Sneak Peek: The Forestry Source, June

June 5, 2019 

Wonder what's coming up in the next edition of The Forestry Source? Here's a sneak peek of the action. Enjoy! Missing out on this great publication? Join SAF!  

Please note, the June edition will be shipped in a white envelope displaying the 2019 SAF Convention logo. Inside you'll find The Forestry Source and a special copy of the advanced program for the upcoming convention in Louisville, Kentucky. 

On Fire: A Conversation with John Maclean

Wildfire was the theme of a special Hagenstein Lecture held in Portland, Oregon, in May, that featured John N. Maclean, author of four books on wildland firefighters dying on the fire line. After 30 years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, in 1995 Maclean drove to Colorado to begin research for what would be his first book, the critically acclaimed Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of The South Canyon Fire, which was published in 1999. The fire, which took place on Storm King Mountain, claimed the lives of 14 firefighters. Maclean is now working with a co-author on a fifth book, on the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, which claimed the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. An article in the June edition of The Forestry Source features excerpts from the Hagenstein Lecture event, which was hosted by former Oregon state forester Doug Decker.

Federal–State “Shared Stewardship” Strategy Takes Hold

On May 8, Washington State became the second state to sign a “shared stewardship” memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with the US Forest Service. The MOU calls for the state and the Forest Service “to work collaboratively toward mutual goals and effectively respond to the increasing suite of challenges facing communities, landscapes, and natural resources across the state. The partnership will work together to improve forest health—a cornerstone of clean water and abundant wildlife habitat—and create exceptional recreational and outdoor opportunities across the state,” according to a joint announcement. This article looks at the shared stewardship strategy, with comments from Jay Farrell, executive director of the National Association of State Foresters (NASF); Erin Connelly, a senior policy assistant with the Forest Service; and Tom Schultz, vice president of governmental affairs for Idaho Forest Group (IFG) and former director of the Idaho Department of Lands.

Tevin Hamilton: Finding a Path in Forestry

Continuing with our profiles of up-and-coming SAF members who will continue managing our nation’s natural resources in the coming decades, this month we feature Tevin Hamilton. He is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry. Since joining SAF in 2017, Hamilton has participated in several community-service projects that involve the rehabilitation of greenspaces within underdeveloped communities and instructing the youth of the benefit of the environmental services. He was selected as an SAF Diversity Scholar in 2018. Hamilton currently works on San Bernardino National Forest. Starting this fall, he will attend Yale University to earn a Master of Environmental Management. In his own words, Hamilton describes his path toward a career in forestry.

Introducing forestsamplr: Free, Open-Source Forest Statistics Software

SilviaTerra and SAF’s A1 Inventory and Biometrics Working Group introduce a free, open-source software, forestsamplr, that can handle several basic forest inventory functions. “This package is meant to help all of us be more efficient in our evaluation of datasets, to allow for a unified baseline of computation, and free up time and energy to make better decisions about the data we have and the forests we manage,” writes Nan Pond, lead biometrician at SilviaTerra ( “Together, we can create a 21st century forester’s toolbox that handles common inventory office tasks and frees us up to get back to the woods. “R” you interested?