Season 1 | People You Should Know in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 19

#121 | People in the forest sector go many generations back and affect many generations forward

July 24, 2019 | Will Novy-Hildesley

Will Novy-Hildesley is the Executive Director of the North American Forest Partnership (NAFP), a diverse community of people and organizations who are passionate about the state, use and future of forests. NAFP’s platform, #forestproud, is where they share the real-life stories of everyday people from all over North America who work in the woods, work for the woods and love the woods for so many different reasons. Learn about Will’s story, NAFP and #forestproud in today’s episode, including what they are all doing to clarify the story of forests and forestry and how you can join and support this work no matter where you are or how you love the woods.

Key Takeaways:

[1:00] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:40] A quick intro about Will’s background.

[3:40] How did Will first get into natural resources?

[7:15] There aren’t many sectors where people are so passionate about what they do that they stay with one organization throughout their entire career.

[10:25] People are losing touch with their natural environment, and there are consequences to that.

[11:00] Human beings are meant to spend time in nature.

[11:50] Will shares the differences he has noticed between the U.S. and the UK.

[17:25] How did the North American Forest Partnership (NAFP) first get started?

[24:50] How does the #forestproud platform connect with NAFP?

[30:15] Everyone has an answer when it comes to what makes them proud about their involvment in the forest and forestry.

[35:25] Will explains how to develop content that works.

[42:55] Will is very proud of his team and shares a little bit more about what they are up to.

[45:15] How can people get involved with #forestproud?

[48:15] What makes Will #forestproud?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Learn more about NAFP and #forestproud right here

Visit the U.S. Endowment for Foresty and Communities here

Connect with Will on Linkedin here

See the video of Smokejumper Naomi Mills here

Get a copy of Last Child in the Woods here


Leadership Nature is a proud supporter of #forestproud, a diverse community of forest stewards.