Introducing Leonard Forsman, NAEP 2018 Keynote Speaker

The Northwest Chapter of NAEP is excited to announce that the 2018 Annual Conference will commence with a keynote address by Leonard Forsman, Tribal Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe.  Leonard has served as Tribal Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005. His interests include cultural preservation, sustainable economic development and habitat protection. He has served on Tribal Council for a total of 27 years, worked as a professional archaeologist and is the former director of the Suquamish Museum.

Leonard is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. Anthropology) and Goucher College (M.A. Historic Preservation). He grew up in Suquamish on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and continues to live there with his wife Jana Rice. Leonard regularly participates in cultural activities including Suquamish Song & Dance and the annual Tribal Canoe Journey.

Leonard serves on the boards of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, the Washington State Historical Society, the Seattle Waterfront Steering Committee, Suquamish Tribal Cultural Cooperative, the Suquamish Museum, the Suquamish Foundation, the Washington Indian Gaming Association, the West Central Local Integrating Organization, and the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education. 

President Barack Obama appointed Chairman Forsman to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2013 and 2016 where he currently serves as Vice-Chairman. The Northwest Chapter is thrilled to have Leonard join them in welcoming NAEP to Tacoma in 2018. 

Introducing Ted Boling, NAEP 2018 Keynote Speaker


Edward (Ted) Boling is the Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a position he assumed in January of 2016 after upon his return to CEQ after five years at the Department of the Interior.  He served as Deputy Solicitor for Parks & Wildlife at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he supervised the work of the Solicitor’s Office in support of programs of the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Mr. Boling joined the Department in August of 2010, as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management where he focused on land management planning and renewable energy development, and was Deputy Solicitor for Land Resources from April of 2011 to July of 2013.  Before Interior, he served ten years at CEQ as Deputy General Counsel beginning in August of 2000, General Counsel beginning in January of 2008, and Senior Counsel from September of 2009.

Mr. Boling went to CEQ from the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a senior trial attorney. He joined the Department of Justice in 1990 through the Attorney General’s Honor Program. At the Department of Justice he was a trial attorney in three sections of the Division: Law and Policy, Wildlife and Marine Resources, and Natural Resources. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the criminal prosecution program of the Eastern District of Virginia. His trial and appellate litigation experience concentrated on cases involving NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and Federal land management statutes. Mr. Boling also worked for a year at the Department of the Interior as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

He is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the Virginia State Bar. He has served on the Board of the Virginia State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, which he chaired in 2000-01. 

A Warm Welcome to Gloria Flora, NAEP 2018 Keynote Speaker

Gloria Flora, founded and directs Sustainable Obtainable Solutions (SOS), an organization dedicated to the sustainability of public lands and of the plant, animal and human communities who depend on them. SOS focuses on large landscape conservation strategies, climate change action, forest restoration through collaboration, and agroforestry systems to complement natural capital across ecosystems. As a project of SOS, Gloria founded and directed the U.S. Biochar Initiative (USBI) for 7 years, promoting the sustainable production and use of biochar. 

Gloria served 23 years in the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), notably as Forest Supervisor on two national forests, including the largest in the continental U.S.. She was a leader in establishing the human dimension as a component of the USFS ecosystem management system. 

While Senior Project Manager at the Center for Climate Strategies, Gloria co-lead multi-stakeholder-driven climate change action plans (mitigation and adaptation) at the direction of the governments of Alaska, Maryland and six northern Mexico states.  She also served as the Forestry, Agriculture and Waste climate change mitigation and adaptation expert on eight other state and regional climate change action plans.

Gloria has given hundreds of keynote addresses, presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics including leadership, natural resource policy, technical environmental strategies and implementation, and the human relationship to landscapes.

Gloria’s won many awards for leadership and environmental stewardship, including having a new species of toad named after her. She is the Forestry Fellow at Post Carbon Institute and Senior Fellow at the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Montana.

As a certified permaculturist and landscape architect, she brings creativity and sustainable design to the forefront in all her work.  Gloria and her husband founded TerraFlora Permaculture Learning Center for teaching and demonstrating permaculture principles and techniques, supporting ecosystem services, creating greater resilience and increasing soil carbon sequestration.

Presenting Lynda Mapes, NAEP 2018 Keynote Speaker

Lynda Mapes is an environmental reporter at the Seattle Times and an associate at the Harvard Forest. Over the course of her career, she has won numerous national and regional awards, including a 2012 award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest professional science association. She has written three previous books, including Elwha, a River Reborn about the largest dam removal project ever in history and the effort to restore a wilderness watershed in Washington’s Olympic National Park, and its once legendary salmon runs.

In 2013-14 Lynda was awarded a 9-month Knight fellowship in Science Journalism at MIT. In 2015-16 she was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest, exploring the human and natural history of a single, 100-year old oak for her book, Witness Tree, to explain what a single tree tells us about climate change. Released by Bloomsbury Publishing in April, Witness Tree was a New York Times Spring and Fall book pick for 2017 and earned a coveted starred Kirkus Review.

Lynda lives in Seattle.