Woodland - Spring 2019 - 19

BY MARY LOU JAY

I

t was a fortunate day indeed for
the forestry industry when Brittany
VanderWall decided she didn't want to
spend her life doing calculus. Instead of
studying engineering at Michigan Tech,
VanderWall chose forestry as her major.
It proved to be an excellent fit.
Just four years into her career,
VanderWall has already made
significant contributions to the industry,
including re-energizing Michigan's
Tree Farm Program. In recognition of
her enthusiasm, her ability to inspire
others and her willingness to take
on new responsibilities and make
positive changes, the American Tree
Farm System has selected VanderWall
as recipient of its 2019 National
Leadership Award.
VanderWall admits that forestry
wasn't an obvious career choice. She
had been captain of her high school
robotics team and a trombone player
in her school's marching band. "I
didn't grow up with forester parents,
or with people who spent a lot of time
outdoors. I've always been into video
games," she said.
But her first forestry class reinforced
her choice of major. "The professor
gave us a compass and said, 'Here's
a spot a mile away - go find it with a
compass.'" Walking through the woods,
figuring it out, was great. I thought 'I
can't believe this is a career,'" she said.
In the fall of 2014, six months after
earning her Bachelor of Science
in forestry with a minor in ecology,
VanderWall began working as a
district forester for the Presque Isle
Conservation District in Michigan,
part of the state's Forestry Assistance
Program. In that role, she provides
technical assistance, education
and advice on a variety of forest
management topics.
She helps landowners identify
and organize their land management
goals, so they can work more
effectively with private foresters to
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Woodland - Spring 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Intro
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Tools and Resources
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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