Why do I blog?

Do you ever get that feeling that you have things to say, but it’s not getting to enough people?  That is what turned me on to blogging.  I enjoy speaking to large groups and sharing the stories of our family business, forest collaboration, forest restoration, cross laminated timber, legislation, and others, but something was missing.  Those settings are great, and it allows you to connect with people.  Unfortunately, every person in the audience whether it’s 30, 300, or 3,000 represents a number of other people with shared interests that aren’t in the room.

There have been many times where I wished there were someone else in that room to hear what was said.  So, it’s because of this that I decided to talk to a wider audience on their terms and time frame.  You see, once something is published, be it a blog post, a video, a podcast, or any other form of sharing, it sits out there for the world to see when they are ready for it.

For me, this is the first step in a larger process.  I would like to see this develop into sharing video posts, but for now, it will be a weekly blog.

Some of the topics that I look to cover in upcoming blog posts are:

  • Pace and Scale of forest restoration treatments
    • What does it mean and why does it matter?
  • Outdoor recreation and forest management
    • There are more shared interests than you might think
  • My National Forest Legislation
  • National Conservation Areas
    • The need for protection that isn’t all the way to Wilderness
  • Cross Laminated Timber
    • Why we need it to fix the forest

If there are topics that you would like to see covered that you don’t see here, please feel free to leave a comment with suggestions.

Since I’ve started this blog I have had all kinds of people reach out to me.  It’s been an interesting process that is hard to predict once you start, but I can say this; when you start sharing your ideas, concepts, and thoughts on subjects you are knowledgeable about, people reach out and help feed your momentum.  I am grateful for this platform because now I can reach so many more of you who may not be in the audience.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to a great 2017.

6 thoughts on “Why do I blog?”

  1. When you start your video blogs, you can call them Vaagen Vloggin’! And then everyone who sees them will smile at the clever way to teach people how to say your last name! 😉

  2. I would like to see you explore the whole subject of federal forests and the link to education and roads, via the payment in lieu of taxes. PILT once furnished much extra funding to rural school districts, but when logging was curtailed on federal lands, the funding to schools dropped. States like Idaho have nearly 70 percent federal lands, which often contribute almost nothing to the tax base. I would like to know more about this relationship.

    1. Barb,
      I will. I was just talking about that with some guys in Vancouver today. There’s gotta be a way to help pay for rural education and services with the dollars that are generated from restoration activities in the forest. I think some should go directly to the county that generates it and some should go into a fund to help offset rural forested counties that don’t have infrastructure to generate the funds.
      Great suggestion!

  3. Hi Russ, we came across your blog on my wife’s feed on Facebook. We live in Northern Arizona and come from a long line of loggers. We have seen the economic devastation that occurs in rural communities when logging shuts down, as well as the destructive wild fires that result from the mismanagement of the forest. Our forest is currently undergoing a new travel plan that is almost sure to lock up the forest even more. I also serve on the board of our school district where the loss of PILT funds have had a detrimental effect on our budget. One more strike against rural communities!

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