Women Owning Woodlands Shadowing Opportunity - and Travel Scholarships

Are you interested in launching a women-focused woodland owner program, but aren’t sure what it might look like and how it would work?

Thanks to support from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative has funding available to offset travel related costs for aspiring WOW leaders to attend an existing WOW event to shadow and learn from the event organizer(s).

WHAT: Funding for travel and related costs to attend an existing women-focused woodland owner event or program (flight or mileage, meal per-diem, hotel). Check out this event option, or find another closer to you!
WHY: To provide WOW newbies with an opportunity to tap the knowledge and experience of WOW pros to:

  1. Facilitate more effective development of women-focused landowner programming
  2. Foster a supportive and collaborative network of professionals doing this work

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Anyone committed to developing new women-focused landowner programming in their region.
To apply for this funding, please send your responses to the prompts below to Cassidy by Friday, March 9:

  • A brief (1-2 sentences) description of the event you’d like to attend (include where, when, and what – shadowing trips must be made by Dec. 31, 2018),
  • A brief (1-2 sentences) statement of support from the event organizer*,
  • A brief (1-2 sentences) statement of support from your management for you to initiate women-focused landowner programming*,
  • Anticipated travel expense (ballpark amount and description),
  • How you expect to apply what you gain from this experience, (briefly).

*Statements do not need to be formalized—you may copy and paste support statements into the body of your email application (identify who wrote each statement).

If you are an experienced WOW leader and you would like to volunteer to be shadowed, please post your event to the WOW calendar doc, indicate that you are open to shadowing opportunities, and include your contact information.