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Comments from Training Participants

The Rural Technology Initiative realizes the importance of technology training as the surest way to empower the small forest landowner with the forestry tools of today. To continually improve the training workshops, participants are encouraged to submit comments and suggestions. Below are some of those comments.

David Jenner, small forest landowner: “I want to thank you all for doing such a great job with the (Landscape Management System) training.”


Chan Norenberg, former President Washington Farm Forestry Association:“You people are doing a great job; this is the technical leg-up that Washington’s farm foresters desperately need.”


Sherry Fox, landowner and member of the Advisory Board: “RTI provides nonindustrial forest landowners and tribes with the technical support to undertake planning for certification, habitat conservation, carbon sequestration, fires risk reduction and other important strategies….you need only to look at their website at Their achievements are impressive.”


Kathleen Hemenway, PhD, Wildlife Hazard Mitigation – Research: “I read ‘Investigation of Alternative Strategies for Design, Layout, and Administration of Fuel Removal Projects’ and I think it is a wonderful analysis.”


James Walls: “Program Coordinator, Sustainable Northwest: “I am currently working in Oregon with the Nature Conservancy, a private landowner and the Forest Service on projects utilizing LMS. We are calculating carbon credits and applying other leading edge technology utilizing LMS. The great thing about technology like LMS is it’s free and available for downloading off the Internet. Any forester in the United States can download LMS and utilize it.”


Robert Wahpat, Chairman, Yakama Nation Tribal Council: “The RTI …has worked closely with the Yakama Nation Tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs forestry staffs. The Yakama Nation needs tools such as RTI, combining the educational and technical support from the best science at our universities, to assist in achieving the balance of economic development and environmental protection in our forests.”


Daniel Underwood, Peninsula College Professor: "RTI, by making possible access to 'state of the art' forest science, from models to computer simulation, has provided a much-needed public good in rural communities. I attended the LMS training session I was able to use LMS in class upon my return to campus.”


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