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Talking Forests

75 EpisodesProduced by Candra BurnsWebsite

Welcome to Talking Forests, where we dive into social media tips and help you shine online. We are the voice for hard-working people. We interview forest, wood and outdoor thought leaders who pave the way for the future. Listen to our podcast for insights on forest management, mass timber, and grass… read more

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Landowners Who Rock - Fourtee Acres Tyrone and Edna Williams - Episode 75

September 13th, 2022


This is a special in-person episode located in Enfield, North Carolina just off the I-95 with Tyrone and Edna Williams of Fourtee Acres. They lease …

Forestry People Who Rock - Elaine Springgay FAO Officer and ForYP Founder - Episode 74

June 27th, 2022


Elaine and I had a conversation about global forestry challenges. I was impressed by her experience in the sector and global knowledge. She launched ForYP the only global forestry young professionals group at the World …

Forestry People Who Rock - Alex Harvey from Legacy Land Management - Episode 73

April 8th, 2022


Alex and I sat down and had a conversation about being a consulting forester in his home state of Mississippi and some of the challenges that …

Forest Restoration in Arizona - NewLife Forest Restoration - Ted Dergousoff ~ Episode 72

March 2nd, 2022


Ted Dergousoff and I sat down together in Arizona and had a conversation about his company, NewLife, forest restoration efforts, and the role they …

Forestry Women Who Rock - Danielle Atkins - Land and Ladies ~ Episode 71

February 20th, 2022


Danielle Atkins and I came together for a podcast episode and we talked about the importance of being an educated landowner. She has taken her past …

Maryland Forests Association Faces of Forestry: Senator Bailey ~ Episode 70

November 15th, 2021


Maryland Forests Association "Faces of Forestry" features Senator Bailey this month. He grew up on his grandparent's 120-acre farm on the water in Southern Maryland. 

~From the crops, to horses, to time spent with his …

Oregon Women in Timber ~ Quinn Allen ~ Episode 69

October 18th, 2021


October is National Forest Products Month and National Forest Products Week is October 18th - 22nd this year! We are celebrating with Oregon Women in Timber episodes. See them here: ~ Our second guest is …

Oregon Women in Timber ~ Corinne Walters ~ Episode 68

October 11th, 2021


October is National Forest Products Month and National Forest Products Week is October 18th - 22nd this year! We are celebrating with Oregon Women in Timber episodes. See them here: ~ Our first guest is …

Women Owning Woodlands ~ Molly Darr ~ Episode 67

September 22nd, 2021


Molly Darr and I sat down to talk about the Women Owning Woodlands up-and-coming events. 

Janet Watt-Steele, Women Owning Woodlands – South Carolina

Maryland Forests Association Faces of Forestry: Tony from Pixelle ~ Episode 66

September 2nd, 2021


Maryland Forests Association "Faces of Forestry" features Tony Pixelle this month. He has been a forester in Maryland and has worked in different parts of the state for different agencies. He talks about his start as a …

Cradle of Forestry and APSAF Centennial Monument with guest Patrick Hiesl ~ Episode 65

August 25th, 2021


Patrick Hiesl the Assistant Professor of Forest Operations from Clemson University was interviewed by Candra Burns of Talking Forests about the Cradle of Forestry, the APSAF Centennial Monument, and Carl Schenck a …

Maryland Forests Association Faces of Forestry: Beth and Joe ~ Episode 64

July 26th, 2021


Beth and Joe of the Maryland Forests Association sat down to talk to me about a "Faces of Forestry" program they have. We are featuring guests of this program on the Talking Forests podcast once a month. We hope you all …

Wildfire Chats with Thomas Martin ~ Episode 63

June 30th, 2021


Thomas is a Canadian Wildfire Professional and we had a great chat since we are in the beginning of what most people know as a fire season, however Thomas dives deep into what fire actually means, how to prevent your …

Joe Buck in Nature & Mental Health ~ Episode 62

May 26th, 2021


Joe Buck In Nature and I had a great chat with each other. He loves Twitter and has built a SAFE community you should be a part of. I felt very safe …

Evolution of Knowing Your Worth and Why it Matters in Business ~ Episode 61

April 5th, 2021


"Evolution of Knowing Your Worth and Why it Matters in Business". Candra talks about being burned, burning out, drawing boundaries, and how to …

Wood Women Who Rock - Janelle Leafblad from WoodWorks - Episode 60

March 31st, 2021


We had a great interview with Janelle Leafblad from WoodWorks. She wanted to do this timely interview because of Mass Timber Month and Women's History Month. She has been a pioneer in wood and started with architecture …

Talking Forests Podcast is Back ~ Updates and Why We Were Out ~ Episode 59

March 29th, 2021


Candra Burns a military spouse talks about moving overseas as military in the middle of a pandemic and we are back! We talked about the safe way of traveling and the process of moving for us. We wanted to give you …

Oregon Women in Timber ~ Betsy Yraguen ~ Episode 58

October 26th, 2020


This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women, this is 4 out of 4  episodes and will be published  each Monday in each week of October 2020  for National Forest Products week. Betsy Yraguen of the Douglas County …

Oregon Women in Timber ~ Vanessa McKinney ~ Episode 57

October 19th, 2020


This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women, this is 3 out of 4  episodes and will be published  each Monday in each week of October 2020  for National Forest Products week. Vanessa and I chatted about what …

Oregon Women in Timber ~ Melissa Fullerton ~ Episode 56

October 12th, 2020


This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women, this is 2 out of 4 episodes and will be published  each Monday in each week of October 2020 for National Forest Products week. Melissa and I chatted about working in …

Oregon Women in Timber ~ Amanda Astor ~ Episode 55

October 5th, 2020


This will be a 4 part series with 4 amazing women and will be published each Monday in each week of October 2020 for National Forest Products week. Amanda Astor and I recorded this episode before the devastating fires …

Forestry Women Who Rock - Amanda Lang - Episode 54

September 22nd, 2020


Amanda Hamsley Lang is the COO & Vice President of Client Services, Forisk Consulting and we had a great chat about women working up to …

Forestry Men Who Rock - Tyler Reeves from Forisk - Episode 53

September 4th, 2020


Tyler and I had a great chat about forestry in all regions, how his internship led him into his position now, and adversity that we face in the industry. He has a wide variety of knowledge and brings a great education …

Forestry Men Who Rock - Brink Group of Companies Owner - John Brink - Episode 52

August 18th, 2020


"John A. Brink came to Canada from Holland in 1965 with $25.47 in his pocket, a suitcase full of books, and a dream to build his own sawmill." …

Forestry Women Who Rock - Leslie Boby - Southern Regional Extension Forestry - Episode 51

July 9th, 2020


Leslie and I chatted about the responsibilities of being an extension forester, being proactive to plant the right trees in the right areas and she …

Forestry Women Who Rock - Mima Letts - Tree Sparks Founder - Episode 50

June 26th, 2020


Mima Letts - Founder and Director of Tree Sparks and I talked about awareness of forestry careers for young people and how she navigated going from university to training forester in the UK. She wants to make a …

Free Range Forestry LLC - Anna Yarbrough - Episode 49

May 28th, 2020


Anna and I talked about being young women business owners with forestry backgrounds. She worked in the industry as an employee before breaking out on …

Michigan Tech Forestry Students Who Rock - Andi, Krause, and Claudia - Episode 48

May 4th, 2020


My name is Krause, I am currently a Master of Forestry Student at Michigan Technological University where I am an office assistant working on …

Forestry Men Who Rock - Joseph Vaughn - Episode 47

April 13th, 2020


Joseph Vaughn has worked in the natural resource profession since 2011. He has experience in wildland fire management, political and environmental …

Urban Forestry Women Who Rock - Rachel Murray - Episode 46

March 9th, 2020


Rachel and I met at the National Society of American Foresters Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in November of 2019 at the student mentor session put on by my mentee the National Student Chair of SAF, Brittany Church. …

Women in Wood Science Who Rock - Pipiet Larasatie - Episode 45

November 15th, 2019


Talking Forests recorded this as a live video ( from Yosemite National Park at the Society of Wood Science and …

Forest Men Who Rock - Andy Heald - Episode 44

October 28th, 2019


We interview Andrew Heald, Technical Director, Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor), UK


Andrew is the Technical Director for Confor. He has over 20 years’ experience in forest …

Forest Men Who Rock - Luke Hemmings - Episode 43

September 27th, 2019


Luke Hemmings is working with the UK Forestry Commission and I met him at the Institute for Chartered Foresters (  National Conference this April. He is great to connect with!

Forest Men Who Rock - Myles Polk - Episode 42

August 24th, 2019


Follow Myles on Instagram at:

My name is Myles Vernon Polk, I am originally from San Diego, California and …

Fire Women Who Rock - Amanda Rau - Episode 41

August 24th, 2019


We loved interviewing Amanda, in her episode we talked about fire science and the role Smokey the bear plays.  
Amanda Rau started working in wildland …

America's Forests Women Who Rock - Kate Raisz - Episode 40

July 22nd, 2019


America's Forests host Chuck Leavell is one of a kind.  Often on tour with The Rolling  Stones, he’s both acclaimed as a  rock-and-roll piano player …

America's Forests Women Who Rock - Katie Fernholz - Episode 39

July 22nd, 2019


America's Forests host Chuck Leavell is one of a kind. Often on tour with The Rolling  Stones, he’s both acclaimed as a rock-and-roll piano player …

Forestry Men Who Rock - Max Schrimpf - Episode 38

July 16th, 2019


Max Schrimpf is rocking timber sports, his forest internship with Ohio Division of Forestry, and surveying for insects! 

Check out his Instagram:

Women With Resolve Ask Candra Anything - Episode 37

July 16th, 2019


Maria and Graise started Women with Resolve to bring people together in a community. Candra joined in shortly after they created the group and they …

Inspiring Tech Women Who Rock - Jessica Carr - Episode 36

June 14th, 2019


Jessica Carr started working in marketing when she was 18 at Utah Valley University's Entrepreneurship Institute as the Marketing and Events Coordinator. That same year she became the youngest ambassador for Google in …

Inspiring Men Who Rock - Jordan Gross - Episode 35

June 13th, 2019


Jordan Gross and I e-met on our favorite platform LinkedIn, we had a great idea to bring you guys value and so we interviewed him!

Instagram: or …

Forestry Men Who Rock: Christian Kirsch - Episode 34

May 20th, 2019


Christian Kirsch has 22 years of solid experience in forestry. 15 years of experience running a small forestry business. He has in-depth knowledge of …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Christine Leduc - Episode 33

April 26th, 2019


Christine and I have a connection as we have both worked in forest policy and communications roles.  She gives us professional insight from her role …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Edie Dooley - Episode 32

April 8th, 2019


Edie Dooley is a field forester stewarding a 12,500 acre family forest in Western Oregon with one of the America’s oldest forestry consulting …

Wood Products Women Who Rock: Pat Layton from Clemson - Episode 31

March 21st, 2019


Live from the International Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Oregon we talk openly about building with wood! 

Dr. Patricia A. Layton, Ph.D., Clemson, SC, Is the Director of the Wood Utilization + Design Institute and …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Courtney Peterson - Episode 30

March 18th, 2019


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Courtney Peterson is a Research Associate in the Forest and Rangeland …

Wood Products Men Who Rock: Charles Gale - Episode 29

March 4th, 2019


Charles is currently a consultant in forestry research and wood product industry, his business is called Doug Fir Consulting (

Forestry Women Who Rock: Valerie Elder - Episode 28

March 4th, 2019


A great story here! We talked about all types of landowners and being involved in that community. Valerie really has ties to the land and it comes …

Federal Lands Forester for DNR: Anjel Tomayko - Episode 27

February 22nd, 2019


Anjel Tomayko is a bad@$$ firefighter, worth a listen! 


I completed my BS in Forest Resource Management in 2016 and am working to complete my MS in Natural Resource …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Molly Pitts - Episode 25

February 12th, 2019


Molly Pitts appeared on the America's Forests with Chuck Leavell PBS episode in Colorado check it out (

Clemson University Forestry Assistant Professor - Dr. David Coyle - Episode 24

February 9th, 2019


Dr. David Coyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. His Extension Forestry program focuses on forest health and invasive species management in …

Wyoming State District Forester - Kelly Norris - Episode 23

January 29th, 2019


Kelly is currently the District 5 District Forester for Wyoming State Forestry Division and is responsible for implementing and overseeing the delivery of all programs offered through Wyoming State Forestry Division for …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Dr. Jess Hartshorn - Episode 22

January 27th, 2019


I finished my BS in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University in 2010. I did both my MS and PhD in Forest Entomology at the …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Sarah McCoy - Episode 21

January 16th, 2019


Sarah is the first woman to teach as a full time faculty member at the Maritime College of Forest Technology! She has a passion for helping others …

Creative Inventory Sawmill Ciara and Scott Fenimore - Episode 20

January 16th, 2019


Ciara Fenimore is an assistant forester for Hancock Forest Management out in Kapowsin WA. She will be getting her bachelors in forest management from …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Taisa Brown - Episode 19

January 4th, 2019


On this episode, we talked about the importance of silviculture and the fun challenges we see in the field! Taisa is a fantastic guest with a depth …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Cassie Bott-Baxter - Episode 18

January 2nd, 2019


She works as a biologist for an engineering and environmental consulting firm and loves it!  We dive into a great conversation about breaking …

Forestry Men Who Rock: Patrick Shults - Episode 17

December 17th, 2018


Patrick is the WSU Extension Forester for the SW corner of Washington. He started this position in the winter of 2018 and is working diligently to create educational opportunities for small forest landowners in this …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Virginia deCarle - Episode 16

December 11th, 2018


Virginia is a mother of two boys, her eldest Jerod is 20 and her youngest Keenan is 14. She has a great love for trees and water. Spent most of her life camping, hiking and swimming in nature.
She has developed …

Forestry Men Who Rock: Kenneth Schmidgall - Episode 15

November 27th, 2018


We interview Kenneth Schmidgall today. He has an AAS – Forest Resources – Mt Hood Community College and is currently enrolled in the Oregon State …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Jasmine Brown - Episode 14

November 20th, 2018


Our guest today is Jasmine Brown and she recently received the high honor of Society of American Foresters Diversity Scholar a year-long program. The …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Jennilyn Franklin - Episode 12

November 19th, 2018


Jennilyn Franklin is our forestry guest today! She is the first woman to work for City of Montesano Forestry and the first woman to graduate from …

How to Leverage LinkedIn to Win - Episode 8

November 14th, 2018


You can leverage LinkedIn to get towards a goal. I talk about how in this episode. I have earned jobs, contracts, meetings and private tours off of LinkedIn. Need help with …

Forestry Women Who Rock: Brittany Church - Episode 13

November 13th, 2018


Forestry Women Who Rock: Brittany Church
She is on Instagram:
She is the youngest individual to have gone through the associates and bachelors forestry programs at Grays Harbor …

Instagram Secrets - Episode 11

September 26th, 2018


Secrets to Instagram. 1) Use up to 30 hashtags 2) Pre-plan your feed in a 9-grid (Apps that can help you with that). 3) Tag people in your posts and …

Ignore or Educate the Naysayers - Episode 10

August 29th, 2018


A strategy that has been successful is explained in this podcast episode. If you had 5,000 naysayers telling you not do to your research, would you …

Secrets to Getting Engagement - Episode 9

August 14th, 2018


In this episode we talk about how to navigate the content calendar to create engaging posts and the opportunties that you can get. Comments, retweets, and asking questions are better than only liking posts on social …

How To Create a Hashtag People Will Use - Episode 7

July 31st, 2018


When you create a hashtag, you have to ask your audience to use it months in advance, especially if you want people to use it at your conference. Need help with how to get your audience to use a #hashtag that you …

Hashtags and Business Goals - Episode 6

July 16th, 2018


Why are people using so many hashtags? The secret is that they get you seen in searches online. If you use a hashtag to describe something, people will be able to search that hashtag and find your post! We strive to …

Connecting with an Organic Audience - Episode 5

July 10th, 2018


If you connect with real followers, you are more likely to get #engagement on your #socialmedia. You want to have real people on your channels …

Adding People to Your Social Network - Episode 4

July 2nd, 2018


I talk about adding people to your network in this video! Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I …

Social Media Tip #1 Timing - Episode 3

June 27th, 2018


Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I talked about Social Media a New Frontier and some starting …

Social Media Tip #2 Relevance - Episode 2

June 27th, 2018


Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I talked about Social Media a New Frontier and some starting …

Social Media Tip #3 Execution - Episode 1

June 26th, 2018


Ok, so I love #socialmedia, why? It is a free news source right now. I was given the chance to speak at the 2018 International Forest Business Conference and I talked about Social Media a New Frontier and some starting …

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