How big is a forest? It can be smaller than an acre. It can be your own backyard. What matters isn’t the size of it, but what you do with it. As a good steward of your piece of forest—or the land you use when you hike, bike or sightsee—you first must recognize that what you do to and for that land will impact the world at large. Next, you must allow that recognition to guide your activities so that what you do affects the world in a positive way.

The principles of good stewardship obligate each of us to preserve and protect our resources so that they exist for future generations—and so that the Earth can sustain itself and its resources.

For more than 35 years, Blaine Aikin, AIFA, CFA, CFP, the founder and sole employee of Fiduciary Insights, has worked to preserve forest lands, gaining expertise. Some of this work has been done through service with the Center for Private Forests at Penn State University. And some of his stewardship work involves caring for his own land in northwestern Pennsylvania, where he applies sustainable forestry practices. 

To help clients become positive agents of change, Fiduciary Insights services include guidance and subject matter expertise in forest stewardship.

We can view our lives with disappointment, indifference or gratitude. The choice is ours. With effort, we can become informed, purposeful and effective agents of change. What we do now is everything.