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Ron Buentemeier

Ron BuentemeierForestry Pioneer

Ron was born in Deer River, Minnesota, October 9, 1941 and his family moved to the Flathead Valley in 1945. He attended school in Columbia Falls, graduating in 1959. He attended the University of Montana in Missoula, majoring in Forest Engineering. Ron worked for the Flathead National Forest as an Engineering Technician in the summers while attending college. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1963 and was a graduate assistant in 1964. Ron began working for the Anaconda Company (ACM) in the Pleasant Valley area of Northwest Montana in 1963 as an Engineer Forester. He then went to work for F. H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. in Columbia Falls in 1964 as a Forest Engineer. He was promoted to General Manager/Vice President in 2002. He retired in 2007 after 43 years.

Ron's been very active in the Society of American Foresters since joining in 1964. He's been Vice Chair and Secretary for Flathead Chapter and Secretary for Montana SAF. He was one of the first certified foresters in Montana; nationally he's number twenty. His abilities have resulted in receiving the Flathead Forester of the Year, the Employer Recognition award, National SAF Fellow award in 1994, Flathead Chapter Field Forester and National Presidential Field Forester awards. He's been very active in the Montana Tree Farm Program since 1975 and served as President for four years. He was one of the original instructors and was a certified advisor of the Montana Forest Stewardship Program. He's received many awards, including recognition from the American Forest Foundation, the Montana Wood Products Association, Timber Processing Magazine, and the Intermountain Logging Conference.

To remain current with field forestry applications, he is currently a Supervisor with the Flathead Conservation District, and he's a member of the Flathead County Natural Resource Committee and the Forest Service Resource Advisory Council. He's been helping the MT Forest Products family manage their land. Ron's been working on his tree farm, cutting some down and building fence. He's been pounding out bullet holes, beating out dents, and painting a 45 foot lookout tower that was recently lifted into place across the driveway from his house.

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