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Meet Our 2016 Speakers

Aaron Everett

Aaron Everett

Washington State Forester and Policy Director at the Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands, Department of Natural Resources

Aaron Everett is a forester with roots in the concrete jungle. Escaping to the outdoors was special for a kid from the Detroit area. This coupled with a little sense of adventure led him to enroll in Forestry School at Michigan Technological University, located nine hours north at the far reaches of the state’s Upper Peninsula – with a population of 7,300.

Many paths along the forestry profession start with the welcome solitude of cruising around the woods. But Aaron has spent almost his entire career at the intersection of public issues around forestry – policy, politics and people. He is now Washington State Forester and Policy Director at the Department of Natural Resources, a 1,500-employee agency with broad land management, regulatory, geology, and wildfire protection responsibilities across millions of acres.

Eric Farm

Eric Farm

Coastal Operations and Marketing Manager at Barnes and Associates, Inc.

Eric Farm is the Coastal Operations Manager for Barnes and Associates, Inc., a privately owned consulting company, where he leads the Coos Bay Office. Eric’s team manages nearly 90,000 acres for a variety of clients with diverse objectives for their forestlands. He has worked his entire forestry career in the private sector where he has developed deep experience in industrial forest management, sustainable forestry certification, and forestland as an investment option. Prior to starting his forestry career, Eric served for 4½ years as a combat engineer officer and served with the 1st Armored Division in Germany, Bosnia, and Kosovo. 

Eric enjoys employing his leadership experience at the interface between technical experts, policymakers, and the public to find truly sustainable solutions. He also serves as the Vice President on the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay’s Board of Commissioners and a director on the Coos County Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Commission, and is a past-President of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Eric graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Forest Engineering and has earned his Professional Engineering license.

Sue Baker, PhD

Sue Baker, PhD

Research Fellow, School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania, Australia

Sue Baker is a Research Fellow at University of Tasmania where she helped develop retention forestry for statewide application. She has worked in the Pacific Northwest and is a 2012 Fulbright scholar and alumna of the World Forest Institute.

After completing a Forestry Degree from Melbourne University, Sue worked on forest pest management projects and volunteered on seabird research projects in Antarctica and Macquarie Island. She completed Honors and Ph.D. Degrees from the University of Tasmania examining the impacts of forest management practices on biodiversity. Her latest project investigates landscape-scale approaches to forest management and biodiversity conservation as well as innovative monitoring technologies. Sue is also an experienced climber and diver.

Mike Dockry, PhD

Mike Dockry, PhD

Research Forester / Social Scientist at the USDA Northern Research Station, Strategic Foresight Group and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources

Mike Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is a research forester and social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station in St. Paul, Minnesota. Located on the University of Minnesota’s campus, he is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources. Mike is part of a team of ecological and social scientists working on interdisciplinary research to support foresighted natural resource management decisions. His research interests include understanding social aspects of forest and natural resource management, sustainability, indigenous community forestry, strategic foresight research, and environmental history. He is involved in several projects supporting sustainable forest management and climate change adaptation with American Indian communities in the Great Lakes.

A dynamic presenter, Mike will blend his diverse experiences working with the Menominee Tribe and a range of other projects that examine people’s relationships with forest stewardship. He brings a unique perspective on the role of people, communities, and forest conservation. Mike earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison, a Master’s Degree in Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Abraham Wheeler

Abraham Wheeler

State Lead O&C Forester at the Bureau of Land Management, OR / WA State Office

Abe Wheeler grew up on a small farm in the Willamette Valley and was always drawn to the outdoors. After high school, he earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Linn Benton Community College, and then a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Management from Oregon State University (OSU). He graduated summa cum laude from OSU in 2007.

For almost a decade, Abe has been collaborating with local and regional stakeholders working to develop innovative forestry solutions such as promoting fire resiliency, habitat creation and enhancement, and environmentally responsible timber harvest in western Oregon forests. He currently works for the Bureau of Land Management Oregon-Washington state office as the State Lead O&C Forester.

Act 1:
Aaron Everett

Aaron Everett is a forester with roots in the concrete jungle. Escaping to the outdoors was special for a kid from the Detroit area. This coupled with a little sense of adventure led him to enroll in Forestry School at Michigan Technological University, located nine hours north at the far reaches of the state’s Upper Peninsula – with a population of 7,300.

Many paths along the forestry profession start with the welcome solitude of cruising around the woods. But Aaron has spent almost his entire career at the intersection of public issues around forestry – policy, politics and people. He is now Washington State Forester and Policy Director at the Department of Natural Resources, a 1,500-employee agency with broad land management, regulatory, geology, and wildfire protection responsibilities across millions of acres.

Act 2: Practicing Forestry Roundtable

Practicing Forestry Roundtable panelists include:

  • Abraham Wheeler, State Lead O&C Forester at the Bureau of Land Management, OR/WA State Office
  • Sue Baker, PhD, Research Fellow, School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Eric Farm, Coastal Operations and Marketing Manager at Barnes & Associates, Inc.

Moderated by:

  • Travis Joseph, President, American Forest Resource Council

Act 3:
Mike Dockry

Mike Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is a research forester and social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station in St. Paul, Minnesota. Located on the University of Minnesota’s campus, he is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources. Mike is part of a team of ecological and social scientists working on interdisciplinary research to support foresighted natural resource management decisions. His research interests include understanding social aspects of forest and natural resource management, sustainability, indigenous community forestry, strategic foresight research, and environmental history. He is involved in several projects supporting sustainable forest management and climate change adaptation with American Indian communities in the Great Lakes.