Welcome Kyle Gill, Forest Manager at the Cloquet Forestry Center
“My goal is to be an active manager of the landscape’s ecological communities,” says the new forest manager of the Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC). Kyle Gill started his new position in November 2015, but his history in the Department of Forest Resources, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, dates back to 2004. In his previous work, Kyle conducted research on silvicultural options for Great Lakes region black ash forest management. His background in applied forest ecology and forest management research has prepared him to be a liaison between various stakeholders and to manage diverse interests at the CFC.
Kyle brings an active approach to forest management at the Center. He believes that there is considerable wood that can be harvested, and that economic and ecological interests can be well met when considering each stand as a part of a larger landscape. He looks forward to taking advantage of new crops of trees that establish by natural regeneration. “A good silviculturist is supposed to be tinkering a little bit all the time…It can be play in a way; playing with spacing, what you plant, or what you encourage for natural regeneration.” In addition to forest management, Kyle is engaged in education, outreach, and research. He has taught the past two editions of Field Silviculture to undergraduates in the Forest and Natural Resource Management program as part of the advanced field session at the CFC. A highlight of the course for students this year was working with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to create a Forest Stewardship Plan for the school’s forest. Kyle also looks forward to hosting silviculturists for the National Advanced Silviculture Program in July and working with researchers from the US Forest Service, University of Minnesota Duluth, and the Minnesota DNR, studying long-eared bats and forest management. We wish him the best as he enters his first summer as forest manager.