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Forester Spotlight: Nate Hartley

Cristina Zepeda-Almazan

April 18, 2022

When you ask a landowner who they trust and go to to learn more about their woods, the frequent answer is their forester. Whether they are experienced stewards of their forest or just trying to figure out where to even begin, landowners go to foresters with their goals for their land and trust their forester to guide them along the process. 

Unfortunately, landowners will often face barriers in meeting with foresters, whether it be cost or lack of forester capacity, which can result in it taking months or years to schedule a consultation. The Family Forest Carbon Program, developed by the American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy to help family forest owners to improve forest health and address climate change, wanted to help landowners overcome this barrier to action. To do this, AFF has expanded our staff to include foresters who are dedicated to supporting landowners interested in enrolling in the program. 

Take a second to meet one of our staff foresters who you’ll often find walking the trails with family forest owners in Pennsylvania, Nate Hartley.

Nate Hartley

State: Pennsylvania

Education: B.S. Botany (Millersville University); M.S. Ecology (Duke University)

Nate is a Lancaster native who has since found a home in south-central PA's Ridge and Valley. With 10 years of experience coordinating botanical and forest inventories on private and public land, Nate is always eager to talk about plants, trees, pests and diseases. Before joining the American Forest Foundation he worked for the North Carolina Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis program and served as Stewardship Coordinator for the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy.

AFF_Forester_Nate Hartley_Credit Jackson Family

He believes that sustainable forest management by family forest owners is going to play a critical role in stemming the ongoing climate and biodiversity crises and he feels fortunate to get to meet with landowners, learn about their goals, and help them identify strategies that benefit them, their land, and the environment at-large. Working with AFF and the Family Forest Carbon Program affords him the opportunity to work with woodland stewards and to encourage their continued efforts to foster resilient and diverse forested ecosystems.

Cristina Zepeda-Almazan

April 18, 2022

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