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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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DNRC Service Foresters


Service Forester

Find Your Local DNRC Service Forester


Service Foresters are here to help!        

The DNRC has 16 Service Foresters located in various offices across Montana; they are available for free one-on-one consultations with private landowners.  A Service Forester is often the first contact a private landowner has with the DNRC, and acts as a liaison to individual programs and specialists within the DNRC's Forestry Assistance Bureau.

Service Foresters can provide assistance and expertise on a variety of topics, including:

Compliance with Montana’s forest practice laws and rules:

Service Foresters

Meeting landowners’ objectives:

  • Develop forest stewardship or management plans.
  • Identify appropriate cost-share grants and programs.
  • Provide recommendations on sources of cost-share assistance.

Forest harvest and management:

  • Timber sales:  Planning and carrying through to completion.
  • Silvicultural systems:  Select a system suitable for the site, forest type, and objectives.
  • Marketing:  Identifying markets for timber and non-timber forest products.
  • Biomass utilization.
  • Reforestation:  Site preparation, choosing appropriate species, ordering seedlings, and proper planting techniques.
  • Silvicultural treatments:  Pruning and thinning (pre-commercial and commercial.)

Forest insects and diseases:

  • Identification and management.
  • Acquisition and use of bark beetle pheromones.

Forestry education and outreach:

  • Classroom and field presentations to organizations, students, and the general public.
  • Information and (or) specialist contacts for resource issues such as invasive weeds, range management, wildlife management, water, soils, etc.

Wildfire:

  • Fire prevention and hazard reduction.
  • Creation of a defensible space around homes and outbuildings.

Urban forestry:

  • Urban forest assessments.
  • Education and outreach.
  • Arbor Day activities.