Women in Forest Stewardship

The Forest Stewards Guild values diversity in our practice, knowledge base, strategies, and perspectives. During Women's History Month 2019, we have paused to intentionally express our gratitude and highlight the richness we gain through the efforts and wisdom of women in forest stewardship. We highlight some of these women here, each work day in March, and also dedicate the spring issue of The Forest Steward magazine to women in forest stewardship. If you are a current member, expect that in your mailbox in the second half of March. Thank you to all who contributed to this reflection and to all who contribute and support diversity in our ranks every day.

Nancy Patch

Nancy Patch 
Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation/County Forester 

The forest stewardship landscape is going to look a lot different in the future than it does right now.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson
DCR Division of Water Supply Protection/Quabbin Watershed Forester

It’s a matter of basic decency to support ALL people in forest stewardship, including women, gay and trans people, disabled folks, people of color, etc. 

Annie Socci

Annie Socci 
Executive Director, Foundation for Sustainable Forests 

Women play a huge role in the future of our forests as landowners, heirs to forested land, and caretakers of their woodlands.

Amanda Mahaffey

Amanda Mahaffey
Northeast Region Director, Forest Stewards Guild

I am inspired by the dedicated, full-of-life people who share the “spark” that inspires us in forest. I love the diversity of in the Forest Stewards Guild.

Amy Cimarolli

Amy Cimarolli 
Owner, Forester, Cimarolli Forestry & Wildlife 
Land Protection Specialist, West Virginia Land Trust 

“Appreciation of beauty!” is my top ‘strength’, according to one professional advancement tool, and I realize it shapes my life.

Sarah Deumling

Sarah Deumling
Owner and forest manager of the Zena Forest, a 1400 acre tract of forestland in the Willamette Valley.

As a long time forest steward in Western Oregon in 2019 I have far more concerns than inspirations.

Tara Bal

Tara L. Bal, PhD, CF
Research Assistant Professor of Forest Health and Co-advisor of the Women in Natural Resources Group, Michigan Technological University

I am excited when there are enthusiastic students in my classroom, knowing that they will go out and make a big impact on forestlands in their career!

Miriam Dunne

Miriam Dunne

Retired biologist, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and Board Member for NJ Forestry Association 

Woodland owner, Christmas tree farmer, beekeeper 

"For me, forest stewardship is all about the critters."

Esmé Cadiente

Esmé Cadiente 
Collaborative Forestry Program Manager, Forest Stewards Guild

Our natural environment has always fascinated me since I was a child growing up in Northern New Mexico.

Shannon Murray

Shannon Murray
Oregon State University College of Forestry – Program Coordinator, Continuing & Professional Education

I find it inspiring to see women working in all facets of forestry who genuinely love what they do – and who bring energy and new perspectives to this community. 

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