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Gary Brown

Gary BrownForestry Pioneer

Gary Brown was born on July 10, 1933 at Hays Springs, Nebraska. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He started his 31-year professional forestry career with Montana State Forestry in 1960, after several seasonal positions with the organization while attending the University of Montana Forestry School, where he earned a B. S. in Forestry. Gary served as Assistant Supervisor of the Swan River State Forest, Timber Management Assistant in Kalispell, Supervisor of the Swan River State Forest, Forest Management Assistant, Management Forester in Missoula, District Forester in Helena, Area Forester in Helena, Forest Use Supervisor in Missoula, Cooperative Projects Bureau Chief, and Assistant State Forester.

Gary received many professional honors from the Society of American Foresters, University of Montana Forestry School, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Museum of Forest Service History. He was chairman of many forestry committees and associations, including the School of Forestry's Dean's Advisory Committee, SAF, National Association of State Foresters, Montana Woodland Council, and the Montana State Rural Areas Development Committee. Gary died of lung cancer in March of 2010.






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