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Ben Hayes Joins Western Regional Office Staff
Ben HayesBen Hayes is a fifth generation Oregonian with a background in forestry and humanities. Before returning to graduate school, he worked as the Program Manager for Fishtrap, a non-profit that promotes clear thinking and good writing in and about the West. At Fishtrap, Ben oversaw 13 programs including a week-long summer workshop series, residency programs throughout eastern Oregon, and a regional “Big Read” program. Ben has also worked as a river guide, arborist, and events manager. He received a Master of Forestry degree from Yale University and a BA from Whitman College. His academic work has focused on western land conservation, including state forest land management in Oregon, institutional investment in ranches, forest land, and water, and environmental market dynamics. Other interests include fly fishing, boat building, and backcountry skiing.When not at work, on a river, or in the mountains, Ben helps to run Hyla Woods, his family’s forest business in Oregon’s Coast Range.

Stephanie Dalke Completes Environmental Leadership Program
Stephanie P. DalkeStephanie Pendergrass Dalke, Project Director of the Institute’s Common Waters program, is now a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). She was among the first class of fellows to participate in the leadership development program tailored for the Delaware River Watershed Network, which was launched with the support of the William Penn Foundation as part of its Delaware River Watershed Initiative. In a series of three retreats in Wallingford, PA, the group covered topics such as building community, diversity, and learning to lead across differences; the learning organization model and systems thinking; developing partnerships and collaborations; and strengths-based leadership. Membership in the ELP Senior Fellows Network is an ongoing commitment to leadership development and mentoring in a dynamic network of more than 700 of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders. ELP is accepting nominations for the next class of Delaware River Watershed Network fellows to be trained in 2016. More information is available at elpnet.org.

America’s Great National Forests,Wildernesses, and Grasslands
America's Great National Forests, Wildernesses and GrasslandsPinchot Institute University Fellow Char Miller has recently completed a new illustrated celebration of our greatest National Forests, from Alaska to Florida. For more than a century, America’s National Forests have proved an environmental gift and cultural treasure, our spectacular backyard. Under the management of the US Forest Service, this system of public lands encompasses 193 million acres of mountains, prairies, rivers, and canyons—much of it undiscovered, but accessible for hiking, kayaking, fishing, and winter sports. Officially published with the US Forest Service, this book features the thirty most notable National Forests—while also celebrating more than one hundred different national forests in forty-four states— from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Olympics of Washington. Unlike the national parks, Americans can use these lands for all manner of recreation, truly earning these tremendous resources the moniker of "America’s backyard." Featuring photography by Tim Palmer and a foreword from Bill McKibben, this book is a treasure for all readers who use and cherish these lands. Available for pre-order now: http://bit.ly/AGNFWG

Gifford Pinchot to be inducted into World Forestry Center Leadership Hall
The World Forestry Center and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation are pleased to announce that the World Forestry Center will induct Gifford Pinchot into its Leadership Hall. Pinchot’s ethic of “the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run” still resonates today, the 150th anniversary of his birth. Gifford Pinchot’s Leadership Hall Induction will support the Research Fellows Program of the Pinchot Institute as well as the forest education program of the World Forestry Center. The Pinchot Institute and the World Forestry Center partner to advance sustainable forestry research and education. The Leadership Hall of the World Forestry Center was established in 1971 to honor those who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the advancement of forestry. The Hall celebrates the history of the world’s forests and the men and women who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the advancement of the forestry sector in business, government, or education. More information about this opportunity to recognize Gifford Pinchot’s groundbreaking work as America’s First Forester will be available soon at pinchot.org and worldforestry.org.
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