LEARN MORE - We can connect you with people to interview during your research

Wondering who you should interview for your video? Let us help you. The following contest organizers will assist in finding the forestry professional that fits the criteria for which you are looking.

Jill Bell, Oregon Women in Timber, Estacada, OR (541) 954-6480

Denise Buck, Pacific Education Institute, Olympia, WA (509) 654-8569

Jennifer Byerly, Sustainable Forestry Initiative /National Project Learning Tree, Washington, DC
(202) 596-3457

Mary Bullwinkel, Oregon Logging Conference, Eugene, OR (707) 601-6533


Norie Dimeo-Ediger, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Portland, OR (971) 673-2956

Jeremy Felty, Oregon Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, OR (360-621-7596)

Shawn Keough, Associated Logging Contractors, Coeur d'Alene, ID (208) 667-6473

Beth Krisko, Forests Today & Forever, Eugene, OR (541) 554-1342

Diane Mettler, Pacific Logging Conference, Eatonville, WA (253) 777-8077

Coleen Michael, Montana Logging Association, Kalispell, MT (406) 752-3168

Cindy Mitchell, Washington Forest Protection Association, Olympia, WA (360) 791-9372

Marie Price, Idaho Forest Group, Coeur d'Alene, ID (208) 946-6235

Vickie Swanton, Forest Resources Association, Kennewick, WA (906) 282-6752

Diann Washburn, Oregon Women in Timber, Dallas, OR (503) 917-9205

Rikki Wellman, Oregon Logging Conference, Eugene, OR (541) 954-247

Michelle Youngquist, Idaho Forest Products Commission/Idaho PLT, Boise, ID,
(208) 334-4061


Nervous, or unsure of what to do for an interview with a forestry professional? Here are some things to consider:


  • Introduce yourself to your prospective interviewee by sharing who you are.

  • In your initial contact, explain the purpose of the interview and how you will use the information provided. Tell her or him that you want to know about her or his job, so you can make a video to enter into the Thru the Trees contest. Explain that your video will highlight why their job is exciting and important.

  • If the person agrees to an interview, set a time and place for the interview and let the interviewee know how long you expect the interview to take.

  • Be prepared before the interview by knowing the questions you will ask in advance.  Write them down, leaving space to fill in the answers.  Consider what information you want to know to produce the best video about the career you are exploring.

  • Develop questions that are open-ended so you can draw out information about their job, such as:

    • Why do you like your job?

    • What skills and experiences do you need to perform your job?

    • Do you have any fun stories to share about your work?

    • What is the best part about your job?

    • What is a normal day like for you?

    • What kind of education do you need to be successful?

    • Why do you think your job is important?


  • Introduce yourself.

  • Restate the purpose of the interview and how you will use the information provided.

  • Take notes to remember specific details.

  • Be courteous and grateful.

    • Make eye contact.

    • Listen.

    • Be curious and ask follow-up questions.

    • Don’t interrupt.

    • Say “thank you”

  • Ask if you can follow-up with additional questions at a later time (just in case!)


  • Send a thank you note.

  • Review your notes to determine if you need more information.

  • Use the interview to inform your film!