Service Foresters are here to help!

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 with Montana’s forest practice laws and rules:

Meeting landowners’ objectives:

  • Develop forest stewardship or management plans
  • Identify appropriate cost-share grants and programs
  • Provide recommendations on sources of cost-share assistance
  • Identify forest insect and diseases and make management recommendations

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
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 forestry:

  • Urban forest assessments
  • Education and outreach
  • Arbor Day activities
  • Program Development