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Pinchot Institute Opens Western Regional Office

Clear Lake, Willamette National Forest (Angelica Hernandez)The Pinchot Institute for Conservation opened its new Western Regional Office in June, naming Brian Kittler as its founding director. Kittler was formerly with the National Fish and  Wildlife Foundation. “The Western Regional Office will allow the Pinchot Institute to work more closely with our federal, state and regional partners throughout the West to improve the conservation and sustainable management of forests on both public and private lands,” said Institute President Al Sample. “Population growth, energy development, and climate change are making conservation more difficult than ever before, and it is all the more important to engage communities and other stakeholders in developing enduring solutions to these challenges.”

“New kinds of working relationships will be needed to confront the unprecedented conditions on public lands in the West, especially the federal lands,” said Brian Kittler. “Communities all over the West have a common interest in finding ways to get ahead of wildfires and insect epidemics. New developments in science and policy won’t mean much if we don’t find practical and broadly supported ways to implement these ideas on the ground.”

The Western Regional Office will also advance projects focusing on private lands, such as the Institute’s innovative Forest Health-Human Initiative which seeks to provide family forest owners with additional health care assistance in exchange for their commitments to conserve and sustainably manage their woodlands. “New and exciting innovations are emerging at the local level; our objective is to show they can work, and then apply them on other locations across the country,” said Kittler.

“The Pinchot Institute has contributed to improving knowledge of important conservation issues, including bioenergy, ecosystem services, climate change, forestry education, and community forestry, said Kent Connaughton, the Pacific Northwest Regional Forester for the US Forest Service. “All are relevant across the United States, but the perspective provided by the Institute has been particularly important in the Pacific Northwest, where a number of these issues are in their infancy, and promise to become dominant in influencing public policy in the future.” Connaughton added, “I particularly appreciate the Institute’s work on stewardship contracting, which has become an influential tool in achieving environmental, community, and economic goals on the national forests in the region; I believe the new office in Portland will only strengthen the Pinchot Institute’s influence and impact on the conservation policy.”

Kent Connaughton,Wade Mosby Elected to Pinchot Institute Board of Directors

The Pinchot Institute for Conservation has announced the election of Kent Connaughton and Wade Mosby to its board of directors. “Wade and Kent bring exceptional knowledge of forest conservation and management to the Institute, with broad experience in economics and policy matters on both public and private lands,” said board chair Nels Johnson.

“Kent and Wade have been bold leaders on emerging issues such as forest certification, bioenergy, and climate change that are both challenges and opportunities for forest landowners and managers.We are pleased to have their innovative leadership to strengthen the Institute’s influence and impact on conservation policy,” said Al Sample, President of the Pinchot Institute.

Kent Connaughton served until recently as Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region of the US Forest Service. Connaughton began his 36-year career with the Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station as a forest economics researcher. He has had assignments as Forest Supervisor on the Lassen National Forest in California and as Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region. He also served as Associate Deputy Chief for State&Private Forestry in Washington, DC, and as Regional Forester for the Eastern Region.

Connaughton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, a Master of Forestry degree from Oregon State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, and was elected Fellow of that professional society in 1991. Kent and his wife Sue reside in Portland, Oregon.

Wade Mosby served most recently as Senior Vice President for Collins Companies, an integrated forest products company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with certified forestry operations in Oregon, California, and Pennsylvania. His 35-year career in the forest industry includes positions at Kimberly-Clark, Bohemia, and Roseburg Forest Products. Mosby is a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council, co-founder and director emeritus of Forest Trends, founding director emeritus for the Oregon Natural Step Network, and served on the boards of Sustainable Northwest, American Forest Resource Council, Keep Oregon Green, and Biomass Power Association. Wade and his wife Susan are long-time residents of Portland, Oregon.

Fellowship Focuses on Increasing Capacity for Community-Based Conservation

Patrick Bixler has been appointed to a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Pinchot Institute, following the recent completion of his Ph.D. in Sociology at Colorado State University. Bixler will continue his research on factors that contribute to increased capacity in community-based conservation, leading to more effective conservation outcomes.

His dissertation illustrates that landscape conservation outcomes can be attributed to relationships, flows of information, and resource linkages that constitute conservation networks. His research illustrates this effect through three different problem case studies: invasive species, grizzly bear conservation, and climate adaptation. Throughout each, the analysis highlights key mechanisms that increase capacity for community-based conservation engaged in cross-scale networks to bring information and resources to implement local conservation efforts. His research highlights that conservation outcomes are more likely when there is alignment in the ways that stakeholders “frame” the problem, illustrating the range of uncertainty in the decision-making process in landscapes characterized by change and variability. While at Colorado State, Patrick was twice a Center for Collaborative Conservation Research Fellow, selected for a competitive summer school program for environmental governance in Aas, Norway, and worked closely with Pinchot Institute Senior Fellow, Tony Cheng.
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