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.

Sara Kelso

Sara Kelso
University of Minnesota, MS candidate

As a woman in forest stewardship, I am inspired not only by the incredible women who have come before me, but also for those who I know will follow.

Autumn Sabo

Autumn Sabo
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Sweet Briar College

Similar to many other women, and men, in forestry, my youth was filled with adventures that took place in and around trees.

Kendal Martel

Kendal Martel
Program Coordinator, Forest Stewards Guild
 
I think the future of forest stewardship will have a larger focus on social science and the role of communities and humans as a part of the forest landscape.

Colleen Robinson

Colleen Robinson
Communications Coordinator, Forest Stewards Guild
Wisconsin Master Naturalist Course Coordinator, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

In the field of environmental education and interpretation, even with a focus on forests, women are not a minority. 

Barrie Brusila

Barrie Brusila
Consulting forester, Mid-Maine Forestry.

Here in Maine, I see unrealized potential. There are still far too few female field foresters. 

Maria Janowiak

Maria Janowiak 
Deputy Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, US Forest Service 

There’s a tremendous tendency to think of humans as apart from nature, when we really have a deep and fundamental need to interact with nature to ensure our wellbeing.

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.

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