December 19, 2018
By Tom Davidson
Justin Miller, ACF, is the Founder and President of Green Timber Consulting Foresters located in Pelkie, Michigan. Established in 2001, Green Timber currently staffs eight foresters and serves clients throughout the Upper Great Lakes Region. Justin earned a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University (MTU) and was recognized as the 2017 School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences Outstanding Alumnus for his contributions to the forestry industry and students at MTU. A past president’s award winner, ACF Chapter vice president, and Chapter president, Justin is now president-elect of the national organization of ACF. On today’s show, Justin talks about how he got into consulting forestry, what he wishes he had learned sooner, and key advice for students considering this career choice themselves. “Get involved in clubs or associations and start networking and building those relationships early,” says Justin. Listen to the entire interview now, and share it with others today.
[1:05] A message from Leadership Nature.
[1:50] A quick intro about Justin’s background.
[4:25] How did Justin get into forestry and natural resources?
[6:10] What types of jobs did Justin when he first got out of college?
[7:50] How do people typically get into forestry consulting?
[9:00] You can get started in consulting through other ways. You don’t have to join a big firm in order to be a consulting forester.
[10:25] What types of clients does Justin have at Green Timber?
[11:30] What kind of problems does the average client have when they first come to Green Timber?
[13:55] Justin shares a little bit about the differences in environment and silvicultural characteristics of his area.
[16:00] What’s fun about being a forester and a forestry consultant?
[19:40] Justin explains the ACF vetting process and what you need to do to join.
[21:55] Justin has learned so much material through ACF that wasn’t available at his university.
[24:35] What did Justin wished he learned sooner about the industry?
[26:55] What do people ought to know about becoming a supervisor?
[32:15] What makes a good leader?
[33:05] What advice does Justin have for aspiring forest professionals?
[36:55] Justin talks about some of the exciting projects he’s worked on in the past.
[41:00] What kind of mentors has Justin had over the years?
Mentioned in This Episode:
Justin’s Website: www.Greentimberforestry.com
Justin on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/justin-miller-01b78075/
ACF’s Website: www.ACF-foresters.org
SAF’s Website: www.Eforester.org
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