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Donald K. Artley

Don ArtleyForestry Pioneer


In May 2002, Don completed a 27 year career with Montana state government, including 25 years with the Forestry Division. During his career, Don served in numerous positions, including Chief of the Planning Bureau and Deputy State Forester. He culminated his career by serving as State Forester from 1992-2002.

Don has served on many boards and committees including the NAF Forest Fire Protection Committee, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the National Multi- Agency Coordinating Group, and the National Fire & Aviation Executive Board. Don is a member of Xi Sigma Phi, the Society of American Foresters, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He was honored by being selected as distinguished alum of University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation in 2004. After his retirement, Don went on to serve as the National Fire Director for the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), retiring for a second time in 2007. He and his wife Susanne currently live in Florence, Montana and enjoy raising a small flock of rare breed sheep.








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