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. Women are about to make a significant impact on how things have been done for the last 100 years. Women are taking leadership roles in the USFS, in all the professional organizations, and they make up a large part of the undergraduate student population. The timing is perhaps not coincidental with the movement toward ecosystem services as a monetized forest product, with the dreams of forest restoration, the hopeful realism of climate change mitigation and the push for exemplary forestry. Regardless of timing, women are taking on all of these challenges and adding insight to the conversation. This conversation is not a woman's only world because their male counterparts are as enlightened. This makes me hopeful. After decades of working in the best job there is, I am thrilled to watch this new generation take on this awesome responsibility of forest stewardship in a changing world, and a professional world where gender is not an issue.