Kelly is currently the District 5 District Forester for Wyoming State Forestry Division and is responsible for implementing and overseeing the delivery of all programs offered through Wyoming State Forestry Division for the District.
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Such programs include: Forest and fire management on state trust lands, rural forestry assistance – Stewardship and Tree Farm, Community/Urban Forestry program, Forest Health program, and policy. Kelly is very active in Society of American Foresters as she currently serves on both the National Policy Committee and the National Recognition Committee. Kelly was the CO/WY SAF State Society Chair in 2017 and the Northern Wyoming Chapter Chair in 2015. Kelly is a 2017 graduate of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources (CPNR), a yearlong professional development training series through the Ruckleshaus Institute, a Division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Kelly’s passion in community forestry led her to becoming a Certified ISA Arborist and she is also a current member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ISA. Prior to her eight years with Wyoming State Forestry, Kelly worked for the US Forest Service on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest as a zone forester on the Evanston/Mountain View Ranger District. Kelly’s true passion for forestry all started with her first job as a forester, in the tiny town of Kelliher, Minnesota with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Kelly is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with majors in Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management and Forest Management and minors in Soil Science and GIS.
Kelly lives in Buffalo, Wyoming with her husband Nick and their 16 month son, Henry and 4 year old son, Benjamin. They also have a bird dog and two pack goats. In Kelly’s spare time she loves to hike, camp, backpack, canoe/kayak, fish, hunt, cross country ski, and garden.
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