Woodland - Spring 2019 - 20

"PEOPLE WHO TAKE UP
THIS OPPORTUNITY
DON'T WANT TO BE
JUST A BODY ON
THE COMMITTEE;
THEY WANT TO DO
THINGS, GO TO THE
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
CONFERENCE, HELP
CHANGE AND TAKE
OWNERSHIP ON THE
COMMITTEE AND
GROW IT,"
develop a management plan. She
speaks to community groups,
homeowners' associations, local
government representatives and
other audiences about forest
management, forest health
awareness, environmental
concerns and fire prevention. She
has hosted or participated in more
than 60 workshops, educational
field days and seminars.
Brittany talking with landowner.

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Inspiring change
VanderWall's involvement
with the Michigan Tree Farm
committee began in the spring of
2015, when she spoke with Mike
Smalligan, the training facilitator.
"I had no idea what a Tree Farm
was, because I was so fresh in
my career," she said. But after
attending one meeting by phone
and a second in person, she
agreed to become chair. The
committee offered her and Kayti
Brinkman (now the committee's
vice chair) the opportunity to go
to Seattle to the American Tree
Farm System's annual National
Leadership Conference.
At the conference, she met
the American Forest Foundation
staff and learned more about the
American Tree Farm System (ATFS).
"It was a great opportunity to dive
into the deep end ... I thought,
'Where has this been all my life?'"
VanderWall recalled.
Sara Anrrich, manager of
the ATFS volunteer network,
remembers her first impression of
the pair. "They seemed so excited
to be there, and so energized by

Brittany talking to group in the woods.

the crowd and the conference.
You could tell they were just eager
to learn as much as they could,
to meet as many people as they
could and to figure out what their
place was within the Tree Farm
network," she said.
At the time, the Michigan
Tree Farm Program was facing
challenges. Most of its members
were long-time volunteers who
were feeling burned out and
concerned about who would carry
on their work. VanderWall, assisted
by other young foresters she
recruited, re-invigorated it.
"Brittany wasn't afraid to change
something that had been the same
forever," said Brinkman. "She has
this amazing, boundless energy.
When she sees that something
needs to be fixed, she goes and
figures out how to do it, how to
make it better. She really excites
people about getting going, about
the possibilities of where we could
take something."
Under VanderWall's leadership,
the committee has changed
the format of its meetings to
make them more productive and
educational. They have updated
processes and procedures and
increased communications with
inspectors and tree farmers to help
them become more effective.
"Our Tree Farm Committee has
just blossomed; it's been such
an amazing experience to watch
it grow and change over the past
three years," VanderWall said.



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
Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover1
Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover2
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
Woodland - Spring 2019 - 5
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - 17
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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