The Forestry Source - October 2012 - (Page 3)
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Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn: If You’re Not into Social Media, You’re Behind the Times
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The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish standards of professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society. President: William H. “Bill” Rockwell, CF/FCA firstname.lastname@example.org Vice-President: Joann M. Cox, CF/FCA email@example.com Immediate Past-President: Roger A. Dziengeleski, CF firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Vice-President: Michael T. Goergen Jr. email@example.com Council: Robert L. Alverts, CF, Tigard, Oregon; Michael J. DeLasaux, Quincy, California; George Frame, CF, Bristol, New Hampshire; Johnny Hodges, CF, Fort Collins, Colorado; Ernie Houghton, Gladstone, Michigan; David S. Lewis, CF, Monticello, Florida; IanMunn, CF, Mississippi State, Mississippi; Kim Steiner, CF, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Thomas J. Straka, CF/FCA, Clemson, South Carolina; John Walkowiak, CF, Tacoma, Washington; and William D. (David) Walters, CF, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Forest Science and Technology Board: Kurt W. Gottschalk, CF, chair; Rachel R. Billingham, CF, Social And Related Sciences; Brett J. Butler, Nonindustrial Forestry; Paul F. Doruska, CF, Representative; Matthew W. McBroom, CF, Forest Ecology/Biology; Kenneth L. McNabb, Regional Science Representative; Sayeed R. Mehmood, Decision Sciences; Guy L. Pinjuv, Regiona Science Representative; Andrew J. Sanchez Meador, Forest Resources; David C. Shaw, Forest Management National Office Department Directors: Louise Murgia, director, field services; Matthew Walls, director, publications; Carol Redelshiemer, CF, director, science and education; Christopher Whited, senior director, marketing and membership.
y vote for the best headline in The Forestry Source so far this year: “Seeing the Forest for the Tweets: Making the Most of the 2012 SAF National Convention with Twitter.” I wish I could say that I had written it, but the credit goes to Carlin Starrs and Tom Davidson. Starrs is SAF’s membership and social strategy manager; Davidson, a forester and leadership consultant (www.DavidsonLeadership.com), writes the Source’s SAF Leader Lab column. As the title says, their article, on page 9, explains how attendees of SAF’s National Convention, to be held this month—October 24–28—in Spokane, Washington, will be able to use social media to broaden their experience at the event. “SAF has adopted use of the hashtag ‘#SAF2012’ for this year’s convention,” write Starrs and Davidson. “Thus any Twitter post related to the convention, whether it’s news about presenters, exhibitors, career opportunities, or special events, will contain the phrase #SAF2012. This will allow anyone interested in news about the convention to search for #SAF2012 and instantly see posts from anyone who has news or questions about it. SAF staff also will be using the #SAF2012 hashtag during the convention to provide rapid-fire updates about lastminute adjustments that may take place, including changes in event locations, times, and so on.” Starrs and Davidson also will lead a series of “Twitter Training” workshops designed to provide hands-on instruction, explain how Twitter differs from other social media, and show why it is a useful tool to have in a changing world. Armed with this training and Twitter on their smart phones or tablet computers, SAF members will be able to join “virtual conversations” during convention sessions. I may need to attend those workshops. I have a Twitter account and have the Twitter app on my smartphone, but I’m still a Twitter novice. I have a Facebook account, too,
but I don’t use it much. Some people spend a great deal of time with it—way too much time. However, I recently realized that Facebook may have some value. While my son was in boot camp at the US Army’s Fort Jackson, in South Carolina, he was allowed three minutes a week with his cell phone. He used that time to post updates on Facebook, including an occasional photo, and in that way his family and friends were able to stay current with his progress at the camp. I use LinkedIn, a version of Facebook designed primarily for, but not limited to, professionals in a variety of occupations, forestry included. The discussions within the SAF group on LinkedIn have been lively of late, with such topics as “Can forest conservation and logging be reconciled?” “Pursuing the ‘locally produced’ idea when discussing harvesting with the public.” “Is wildlife in the urban forest a nuisance or a resource?” and “SAF Submits Brief to the US Supreme Court in Forest Roads Case.” One question posed by a LinkedIn member—“Spent the weekend in the beautiful Canaan Valley in WV. While there I was asked if, as a forester, my goal was to cut down all the trees. Curious to hear how you respond to those kinds of questions.”—has drawn more than 30 responses so far, all of them comprising a thoughtful dialog. You’ll also find lots of job postings there. You don’t have to be an SAF member to participate. Just go to www.linkedin.com and search for the Society of American Foresters group. While many natural resources professionals are tech-savvy to some degree, others haven’t yet fully embraced Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other new forms of communication. However, like it or not, social media isn’t going away. In fact, the social media we have today are the pioneers in a global revolution in communications that will affect our lives in ways we can’t yet imagine. I encourage you to stick a toe in the water, perhaps by trying Twitter at the convention. You might find it warmer than you expected.
amie M. Dahl, an experiential learning coordinator with the Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, sent me a number of haiku written by students in a forest measurements course held this summer at the college’s Pingree Park field campus (www.colo state.edu/features/pingreepark.aspx). These Japanese-style poems, Dahl said, are “a neat way to express the true love for forestry.” Here are a few of them: Out in the forest The trees fall and lightning strikes I measure away – Zach Bever This Aspen is “out” That means no measurement here Thank you angle gauge – Katelynn Martinez Oh how the math sucks But the forest is so nice I can’t wait for more – Stephen Hauptli Looking at the ground The fuel is sound and rotten Brown, he measured things – Mike Milnar Walk through the forest Lay out a new fuel transect Measure the fuel load – Torin Harris Walking through the woods Cream soda scent occupies I wish no end – Sean Hudak
My Forestry Hero: John Gerlach, Chief Forester for Cleveland Metroparks
By Rick Tyler et me give it a kick.” When you’ve just turned 18 years old, a phrase like that generally doesn’t include additional thoughts about consequences, chains of events, personal injury, or cause and effect. That being said, I kicked the stubborn clevis hitch attaching the 3,245-pound Asplundh chipper to our dump truck. After arm wrestling the hitch with no results on a hot, humid July afternoon, the swift kick did the trick. The celebration lasted mere seconds. This single act took place on top of a hill at the Harper Ridge Picnic Area of South Chagrin Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. Soon the chipper was following the laws of gravity and acceleration. I stood there with two other forestry crew seasonals and watched our beloved chipper, customized a week earlier by adding dragon eyes and teeth with tree paint to the head of the discharge chute, careen down the hillside. Miraculously, a wall of springboard hawthorn trees brought the beast to a dignified stop with no obvious injuries. That took care of the chain of events, the personal injury, and cause and effect. What about the consequences? No sooner had the chipper ground to a halt when our attention was diverted to a lone figure standing at the top of the hill. The distinguished gray hair, short-sleeved white shirt with necktie, rugged slacks, and work boots could all belong to only one person. John Gerlach, chief forester for the Cleveland Metroparks, had
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John Gerlach, chief forester for Cleveland Metroparks (left) confers with Natural Resources Chief Tom Stanley at Rocky River Reservation in 1982.
seemingly materialized out of thin air. The three of us stood there gazing at the man who, just a month earlier, had phoned my home to inform me in his gentle and halting voice that I had been hired to work as a seasonal on the brand-new east-side forestry crew. At that moment, in that place, under that circumstance, I thought the summer of 1974 would go into the history books as both the beginning and the end of my career in forestry. A late afternoon breeze puffed up the hillside past the groaning chipper and flapped the necktie around the chief’s head. “Uh...um okay, eh,
(“Hero” continues on page 4)
Courtesy of Rick Tyler
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - October 2012
The Forestry Source - October 2012
Montana Foresters Pitch in to Help Injured Colleague
Seeing the Forest for the Tweets: Making the Most of the 2012 SAF Convention with Twitter
SAF to Honor National and Field Forester Award Winners at 2012 Convention
GIS for Foresters: Introduction to LiDAR and Forestry Part 2: Practical Forestry Applications
Field Tech: GPS Accuracy is Highlight of F4Devices’s Flint Rugged Handheld
People in the News
SAF to Honor National and Field Forester Award Winners at 2012 Convention
The Forestry Source - October 2012