These days, trees are all I breathe, almost quite literally. I currently work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a Senior Planner in Urban and Community Forestry. I received a B.S. in Horticulture with a Minor in Urban Forestry, and completed my M. Ed. in Adult Education at the University of Minnesota. My free time is spent focusing on bettering the programs and education offered by MSA, volunteering on the Shade Tree Short Course committee and the Arbor Month committee. I also hold a place on the board for Brewing a Better Forest, a non-profit dedicated to getting all Minneapolis trees watered, and all Minneapolis citizens with a brew in hand. If I’m not charging my focus towards trees, then I’m focusing on trees, going camping, hiking, cross country skiing, sitting outdoors drink in hand, when I can with my husband Liam and dog Pando.
I’ve been Natural Resources Technician with the City of Andover for the past 15 years; and have close to 20 years experience in Forestry/Arboriculture. I have been very active with MnSTAC for over a decade and was a board member for several years. Personally, I’m raising a 17-year old adopted son (splitting time with my ex). In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, golfing, sports, fitness and music.
Jim retains two Bachelor Degrees (Forest Resources and Science Education) and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Toxicology from the University of Minnesota. Jim has worked for the City of St. Louis Park for more than 30 years, serving in various capacities during this time, from Tree Inspector to Park Superintendent, culminating in his current position of Natural Resources Coordinator overseeing and managing St. Louis Parks’s natural resources; which include wildlife management, community forestry, stormwater management, native landscapes and other related areas. In addition to serving on the MSA board, Jim is the current Vice President of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee.