Woodland - Spring 2019 - 4

OVERSTORY

Helping Family Forest Owners
with New Solutions

F
BY TOM MARTIN,
PRESIDENT AND CEO OF
AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION

"THREATS LIKE
WILDFIRES DON'T
RESPECT OWNERSHIP
BOUNDARIES, AND
TACKLING THEM
REQUIRES AN
ALL-HANDS/
ALL-LANDS APPROACH
THAT ENGAGES AND
CREATES INCENTIVES
FOR MORE FOREST
LAND OWNERS TO
BE RESPONSIBLE
STEWARDS OF THEIR
FORESTED LAND."

4 WOODLAND * Spring 2019

amily forest owners across
the country want to do
right by their land and be
a part of the solution to protect
their communities. They want to
help combat the effects of insect
epidemic, drought, climate change,
and decades of fire suppression.
What prevents many family forest
owners from acting is that they
don't where to start - or how to
pay for the work needed. While
this is certainly a challenge, I am
encouraged by the new ways we are
working with our partners to remove
these barriers for landowners.
Take a problem as large and
destructive as wildfire. While the
scale of the problem can feel
overwhelming, there are steps
private landowners can take to
significantly reduce wildfire risk
for their own property as well as
their community. One promising
approach that hasn't received
enough attention is creating
and supporting new markets to
defray the costs of essential forest
management for family forest
owners who collectively own more
than one-third of forests across the
United States - more forestland
than the federal government
manages. This is important
because forest ownership
patterns across the country are a
checkerboard, with federal, state
and private lands mixed together.
Threats like wildfires don't respect
ownership boundaries, and tackling
them requires an all-hands/all-lands
approach that engages and creates
incentives for more forest land
owners to be responsible stewards
of their forested land.
One example of this marketbased approach is the My Sierra
Woods program, which you'll
read more about in this issue of
Woodland. This effort organizes

and supports partners in northern
California - in the area recently
devastated by the Camp Fire -
to create more resilient forests,
optimize carbon sequestration
and protect critical watersheds.
This project links family forest
owners with nearby wood products
infrastructure (mills and biomass
plants) and helps create new
markets for previously unsalable
wood - to help landowners
overcome the high cost of proper
forest stewardship and empower
them to reduce their risk. It's this
kind of innovative approach that will
create landscape-scale change for
our ecosystems, protecting water,
wildlife and air quality.
Of course, for these programs
to succeed long-term, we
must support them with strong
leadership, smart policies and
ample resources. I'm proud to
share our spotlight on Brittany
VanderWall, Chair of our Michigan
Tree Farm Program and recent
recipient of our National Leadership
Award. VanderWall's energy and
dedication to educating landowners
is inspiring, and her drive to looking
at things from a new perspective is
helping to renew and grow the Tree
Farm community in her state.
As you enjoy this quarter's
magazine, remember that your
advocacy, knowledge sharing,
and generous contributions
make possible new advances in
forest management. With these
approaches we can reach even
more landowners and engage them
in active stewardship. Your support
ensures our forests stay forests and
that these woodlands play their part
as a sustainable solution for years
to come.
Thank you for being a partner in
promoting the importance of our
family owned forests.
C



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
Woodland - Spring 2019 - 3
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
Woodland - Spring 2019 - 5
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - 9
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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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