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Forester, Forestry Assistance Program
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Josh has worked as a forester in the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) for the Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation Districts since 2014. Through the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP), he provides technical assistance to private landowners and conducts outreach events such as forestry-related presentations, workshops, and training sessions. If you own forested property, Josh will meet with you for free, conduct a site assessment, and address your questions and concerns, whether they be about timber harvesting, wildlife habitat, forest ecology, or forest diseases and pests.  He will also discuss your goals and provide you with information about state and federal assistance programs, tax incentive programs such as the Qualified Forest Program (QFP), and contact information for natural resource professionals that can help you see your goals come to fruition.

A native of Michigan, Josh’s work experience includes forest inventory and timber sales, invasive species management, herbaceous vegetation surveys, wildlife surveys and monitoring (including birds, small and large mammals, terrestrial and aquatic arthropods, fish, and reptiles and amphibians), stream monitoring, management plans for forests and other habitats, research, and education.  Josh received a B.S. in Applied Ecology and Environmental Science and M.S. in Forest Ecology and Management, both from Michigan Technological University.  He also received his Ph.D. in Forestry from Purdue University.  Josh is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters, Certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society, and Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator in the categories Forestry, Right-of-Way, and Aquatic.    In his free time, Josh can be found playing his guitar, practicing martial arts, or enjoying the great outdoors.