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Hank Goetz

Hank GoetzForestry Pioneer

Born in Wisconsin, Hank graduated from the University of Montana in 1963 with a B.S. in Forestry. After three years in the Army, including a year as an infantry office in Vietnam, he worked for the Northern Pacific Railway Company as a forester in Seeley Lake Montana.

In 1969 Hank became the first Resident Manager of the University of Montana's Lubrecht Experimental Forest, a 21,000 acre research and demonstration forest located 30 miles east of Missoula in the Blackfoot Valley. In 1989 when the School of Forestry acquired the Bandy Ranch in Ovando Hank was responsible for the operation of both facilities. He retired from the day-to-day operations at Lubrecht and Bandy in June of 2005. During his tenure with the University, Hank was involved in numerous cooperative natural resource projects in the Blackfoot including the Blackfoot River Project, walk-in hunting areas, conservation easements, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails, and recreation planning along the entire Blackfoot River. Since June 2003, Hank has worked part-time as the Lands Director for the Blackfoot Challenge, leading that organization's efforts in the Blackfoot Community Project.

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