DNRC Service Foresters
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 withlaws and rules:
- Best Management Practices (BMPs)
- Streamside Management Zones (SMZs)
- Slash treatment and fire-hazard reduction
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.
- Fire prevention and hazard reduction.
- Creation of a defensible space around homes and outbuildings.
- Urban forest assessments.
- Education and outreach.
- Arbor Day activities.
2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: (406) 542-4300
Fax: (406) 542-4217