Challenges of Managing Private Forests in the Appalachians

Kyle Aldinger


Kyle is originally from Pennsylvania and is now a resident of West Virginia. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from California University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University, and is nearly finished with his Ph.D. in Forest Resources Science from West Virginia University. Kyle’s educational and professional experiences have focused on conservation of Golden-winged and Cerulean warblers, with an emphasis on private land. Kyle currently serves in a position with the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture and the National Wild Turkey Federation as the West Virginia coordinator of the Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project.

Amanda Duren


Amanda Duren is the Pennsylvania Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator for the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture and American Bird Conservancy. In this position, she promotes habitat management for Cerulean Warblers on private lands by helping landowners to enroll in NRCS assistance programs. She earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from University of Delaware, where she studied the impacts of non-native plants on songbird occupancy. Prior to joining the AMJV and ABC, Amanda worked as the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI), a coalition of more than 100 organizations that support bird and habitat conservation in Ohio.


Throughout the Appalachians, private forestlands are often the most susceptible to poor forest management practices. Because of poor management, private forestlands can be less diverse and more susceptible to invasive pests,... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Todd Fearer (Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture)
  2. Kyle Aldinger (AMJV/NWTF)
  3. Amanda Duren (AMJV/ABC)

Topic Area

Topics: Private Lands Conservation


M-2D » Conservation Behavior on Private Lands II: Realities of Implementation (13:00 - Monday, 18th September, Diamond East)

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