Tanner Filyaw is Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program Director. Tanner graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography, and a minor specializing in Environmental and Plant Biology. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as an Americorps VISTA with Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program, conducting landowner education and outreach around sustainable forestry, land stewardship, and the production of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP’s). In 2008 he accepted a staff position as Rural Action’s NTFP Specialist, and continues to act in that capacity.
Tanner regularly conducts workshops, presentations, and other educational programs for Ohio landowners to help them develop sustainable income strategies from forested lands. In 2017 Tanner earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs for his research examining mycorrhizal fungi in wild-simulated ginseng roots, and the effect of mycorrhizal colonization on root ginsenoside concentrations.
In his spare time Tanner experiments with producing forest-grown mushrooms, maple syrup, American ginseng, and a variety of other edible and medicinal forest plants on his property.