Sneak Peek: The Forestry Source, September

August 28, 2019

Special edition alert -- all about communication and outreach. Enjoy this sneak peek of The Forestry Source. Missing out on this great publication? Join SAF!

Telling Our Story: The Keys to Communication
A special edition of The Forestry Source: “Telling Our Story: The Keys to Communication,” has a handful of articles on the topic: The production of From the Woods Kentucky, a radio show and podcast series produced by the University of Kentucky’s Forestry Extension and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. A new approach to outreach and communication: American Forest Foundation’s web-based WoodsCamp tool, which is designed to help private forest landowners connect with programs, services, and forestry professionals that can help them care for their land. 

SAF Board member Mike Cloughesy, director of forestry with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, provides 10 communications tips in “Thirty-Two Years of Telling the Forestry Story.” Don Radcliffe, a PhD fellow in forest fire ecology at the University of Washington, explains suggests that “To Talk with Young Adults about Forestry, Try Inspiring with the Big Picture,” and Elizabeth Greener, director of communications for the American Forest Foundation offers “Five Ways to Connect with Landowners and Increase Conservation Impact” (page 8). Another article shows how joining Toastmasters can help you overcome the fear of public speaking.

And read about Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday and a celebration of one of the most successful marketing campaigns in US history.

2019 SAF Election
The Society of American Foresters will hold its annual election in October, and this edition provides information on the candidates. Two members are running for vice-president: Donald E. Howlett, CF, and Henry (Gene) Kodama, CF. See page 10 in this edition for background information and vision statements from the two candidates. For information about the candidates for four positions on the Board of Directors (one each from Districts 2, 5, 8, and 11), see page 12. SAF members will receive an email in October with instructions for voting online. Members who do not have a valid email address will receive a paper ballot.

SAF National Awards
The recipients of 10 SAF national awards will be recognized at the 2019 SAF National Convention, to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, October 30–November 3 (see See this edition for information about each recipient. Congratulations to the all award winners!

Communicating Forestry through Video
SAF members Bill Cook, a district forester for Michigan State University Extension, and Georgia Peterson, a professor for Michigan State University and Extension forester, are the stars of the BeLeaf It or Not! educational video series, a collaborative project with James Ford, owner of Great Lakes Digital Video and a visiting professor at Grand Valley State University. So far, they’ve produced 10 episodes, including “Crowns, Trunks and Roots!”, “How Do Trees Regenerate?”, and “Jack Pine – Ugly but Interesting!”