Forest Scene Issue 17 - Fall 2016

Mike Kilgore: A familiar face in a new role

In June, Mike Kilgore was appointed as Interim Head of the Department of Forest Resources after Alan Ek stepped down as full-time professor and head. Kilgore teaches economics for natural resource managers and served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Natural Resources Science and Management program until his recent appointment. We welcome him to his new role and are grateful for his leadership through exciting transitions in the Department of Forest Resources.

Faculty Highlight: Paul Bolstad

Forest Resources' Professor Paul Bolstad studies forest carbon and water cycle responses to a changing climate as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Geographic Information Systems. Over the past year, he spent time in Melbourne, Australia, stuyding resource vulnerability in the country's southeastern water basins. 

Student Spotlight: Thomas Kenote

Thomas is working toward a Master of Science in the Natural Resources Science and Management program. From the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin, he is studying Traditional Ecological Knowledge and indigenous forestry in his home community that has a rich history of wild ricing and use of traditional medicines. His aim is to complete a doctoral degree and continue the path of indigenous scholarship by teaching in his home community.

Staff Highlight: Andy Jenks

Andy Jenks is a research fellow and instructor of six undergraduate and graduate GIS and GPS classes. In Forest Resources and CFANS, he is often the to-go person for all matters geospatial. His background spans computer programming and data processing in the banking sector to assisting with programs for public television. You might see him around campus flying a drone or teaching students how to collect waypoints with a GPS.

Society of American Foresters Student Chapter Highlights

Members of the Society of American Foresters Student Chapter took advantage of several professional development opportunities this year, including the SAF National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin.

Regent McMillan's Visit to the Cloquet Forestry Center

Regent David McMillan of the 8th Congressional District requested a visit to the Cloquet Forestry Center to see the Center's operations, research, and learn more about Minnesota's timber industry. We are grateful to Regent McMillan for his visit and to Wayne Brandt of Minnesota's Timber Producers Association for setting up the connection.

Recent Graduate Survey

Did you graduate from the Department of Forest Resources in 2006 or later? We would love to hear from you! We are collecting survey responses from recent baccalaureate alumni in Forest Resources, Recreation Resource Management, Urban and Community Forestry, and Forest and Natural Resource Management about your job placement and satisfaction after graduation. Your input is valuable in recruiting students to our programs and in preparing for re-accreditation by the Society of American Foresters. Visit to complete the survey by January 31, 2017.