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Category/Topic: career


By Tom Davidson

Jeff Whitney is the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Jeff’s formal education includes a BS in botany from Northern Arizona University as well as a MS in environmental resources from Arizona State University. Prior to becoming State Forester, Jeff enjoyed a 36-year career with the federal government […]

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By Tom Davidson

State Forester of Kansas Larry Biles has a BS in Forestry from the University of Missouri and an MS in Ornamental Horticulture from Kansas State University. During his career, Larry has held diverse roles in many parts of the profession, including positions with state agencies, the US Forest Service, consulting forestry, and national extension forestry […]

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By Tom Davidson

Today’s guest, David Smith, was born and raised in Hawai’i where he began his career as a biologist in 1982 with contract positions at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, he is the State Forester of Hawai’i and the Forestry and Wildlife […]

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By Tom Davidson

Gerry Day is the State Forester and Deputy Supervisor for Wildfire for the State of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources, a position he’s held since 2017. In these roles, he is responsible for the wildland fire and forest health programs in the department which includes fire training, aviation operations, emergency preparedness and suppressing wildland fires. […]

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By Tom Davidson

Arkansas State Forester Joe Fox leads the Arkansas Forestry Commission in a position he has held since 2012. Joe is a native of Arkansas and worked a family-owned lumber business for over 20 years at one point. He is also the former President of the Arkansas Forestry Association and former Chair of the Arkansas Forestry […]

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