Emerging Voices in Forestry

Sunday, October 14: Emerging Voices in Forestry

The World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters invite you to join us for the third annual Hagenstein Lectures. We are honored to introduce you to our Emerging Voices in Forestry – all under the age of 45.

Welcome these new leaders working at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change. Join us and meet them in person on Sunday, October 14th, and enjoy craft beer, wine, food, new friends, provocative ideas, great conversation.

Meet Our 2018 Act 1 Speakers

Edie Hall

Edie Sonne Hall

Edie Sonne Hall

Edie Sonne Hall has been a fan of trees her entire life. She grew up in the Northeast and spent summers hiking around the woods with her family. She majored in environmental biology in college and then worked as a research forester for International Paper in Southern Georgia. In 1999 Edie moved to the Pacfici Northwest to pursue a masters and Ph.D. in forestry at the University of Washington. There she became interested in climate change and the role forests and forest products can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She started working for Weyerhaeuser doing sustainable forest policy in 2005. She has worked on regional, national, and international forestry issues related to forest carbon, ecosystem services, biomass, and life cycle assessment. She is currently taking a break from industrial forestry and putting on her small landowner hat as part owner of a family tree farm in South Carolina. She lives in Seattle with her husband, three children, dog, and two chickens. Eddie was a speaker at the 2017 Hagenstein Lectures.

Edie will be host for Zack Parisa in ACT 1 of the 2018 Hagenstein Lectures.

Zack Parisa

Zack Parisa

Zack Parisa

Co-Founder & President | SilviaTerra

Zack Parisa is the co-founder and president of SilviaTerra. He started SilviaTerra with the idea that providing better information about forests has the potential to result in better forest management decisions – and in time, forests that are better aligned with our values. To that end SilviaTerra has developed analytical tools used globally by governments, industry, and conservation firms.

A forester and biometrician by training (BS in forest management from Mississippi State University, and MFS from Yale University), Zack has spent the past 10 years helping forest managers acquire, organize, and analyze information about their forests. He developed and patented a process which uses remotely-sensed imagery to make forest inventory far more efficient. He now focuses on extending the use of that information to enable market-based solutions to the challenging problems of forest design, production, and conservation.

Zack will be speaking in ACT 1 hosted by Edie Sonne Hall.

Meet Our 2018 Act 2 Speakers

Angie DiSalvo

Angie DiSalvo

Angie DiSalvo

Outreach and Science Supervisor, Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry

Angie DiSalvo is the Outreach and Science Supervisor with Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry, where she manages citizen science, policy, and education programs. Her work focuses on improving tree canopy where Portlanders need it most: right outside their front doors. Some of her recent projects include street and park tree inventory, planting strategy, heritage trees, and permit compliance.

Prior to Portland Parks, Angie worked as the program manager for the World Forest Institute where she advised international researchers and guided them to inspect innovative forestry projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Angie holds a M.S. in Forestry and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Northern Arizona University, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Wright State University.  Angie was a speaker at the 2017 Hagenstein Lectures.

Angie will be host for Mike Warjone in ACT 2.

Mike Warjone

Mike Warjone

Mike Warjone

Senior Director of Strategy, Port Blakely Company

Mike Warjone has been with the Port Blakely Company for 21 years. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Willamette University and an MBA at the University of Washington. During his career he has worked in all areas of the forest products business, including silviculture, harvest planning, marketing, international trade, and most recently, carbon. Mike currently serves as the firm’s Senior Director of Strategy overseeing the development of new businesses and the expansive growth in the Pacific Northwest, the US Southeast, and New Zealand.

Mike will be speaking in ACT 2 hosted by Angie DiSalvo.

Meet Our 2018 Act 3 Speakers

Thomas RaShad Easley

Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley

Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley

Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley is the Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He earned his B.S. in Forest Science from Alabama A&M University and M.S in Forest Genetics from Iowa State University. His doctorate is in Adult Education from NC State University.

At Yale, Thomas assists with enhancing diversity, promoting access for all people, and developing scholarly and relevant programming around workplace equity. He served as the Director of the Community for Diversity in the College of Natural Resources at NC State and he taught courses, advised students, consulted with faculty and staff on programming. He lectures widely, leads community workshops and teaches a course on Diversity and Environmental Justice. Thomas is also an Eagle Scout, pastor, and artist. In the music world he is known by RaShad and delivers a message of hope, love, and the joy of helping others.

Thomas will be speaking in ACT 3 hosted by Nicole Strong.

Nicole Strong

Nicole Strong

Nicole Strong

Nicole Strong realized her heart might lie in the “people” side of science in 1995 while working as a field assistant in Venezuela, where she found evening conversations with local ranchers and their families even more memorable than the days spent out banding birds, observing monkeys and sloths, and avoiding snakes.

As Forestry and Natural Resources Extension agent Serving Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson Counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, Nicole is dedicated to community-based education and service, with the desired outcomes of: a) increasing woodland owner land stewardship knowledge and skills, b) finding innovative solutions to socioeconomic and ecological challenges facing rural, forest-dependent communities, and c) creating opportunities for a growing population of residents and visitors to learn about fire-adapted forest ecosystems.

She loves classes where she gets to talk both forestry and wildlife, as these two topics combined can create a lot of win-wins for trees, critters, and people. Nicole has an M.S. in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University, a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Purdue University, and is proud to have served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala (1999-2001). Nicole lives the typical outdoorsy life in Bend, Oregon with her partner Aaron, their dog Nela and an incredible community of friends and family. Nicole was a speaker at the 2017 Hagenstein Lectures.

Nicole will be MC for the event and host for Thomas RaShad Easley in ACT 3.