About Northwinds Forestry
I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. My career path led to work at a USDA Pathology Laboratory and for the US Fish and Wildlife Service on three National Wildlife Refuges (Michigan, Wisconsin and Montana). I served as Native Plants Program Manager for the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts and was a forester for the Oceana Conservation District in Michigan.
I have been employed as a log scaler for the US Forest Service on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and for three years was based in Bagley, MN as the forester for the Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District. For thirteen years I owned a sawmill in my hometown and was well occupied as operator, forester, logger and hardwood lumber inspector.
All have been helpful in my current work, but the best education has been the wildlife habitat and forest management practices completed on my own land, and above all the knowledge and experience gained from working with landowners as a consulting forester and writing Forest Stewardship Plans. Working with over 350 landowners on upwards of 42,000 acres has brought many opportunities to learn, recognize relationships and share new insights.
Providing landowners with reliable resource advice based on a thorough knowledge of property conditions and management options has always been the focus of my work. Watching positive outcomes develop on the land and seeing those benefits enjoyed by landowners have been my best rewards.
Clients have included the Chippewa National Forest, Chippewa/Mackinac Conservation District and the many private landowners in Minnesota and Michigan who place value on timeliness, high ethical standards and long-term sustainable management.
Certificates and Affiliations
Stewardship Plan Writer - Michigan DNR
Plan Writer Michigan Qualified Forest Program - MI DNR
Member Michigan Forest Association
Hardwood Lumber Inspector - National Hardwood Lumber Association
GIS - Environmental Systems Research Institute
“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine one need only own a shovel.”
- Aldo Leopold
Do you need a forester?
Dr. Fred Cubbage in a study conducted at the University of Georgia found that landowners who received professional forestry assistance average 23 percent more income per acre and had projected income from future sales 120 per cent higher due to improved regeneration and stocking.
Eastern Hemlock, family land Upper Peninsula