MISSOULA – The College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana will host a panel discussion on the future of forest management with land managers and practitioners on Monday, Oct. 21.
The panel will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110. Refreshments will be provided, and the event is free and open to the public.
The discussion, part of Montana’s Forest Products Week, brings the U.S. Forest Service, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and private timber operators to campus.
They’ll offer perspectives on how forest management activities have changed, the challenges their organization face and the skills a future forest manager needs to succeed.
Confirmed speakers are Jim Burchfield, panel moderator and UM forestry college dean; Jane Cottrell, deputy regional forester of the U.S. Forest Service (or representative); Jim Durglo, CSKT head of forestry; Gary Ellingson, forester for Northwest Management Inc.; Craig Rawlings, CEO of Forest Business Network; Gordy Sanders of Pyramid Mountain Lumber; Bob Harrington, Montana’s state forester at the DNRC; and Jake Watts, a recent UM forestry college graduate and working forester.