Abby Jamison

In the past 30 years, the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards volunteer program has trained 750 volunteers, with over 500 active today. A key component of this federally-funded program is the impact of these volunteers on unengaged woodland owners. Every two years, we send a survey to our active volunteers to measure, among other things, their outreach to others. Abby’s research will take a much deeper, more detailed look at the program’s impact. She will examine the receptibility of education and outreach from PA Forest Stewards to other landowners. And, she will examine what, if any, of the stewardship principles learned in these encounters are adopted by the landowners that Stewards are reaching. Abby is pursuing a master's degree in Forest Resources and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Sasha Soto

Sasha works closely with the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards program, drawing on the experiences and insights of the Stewards to better understand the social dynamics of best management practices and environmental oversight. Her research is focused on helping to foster collaborative and transparent relationships between private forest landowners and environmental professionals. As part of the Center for Private Forests team, Sasha is working to engage landowners, managers, and the public to promote and apply sound stewardship practices, to provide guidance and resources, and to promote the improvement of the health and vitality of private forests. Sasha is a pursuing a PhD in Forest Resources.

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Center for Private Forests

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416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802