Creating Healthy & Productive Forests


The History of Forest Management in the United States

Presented by Patti Nylander of the Virginia Department of Forestry

Monday, March 19th | 5:00 – 7:00PM
light snacks will be provided
Augusta County Government Building Meeting Rooms, Verona

We will be in the South Board Room. Use the Public Meeting Room Entrance at the Augusta Govt Center Bldg. It is around back from the main entrance. Enter the Double doors on the left.

Spend an evening learning about Forest Management, and how past decisions about fighting wild fires are still influencing our forest ecosystems today. Balancing the needs for fiber production, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and ecosystem services like clean air and clean water can be a challenge for natural resource managers, especially on public land. Continuing with the principles taught by the “Father of Conservation” Gifford Pinchot at the first Forestry School in North Carolina, foresters make it work; we can grow beautiful, healthy, productive forests while meeting all of these needs!

Bring yourself….bring a friend…..all invited !!!

This presentation is a excellent opportunity for some to challenge their thinking about current forest management practices and realize that cutting trees is not a bad thing!

Please Register on the VMN-VMS Calendar

This is Continuing Education opportunity is sponsored by the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists.

pattiPatti Nylander has worked for the Department of Forestry for 17 years. She first started her career with DOF in 2001, working as a County Forester in SE Va. in Prince George and Surry Counties. Three years later in 2004, she moved to the Valley to work as the Forester for Augusta County. In 2012, she was promoted to a Senior Area Forester, with the dual role of supervising employees and serving as a field forester in the counties of Augusta, Rockbridge, Highland, Bath, and Alleghany. She has a BS in Forestry from Virginia Tech.  Her husband Erik teaches Math at Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School and she has a 10-year old son and a 7-year old daughter. When Patti is not working she enjoys hiking and camping with her family, reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy books, and looks forward to any opportunity to go to the beach.  

Photo above, right is of Patti leading an HMN basic training field trip on winter tree silhouettes in March 2013

Photo at top is of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program’s Shenandoah Valley Region Steward Adam Christie in November 2015 leading HMNs on a walk around Mount Joy Pond Preserve, near Raphine, VA, to learn about the benefits of controlled burns as a forest management tool.