By Chris Demers, UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences and Greg Marshall, Florida Forest Service
Ashlee White has served as County Forester for Santa Rosa County since 2016 and has been very active in assisting private landowners who are pursuing sustainable forest management for multiple benefits, certification in the American Tree Farm System, and many other efforts. She has built relationships with consultants, partner agencies, landowners, and community members through management planning assistance and involvement in outreach programs for a variety of audiences. She has conducted educational outreach programs for school groups, Boy Scouts, civic groups, private landowners, and the general public. Of significant note, she has leveraged University of Florida IFAS Extension resources to plan and conduct very successful educational tours for private landowners with a variety of partners on both private and public lands.
Ashlee is driven to serve and promptly completes all plans, inspections, and communications with the Florida Tree Farm Program Committee. Between 2018 and 2021 she completed a total of 33 inspections. She has written more than 10 management plans for Tree Farmers and actively participated in the 2019 American Tree Farm System Audit. Ashlee is a “go-to inspector” we can always count on for high-quality management planning assistance and outreach. Congratulations Ashlee!