Introductions: New WSU Extension Forester and Stewardship Notes Editor

Patrick Shults. Photo: WSU
Patrick Shults. Photo: WSU

Before we sign off on this edition of Stewardship Notes, I would like to introduce myself, Patrick Shults, as the new Extension Forester for WSU in southwest Washington. A little about myself: I was born and raised in Michigan and received a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University. Much of my background has been with environmentally focused non-profits, where I’ve gained experience leading volunteer teams and educating the public in fields like sustainable forestry, urban forestry, and habitat restoration. I also have a history of writing forest management plans for small forest landowners and a strong background in agroforestry and non-timber forest products. I’m very excited to be bringing this experience here to build education programs and assist landowners in this part of the country. Forestry and education are my two greatest passions, which means this is essentially a dream job. I’m looking forward to meeting landowners and making connections as I continue to settle into this role.

As a part of my new position, I will also be taking over as the editor of Stewardship Notes (wishing Carol Mack a happy retirement!). As I get accustomed to the area and the many issues facing small forest landowners I will be keeping in mind the opportunity to address these concerns through Stewardship Notes. In particular, I hope to highlight the landowner perspective by inviting your submissions for future editions of SN. This could be in the form of a personal narrative about you and your land, you can send your forest management questions and I will have them answered in the next edition, or maybe you just want to share something you find interesting with the small forest landowner community. Since landowners are the target audience for this newsletter, I think a great way to have your concerns and interests recognized is to have you submit them, so don’t be shy!

Please send your submissions to patrick.shults@wsu.edu and feel free to contact me with any questions via email or phone at (360) 740-1213.