and recent graduates of our Nation’s forestry and natural resource programs. In this episode, Elaine shares her journey to and through her forestry program and already stepping into her first job right after […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 19

#118 | Nothing is cookie-cutter with NRCS

July 3, 2019 | Christopher Joe

Christopher Joe is a District Conservationist in Macon County Alabama for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and he is a fourth-generation African American landowner who farms and raises cattle on the historic Joe Black’s Angus Farm. Chris’ deep roots in agriculture and professional training make him a uniquely gifted resource to landowners, and he […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 18

#117 | What we’re doing now will affect generations

June 26, 2019 | John Littles

John Littles is the Executive Director for Mcintosh Sustainable Environment Economic Development (McSEED). He provides technical assistance to grassroots organizations and asset-based economic development, food systems, education systems, land preservation and retention, and so much more! In his role, John has generated over $8 million dollars in funding for the organization and works as an […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 17

#116 | Trust takes a minute

June 19, 2019 | The Cooper Sisters: Eleanor C. Brown and Yvonne Knight-Carter

This episode features the Cooper sisters, Yvonne Knight-Carter and Eleanor Cooper Brown who are the owners and active forest land managers on their historic property alongside Broadaxe Branch near Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Their property goes back almost 150 years in the family, and they are proud to be connected to the family land, making […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 16

#115 | The stories of each generation make the land as important as the blood in your veins

June 12, 2019 | Ebonie Alexander

Lillian “Ebonie” Alexander is the Executive Director of the Black Family Land Trust (BFLT), one of the United States’ only conservation land trusts dedicated to the conversation, preservation, and protection of African American and other historically underserved landowner assets. Ebonie and her team host regular workshops in the community to educate and share the importance […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 15

#114 | A management plan without clear title is like putting the cart before the horse

June 5, 2019 | Evette Browning

Evette Browning is Outreach Coordinator for the Arkansas Agriculture Department, where she helps ensure that African American landowners are getting the support they need from the Department’s many services, including the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention program. On this show, Evette shares the types of barriers landowners have historically faced and how people […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 14

#113 | You owe it to your ancestors to maintain that land

May 29, 2019 | Fahamisha Amkajinaki

Along with her family, Fahamisha Amkajinaki is a forest landowner of her ancestral homeplace in Northeastern North Carolina. “Misha,” as she is known to her friends, grew up in New Jersey and lived an entrepreneurial life before returning to the land that her grandfather purchased in 1895. Today, she is making creative, purposeful, and environmentally sustainable […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 13

#112 | Conservation is about relationships

May 22, 2019 | Ann English

Ann English is the State Conservationist of South Carolina with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Ann began her career as an agronomist and soil conservationist. With 30 plus years of experience working in conservation and with […]

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Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 12

#111 | To see changes in family dynamics, those are the wins

May 15, 2019 | Marshall Cherry

Marshall Cherry is the Chief Operating Officer at Roanoke Electric Cooperative, a utility company located in northeastern North Carolina that helped launch the SFLR program and still remains as an active partner and leader of the initiative. Marshall shares his story as well as the company’s story of how they got involved in the program, […]

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