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By Tom Davidson

Kelly Norris is a District Forester with the Wyoming State Forestry Division. Throughout her career, Kelly has often been the first woman among all-male coworkers, sometimes the first woman forester anyone had seen, especially in small towns and remote locations. So she has learned some things about being a pioneer, about coping with special circumstances, […]

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By Tom Davidson

Leah Rathbun is the Regional Biometrician for the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Forest System. She discovered forestry after being incredibly unhappy at her role in retail management. So Leah decided to quit her job and go back to school, where she could find a career in the great outdoors. It was the best […]

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By Tom Davidson

Nancy Hirsch is the Deputy State Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry in Salem, Oregon. A veteran professional, she has worked for the department for over 28 years in a variety of field and leadership positions, and in this episode she shares her personal lessons in leadership for men, women, and anyone considering a […]

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By Tom Davidson

Melody Starya Mobley is a pioneer. She was the first African-American woman to graduate with a degree in forest management from the University of Washington. She was also the first black female forester to join the US Forest Service. Now retired, Melody served forestry and the forestry community in many places for 28 years, and […]

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By Tom Davidson

Louise Murgia is the Chief of Staff & Chief Operating Officer at the Society of American Foresters. In this episode, Louise discusses some of her experiences of being a woman in a very male-dominated career, and offers advice and wisdom for other women in similar positions. As for our male counterparts, Louise points out that […]

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