MISSOULA – This year’s meeting of the Montana state chapter of the Society of American Foresters takes place at the University of Montana campus April 14-15. The public and UM students are invited to register and attend a full day of presentations on Friday, April 14.
This year’s meeting, titled “Branching Out: Building Better Relationships Between Natural Resource Professionals and Journalists,” features keynote speaker Frank Allen, former bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal. Former chief of the U.S. Forest Service Dale Bosworth also will speak.
Three panel discussions will cover communicating with the public, understanding the audience and telling an effective story.
Moderators will include Tom DeLuca, dean of UM’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation; Martin Nie, a UM professor of natural resource policy and director of the Bolle Center for People & Forests; and Paula Short, UM President’s Office director of communications. Panelists will include UM School of Journalism Dean Larry Abramson and other experts in media and natural resource communications.
On Saturday morning, participants will tour forest restoration and wildfire fuel reduction treatments on private and U.S. Forest Service lands near Missoula.
The registration form and further details are online at http://www.cfc.umt.edu/saf/. Students can attend Friday’s presentation at a reduced rate of $15.