Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 8

#107 | Women landowners are incredibly important in land management

April 17, 2019 | Danielle Atkins

Danielle Atkins is a forestry and wildlife professional who is the Forester for Mcintosh SEED (Sustainable Environment & Economic Development) in Darien, Georgia. In her role, she supports landowners in the SFLR program through the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. Danielle educates landowners on their land options and provides hands-on assistance with outreach, workshops, technical assistance, management plan writing, publications, clustering projects, and special programs for women landowners. Prior to this, Danielle worked for The Nature Conservancy, Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek, and the Georgia Forestry Commission. Her professional preparation includes a Bachelors in Wildlife and a Master of Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. She is also a Registered Forester in Georgia, a Master Timber Harvester in Georgia, and a certified Wildland Firefighter. Listen to and share this episode about Danielle and her important work.

Key Takeaways:

[1:40] A message from Leadership Nature.

[2:20] A quick intro about Danielle’s background.

[4:10] How did Danielle get involved in forestry?

[7:55] How did the grant at Mcintosh SEED get started?

[12:15] How does Danielle find landowners to help?

[15:50] Danielle shares her process and how she helps landowners.

[20:45] What kinds of challenges do landowners face when it comes to taking the next step with a forester and/or consultant?

[27:00] Danielle is in the process of documenting a model so that other landowners can use it as a template for their best practices.

[28:00] Danielle shares a couple of stories and case studies of landowners who have benefited from her service.

[34:50] Danielle stresses the importance of gender diversity in the forestry field.

[40:40] What should landowners look for when they realize they need some land management help?

[42:45] How can forestry professionals get involved?

[46:00] What is Danielle most proud of so far?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Website for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities: Usendowment.org

More information on the SFLR Program: Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR)

More information on USDA NRCS: Nrcs.usda.gov

More information on McIntosh SEED: Mcintosh-Sustainable-Environment-Economic-Development

Visit Danielle’s blog for women and land ownership: Life + Land

Danielle on LinkedIn

Contact Danielle at: d.atkins.forestry@gmail.com

Locate Your State Forester here

Facebook Page for McIntosh SEED and also “Teas & Trees”

McIntosh SEED’s Instagram: mcintoshseed 

Danielle’s Instagram: dmphotography_23

Danielle evaluating some live oak trees along the coast of Camden County, GA

(l-r) Tyrah Ward (McSEED Outreach Coordinator), Cheryl Peterson (McSEED Program Director) and Danielle standing together at a field tour of Weyerhaeuser Property in Midway, GA
Daniell and her 7-month-old son, William
Danielle in front of Flinchum’s Phoenix at UGA’s Whitehall Forest in Athens, GA

Danielle and her husband, Daniel, at the 2018 McKinnon Regional FFA Forestry Field Day Event in Jesup, GA




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