Contributed entries to this blog are welcome and encouraged. Please contact Sharon at with your entry.

Regular Contributors include:

Sharon Friedman

I came to the planning world relatively late in my career.  Although I worked on forests that were planning in the late 70’s and early 80’s (as the Area Geneticist for the Winema, Fremont, Ochoco and Deschutes), I managed to avoid planning except for some silvicultural models. I was the Director of an NFS Genetics Lab in Placerville, CA for a couple of years, then went on a hiatus to the RPA staff (worked on the 95 RPA), then managed the McIntire Stennis research program for the Agency Formerly Known as CSREES, then back to FS  R&D and then back to the National Forests in the NEPA shop in DC.  Along the way, I happened to be working at the Office of Science and Technology Policy when the 2000 Planning Rule was being cleared, and worked on the 2005 Rule in the DC office.  But, fortunately for my sanity, I have done many other interesting non-planning things, which are in the link above. I have a B.S. in Forestry from U.C. Berkeley, a Masters in Forest Science from Yale F&ES and a Ph.D. in Genetics from University of New Hampshire.

My main other hobby besides this blog is music and especially church music. I am currently enrolled in a master’s program in theology at Iliff School of Theology. I have also begun a new blog

Larry Harrell

I am semi-retired from the Forest Service after 25+ years of experience, mostly in timber management. I have ample experience in marking timber and controlling loggers. My first job with them was as a fire lookout, 2500 feet above the north shore of Lake Tahoe. I have also been a firefighter, a wildlife surveyor and research data collector. My work has spanned across the country, working in 25 different National Forests, in 11 different States. My expertise is in controlling loggers, working on salvage projects, both as an independent Harvest Inspector and as a Timber Sale Administrator. I am also a freelance photographer, capturing fine art mountain landscapes, and re-capturing my old Kodachrome slide images. You don’t have to be a member of Facebook to access my page at: Enjoy!

Guy Knudsen

I grew up in rural Vermont, and after graduating from high school (barely), I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for four years as a welder and shipboard firefighter. In 1975, with help from the G.I. Bill, I entered the University of New Hampshire where I graduated with a B.S.F. in Forestry. Forest pathology was my first academic love, and I went on to Cornell University where I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, working on Scleroderris canker of conifers. A weak job market necessitated a shift more in an agricultural direction, and for the past 26 years I have been Professor of Plant Pathology/Microbial Ecology/Environmental Science at the University of Idaho. When I can, I still find forestry-related research projects (seedling diseases, wildlife diseases etc.) to work on. In 2007 I finished a J.D. degree (after five years of studying nights and weekends) and currently my second career is as an environmental attorney, licensed in California and Washington (my practice is Northwest Natural Resource Advocates, ). Exploring the interface between agricultural and natural resource science/policy and law is what excites me the most these days. I believe strongly in transparency and public participation in natural resource management, and in the tools available (including NEPA, ESA, NFMA) to help make that a reality.

Matthew Koehler

I grew up in rural Wisconsin – in the Village of Elkhart Lake – surrounded by the Kettle Moraine State Forest, where my family goes back six generations. I’ve lived in Missoula, Montana since 1996 working on a variety of public lands issues.  My love for forests and wildlands came from my family. My dad was a house painter and got just one week vacation (unpaid) a year and it was always spent tent camping on public lands, mainly the Northern Highlands State Forest or various spots in the Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forests in Wisconsin.  In addition to being a certified high school English and history teacher, I paid my way through college by working at a lumber company building trusses and even spent a summer as a wildland firefighter in Oregon. I’ve been curious about public lands issues for the past 20 years and am the director of the WildWest Institute. In my free-time I enjoy gardening, native landscaping, putting up food, hunting morels, elk and deer and, if you can believe it, playing the game of golf.  Email:

Char Miller

Char Miller became the Director of the Environmental Analysis Program and W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College in July 2009. Since 1981, he has been on the faculty of Trinity University (San Antonio), where he served as chair of the history department and director for the urban studies program, aad where he was awarded the Dr. and Mrs. Z. T. Scott Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching; was tapped as a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for excellence in teaching and service to higher education; and was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. Other honors include: D. Honoris Causa (Humane Letters), Plymouth State University, 2005; Centennial Lecturer, USDA Forest Service, 2004-05; P. J. Roosevelt Lecturer, Theodore Roosevelt Association, 2004-05; and he is a Senior Fellow, Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

Miller’s recent books include Ground Work: Conservation in American Culture; Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism; Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas; and The Greatest Good: 100 Years of Forestry in America. As an editor, he has published a number of anthologies, including Water in the Twenty-First Century West; Fluid Arguments: Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict, 50 Years of the Texas Observer, and On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio. He serves as Associate Editor of Environmental History and the Journal of Forestry, is a Contributing Writer for the Texas Observer, and writes op-eds and commentary on environmental, political, and cultural issues for local, regional, and national media.

Ron Roizen

Ron Roizen has lived, with his spouse, the fine artist Maggie Entrekin Roizen, in beautiful Wallace, Idaho – Shoshone County’s county seat – since November, 1997. They moved from Berkeley, where Ron had lived, more or less uninterruptedly, since 1963, when he began at the University as a transfer junior from San Francisco State. A summer job as a research assistant at a Berkeley social research group studying the American public’s drinking behavior ultimately turned into a career, loosely defined. He currently moderates the “Not Without a Fight!” blog, here, a forum for counties where national forests are located.

Andy Stahl

Andy Stahl, a forester, is Executive Director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics.   Andy has worked for the USDA-Forest Service, Associated Oregon Loggers, National Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now called Earthjustice). When he’s not raising two children on his 42-acre farm, he races bicycles. His non-racing accomplishments can be found here.

Steve Wilent

Steve is Editor of The Forestry Source, the monthly newspaper of the Society of American Foresters ( Any opinions he posts in this blog are his personal ones, not necessarily SAF’s or anyone else’s. He has been a member of SAF since 1982. Steve has been a forestry and natural resources instructor at Mt. Hood Community College, in Gresham, Oregon, since 1996 and is a member of the Clackamas County, Oregon, Forest Advisory Board and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute Speaker’s Bureau. In a galaxy a long time ago and far, far away, he worked for the US Forest Service and set a few chokers. Hobbies, aside from an addiction to following forestry news and views, include salvage logging (harvesting firewood for his household, mostly lodgepole pine killed by mountain pine beetle, on the east side of the Mt. Hood National Forest — with valid permits, of course) and firewood-hauler life support (repair and maintenance of a 1970 International Harvester pickup truck).

Bob Zybach

Bob Zybach is an historical ecologist whose research focuses on human, forest, and fire histories in the Pacific Northwest; particularly the 1490 to 2010 time period. He is also an educator, documentary photographer, writer, and editor with demonstrated limited commercial potential. Bob was born in 1948 in Woodland, Washington, where several of his ancestors settled when it was still part of the Oregon Territory. He has two grown sons, a grown grandson and currently lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon. His first career was as a tree planter and as a reforestation contractor, where his personal accomplishments include hand-planting more than 2.3 million seedlings, falling more than 1,000 acres of hardwoods and conifers, and precommercial thinning more than 1,200 acres of conifers. During that time his principal business, Phoenix Reforestation, completed more than 85,000 acres of reforestation contracts, including planting, thinning, slashing, falling, burning, fire-trailing, animal control, and brush control and was recognized in 1983 by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the US. Since 1996 Bob has been Program Manager for, a 501 c(3) educational website that focuses on cultural and natural resource management history of Oregon for students and teachers. ORWW has been continuously online since January 1997, has been primarily constructed by Oregon public school teachers and students, and has reached more than 3 million visitors during that time, while its Youtube channel, ORWWmedia, has reached an additional 100,000 visitors. Bob has a BS in Forestry, Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, and PhD from Oregon State University in Environmental Sciences. A selection of his written work, photography, presentations, and educational websites can be found at