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The Leadership Nature Podcast

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The Leadership Nature Podcast features one-on-one interviews with diverse leaders from across the forestry and natural resources nation, and it is intended to spread the seeds of leadership insights, lessons learned and personal advice from experienced leaders to current and future generations of natural resource leaders. Each episode also includes a leadership tip of the week from the interviewer.

Latest Episodes

Wildland Fire is Tough, but Rewarding Work

Garth Fisher is the National Training Director of the Wildland Fire Management branch for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Garth also services as the Chair and BIA Representative on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and he has over 15 years of wildland fire operations and wildland fire management. In this week’s episode, Garth explains a little bit about what the BIA agency does and how they pride themselves on being able to provide ongoing leadership training to their staff.

44 MIN2019 OCT 21
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Wildland Fire is Tough, but Rewarding Work

We’re All Connected in the World of Wildland Fire

Katie Lighthall is the Coordinator for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy in the Western Region. She assists federal, state, local, and tribal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations so that they can be ready in case of a large fire disaster. When you’re coordinating for multiple agencies, it’s important that everybody is on the same page as quickly as possible. Katie shares her experiences on today’s show and showcases how she got into this field, in the first place!

45 MIN2019 OCT 9
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We’re All Connected in the World of Wildland Fire

Interagency Cooperation Starts Before the Fire Begins

John Miller is the State Wildland Fire Chief for the Virginia Department of Forestry. John is responsible for oversight and state-wide coordination of the agency’s wildfire control, emergency management, and prescribed burning programs. John shares some tips about how you can coordinate with multiple government agencies so that everyone is on the same page when a fire is happening and he shares some close calls he’s gotten while he was in the field.

52 MIN2019 SEP 25
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Interagency Cooperation Starts Before the Fire Begins

Your Weakest Link Is Your Strongest Point

Kristel Johnson is the Support Services Program Leader for the USDA Forest Service. Kristel started her career in 1990 as a temporary firefighter and, later, she attended the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Academy. Over her career, Kristel has worked in wildland firefighting, fire training, district management, employee relations, human resources, critical instant stress management, and more.

37 MIN2019 SEP 11
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Your Weakest Link Is Your Strongest Point

Fire Knows No Boundaries so We’re All on the Same Team

Robyn Broyles is the Fire Communication and Education Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the national interagency fire center in Boise, Idaho. In Robyn’s role, she focuses on the accomplishments of the Indian country’s wildland fire management and aviation programs. Robyn is also a tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Find out more about Robyn and her role with the BIA on this week’s episode!

48 MIN2019 AUG 28
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Fire Knows No Boundaries so We’re All on the Same Team

In Wildland Fire, It’s All About Interagency Cooperation

Dan Smith is the Fire Director for the National Association of State Foresters. He is the Wildland Fire Representative for 50 states and 8 territories at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. In this role, Dan works collaboratively with the Federal Wildland Fire Directors and serves as a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which provides wildland fire response on a national level.

44 MIN2019 AUG 14
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In Wildland Fire, It’s All About Interagency Cooperation

In Wildland Fire, Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences Keep Happening

Brian Pisarek is the Advanced Wildlife Instructor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and he is also the Structured Fire Chief for the City of Aitkin, Minnesota. Brian has a B.S. in Forestry and has an extensive list of fire qualifications, too! In today’s episode, Brian shares a little bit about how to keep yourself safe during a wildland fire, how to best manage family expectations when you’ve got to abruptly cancel plans to fight a fire, and so much more!

30 MIN2019 JUL 31
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In Wildland Fire, Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences Keep Happening

People in the Forest Sector Go Many Generations Back and Affect Many Generations Forward

Will Novy-Hildesley is the Executive Director of the North American Forest Partnership (NAFP), a diverse set of people and organizations who are passionate about the future of forests. NAFP is also the driver of #forestproud, where they collect stories from all over the world of what the forest means to individuals and natural resource professionals. Find out more about what NAFP is doing and how you can get involved in their amazing work in this week’s episode!

51 MIN2019 JUL 24
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People in the Forest Sector Go Many Generations Back and Affect Many Generations Forward

As a Leader, You Have to Become Comfortable With Discomfort

Buddy Huffaker is the Board President and Executive Director for Aldo Leopold Foundation, a non-profit conservation organization located in Wisconsin. Buddy is very proud to be part of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, an organization he joined over 20 years ago as an intern. In today’s episode, Buddy shares a little bit about how the foundation got started, what exciting new things the foundation is working on right now, and how students can get involved in its exciting projects!

50 MIN2019 JUL 17
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As a Leader, You Have to Become Comfortable With Discomfort

Getting to Work Outdoors and Starting a Career Right After You Graduate

Elaine Snowberger kicks off this new season of Leadership Nature. In this season, Tom will be featuring up-and-coming forestry and natural resource students to share their educational experiences. Elaine shares some of the benefits of joining a forestry club, why she loves being part of the Clemson University family, and shares tips on how she scored her first forestry position!

37 MIN2019 JUL 3
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Getting to Work Outdoors and Starting a Career Right After You Graduate

Latest Episodes

Wildland Fire is Tough, but Rewarding Work

Garth Fisher is the National Training Director of the Wildland Fire Management branch for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Garth also services as the Chair and BIA Representative on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and he has over 15 years of wildland fire operations and wildland fire management. In this week’s episode, Garth explains a little bit about what the BIA agency does and how they pride themselves on being able to provide ongoing leadership training to their staff.

44 MIN2019 OCT 21
Comments
Wildland Fire is Tough, but Rewarding Work

We’re All Connected in the World of Wildland Fire

Katie Lighthall is the Coordinator for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy in the Western Region. She assists federal, state, local, and tribal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations so that they can be ready in case of a large fire disaster. When you’re coordinating for multiple agencies, it’s important that everybody is on the same page as quickly as possible. Katie shares her experiences on today’s show and showcases how she got into this field, in the first place!

45 MIN2019 OCT 9
Comments
We’re All Connected in the World of Wildland Fire

Interagency Cooperation Starts Before the Fire Begins

John Miller is the State Wildland Fire Chief for the Virginia Department of Forestry. John is responsible for oversight and state-wide coordination of the agency’s wildfire control, emergency management, and prescribed burning programs. John shares some tips about how you can coordinate with multiple government agencies so that everyone is on the same page when a fire is happening and he shares some close calls he’s gotten while he was in the field.

52 MIN2019 SEP 25
Comments
Interagency Cooperation Starts Before the Fire Begins

Your Weakest Link Is Your Strongest Point

Kristel Johnson is the Support Services Program Leader for the USDA Forest Service. Kristel started her career in 1990 as a temporary firefighter and, later, she attended the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Academy. Over her career, Kristel has worked in wildland firefighting, fire training, district management, employee relations, human resources, critical instant stress management, and more.

37 MIN2019 SEP 11
Comments
Your Weakest Link Is Your Strongest Point

Fire Knows No Boundaries so We’re All on the Same Team

Robyn Broyles is the Fire Communication and Education Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the national interagency fire center in Boise, Idaho. In Robyn’s role, she focuses on the accomplishments of the Indian country’s wildland fire management and aviation programs. Robyn is also a tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Find out more about Robyn and her role with the BIA on this week’s episode!

48 MIN2019 AUG 28
Comments
Fire Knows No Boundaries so We’re All on the Same Team

In Wildland Fire, It’s All About Interagency Cooperation

Dan Smith is the Fire Director for the National Association of State Foresters. He is the Wildland Fire Representative for 50 states and 8 territories at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. In this role, Dan works collaboratively with the Federal Wildland Fire Directors and serves as a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which provides wildland fire response on a national level.

44 MIN2019 AUG 14
Comments
In Wildland Fire, It’s All About Interagency Cooperation

In Wildland Fire, Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences Keep Happening

Brian Pisarek is the Advanced Wildlife Instructor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and he is also the Structured Fire Chief for the City of Aitkin, Minnesota. Brian has a B.S. in Forestry and has an extensive list of fire qualifications, too! In today’s episode, Brian shares a little bit about how to keep yourself safe during a wildland fire, how to best manage family expectations when you’ve got to abruptly cancel plans to fight a fire, and so much more!

30 MIN2019 JUL 31
Comments
In Wildland Fire, Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences Keep Happening

People in the Forest Sector Go Many Generations Back and Affect Many Generations Forward

Will Novy-Hildesley is the Executive Director of the North American Forest Partnership (NAFP), a diverse set of people and organizations who are passionate about the future of forests. NAFP is also the driver of #forestproud, where they collect stories from all over the world of what the forest means to individuals and natural resource professionals. Find out more about what NAFP is doing and how you can get involved in their amazing work in this week’s episode!

51 MIN2019 JUL 24
Comments
People in the Forest Sector Go Many Generations Back and Affect Many Generations Forward

As a Leader, You Have to Become Comfortable With Discomfort

Buddy Huffaker is the Board President and Executive Director for Aldo Leopold Foundation, a non-profit conservation organization located in Wisconsin. Buddy is very proud to be part of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, an organization he joined over 20 years ago as an intern. In today’s episode, Buddy shares a little bit about how the foundation got started, what exciting new things the foundation is working on right now, and how students can get involved in its exciting projects!

50 MIN2019 JUL 17
Comments
As a Leader, You Have to Become Comfortable With Discomfort

Getting to Work Outdoors and Starting a Career Right After You Graduate

Elaine Snowberger kicks off this new season of Leadership Nature. In this season, Tom will be featuring up-and-coming forestry and natural resource students to share their educational experiences. Elaine shares some of the benefits of joining a forestry club, why she loves being part of the Clemson University family, and shares tips on how she scored her first forestry position!

37 MIN2019 JUL 3
Comments
Getting to Work Outdoors and Starting a Career Right After You Graduate
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