faces of the forest

Meet Warren Heilman

Warren Heilman, 54, joined the Forest Service in 1990 after working for a brief time at Computer Sciences Corporation, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency. A trained research meteorologist, Warren conducts studies at the Northern Research Station’s East Lansing, Mich., office in several areas, including how weather impacts fire behavior. His work and the work of other scientists help firefighters and fire managers get a better understanding of how fires spread across the landscape.

Forest Service IT Specialist Excels for Northern Research Station

Jim Lootens-White, an information technology specialist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, has a keen interest in interpreting scientific data and developing web projects to highlight the compelling research accomplishments of the station’s scientists.

As an IT specialist for the web, Lootens-White says the work is constantly changing.

District interpreter celebrates sense of place in Southeast Alaska

Finding a sense of place is a huge factor in the life of this district interpreter on the world’s largest temperate rainforest - the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

Corree Seward Delabrue has either lived in or travelled through many of our nation’s states. But Alaska holds the allure of the natural environment that has her fusion of interests: being a natural foods foodie, passionate about working with kids and being committed to community.

Meet Mark Twery

Mark Twery is a supervisory research forester. Like many scientists, Twery studied mathematics in college. Unlike many of his counterparts, however, he dropped math to chase his inner passion for theater and the performing arts. After graduating from college, Twery worked in theater but changed gears again, but this time for woodworking, and he studied forestry. Several years ago, Twery learned of the many similarities that artists and scientists share.

Meet Neal “Mike” Ward

By all accounts, Neal “Mike” Ward has more than earned a life of leisure.  After all, he served in the Korean War as a front line fighter and as an Army journalist. After the military, he returned home to New Jersey, where he used his writing skills working for newspapers. He even tried his hand at a graphics arts business. Later in life, after discovering America in a Winnebago, Ward decided that he and his wife should settle down. He now occupies his days at the U.S.