NASF Photo Fellow Hans Isaacson travels to New York, Michigan to capture scenes of state and private forestry

The NASF 2021 photo fellow visited the Great Lakes Region to document forests at work with the support of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NASF Foundation.

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters is proud to debut its latest photo fellow’s work captured across the forest-rich states of New York and Michigan.

Each year, with support from the NASF Foundation, NASF awards a fellowship to a talented photographer. Past NASF photo fellows have traversed the country, capturing photos that help tell the compelling story of state and private forestry.

The 2021 photo fellow, Hans Isaacson, is a native Minnesotan who lives and works in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This July, Hans traversed Michigan and New York state with the help of state forestry agency employees:

  • Kathleen Lavey, Communications Representative for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Andrew Randazzo, Division of Lands and Forests Outreach and Education Specialist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Jane Raffaldi, Division of Lands and Forests Public Participation Specialist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

“While on assignment, I was given the opportunity to explore parts of Michigan and New York that I’d never been to and may never have experienced otherwise,” said Hans. “My goal as the 2021 photography fellow was to capture the day-to-day operations of state forestry agencies, including the delivery of urban and rural forestry assistance and the active management of state forest lands. I enjoyed it immensely and learned a great deal about the forest products industry and the forestry profession.”

Hans’ work for NASF is housed on NASF’s Flickr. State forestry agencies and NASF partners are welcome to utilize NASF’s Flickr photos for educational, non-commercial purposes so long as proper attribution is given. Click here for complete instructions on giving proper attribution for NASF photos.

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