Speakers

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Danielle Atkins

Founder, Land & Ladies

Danielle Atkins is the owner of Land & Ladies, whose purpose is to educate and empower women landowners with the confidence to manage their land. Danielle designs and leads all Land & Ladies events, writes original articles which explains various forest management aspects in common terms and relatable to every-day life, and offers forestry management plan development services through Land & Ladies. Prior to starting Land & Ladies in 2020, Danielle graduated from the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources with her B.S.F.R. in wildlife sciences in 2012 and her Master of Forest Resources (MFR) in 2013. She then went to work with the Georgia Forestry Commission in southeast Georgia as a management forester and a stewardship specialist. Danielle has worked with the nationally awarded Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Program, and has been working with women landowners developing women-focused workshops since 2016. Danielle has held various leadership roles with Georgia Forestry Association’s Emerging Leaders, Society of American Foresters Blackwater Chapter and Georgia Division, as well as participation with UGA’s Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (2015-2017). Danielle is a registered forester in Georgia (#2997) and in 2020 was named the Warnell “Young Alumni of the Year. Mrs. Atkins currently lives in Brunswick, Georgia with her husband and three children.

Dr. Puneet Dwivedi

Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, UGA

Puneet Dwivedi is an Associate Professor (Forest Sustainability) at the University of Georgia (UGA) Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.  Dr. Dwivedi received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation in 2010. He did work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Yale University (2010 – 2012) and University of Illinois (2012 – 2013), before starting as a faculty at the University of Georgia. Dr. Dwivedi’s research focuses on family forest landowners, forest markets, land use change and its impact, and forest-based ecosystem services. He was awarded the UGA Creative Research Medal for his research on African American forest landowners in Georgia. Additionally, the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of American Foresters awarded him the Award of Excellence for Research and Development in 2019. He lives in Watkinsville, GA, with his two daughters (Esha and Aanya) and a wife of 13 years.

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Bob Izlar

Retired Founding Director, UGA Harley Langdale, Jr. Center for Forest Business

Bob Izlar was been founding director of the UGA Harley Langdale, Jr. Center for Forest Business from 1998 until he retired in 2021.  He also has 24 years of operational forestry experience in forest industry.  Izlar is a retired United States Army Colonel with 36 years’ service.

Dr. Tamara Cushing

2020 SAF President / Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry at Oregon State University

Dr. Tamara Cushing is the Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry at Oregon State University.  She is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy.  Her primary expertise is in taxation of forests and forest products.  Dr. Cushing holds a forestry degree from the University of Florida, two Master’s degrees – one in Forest Economics and one in Taxation from Mississippi State University, and a PhD from the University of Georgia in Forest Finance.   Her research focus is on the effects of tax policies on private landowners.   In her Extension role, Dr. Cushing works to educate landowners, foresters and tax professionals about the economics of growing trees and the tax code interactions with forestry in addition to educating landowners about succession. She was the 2020 President of the Society of American Foresters.

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Cade Warner

Director of Business Development and Improvement, Westervelt Company

A native of Tuscaloosa, AL., Cade is a fifth-generation member of the Westervelt/Warner family and the great grandson of Mildred Warner. He is currently employed with the Westervelt Company as an Executive Team member and the Director of Business Development and Improvement where he manages the company’s strategic planning, corporate development and continuous improvement departments. Prior to joining The Westervelt Company in 2017, Cade held multiple positions in private equity in the timberland investment space. Cade received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA through the University of Alabama. Cade and his wife April have two children, Vivian and Silas, and enjoy spending their time traveling and being outdoors.

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Dakota Wagner

Southeast Region Coordinator, Forest Stewards Guild

Dakota Wagner is passionate about bringing the concepts of ecological forestry to all types of communities, particularly those not traditionally involved in natural resource management. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina and is currently the Southeast Region Coordinator with the Forest Stewards Guild, involved in coordinating the Women Owning Woodlands Network, and on the communications committee for ForestHer NC. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in ecological forestry from Warren Wilson College.

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Jody Strickland

Chief Business Officer, F&W Forestry Services, Inc

Mrs. Strickland has more than 30 years of experience in the forest industry sector.  She serves on the executive team at F&W where she is responsible for business development, real estate services, marketing and overseeing international forest operations in the UK and South America. As part of F&W’s executive team, she uses her extensive experience in leadership positions to help set business strategy, and develop talent. Previously, Strickland spent 22 years working with Weyerhaeuser and Proctor & Gamble in various leadership positions in timberland acquisitions and sales, forest operations, land management, wood procurement, harvesting, engineering and manufacturing.  Strickland serves on the executive committee of the Forest Resource Association, is a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Forest Landowners Association and the Ga. Forestry Association. She serves on the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources Harvey Langdale Center for Forest Business Advisory Council. Strickland also serves on the Board of Directors for Superior Pine Products, and Superior Berries.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders through Ag. And Forestry leadership training program.  Strickland also serves on the Ga. FFA Foundation Board of Directors and the Ga. FFA Sponsor Board. 

Strickland earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida.

Veronica McClendon

Founding Attorney, McClendon Law & Consulting

Veronica McClendon is an attorney who helps family and individual landowners to put the proper legal documents in place so that they can enjoy the full benefits of landownership and leave an inheritance for their descendants.  She has a passion for strengthening families, restoring communities, and helping people to build legacies. Through her firm, McClendon Law and Consulting, she offers a range of legal services including drafting wills and estate plans, consulting with families on clearing title to heirs property, probating the estates of deceased loved ones, and helping families form LLCs and other business entities to hold and manage family land.

 

Veronica attended college at Mercer University in Macon, GA and later attended Duke Law School in Durham, NC. She lives in Macon where she is actively engaged in the local legal community, serving as the 2020-2021 President of the Macon Bar Association and as a board member of Middle Georgia Justice, a local nonprofit law firm. Veronica lives with her husband and two daughters, and together they enjoy gardening, homeschooling, and co-hosting the Pursuing Wholeness Podcast.

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Dr. Lauren Griffeth

Extension Leadership Specialist, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences UGA

Dr. Lauren Ledbetter Griffeth is a triple dawg graduate of the University of Georgia where she was a cheerleader, which is part of the reason why she refuses to wear the color orange August through December. After a 10-year career in fundraising, Lauren joined the Public Service Faculty of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia. Since 2015, Lauren has served as an Extension Leadership Specialist where she directs adult leadership programs for professionals working in agriculture, forestry and allied sectors. She is a columnist for Pink Tractor Magazine and has been published in the Harvard Business Review for her research on women’s leadership. Lauren is married to Tim, an agriculture teacher at North Oconee High School. They have two highly active children, Tanner (8) and Lilli (5).

Dana Chandler

Owner Family Tree Forestry, LLC

Dana Chandler is currently the owner of Family Tree Forestry, LLC located in Sumter, SC and the author of the Little Foresters Adventures series. She is also a third-generation logger and has spent over five years working as a forester across the southeast with large timber companies such as Weyerhaeuser and International Paper. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Claflin University, located in Orangeburg, SC and earned her Master of Forest Resources degree from Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in Athens, Georgia. Dana has a strong passion for forestry and believes in using good practices to create generational wealth for families.

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Jennifer McDaniel

PhD student, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources UGA

Jennifer McDaniel is a PhD student at UGA studying fire effects on tree physiology and mortality. Her research seeks to quantify effects of fire energy on leaf-level and whole-tree mortality and nutrient dynamics to improve precision and efficiency of prescribed fire application. Jennifer’s other research interests include compositional shifts in upland hardwood forests due to fire exclusion and interactions of fire and invasive species. She has previously assisted with undergraduate dendrology courses at UGA and Mississippi State University and frequently supports Georgia 4-H Forestry Field Day training sessions.

Amanda Lang

Partner, COO and VP of Client Services, Forisk

Amanda Lang is a Partner and, as COO and VP of Client Services, leads all of Forisk’s operating, project management and Forisk Subscriber Support activities. She leads Forisk’s mill capital investment research program, and she teaches workshops and delivers presentations related to tracking and evaluating wood markets and forest industry capacity. Prior to working with Forisk, she interned with International Paper and conducted award-winning forestry operations research at the University of Georgia under Dr. Dale Greene. In 2016, she was named one of the UGA Alumni Association “Forty Under Forty”, and was named the Warnell “Young Alumni of the Year.”  She serves on the Georgia Forestry Association Board of Directors and is the past chair of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters.  Ms. Lang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia.

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Laura Bosworth

Director of Forestry and Regulatory Affairs, Florida Forestry Association

Laura Bosworth resides in Tallahassee, FL working for the Florida Forestry Association as the Director of Forestry and Regulatory Affairs.  Hailing originally from the Midwest she studied forestry at Iowa State University before relocating to Southeast.  Since her escape from the cold weather and corn, she has been fortunate to work across the Southeast with landowners, industry professionals, and policy makers in support of sustainable forestry.  Starting her career with the Georgia Forestry Commission as a county forester and then as a longleaf specialist she was able to work directly with landowners in the field, helping them manage their forests and navigate federal programming.  She then continued to serve private landowners and sustainable forestry through her work with the American Forest Foundation as the tree farm manager for the southeast, spearheading and implementing innovative approaches to forest certification and management.  In her current role as the Director of Forestry and Regulatory Affairs with the Florida Forestry Association, Laura works to promote the interests of all facets of forestry in many arenas- from state and federal advisory committees to public outreach and education.  She is honored to be included in this Women’s Landowner Symposium and excited to discuss the importance of landowner involvement in policy and why women landowner’s unique experience and voice are vital in its development.

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Wanda Barrs

Forest Landowners Association 2020 National Forest Landowner of the Year

UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1974 BSHE

GA College and State University College of Education, 1978 MEd

 

Wanda with the support of husband Earl Barrs and their Gully Branch Tree Farm, has utilized the nationally recognized Project Learning Tree environmental education curriculum to bring the classroom to the forest.  More than 12,000+ students, youth and adults have been introduced to the concepts of forests as a renewable and sustainable natural resource.  In 2009, they were named National Tree Farmers of the Year.  In 2019 Gully Branch Tree Farm hosted GA’s “Ladies and their Lands”.  As a leader in education and outreach, she has served on the GA State PLT Steering Committee, the national American Tree Farm Woodlands Committee and Foundation Board and presently serves on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Education Operating Committee. Wanda graduated from the University of Georgia in 1974 majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences. She also holds MEd degree (1978) from the College of Education, Georgia College and State University.

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Lynn Wilson

President/Owner, WinterTide LLC

Lynn Wilson has spent over three decades in leadership roles at top-tier forest products and manufacturing companies, with experience across the U.S., Canada and New Zealand. Lynn most recently served as Vice President, Supply Chain for Louisiana-Pacific before her retirement in 2019. She previously served as Director, Natural Resources, overseeing Louisiana-Pacific’s forestry and raw materials procurement in the United States and Canada. She held positions with Rayonier and spent more than a decade with Plum Creek Timber Company in roles of increasing responsibility. She began her career with Scott Paper and Sappi Fine Paper North America.

Lynn retired in 2019, and now advises forest products and manufacturing companies. In December 2020, Lynn was appointed to the Roseburg Forest Products Board of Directors which is a closely held, family-owned forest products company. RFP owns and manages 600,000 acres of timberland, manufacturing operations in ten states and the Province of Ontario.

Lynn holds a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine, and an MBA from Thomas College. She serves as the Chair of the Forest History Society, member of University of Georgia’s Harley Langdale Jr. Center for Forest Business Advisory Committee, Board Member of the Forest Landowners Association, and member of the Society of American Foresters. Lynn lives in Hamburg, Wisconsin with her husband, and is an avid outdoor enthusiast enjoying four seasons of sports including snowshoeing and fishing.

Dr. Dale Greene

Dean, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources UGA

W. Dale Greene joined the faculty of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources in 1986 and has served the school as Dean since 2015.  His research and teaching focused on improving the economic and environmental performance of the wood supply chain.  He served two terms on the Georgia State Board of Registration for Foresters and has been active throughout his career with the Georgia Forestry Association and the Georgia Forestry Foundation. His recognitions include all three teaching awards given by the Warnell School, the Outstanding Research Award from the Southeastern Society of American Foresters, and the Wise Owl Award from the Georgia Forestry Association. The Society of American Foresters named him to the Georgia Forester’s Hall of Fame in 2007.  Greene earned a Ph.D. from Auburn University, a MS from Virginia Tech, and a BSF from LSU.

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