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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 9 - South Carolina Tree Farmers - Land of Legacy Series | Episode 6

#162 | The call of the bobwhite is now a normal thing

February 18, 2021 | Retired Army Col. John Spearman

On episode 6 of the Land of Legacy series, retired Army Col. John Spearman shares his story about marrying into a traditional farming family, and how he learned – and grew – in some surprising ways.  Like all Tree Farmers, John’s story is unique, and it involves his family every step of the way. But […]

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Season 9 - South Carolina Tree Farmers - Land of Legacy Series | Episode 5

#161 | Land is more than finances; it’s your culture and heritage

February 11, 2021 | Annie Ruth Jones

On episode 5 of the Land of Legacy series, you’ll meet Annie Ruth Jones, a new SC Tree Farmer whose roots in the land run deep, as her family’s heritage stays strong. Annie Ruth Jones is much more than a new SC Tree Farmer; she’s a beacon of light for her family and other African […]

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Season 9 - South Carolina Tree Farmers - Land of Legacy Series | Episode 4

#160 | I hope heaven is like this

February 4, 2021 | Randell Ewing

Up next in the Land of Legacy series, you’ll walk a mile in Randell Ewing’s shoes, as we travel with him to his own piece of heaven. Randell Ewing, Sr. was a mill-worker for most of his life. He may not have had a college diploma or tons of money, but what he did have […]

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Season 9 - South Carolina Tree Farmers - Land of Legacy Series | Episode 3

#159 | This land is doing what it does best, and that’s growing trees

January 28, 2021 | Eddie Drayton

This week in the Land of Legacy series, Eddie Drayton takes us deep into his bottomland hardwood forest, where the history is just as rich as the soil.  Eddie Drayton has always been tactical and intuitive. In particular, he tactically traded Grit newspapers for Fudgesicles as a child, and he intuitively changed his career path in dentistry […]

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Season 9 - South Carolina Tree Farmers - Land of Legacy Series | Episode 2

#158 | Keep the land together; keep the family together

January 21, 2021 | Pat Dorn

On this, the second episode of the Land of Legacy series, Tom and Emily travel to the banks of the Broad River with Pat Dorn, a SC Tree Farmer and investment advisor, who may just inspire you to buy some forest land of your own. As you listen to his story, you will hear for […]

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Season 9 - South Carolina Tree Farmers - Land of Legacy Series | Episode 1

#157 | My back is stronger than my pocketbook

January 14, 2021 | Mike Meetze

On the first episode of the Land of Legacy series, Mike Meetze takes us exploring through his favorite spots in his forest, and explains how he coined the phrase “my back is stronger than my pocketbook”. Mike Meetze, the 2013 SC Tree Farmer of the Year, had two careers before retirement, his Engineering job and […]

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Season 5 | Professionals of Color in Forestry | Episode 8

#129 | Helping people realize their full potential

January 5, 2021 | Myron Floyd

Dr. Myron F. Floyd is currently Dean of the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. He is also professor of parks and natural resources management. Throughout his 30-year career, his research has focused on understanding racial and ethnic disparities in access to public parks and green space. He holds BS and MS […]

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Season 8 | Wildland Firefighting Professionals | Episode 7

#128 | We’re all connected in the world of wildland fire

February 12, 2020 | Katie Lighthall

Katie Lighthall is the Coordinator for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy in the Western Region. She assists federal, state, local and Tribal agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations understand what the Cohesive Strategy is and how it can be useful to reduce risk across landscapes, in communities and for wildfire response. Katie holds […]

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Season 8 | Wildland Firefighting Professionals | Episode 6

#127 | Wildland fire is tough but rewarding work

October 23, 2019 | Garth Fisher

Garth Fisher is the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Branch of Wildland Fire Management, National Training Director.  He currently also serves as the Chair and BIA Representative on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.  Garth has 15 years of experience in wildland fire operations and wildland fire management. He began his career on a Type 2 handcrew and […]

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Season 8 | Wildland Firefighting Professionals | Episode 5

#126 | Interagency cooperation starts before the fire begins

September 26, 2019 | John Miller

John Miller is the State Wildland Fire Chief for the Virginia Department of Forestry. As such, John is responsible for oversight and state-wide coordination of the agency’s wildfire control, emergency management, and prescribed burning programs. After earning his BS in forestry from Virginia Tech, John has been in state forestry for his entire 29-year career […]

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