David earned a Bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and a Master’s degree in Forestry from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
David joined the Department of Lands (IDL) in 2008 as the Division Administrator of Forestry and Fire. In October of 2011, David was officially designated as Idaho’s State Forester.
In addition to being the State Forester, David was appointed as Deputy Director of IDL in July of 2016. As the Deputy Director and State Forester, David oversees three Divisions including Operations, Forestry & Fire, and Lands & Waterways. This includes all Endowment and Regulatory programs at the two staff offices and operations staff located at 14 field offices.
David also represents the State of Idaho on several national and state organizations that deal with forestry-related policy and management issues.
Prior to joining IDL, David was the Forest Management Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) from 2004 to 2008. His broad and extension forestry experience over the last 30 years includes work in the private, industrial, and public forestry sectors as well as in three different geographic regions of the country – the South, the Lake States, and the West.
David enjoys outdoor activities and continues to work on his bucket list.