Forest Policy Institute

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Shaping the Next Generation of Forestry Leaders

Forest Policy Institute – Developing career-ready forestry graduates by providing forestry students experiences beyond the classroom in a 2-day program in Washington, DC, focused on forest policy, public speaking, and networking. Forest Policy Institute students engage with policy professionals in federal agencies, Congress, and trade associations learning about the intersection of policy, conservation, and the ownership and management of private working forests.

Introducing Forestry Students to Policy

In conjunction with the Forest Landowners Association’s Winter Board meeting, the Forest Landowners Foundation (FLF) hosts the forest policy institute designed to introduce forestry students to public policy and how it impacts various aspects of forest ownership and management as well as how landscape-level conservation initiatives intertwine with forestry issues.

The pilot program was launched in February 2019 with 5 students and has expanded each year, when feasible.

Students meet with federal agency leaders, relevant congressional committee chairmen, and leading conservation organizations or trade associations.

“Policy development and impacts are areas of natural resources that are not as commonly discussed in typical undergraduate programs. However, this is arguably one of the most important aspects of land and forest resource management long term. I am honored to have been selected by my university to attend the Forest Policy Institute to learn first-hand from a variety of policy professionals.”

Abby Buckner, Stephen F. Austin student, and Forest Policy Institute 2023 attendee

Real World Experience

Students selected for the Forest Policy Institute get the rare opportunity to make connections with private forest landowners from across the nation, hear their concerns, and directly see how policy affects forest management.

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Multi-faceted Forestry Professionals

Learning the ins and outs of forestry isn’t just about being in the woods, it involves working with diverse stakeholders (NGOs, corporations, government agencies) in matters related to the management and economic viability of private forest. The Foundation is invested in shaping the future of forestry through programs like the Forest Policy Institute.

Universities at the Forefront of Forest Policy Institute

University of Florida*
Stephen F. Austin University

Mississippi State University
Oregon State University
University of Georgia
Clemson University
Auburn University
Virginia Tech
Michigan State University
Lousiana Tech

*Universities in bold are funding their students to attend without Foundation support.