Bringing 'Striking a Balance Between Rules and Relationships' Into Context

Includes a Live Web Event on 12/13/2023 at 1:00 PM (EST)


Webinar information

This live discussion webinar – hosted by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Dr. Marianne Patinelli-Dubay – is an introduction to thinking about forest management through the lenses of rational and relational approaches. Gain valuable knowledge by balancing a focus on applying rational thought to moral and ethical problems as well as considering the impact of your decisions on the relational landscape of a situation. This webinar will discuss the perennial tension between what we can do and what we should do, as well as how our own sympathies, responsibilities, and loyalties affect our moral decision-making. During this discussion, a case study related to the subject material will be reviewed. This live discussion will expand upon ideas brought up in the microcourse A Forester's Guide to Striking a Balance Between Rules and Relationships, but participation in that course is not required for this robust live discussion.

This webinar will not be recorded. Please ensure that you will attend if registering for this live discussion.

Is this webinar for you?

This live discussion webinar is designed for foresters and natural resource professionals seeking an expanded exploration of professional ethics with forestry and natural resources relevant applications.


1. Click REGISTER to the right of the webinar title. Be sure to log in with your SAF account username and password.

2. After checking out, the webinar will be available on your MY DASHBOARD page here on ForestEd.

For group registrations or registering someone other than yourself please contact or 202-938-3910.


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Non-member: $20

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Webinar access 

The webinar is scheduled for live viewing on December 13, 2023 at 1 pm ET. The Zoom platform will be used for the presentation. Be sure to connect to the webinar using a device approved to access Zoom.

The webinar is accessible within the Contents tab (to the right of the Overview information).

This webinar will NOT be archived for future viewing. Download your CFE certificate for attending this webinar no later than 11:59 pm ET on January 13, 2024.

Webinar duration

This webinar is 1 hour.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

1. Apply techniques to work through an ethically weighted situation.

2. Explain the "human dimensions" of the provided situation.

3. Identify the relational dynamics of the provided situation.

4. Analyze the hierarchy embedded within the provided management decision.


Successful completion of the webinar is measured by participating in the entire webinar and completing the evaluation.


Participant feedback is appreciated to help the working group and presenters continually improve webinars for future programming.


Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will earn 1.0 CFEs in Category 1. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET).


Upon successful completion of this webinar and the evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the webinar and earning CFEs. CFE certificates will only be available for 1 month following the live webinar. 

Return to Webinar

Once you are registered for the webinar, access this webinar within your MY DASHBOARD. Prior to the start time, the webinar will be listed under "Upcoming Live Events." 

Following the day of the webinar, you can return to download your certificate accessing the webinar information within the general listing of registered items of YOUR DASHBOARD for 1 month following the webinar.

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Marianne Patinelli-Dubay

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

My work at the Huntington Wildlife Forest, SUNY-ESF’s 15,000-acre research and demonstration forest, is dedicated to the design and delivery of a curriculum in ethics applied directly to forestry and natural resource management.  Principally this includes Practical Ethics for Resource Managers, a required course for undergraduates along with a professional-level course in related topics for SAF’s ForestEd.  A coursebook Practical Ethics: A Field Guide for Resource Managers is the result of a rich collaboration with field foresters and serves as a primary text for these courses. 

I am immediate past Chair of New York SAF’s Adirondack Chapter, current Chair-Elect of New York SAF and an elected member of the Forest Stewards Guild Membership and Policy Committee.  My husband and I own the prettiest working farm and forest in the Champlain Valley, along the border between Vermont and New York.  Every aspect of my work-life is in service to an optimistic future for woodlands and the communities that they sustain. 


Bringing 'Striking a Balance Between Rules and Relationships' Into Context
12/13/2023 at 1:00 PM (EST)  |  60 minutes
12/13/2023 at 1:00 PM (EST)  |  60 minutes
5 Questions
5 Questions Please complete the evaluation to help inform the continuous improvement of future programming.
CFEs & Certificate
Live Viewing: 1.00 CAT1 credit and certificate available
Live Viewing: 1.00 CAT1 credit and certificate available Download, save and print for your records. Your CFEs will be posted to your SAF CFE record today.