Governance

The Education Operating Committee provides governance and leadership to Project Learning Tree and other educational programs of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The committee develops opportunities for young people and their families to better understand environmental issues by cooperating on projects with educators, resource management professionals, youth leaders, and citizen conservationists.

The committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Recommending goals and policies for PLT and other educational programs
  • Developing annual operating plans and budgets for SFI’s Board of Directors’ approval
  • Assisting with fundraising activities
  • Participating in PLT’s programs and activities
  • Initiating strategic planning for PLT and other SFI education programs

PLT’s Education Operating Committee

Janet Ady
Division Chief of Education, Interpretation,
and Partnerships
Bureau of Land Management
Washington, D.C.
Beth Marchand
Director of Marketing
Columbia Care
New Hampshire
Nicole Ardoin, PhD.
Associate Professor
Stanford University
Graduate School of Education
California
Michiko Martin
Director, Conservation Education
USDA Forest Service
Washington, D.C.
Wanda Barrs
Due South Investment
Georgia
Karen L. Ostlund, Ph.D.
Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin
UTeach Science Program,
College of Natural Sciences
Texas
Andrew Burnett
Branch Chief for Interagency Coordination
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Education Outreach
Virginia
Thelma Reddick
Senior Director, Conservation Content and Partnerships
Wildlife Habitat Council
Maryland
Peter Church
Director of Forest Stewardship
Massachusetts Department of Conservation
and Recreation
Massachusetts
Rafael Salgado
Committee Co-Chair
Executive Director
Cal-Wood Education Center
Colorado
Laura Downey, Ph.D.
Committee Co-Chair
Executive Director
Kansas Association for Conservation
and Environmental Education
Kansas
Susan M. Schultz
SMS Consulting
Indiana
Robert Farris
Director
Georgia Forestry Commission
Georgia
Rahul Singh
CEO
Anant Corporation
Washington, D.C.
Mary Ford
Education Program Manager
National Geographic Society
Washington, D.C
Renee Strnad
NC State University- Extension Forestry
North Carolina
Nat Frazer, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, PKAL
Utah State University
Utah
Ada Takacs
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Forest Resources Division
Michigan