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Society Affairs SAF to Participate in 2010 Boy Scouts of America
he Society of American Foresters will participate in the 17th Annual Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree, to be held July 26–August 4 at Fort AP Hill in Bowling Green, Virginia. Fort AP Hill has hosted the national scout jamboree since 1981 and the event, which draws more than 40,000 young men and women from across the United States and around the globe, covers approximately 3,000 acres. Traditionally held every four years (the last one was in 2005), the 2010 jamboree was postponed a year so that it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of scouting this year. According to E. Lynn Burkett, past chair of the National Capitol SAF, this is the first time SAF has taken a lead role in coordinating the forestry merit badge at the national jamboree. “SAF has participated only once in the BSA Jamboree, so for us to play a role in the forestry merit badge is big and for us to be on the conservation trail is big,” she said. “If our mandate is to look at the credentials and the credibility and designation of certified foresters, then we should be looking at the criteria or the requirements of those things being taught to youth about forestry. This is where we should be.” The jamboree’s Conservation Trail, literally a trail through the woods featuring tents staffed with representatives from more than 25 federal agencies and conservation organizations, will offer a wide range of information and hands-on opportunities designed to educate the more than 8,000 scouts who visit each day to learn about natural resources conservation. “SAF is coordinating with the Virginia Department of Forestry, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies and organizations to make sure we’re contributing to the scouts’ knowledge of forestry to complete their forestry merit badge, so it’s truly a combined effort to support our foresters of tomorrow,” Burkett said. One of the most important yet most basic ways SAF will assist scouts is to put them in touch with practicing forestry professionals.
“One of the requirements is to talk to a professional forester, so we’ll make it known that the opportunity to speak to a forester exists there,” said SAF member Mark Books, GIS forester at Fort AP Hill. “At the same time, we’ll let them know that SAF is available to answer their questions about environmental issues and that forestry is a great career they may want to consider.” Books, a volunteer at the 2004 Boy Scout Jamboree, said the experience is gratifying. “It can be challenging to relate to the younger generation, but all the volunteers are there to represent SAF to the scouts, and there are some who really engage with you. That’s very rewarding.” The jamboree is one of SAF’s best opportunities to reach America’s future foresters, said Burkett. “Almost any chapter will tell you that they have declining membership and that they have a lack of interest from younger folks,” she said. “This is an opportunity to show young people that there is a profession out there that will enable them to continue their love of the outdoors and give them the chance to do it in a variety of ways.” McKinley-Ben Miller, CF, a biomass forester with the
The National Boy Scout Jamboree draws more than 40,000 young men and women from across the United States and around the globe. At this year’s event, SAF will take the lead role in coordinating the forestry merit badge.
olunteers are needed to participate in the jamboree’s Conservation Trail as well as help with set-up and break-down at the 2010 National Boyscout Jamboree, to be held July 24–August 5 at Fort AP Hill in Bowling Green, Virginia. Participants should be willing to work at least a four-hour shift (or more) in potentially hot and humid weather, and to interact with several thousand young people and members of the public per day. If possible, we would like to have a variety of ages, backgrounds, occupations, and interests to demonstrate the broad range of careers and concerns within forestry. To sign up, or for more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call E. Lynn Burkett at (202) 4684110. We’ll follow up with a short questionnaire to make the most of your skills, expertise, and desired workday. If you are already planning to attend the Jamboree, please let us know.
Bureau of Land Management, agrees. “If it wasn’t for the Boy Scouts I would not be who I am,” he said. “The Boy Scouts did not make me a forester, but I would not have the skills to be a forester in the forest if it wasn’t for the Boy Scouts. There are parallels between the principles of the Boy Scouts profession and the profession that we all love and practice.” For more information about the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree, visit www.scouting.org.
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SAF Welcomes New and Returning Members
The following individuals either joined or renewed their membership in SAF during the month of April. New Members Russell David Agnew, Auburn, AL Peter R. Anderson, Mellen, WI Tyson Allen Atkinson, Charlo, MT Justin Dexter Barnes, Mobile, AL Devon T. Bartholomew, Syracuse, NY Leah J. Bennett, Morton, WA Lucas E. Berger, Bruce Crossing, MI Abbey E. Bergstrom, Ely, MN Kourtney T. Blanc, Lehi, UT Richard M. Brahy, Auburn, WA Rory M. Braun, Wauwatosa, WI Velena B. Brown, Sea, WA Aliesha R. Burness, Ely, MN Catherine Carter, Seattle, WA Douglas Bryan Chamberlain, Federal Way, WA Wayne Chaudiere, Lummi Island, WA Gregg A. Corso, Hamden, CT Daniel Craig, Columbus, OH Edith M. Dooley, Missoula, MT Matthew David Ferragonio, Irwin, PA Sarah M. Fisher, Waldo, WI Joshua Thomas Giles, Flagstaff, AZ Kristofer W. Gray, Rhinelander, WI Jerry Greenberg, Madison, WI Nicholas J. Halford, Kent, WA Kevin Brown Hall, Raleigh, NC Brian P. Hanson, Topanga, CA Richard R. Harris, Dixon, CA Christopher Haskell, Logan, UT Terry C. Hudson, Flagstaff, AZ Susan M. Inglis, Auburn, WA Spencer Peter Johnson, Stevens Point, WI Ronald E. Kipling, Auburn, WA Andrew Koeser, Fisher, IL Joshua Norbert LeDuc, Sobieski, WI Matthew B. LeFebvre, McCall, ID Graham E. Leitner, Montpelier, VT Thomas Macy, Columbus, OH Russell P. Martin, Syracuse, NY Peter D. McClusky, Kent, WA Keith McCracken, Roseburg, OR Chad J. McElvany, Paris, TX Katherine J. Menke, Fort Collins, CO Campbell Moore, New Haven, CT Drew Gannon Nagle, Sperryville, VA Derek M. Nellis, Stevens Point, WI Rachael A. Nicoll, Avon, MN Tanner Peacock-Clark, Washington, DC Rich Runyon, Chehalis, WA Kira Marie Santulli, Asheville, NC Tanya G. Sharko, Sayreville, NJ Rachel Angelica Szuter Sheridan, Flagstaff, AZ Ricky N. Skinner, Tacoma, WA Steve Smietana, Corvallis, OR Timothy James Snow, Chicago, IL William Lewis Talley Jr., Wake Forest, NC Hannah Tuntland, Ely, MN Clayton Wammack Jr., Midlothian, TX Douglas Ryan Wiles, Moscow, ID Brian D. Young, Fairbanks, AK Reinstated Members Jason C. Allen, Pittsfield, PA Charles J. Barnett, Hatfield, PA Brian J. Boswell RPF, Vancouver, BC, Canada William Andy Davis, Bruce, MS Travis B. Griffith, Macon, GA Robert Eugene Ingram Jr., Montgomery, AL Heather T. Irwin, Clemson, SC David M. Lane, Wake Forest, NC James R. Latvala, Solon Springs, WI David R. Litterst, CF, Broken Bow, OK Lisa J. Louck, Burlington, IA David W. Mallard, Taylor, AR James Howard McClinton, Quitman, LA Joseph F. McNeel, Morgantown, WV Douglas A. Nelson, Saint Maries, ID Joseph J. O’Brien, Athens, GA Benjamin Pfohl, Berthoud, CO John F. Pizzo, Leland, IL Ann F. Quinion, Westerville, OH Jason M. Reynolds, Covington, VA Diana C. Selby, Severance, CO Narpat S. Shekhawat, Joshpur Raj, India Eugene A. Skrine, Blue River, OR Ryan Tompkins, Quincy, CA Brock R. VanOss, Crystal Falls, MI Jessyka R.L. Williams, Lacey, WA
ance, or lack thereof, or maybe somewhere in between. One of the things that I really rely on in these situations is the communication and collaborative skills training that I received at Champion. Sometimes it gets down to a point that we agree to disagree. In the PwC process, there is another level, what is called a quality review check. Once I finish an audit and submit my findings, it goes to the headquarters in Vancouver and another qualified auditor reviews all of the documents and findings. If I have built the case well enough, that auditor will come to the same conclusions. If there are questions, and there may be around an issue at the center of a disagreement, there is a second viewing and an airing of that. There is always a process to seek additional information and understanding. Speaking of professional development, what do students or new professionals need to know, or what skills do they need to have, to be successful in the forestry profession? Obviously, being well grounded in forestry; knowing the science and having command of that information. I would also encourage people to be willing to get out of their comfort zones. So often when I talk with students I hear things such as, “I want to work in my home town,” and that’s okay, but those new to the profession ought to be courageous enough to step out of their comfort zones and see what’s happening in other places. How has being a member of SAF, or any other professional association you might belong to, helped you in your career? SAF has really been the conduit to interface with individuals who have chosen this wonderful, rewarding profession, and as I have moved with my career across the country, it has been that welcoming neighborhood spot that has helped me get established in a new environment. It also has helped me expand my network, which for me has been invaluable. I have a fairly extensive network across the country and it’s really due to my involvement with SAF. It really has given me an open door to foresters from across the profession, and that’s been invaluable. Smith is society affairs editor for The Forestry Source. To read past interviews, visit the “consulting” page on the SAF website.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - June 2010
The Forestry Source - June 2010
Forestry Around the World
Consultants on Consulting
Science & Technology
Here’s How to Relocate Lost Property Lines Using the "57 Factor" Method
People in the News
Continuing Ed. Calendar
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The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Contents (Page 1)
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The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Letters (Page 3)
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The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Letters (Page 7)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - In Brief (Page 8)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Consultants on Consulting (Page 9)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Society Affairs (Page 10)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Society Affairs (Page 11)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Science & Technology (Page 12)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Field Tech (Page 13)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Here’s How to Relocate Lost Property Lines Using the "57 Factor" Method (Page 14)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - People in the News (Page 15)
The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Continuing Ed. Calendar (Page 16)
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The Forestry Source - June 2010 - Classifieds (Page 18)
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