Women comprise a large and growing
portion of US woodland owners. Although research indicates women show greater
environmental concern than men, women are significantly less likely to
participate in conservation and management activities on their land. Weaving
together empirical research and practical experience, this highly interactive
workshop highlights key strategies and resources for engaging women landowners
in management and conservation activities and allows participants to explore
how to develop outreach and programming that is inclusive of this underserved
population of landowners. Workshop attendees will gain first-hand experience in
collaborative learning and will see real examples of successful programming
from the Oregon Women Owning Woodlands Network. All genders welcome.
Since 1941, the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) has recognized the commitment of US family forest owners to protect wildlife habitat and watersheds, to conserve soil, and to provide recreation for their communities while producing wood. The ATFS Standards of Sustainability require that landowners develop a management plan based on strict environmental standards and implement the plan in a manner to protect the future productivity of the forest. Inspecting foresters provide the on-the-ground assurance that is essential for the integrity of the program by assessing that the standards are being met and recommending certification as appropriate. By completing this workshop, individuals will understand the role an Inspecting Forester plays to validate the work family forest owners are doing to keep their forests healthy and productive, and become a Qualified Inspecting Forester of ATFS (provided educational requirements are met).