Season 6 | Forestry Consultants | Episode 9

#94 | Being a boss and being a leader are not the same thing

January 9, 2019 | Philip Sneed, ACF

Phil is a forester and owner of Blackwell Creek Forestry. He earned his BS in forestry with an emphasis in wildlife from Purdue University and has over 20 years of experience in managing forests and wildlife habitat with hundreds of landowners and organizations. Phil is also a verteran, serving six years in the Marine Corps Reserve, including deployment to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prior to starting Blackwell Creek Forestry, Phil worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Research Assistant and Resource Forester, spending time in both northern and southern Missouri. In addition, Phil has spent the last 15 years on wildland firefighting assignments in the Western U.S., serving as a Crew Boss and Public Information Officer. Find out what Phil has learned from all of this experience and his advice for others right now and subscribe to the rest today!

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:45] A quick intro about Phil’s background.

[3:45] How did Phil get into forestry?

[8:50] What was Phil’s first job like after coming back from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait?

[17:00] It took some time for Phil to really find his place in forestry.

[22:10] What skills do you need to have to get into wildland firefighting?

[27:15] Phil is really grateful he keeps up-to-date on his wildland firefighting education.

[29:00] What has contributed to Phil’s early success?

[33:35] What kinds of mentors has Phil had over the years?

[37:00] Phil shares some of the challenges a forestry consultant faces.

[41:00] What was Phil’s first leadership position like?

[48:15] Where is the future of forestry headed for the younger generation?

Mentioned in This Episode:




Glory (1989)

Deep Survival, by Laurence Gonzales

Phil Sneed, Forester and owner of Blackwell Creek Forestry, LLC
Phil served in the US Marine Corps during Operations Desert Shield and Storm
Phil (far right) with one of several crews he has served with on fire fighting assignments in the West
Phil scaling and grading a veneer potential walnut sale
At the end of a prescribed burn project in Missouri


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