Shannon McCabe (’10 B.S., ’12 M.S forestry), recipient of the CNRE 2020 Recent Alumni Award, knows how important forming a connection with people is to managing and maintaining our forest resources. She has demonstrated that philosophy in her current role as executive director of the 740+ member Association of Consulting Foresters and in prior positions with the Virginia Forestry Association, where she administered the Virginia Tree Farm Program and coordinated the Virginia Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee.

“Through my career in association management, it’s been a pleasure to facilitate opportunities for the professional growth of those as passionate about managing our forest resources as I am, as well as to see firsthand the positive impacts of professional connections on the advancement of the forestry sector,” McCabe said.

The former CNRE Outstanding Senior’s career includes leadership positions with professional organizations such as the Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors for 4 Paws Animal Rescue, where she also serves as adoption coordinator.

Since graduating, McCabe has made a concerted effort to stay engaged with her alma mater. She has been called “one of CNRE’s top volunteers” and is always ready and willing to help wherever she can, including serving on the advisory board of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to remain connected with the College of Natural Resources and Environment since leaving Blacksburg,” she said. “I am grateful for the support and friendship of CNRE faculty as well as for the opportunity to support the college. I am deeply honored to have been selected to receive the CNRE Recent Alumni award.”