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Forester Spotlight: Brittany VanderWall

American Forest Foundation

October 10, 2023

This week, we’re highlighting Brittany VanderWall in our Family Forest Carbon Program forester series. Brittany is based in Michigan and works with landowners across the Midwest. Brittany is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters and studied at Michigan Technological University.

Brittany VanderWall

State: Michigan

Educational background: B.S. Forestry with an Ecology Minor from Michigan Technological University. Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters

Senior Forestry Manager Brittany VanderWall had intended to become an engineer since middle school. In high school, she was captain of her school’s robotics team, which involved building a robot and driving it at competitions. But before Brittany’s Michigan Tech college orientation concluded, she had a change of heart and her interest switched to forestry. Brittany had no previous experience in the field and eagerly researched it after exploring the list of educational disciplines available at Tech.

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Brittany VanderWall stands in front of a creek-bed in her home state of Michigan.

Brittany earned a degree in forestry and worked as a Conservation District Forester for 8 years in northern Michigan. She provided technical forestry assistance, landowner outreach, education, and partnership collaboration. She enjoyed working in the woods with landowners, hearing their stories, and providing tools to develop their love for the land. This experience with landowners motivated Brittany to seek employment with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), where she works with landowners all over Michigan and across many forest types. As an AFF forester, she appreciates the ability to help more people with land stewardship. Brittany’s favorite part of working with the Family Forest Carbon Program is providing landowners with an opportunity to learn about, and participate in, an innovative aspect of forestry. 

When not spending time in the woods, Brittany can be found practicing karate, PC gaming, performing in community theatre, biking, and spending time with her partner, Chris, and their two hairless cats.

American Forest Foundation

October 10, 2023

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