- Professional Forester
- Forestry Project Manager and Consultant
- Program Management
- Policy Development
- Interdisciplinary (ID) Team Member and Leader
- Bachelor of Science, Forestry, Minor in Wildlife Biology, with
Honors, University of Illinois
- Graduate Credits in Forestry Ecology and Silviculture, University
of Montana, Washington State University, and University of Idaho
earned through the Forest Service Northern Region Silviculturist
- Director's Award for Superior Achievement, 2001 (Montana Department
of Natural Resources and Conservation)
- Certificate for outstanding
support of the Forest Management Program through participation
in the Sula State Forest Fire Rehabilitation and Salvage Team
As a forester with much of his time spent in the northern Rocky Mountain forests, Paul has honed his expertise in forestry operations, federal and state laws, policies, and an understanding of social concerns since 1974.
Prior to joining TEAMS, Paul provided forestry, biological, environmental, and natural resource management services to state and federal agencies, private individuals, non-profit organizations, and private corporations. For many years, Paul served in the trust land forestry program of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in Kalispell, MT as a timber-sale forester, as a silviculturist specializing in stand improvement cuttings, and as the regional silviculture-operations coordinator for five unit offices. These projects all required environmental analysis under the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).
Paul was the public participation specialist and environmental coordinator for the State of Montana's highly acclaimed response to the Bitterroot 2000 Fires, including work on the Sula State Forest Fire Mitigation, Salvage, and Recovery Project. Paul was also involved as an original field-team leader for the U.S. Geological Survey's landmark DNA-based census of grizzly bears in the greater Glacier National Park area.
As a member of the Montana State Forester's senior staff in Missoula (Service Forestry Bureau Chief), Paul, staff, and inter-entity partners developed and monitored statewide forestry programs under two authorities: federal cooperative programs in formal partnership with the Forest Service—Northern Region State and Private Forestry staff, and forest practices regulatory programs of the State of Montana. During this period, Paul was the project leader for a multi-entity, public-private partnership that drafted rules implementing Montana's Streamside Management Zone Act of 1991.
Since his tenure with TEAMS Paul has provided forestry project design, environmental analysis, and program consulting services to Forest Service clients in California, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wyoming. These projects served diverse public purposes including timber harvest for community economic sustainability, wildlife habitat enhancement, hazardous fuel reduction, forest health improvement, and motorized wheeled vehicle route planning.
Paul has worked with TEAMS since 2002.