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Women in Forestry


People You Should Know: Interview #126 – Candra Burns, The power of social media in forestry and natural resources

Candra Burns is the voice for introverted scientists everywhere and the owner of Talking Forests. She is a natural resource professional and unique resource for anyone in the field who wants to build their social media chops. On today’s episode, Candra talks about the importance of social media, the benefits of each social media platform, […]

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S6|E13 Interview #124 – Amy McFadden, ACF, “The best part of being a forestry consultant is helping folks realize what they really have”

Amy McFadden, ACF, is the Owner of White Oak Forest Management, Inc., which is based in Georgetown, South Carolina. Amy started her forest career with International Paper Company in 1994, taught at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in the Forest Technician Program, and was the department head for four years! Amy earned a BS in forest management […]

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#108 – Season 5 – Stephanie Freeman – “Why can’t I have big dreams like everyone else?”

Dr. Stephanie Freeman is the GIS Coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service. Her professional education includes a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from University of Illinois, an MS in Forestry from NC State University, a Master of Professional Studies, Agriculture and Horticulture from Cornell University, and a PhD in Plant and Soil Science from Alabama A&M. […]

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#103 – Season 5 – Leslie Weldon – “The simplest form of being a leader is having a positive influence on others”

Today’s episode features Leslie A. C. Weldon, Deputy Chief for National Forest Systems with the USDA Forest Service. In this role, she is the executive responsible for national policy oversight and direction for Natural Resource programs, currently managing 193 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands. Leslie always wanted to get into forestry and credits […]

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#98, S5|E9: Dr. Zakiya Leggett – “To be a good leader, you have to show that you can be a good follower”

Dr. Zakiya Leggett is a professor at North Carolina State University and College of Natural Resources. She currently teaches Introduction to Environmental Science and serves as the campus Director for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program, which helps undergraduate students who are interested in research experiences in conservation issues as well as encouraging diversity in […]

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S5|E5: Dale Threatt-Taylor – “Don’t let anyone make you the gazelle; I choose to be the lion!”

Dale Threatt-Taylor is the District Director of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District in Wake County, North Carolina. She is responsible for implementing the strategic goals of her Board of Supervisors, as well as working in alignment of the District goals with the Wake County Board of Commissioners work goals. She is known as […]

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S5|E2: Mavis Gragg – It’s one thing to help people but another thing to empower them

Dr. Mavis Gragg is an attorney who works one-on-one with foresters, families, and many others with a focus on estate planning and administration. In doing so, she helps people maintain and grow their wealth, and she is particularly well-known in the forestry community for her work with heirs’ property landowners. Originally from Black Mountain, North […]

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S3|E21: Laura Parker – Grow your people, and the people will grow the business

Laura Parker is the Manager of Forest Planning and Analysis for American Forest Management, Inc., where she delivers strategic and tactical forest planning solutions for a wide range of clients. Laura has been with American Forest Management for a little over 14 years and speaks highly of the role models and company culture there. Find […]

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S3|E20: Nicole Belhumeur – You don’t have to speak loudly to be heard

Nicole Belhumeur is an ISA Certified Arborist who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Rhode Island. Nicole began her career at a landscape architecture firm before finding a passion for tree care. Today she is an arborist and corporate recruiter for Bartlett Tree Experts in the United States ad Canada. […]

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S3|E17: Laurie Raskin – Make yourself a leader!

Laurie Raskin is a forestry consultant who earned her B.S. in Forest Management and Forest Resources Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. Prior to this, Laurie worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Finch Paper, and Wagner Hardwoods among other roles before opening her own consulting business earlier […]

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S3|E16: Jenny Knoth – Just because there is no protocol for something doesn’t mean we can’t make our own

Jenny Knoth is the Director of Environmental Affairs for Green Crow Corporation in Port Angeles, Washington where she splits her time between fieldwork and forest policy. Jenny has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Washington, a MS in Forest Genetics from NC State University, and a PhD in Forest Sciences from the University […]

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S3|E13: Tera King – A good leader takes a little more than her share of the blame and little less than her share of the credit

Tera King is a forester and partner at Northwest Management, Inc., a forestland and environmental management consulting firm based in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Tera worked her way up through roles like backcountry ranger, trail crew, timber cruiser, and firefighter to being the leader of Northwest’s Management Services Division and acting CEO for their real […]

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S3|E9: Heather Slayton – Your actions will delineate and define you; people remember how you act and react

Heather Slayton is a forester for the Tennessee Division of Forestry, has a B.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech, and is currently working on her Master’s at the University of Tennessee. After graduating from Tech, Heather worked as a forester in Virginia and North Carolina before moving to Tennessee. Right now, Heather works as the […]

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S3|E6: Whitney Schimke – Say “yes” to everything because you never know what that will mean for your future

Whitney Schimke is a forestry graduate of Humboldt State University and currently works for C&D Lumber in Southern Oregon. Whitney’s parents were both foresters, but growing up, she wanted nothing to do with the profession! Over time, the forest kept calling her back, and now in her adult years she believes she has the perfect […]

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S3|E2: Allison Ginn – A lot of my favorite leaders are like stage managers. You never see them in the spotlight, but they keep things moving.

Allison Ginn is Utah’s National Conservation Lands Program Lead for the Bureau of Land Management. She provides statewide support for issues related to designated wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, and more. Allison has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in […]

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S2|E27: Rachel Reyna – As a leader, their successes are my successes

Rachel Reyna is a Certified Forester and Certified Arborist who has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource, Bureau of Forestry, in various capacities and with increasing responsibilities since 2001. Currently Chief of Rural and Community Forestry, Rachel has a BS in Forestry from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Agriculture […]

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S2|E26: Stephanie Grubb – Look for opportunities to be a leader without being a manager

Stephanie Grubb is a forester for International Paper where she has served in various capacities in Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. On this week’s show, Stephanie discusses why it’s important to be a quick learner and adapt to your environment. She also discusses some of the initial challenges she faced in formal leadership positions and […]

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S2|E25: Mona Griswold – If no one stands up and cries foul, nothing is going to change

Mona Griswold is the Olympic Region Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. She earned a BA in Botany from Drew University, a MS in Forestry from Duke University, and a MBA from James Madison University. Prior to her current role, Mona had over 30 years of experience in the forestry products industry […]

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S2|E24: Vicki Christiansen – Today’s forestry leaders need to be self-aware, curious-minded, community builders

Vicki Christiansen is Chief of the U.S. Forest Service; at the time of this interview, she was Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry in Washington, DC. Vicki started out as a wildland firefighter, which began her 26-year career with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, including state forester both in Washington and in […]

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S2|E23: Lee Steigerwaldt – Run with the dogs; don’t plod with the pigs

Lee Steigerwaldt is the Chief Operations Officer and part owner of Steigerwaldt Land Services, Inc. Steigerwaldt Land Services was originally established in 1957, making Lee a third-generation consulting forester. Prior to joining the family business, Lee served as a production arborist in Idaho. Today’s discussion details the unique challenges of growing up as a little […]

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