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Please welcome Christine Cadigan, who is the Public Affairs Manager at the American Forest Foundation. She joined AFF in February 2011 as the Public Affairs and Conservation Coordinator and moved into the policy management role shortly thereafter. She focuses on building and training a family forest owner grassroots network and concentrates on such national forest policy issues as the Farm Bill, climate change, invasive species, and renewable energy. Prior to AFF, Christine completed Masters’ degrees in both Forestry and Environmental Management at Duke University, concentrating her studies on woody biomass supply and demand in the Southeast. Christine has brief experiences working with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Virginia Department of Forestry. She is originally from Richmond, Virginia and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia.

Christine’s an avid reader and generally enjoys getting outside to hike in State and National Parks. Christine would like to find some local horseback riding venues since she is an experienced rider, mostly English and hunter, with some western. Christine likes to dabble in cooking and is working on building up her skill set. Maybe Dwight Fielder and E.Lynn Burkett will auction some cooking lessons for the NCSAF annual auction?

Christine is excited to be active with NCSAF as she was in her student chapter which was associated with the Appalachian Society of American Foresters. Perhaps we will plan some picnics with Christine aboard!

As our two newest members, Christine and David Gwaze have already jumped in with both feet and have agreed to co-lead NCSAF fundraising, the principal event being the annual wine auction which is in the planning stages for this fall.

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