After earning a BS in Forestry from Oregon State University (2000), with a natural resource and human dimension focus, I continued on at OSU in the Department of Range Ecology and Management for a Master of Science Degree (2002). My graduate studies focused on native plant restoration, invasive species and soil stability following wildfire throughout the Great Basin.
My career as a Rangeland Management Specialist began on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, where I administered over 650,000 acres of remote rugged terrain much of it accessible only by horseback; my trusty Forest Service steeds had names to match the landscape, Hagar the Horrible, Diablo, and Troubles. I also initiated a collaborative salt cedar eradication project on the San Francisco River. Next my wife Cindy, also an OSU DREAM graduate (M.S. 2002), and son Kai moved to the Malheur National Forest in John Day, Oregon. As a Rangeland Management Specialist, I have focused on livestock permit administration, restoration ecology and invasive species management. It is exciting to look over landscapes and consider past and present influences while considering potential and desired conditions.
Currently, I work at the National Headquarters of the US Forest Service in Washington D.C. as the Assistant National Vegetation Ecologist focusing mostly on policy, programs and projects regarding Forest Service administered rangelands and in cooperation with sister agencies such as the BLM and NRCS. I work with the National Vegetation Ecologist, Wayne Padgett, another OSU DREAM graduate (M.S. 1982). Instead of a trusty steed I now ride to work with my Wife and son, Kai, (now 5 years old) on the Metro. Cindy and I work in our office building next to the Washington Monument on the Mall and Kai goes to kindergarten at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The image is of me in my new field uniform doing rangeland monitoring on the Whitehouse Lawn.