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Both VanderWall and Brinkman
use the "direct ask - direct task"
method when reaching out to
younger foresters. They make a
call or speak to them in person
and request that they take on
some specific committee job.
"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,"
VanderWall said. Many young
people are motivated to join
because they are looking for
opportunities to build their
resumes and their credibility in the
industry. Like her, as they become
more involved, they become
passionate about this work.
"What this committee has been
accomplishing is really unique
in the national landscape from
many different perspectives," said
Beth Riley, AFF's manager for
Midwest strategic partnerships
and institutional giving. "They
have added diversity to the
committee in a number of different
ways, including age, gender and
ethnicity."
Making connections
VanderWall hasn't confined
her activities to the Tree Farm
committee. She is vice chair on
the Society of American Foresters'
Michigan Chapter, where she's
led rebranding efforts. She's also
a member of the Michigan Forest
Association; through her efforts,
that organization and the Michigan
Tree Farm program have held a
successful, well-attended joint
annual meeting for the past two
years.
"Brittany and Kayti see this
as an opportunity to create an
economy of scale and an efficiency
of scale. It's an example of how
they're doing things smarter,
how they are recognizing ways
for us to build great collaborative
relationships," Riley said.

Brittany talking with students at WOC event.

In both her job and her volunteer
activities, VanderWall is always
looking for new ways to connect
people with the natural world.
She hosted a Tree Farm Field Day
in 2015 and has assisted with
an additional nine more in other
conservation districts in her state.
While many of the people she
talks to are long-time landowners,
others are newcomers with little

knowledge of forest management. "I
had to figure out how to have good
quality conversations with them and
bridge gaps in their knowledge," she
explained.
"The joy of the job is finding as
many ways as I can to explain things
as clearly and simply as possible.
Why over-jargon people or burden
them with a lot of information when
you can get right at the heart of

Students learn to estimate tree height as part of Wheels to Woods program.

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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
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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 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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